17 Ways to Improve Spoken English Without a Speaking Partner

Learning English, whether you are a native speaker or not, can be very challenging. You’ve heard of English as a Second Language (ESL), but there are many other types of English learning methods.

Improve Spoken English

1. English Pronunciation Exercises

Online resources exist such as PronouncePlease and FluentU that offer programs that help you with oral pronunciation exercises. Put on your headphones and listen to readings from famous American novels in the pace at which Americans speak in normal conversations, all while being guided by a native speaker’s voice giving feedback about what is expected for each word spoken: “button-ing off” or “bigs.”

2. Short Conversational Exercises

Like numerous programs based on drills, online resources exist such as PronouncePlease and FluentU that offer programs (app) that help you with simple drills, including word pronunciations or repeating pairs. The difference between these programs is in the length of time for each session: some can cover 30 seconds to several minutes whereas others may go from 5-30 minutes depending on your learning rate.

3. Quick Commands Exercises

Speaking short phrases consisting of 2– 5 words that can be used to describe situations is a good way of practicing your pronunciation and improving your speaking skills. As you read through Drills sometimes related, another excellent option would be to make up simple commands on each page and practice them in conversations with yourself.

4. Spoken Composition Exercises

Listen frequently back to native speakers reading English stories aloud before speaking so as not only to pay attention but listening attentively as well. One particular challenge in this exercise could be remembering to match the tone quality ( loud, soft, etc.) with that of the speaker.

5. Instant Context Comprehension Exercises

A great way is to Outline some paragraphs and underline them so you read through their text using your own voice while at the same time listening to how native English speakers would speak these sentences aloud; repeating a phrase or two will help you gauge more deeply into each moment.

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6. Think in English

You could start with watching some documentaries or humorous short films, then taking notes and writing your own scripts. Alternatively, you can invent a science fiction world that is full of life in it which will help develop your imagination skills by asking yourself how to translate this idea into the English language step by step.

7. Speak in front of a mirror

Not only will it improve your posture and vocal production, but by speaking to the mirror you practice staring deeply at yourself in the eyes while voicing unhurried remarks.

8. Speak to yourself

To maintain a steady flow of words, you could speak to yourself using your normal speaking voice and first ask questions such as: What would be the appropriate tense for these English sentences or how should I modify my inflection? You can also do an exercise that requires asking immediate questions or answering them by saying “no” or “yes”. By this, you will improve your English speaking skills.

9. Phone exercises

As a learner In which you practice different types of conversations whilst on the phone ( calling to place a call, placing orders at restaurants/supermarkets, or making appointments).

10. Memorize any vocabulary word

The key is to record the sound of each one, normally it will be more easier and effective if you are familiar with this item of information. This practice can help greatly in understanding and remembering English words when looking for an appropriate translation from the spoken language (as well as being helpful in context comprehension exercises).

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11. Watch TV/films non-stop

As you would do so naturally to view people talking or looking at something. Watching TV or movies for a few hours is highly effective as it will help you to recall the spoken language patterns giving you practice in using regular speech even if intently talk, answer questions, and so on.

12. Listen carefully to television news broadcasts

If this can be done without disturbing others, then place the volume at a minimum allowing you to hear each word distinctly. For example, listen at night (October – April) when sounds are naturally distorted and people are moving around. Watch many TV channels (your choice), experience watching live television and chatting (“mom, dad & my kids” equivalents, etc).

13. Learn words one by one, gradually practicing each item accordingly

Continue listening over long periods of time, learning words almost one by one with the repetition necessary to help you remember them easily enough.

14. Follow blogs and news sources regularly

If possible follow a blog or two on an ongoing basis (e-mails work best) that send you daily/weekly updates about certain language-related happenings in your own country of interest. Learning about things through online media is much easier than reading books as it allows for much more multitasking, thereby allowing yourself regular opportunities to review the information and progressively memorize.

15. Watch small amounts of real-life “live” TV

When learning words, this is the best way because you will hear the spoken language patterns before watching it over again on a recorded background with static noises making it hard to remember eventually (your memory system will be counteracting repeated viewing).

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16. Focus on English Fluency, Not Grammar

English Grammar is easily ignored by many people nowadays who would rather focus on the actual language “spoken” without realizing that they’re missing out on a more meaningful learning experience.

Before deciding to pick up grammar in memorizing words, allow yourself some proofreading practice over real-life with simple mistakes and errors present to these groups of individuals before you reach this stage of your studies to ensure your own progress is steady enough not to do this same thing you’re referring to yourself.

17. Sing-Along to English Songs

Singing along to songs that you know in English can improve hearing and remembering abilities too. The lyrics of the soundtrack are easy enough to study over (again, your own memory system will be counteracting it) since you’ll eventually hear translations for each new word used in places when listening during your singing.

The basic rule of memorizing a foreign language as native language skills is to create a habit of using it, i.e. “use” the language as much as possible, and when you are not speaking it anymore try to retain the knowledge you’ve acquired by repeating it at least once or twice every day.

In short, you should be speaking your target language as much as possible, and then you will begin to “memorize” it. In other words, you’ll be able to recall things much easier if you practice speaking more and listening less.

And this is the “secret” of successful memorization that differentiates it from just learning random facts on a piece of paper.