Improve your fluency in speaking English by
4 - Reading aloud
When we read to ourselves we read for the sense of it. When we read aloud we first hear ourselves, the full sentence, and the correct syntax. Our minds become familiar to these new sounds and structures. Our mouth gets accustomed to saying these new sounds. We learn how new words are used.
What to read:
What comes to mind first might be what you have already read in English, memos, technical instructions and of course e-mails. Or it could be a novel you might be tackling.
I have something much simpler in mind.
3 - Online articles (from institutions, or even individuals) on subjects you like and are interested in.
4 - Poems - learn to read poems is hard and not for everyone, though if you do take a stab at it will will prove fruitful. Try reading a few poems from the Thursday File's 'Poets & Poems' collection.
NOTE: make sure what you read is the best, not only for grammar, but for spelling and for expressions (e.g. when you read an Australian newspaper you will pick up many words and expressions that most of us in Canada, the US or Europe do not use or even understand)
When to read aloud:
Early morning is my most productive time but it is very important that you choose a time that fits into your schedule. The key factor is to make this exercise a regular part of your day.
Open your computer and find an article that interests you. Read it aloud. Start with three minutes a day and build up to ten minutes.
Frequency and consistency are imperative.
As you continue to practice the sounds and verbalizing them they will become more natural and the learning process will become easier. After one month the practice will become a habit and you will be surprised with your achievements.
Remember to always have your “New Words” note book handy so you can record any new words you come across. Memorize these new words be uttering them aloud too.
It really works!
is the key."
Wordcount is a visualization of the way
we use language. It presents the 86,800 most frequently used English words, ranked in order of commonness. Each word is scaled to reflect its frequency relative to the words that precede and follow it, giving a visual barometer of relevance. The larger the word, the more we use it. The smaller the word, the more uncommon it is.
...for the enjoyment
and passion of words,
thoughts, visuals and disciplines.
aloud to yourself
The Read-Aloud Family:
Making Meaningful and Lasting Connections with Your Kids
by Sarah Mackenzie
Publisher: Zondervan (March 27 2018)
Connecting deeply with our kids can be difficult in our busy, technology-driven lives. Reading aloud offers us a chance to be fully present with our children. It also increases our kids’ academic success, inspires compassion, and fortifies them with the inner strength they need to face life’s challenges. As Sarah Mackenzie has found with her own six children, reading aloud long after kids are able to read to themselves can deepen relationships in a powerful way.
Founder of the immensely popular Read-Aloud Revival podcast, Sarah knows first-hand how reading can change a child’s life. In The Read-Aloud Family, she offers the inspiration and age-appropriate book lists you need to start a read-aloud movement in your own home. From a toddler’s wonder to a teenager’s resistance, Sarah details practical strategies to make reading aloud a meaningful family ritual. Reading aloud not only has the power to change a family—it has the power to change the world.