Both podcasts and audiobooks are incredibly useful when you want to improve your spoken English at home. You’ll do one thing while helping yourself in two ways. Firstly, you’ll get your hearing used to the English language and secondly – you’ll enrich your mind with useful information on certain topics such as technology, life, Brexit, music or – again – Harry Potter! Or The Lord of the Rings, The Great Gatsby, War and Peace, One Hundred Years of Solitude and so on. The people that record audiobooks usually have amazing American English or British English accents (take Jim Dale for example) and hearing them will bring you closer to the accent you always wanted to have.
In recent years, technology has come a long way and language learning apps such as Mondly make it possible for you to talk to a chatbot that understands voice input and replies with a human voice. Its goal is to provide fun and adaptive lessons that encourage learners like yourself to practice the language they are learning in everyday scenarios, such as ordering in a restaurant or making a reservation. This all sounds like an SF scenario, but chatbots can already recognize millions of inputs. Suddenly, Spike Jonze’s masterpiece – “Her” – isn’t as unlikely as you thought, isn’t it?
I come from Alabama with my banjo on my knee, I’m going to Louisiana, my true love for to see. It rained all night the day I left, the weather it was dry The sun so hot I froze to death, Susanna, don’t you cry.Oh! Susanna, Oh don’t you cry for me, For I come from Alabama with my banjo on my knee.
Oh! How I liked singing this piece when I started studying English. Loved it! Start with nursery songs, continue with tongue twisters and finish your training with Eminem songs. When you’ll manage to master Eminem, your spoken English will be flawless.
Speaking is actually the easy way of improving your spoken English. Easy, but at the same time the hard way. If you don’t have the possibility of traveling to an English-speaking country or the good fortune of having an English-speaking friend, this method is not an option for you. But there is a solution. It may sound a bit creepy, but talking to yourself is the answer in this particular situation. The good ol’ talking to yourself. We all do that from time to time. Why not do it in English? Not necessarily out loud. Use your thoughts. The accent sounds better now in your mind, but in time your actual accent will improve too.
This scenario does not apply to everyone. But even if you don’t have friends interesting in practicing spoken English, the world wide web is the big place where you can find friends for every hobby or project you may have. Bring your friends together at a local pub or in a video chat and start a debate in English. For example, one topic that our English teacher used to get us talking was “pro or against animal testing”. You were so caught up in the debate we forgot we were actually speaking English. Just try it and watch your tongue untie.
This technique is an absolute boost for your English vocabulary! Learning common English sayings and expressions will spice up your conversations and make you sound waaaay more native. Explore the most exhaustive lists you can find on common English idioms, sayings, expressions and proverbs and discover how can you include them in your day-to-day conversations. Your “limited English vocabulary” days will be over in a heartbeat!
The best thing about movies is that they can be both fun and educative. After exploring the previous tips you probably already know how you can use movies in your own advantage. From vocabulary to accents and intonation, movies can offer a great deal of information you can use to create your own syllabus and start training. Just choose your list and begin your research! You’ll soon find out that movie dialogues are easily digestible even for an ESL speaker.
As mentioned before, thinking in English can really help you improve your speaking skills. But more than thinking in English, you can act as both tutor and student. Remember the times when you did grammar exercises by yourself? Here’s what you could do now: listen to audios in English – it can be a podcast, audiobook or even a Youtube video of Jimmy Fallon – then record yourself while trying to repeat the exact same words. Comparing the two versions of the same audio will help you easily identify your mistakes and correct them. If the problem is your accent, diction could also help you improve.
Have you ever been in a situation where you wanted to play a game on your PS5, but you weren’t at home? Well, you can still play your favorite PS5 games on the go. Using the PS Remote Play app, you can connect to your PlayStation 5 over the internet and play any installed game on your console. If this is something that interests you, you should check out our article on how to use Remote Play for PS5.
The PlayStation 5 doesn’t have a built-in web browser, and as far as we can tell, you can’t install any on it either. However, there is a workaround that you can use to browse the web. Here’s how.