In the present time, many people have to travel and live all around the globe for official and personal needs. All of us at some point of time have to communicate with native English speakers and it is necessary to speak understandable and correct English to avoid a communication gap. Now if you are reading this article it is most common that English is not your mother tongue.
Although it is extremely difficult for a non native American or British citizen to have a American or a British English accent, one can definitely improve the way they speak English to avoid a communication gap. Few tips that can help you to improve your spoken English include:
Lower down your rate of speech
If your rate of speech is high, it may be difficult for a native English speaker to understand you. Speaking slow would allow you to think while you speak and avoid grammatical mistakes. Moreover it would give you the time to intonate your voice. Intonation is the voice modulation of stressing on some particular important words while you speak a sentence.
When you are speaking to someone who is a native English speaker you should try adapting the way they speak. Observe their lip and tongue movements when they speak certain words which you have difficulty speaking. The more you communicate with native English speakers the shorter would be your learning phase.
Pronounce word endings
It is very important to speak the complete word or stress on word endings to be understood properly. Words that end with a ED or S need an extra emphasis on the word ending.
Learn English not only when you talk to others
Listen to English music tracks. Practice your speech for 15 to 20 minutes everyday, reading newspaper or a book aloud can be a good idea. Watch movies on channels like HBO and Star movies and news on CNN, BBC etc. You can buy books to improve your English as well. Listen to books on tape. Come up with a list of words that you face difficulty speaking and ask a native speaker to help you with those words.
In the end I would like to mention that learning English is not an instant learning process, you would gradually learn and adapt the language on a daily basis. So don’t lose hope and be patient.