Improve Your English Speaking and English Pronunciation SkillsThe first rule of speaking English is to speak clearly, concisely and use simple vocabulary. KISS - keep it short and simple. Remember you probably won't just speak to native speakers. There are roughly 380 million native speakers, but as many as a billion people speak it as a second language. So it's a good idea to avoid idioms and slang (I always say learn it, but don't use it). It might sound clever to say "You're barking up the wrong tree," but if you misuse it or if the other person doesn't understand you, you'll only look silly when you try to explain what you meant to say, or what it actually means. There's also a saying in English "Have you swallowed a dictionary?" It is applicable to anyone who uses long, complicated words when a shorter word will do. Short sentences are just as good (if not better) than long explanations. The value in what you have to say is what you say, not how clever you look or sound when you say it.
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English isn't easy as it is evolved from several languages including Latin, Greek, old French, German, Indian. Several words have the same sound but different spellings and different meanings.
The most important difference between English and other languages is it isn't tonal and each word is divided into syllables. It is the accurate and clear sounding of each syllable that is particularly important in spoken English rather than the sound of the word the syllables produce when joined together.
This requirement means English is spoken of necessity, more slowly than many other languages and often even more slowly when communicating something important or emphasising something.
Although the language isn't tonal in principle, slight changes of tone when speaking are normal in order to modify what is being said in order to communicate humour, irony, sarcasm, seriousness and so forth and in the matter of personal speech facial expression can, in addition, be an important factor.
Spoken English in person often includes a literal misdirection where what is said is deliberately understated or overstated and the listener should recognise these devices by also recognising the tone changes, emphasis changes and alteration of the facial expression.
Colloquialisms are often included in such speech. Reading novels is one good method of building a store of such devices.
You won't do better initially than investing in a good dictionary - The Oxford English Dictionary is best for British English and Webster's for American English. Once you have learned the correct pronunciation of the syllables these books will provide much information about the meanings of words and how they are pronounced.
Watching films and television from the English-speaking world, especially the older films and making notes of what isn't understood and these will be found to be invaluable in the use of the language, an appropriate tone of voice and facial expression...
English speaking radio is almost equally important and a wide variety of audio and tv is available on the BBC website and the podcasts from CBC are particularly good.
Practicing by reciting into a recording machine and then listening to the result is almost as essential as practicing in person with any good English speaker where you are.
One thing of particular importance is the matter of grammar. When you know what you want to say in your first language the temptation is to translate it into English and then speak but unfortunately a direct translation usually makes little sense. It is important to try and think in English in order to be better understood.
i. Observe the mouth movements of those who speak English well and try to imitate them. When you are watching television, observe the mouth movements of the speakers. Repeat what they are saying, while imitating the intonation and rhythm of their speech. ii. Until you learn the correct intonation and rhythm of English, slow your speech down. If you speak too quickly, and with the wrong intonation and rhythm, native speakers will have a hard time understanding you. Don't worry about your listener getting impatient with your slow speech -- it is more important that everything you say be understood. iii. Listen to the 'music' of English. Do not use the 'music' of your native language when you speak English. Each language has its own way of 'singing'. iv. Use the dictionary.
Try and familiarize yourself with the phonetic symbols of your dictionary. Look up the correct pronunciation of words that are hard for you to say. v. Make a list of frequently used words that you find difficult to pronounce and ask someone who speaks the language well to pronounce them for you. Record these words listen to them and practice saying them. Listen and read at the same time. vi. Buy books on tape. Record yourself reading some sections of the book. Compare the sound of your English with that of the person reading the book on the tape. vii. Pronounce the ending of each word. Pay special attention to 'S' and 'ED' endings. This will help you strengthen the mouth muscles that you use when you speak English. viii. Read aloud in English for 15-20 minutes every day. Research has shown it takes about three months of daily practice to develop strong mouth muscles for speaking a new language. ix. Record your own voice and listen for pronunciation mistakes. Many people hate to hear the sound of their voice and avoid listening to themselves speak. However, this is a very important exercise because doing it will help you become conscious of the mistakes you are making. x. Be patient. You can change the way you speak but it won't happen overnight. People often expect instant results and give up too soon. You can change the way you sound if you are willing to put some effort into it.
Connect your satnav to the computer and run the Webupdater program
Webupdater will search for updates to your satnav operating system. Accept any updates it finds and they will be installed. When the update is complete it will offer you optional updates including VOICE FILES.
Tick the English speaking voice files you want to select them and click "continue" or "next" They will be downloaded to your satnav.
You then need to repeat the process described in paragraph 1 above to select an English speaking voice.
It is normal to find it hard to understand at the beginning. In order to improve your listening and understand better I advise you to listen TV broadcasts in English with subtitles in your native language.