字幕列表 影片播放 列印英文字幕 (relaxing music) - Hello everyone and welcome back to English With Lucy. Today I'm going to give you 10 tips for practising your speaking and hopefully they will make you improve in a very short amount of time. Also, in case you didn't already know, I've started a second channel. This is a personal channel called Lucy Bell Earl. I've linked it down below. On this channel I'm sharing personal things, things that you request like hair, beauty, Q and A's, videos with Will, Vlogs, anything really. So make sure you check it out and if you like it then you can follow it. Right, let's get started with the lesson. Number one is practise tongue twisters. Now, tongue twisters are really fun anyway but they are an amazing way of practising individual sounds, individual phonemes. There are lots of phonemes that are really hard for people from specific countries or that speak specific languages. The only way that you can train your tongue to make these sounds is to practise the sounds over and over again, repetitively. Tongue twisters are your best friend. So for example, if you're struggling between the difference with eh and E, which I know a lot of people struggle with, especially speakers of Spanish because you only have the E sound, you don't have the short eh sound. Well, if that's the case for you, you could practise this one. I slit a sheet. A sheet I slit. Upon a slitted sheet I sit. Be careful, it might make you swear. (laughing) I have left a link in the description box to loads more tongue twisters. But really, all you have to do is search on Google, tongue twisters for practising English. If you would like me to make a video on some of the most difficult tongue twisters, a video that you can practise along with let me know in the comments down below. I'll definitely do that because I love tongue twisters and I think they're amazing for practising pronunciation. Number 2 is lessons with natives. And this section of the video is sponsored by Lingoda and the Lingoda Language Marathon. This section could be really, really important for you if you were to practise your speaking every single day. So Lingoda is an online language academy where you can learn English, French, German, Spanish and Business English at any level and they run a very special event called the Lingoda Language Marathon. So what is it? Well, you study every day unless you take the half marathon where you study slightly less. And if you complete the marathon you get a 100% refund on your classes or a 50% refund if you do the half marathon. This marathon starts on the 27th of May and finishes on the 24th of August. You have to participate in an agreed amount of classes each month in order to succeed. That's 30 classes a month for the full marathon and 15 classes a month for the half marathon. You can take only one class per day, every day. So how do you participate? Well, you sign up for the marathon before the 13th of May. After paying the entry fee that secures your spot in the marathon you automatically sign up to a three month subscription. I however, have a special discount for you and you don't have to pay that entry fee. All you have to do is click on the link in the description box and use this code when you sign up for a 100% discount on your entry fee. To get the refund you'll need to show up on time for the classes that you book and actively participate. If you book a class and miss it or fail to book a class at all you can still finish the marathon but you won't qualify for the refund. Remember that places in the marathon are limited so you need to reserve your spot now to avoid disappointment. Also make sure that you check the terms and conditions and familiarise yourself with the rules. Previous marathon graduates have said that this is the key to getting the refund. The Lingoda Language Marathon is an incredible opportunity to take your language to the next level fast. Alternatively, if you don't think that the marathon is for you you can check out Lingoda and all of their flexible subscription packages and book a private trial class for free. If you do fancy the marathon click on the link in the description box and use my code. Right, now let's discuss tip number three. Tip number three is sing along to English songs. Now, this tip is especially useful if you want to practise an American accent. The reason for this is that many British singers actually sing with a slight American accent. So sometimes songs sung by British singers aren't actually a true representation of their own accent. If you listen to, I don't know, One Direction or a British boy band they'll often sing with an American accent. Even Ed Sheeran does it sometimes. Someone who does sing with a very strong British accent is Lily Allen. She does not go into the American territory at all. So she's a good one to listen to and sing along with if you want to practise speaking or singing in this case. Music can be a really, really great way of practising every single day because it's so enjoyable. It doesn't feel like it's a chore when you do it. It's a great way to learn lots of slang, lots of colloquial language as well. It's also a really good idea to look up the meaning of song lyrics. That way you can really find out if they've used bad grammar, because sometimes they do to make it fit in with the rhyming, if they've used idioms or slang and it's just really nice to know what you're singing about? But singing along with English songs is a fantastic way of practising your speaking and it will help you become more fluent. Tip number four could be slightly controversial but I think it's a really good tip and I always used to tell my students to do it in London. So lots of students struggle to meet and find native speakers to practise with. They often also have a hard time actually talking to natives 'cause they're so nervous or they take a little bit longer to understand what they say. I would say that a great step to precede talking with natives is eavesdropping on natives. To eavesdrop means to listen in on someone else's conversation. So if you're in an English speaking country or you know there's a specific bar or restaurant where English speakers tend to go, maybe try going there with the intention of just overhearing other people's conversations. If they say something you don't understand, search it on your phone. Just drink in the atmosphere and you'll just take in a lot of vocabulary you wouldn't normally come across. And there's no pressure on you, well, the only pressure is that you don't get caught 'cause you could look a little bit weird but you're not doing any harm. Some people in England like to call it people watching and it's a really popular pastime. You just sit in a cafe, normally at the window and watch the world go by. I like to call this people listening where you just sit in a cafe and listen to what other people are saying and familiarise yourself with English conversations. Let me know if you've ever done this and let me know if you've ever got caught? Number five is, this is a really good tip. This tip will really, really help you if you're nervous about speaking English with natives or non natives. Practise conversations through WhatsApp audio notes. On WhatsApp and on most messaging services there is a function where you can record your voice and send it. I encourage my students to talk amongst themselves and to talk with natives through this feature. It's so much more convenient than a phone call and there's much less pressure than in a phone call. And whatever they send you, you can replay it as many times as you want. You can replay what they've said and practise it yourself. You can listen back to your own voice notes and see where you went wrong? If you record one and you make a mistake delete it and record it again. Keep recording it until you're happy with how it sounds. When you've finished the conversation you have a lovely database of everything you've said in English and everything someone has said in English to you and you can use that to study. WhatsApp voice notes and other voice note services are such a great way of practising your speaking without actually chatting in the moment. You can do it around your studies, around your work. It's much more convenient than a phone call. Tip number six can actually relate back to tip number five, it's practise debating. Now, I don't tend to argue a lot but when I do argue with someone I always think back about the argument at a later date and think, God, I could've said that so much better, I could've made this point, blah, blah, blah. You will never be good at arguing and debating if you don't practise it, apart from those few people who seem to be naturals. I suggest participating in or creating a debate club. Now, you could do this over Skype or you could do it over WhatsApp. WhatsApp would be my preference. Every day you can choose a new topic to discuss and debate and make sure it's done in an orderly fashion so everyone can say their opinion. Maybe make a voice note limit of 30 seconds or 15 seconds or a minute if it's a really big topic. Maybe you could create a Facebook group for it. Maybe you could create a WhatsApp group amongst your friends. You could also meet people online but just remember to be very, very careful and keep everything private and don't let anyone know where you live. But consider creating a WhatsApp debate group and debating through WhatsApp voice notes.