Most English learners read too much and listen too little.

But when babies and children learn English, they listen first – then speak – and later learn to read and write.

So he said “It’s white, and like a ball, and when you cut it, you cry.” I said, “It’s an onion.” So you can see that my student communicated successfully by using different words, even though he didn’t know the word he wanted to use.

It’s better to say something “wrong” and still communicate successfully than to say nothing!

Also, the grammar of spoken English is more flexible than the grammar of written English – so don’t worry too much about grammar when speaking.

“How can I practice speaking English if I have nobody to talk with?

” There are “conversation exchange” websites where you can find a partner who speaks English, but wants to learn your native language.

Speaking English slowly has two advantages: Over time and with practice, your spoken English will get faster naturally.

It’s very common for English learners to stop a sentence in the middle because they’ve forgotten the word they want to use – but try to be creative.It might feel a little silly, but remember – this is GREAT training for your spoken English, and there’s nobody to hear your mistakes!Do you think in your native language and then translate it into English in your head before speaking? It often results in sentences that don’t sound natural in English, because the sentence structure is often different in English and your native language.The great news is that this is is a skill you CAN develop with practice, and you can practice anytime – while taking the bus, while waiting in line, while sitting at home.Try thinking in English for a few minutes today, to start building this habit!Trying to speak English too fast won’t make you sound like a native speaker.