How to Speak English With Confidence in 9 Easy Steps

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Do you still feel nervous about speaking English to others even though you’ve spent a long time studying English? Don’t worry, you are not alone.

Just like you, many people who are learning English don’t practice speaking as often as they want to because they’re afraid they will make a mistake or be laughed at.

Don’t worry – even native English speakers sometimes make mistakes, and nobody will laugh at you.

If you want to improve your English, you need to be confident in your abilities. Here are 9 easy ways to gain confidence in your ability to speak English. You’ll be on your way to speaking fluently if you follow these steps regularly.

1. Join Online Forums That Use English

Joining an online forum means you can interact with native English speakers.  It also gives you a chance to practice your English outside the classroom without leaving the comfort of your own home.

Some tips:

  • If you are nervous about people finding out, make an anonymous profile.
  • Find forums that have topics you are interested in. If you are unsure, think of your hobbies and interests: perhaps photography, traveling, TV shows, movies, or cooking? The more you are interested in something, the more likely you will be motivated to participate in the forums.
  • Start off by reading on-going discussions. After 2 or 3 weeks try to answer some questions that other people post and contribute to the discussions. You can even post your own questions in the forums and respond to answers you get.

2. Read Texts Out Loud

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Reading fluency is simply the ability to read a book or text clearly. You correct your pronunciation mistakes until you make no errors.

The more you practice fluency, the more confidence you will have because it gives you a safe environment to practise in, increase your reading speed, and to process words faster.

If you are nervous about speaking in front of others, start reading aloud by yourself at home. As you feel more confident, ask a teacher or a native English speaker to give you feedback on more advanced vocabulary.

How to start:

  1. Choose a text that is approximately 75-200 words long. Pick something that you think you can read easily, such as a book from one of your English classes, or even a book recommended by a friend.
  2. Ask your teacher or someone you know with excellent English if they can read the text out loud while you record them. You can also choose a clip from a movie or TV show to practice with if you prefer.
  3. Listen along to the recording while reading the text at the same time.
  4. Practice reading with the recording until you are confident.
  5. Record your own voice. Listen and compare.
  6. Find another text to read and repeat the first 5 steps.

You can develop your fluency by reading even for only 5 or 10 minutes a day at your own pace, and on whatever topic interests you the most ( I don’t recommend Shakespeare!).

3. Make Friends with English Speaking Expats

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The more you practice, the more you will gain confidence in your English speaking abilities. An excellent way to practice English (and enjoy it!) is to make friends with people who only speak English.

You are then forced to speak with them in English, instead of relying on your native language. Friends are not there to judge you and your English skills. All they want is to meet new people in the local area.

Suggestions on how to make English speaking friends:

  • Join professional networking groups, or places that host international events such as international cinema nights, or clubs and bars. Many of these will have a mixture of local and expatriates.
  • Find expat websites in your area. To get you started, you can find some here and here. Many will post profiles and even offer language exchange sessions. You can teach them your native language and they will be happy to help you practice your English.
  • Post a profile on an expat website offering language exchange services, or why not post some useful advice for people who just arrived in your local area.

4. Trust Your Teacher

Teacher explaining to two students - copyright UBC Library http://www.flickr.com/photos/ubclibrary/

If you are following a course, remember that your teacher is there to create a safe environment for you to learn from your mistakes.

Yes, mistakes are good!

Making mistakes is very important because you can see which areas you need to work on.  The key is to try not to make the same mistake twice.

No one is there to make fun of you. You can be certain that your teacher is working hard to ensure that you reach your full potential.

Your teacher is also there to celebrate your accomplishments. They want to encourage you to continue practicing, and will tell you what you are doing right.

If you want to feel more comfortable in class, try to get to know your teacher better. It is ok to ask personal questions such as their hobbies or why they decided to become a teacher. If you share information about yourself you will feel more comfortable sharing your frustrations about learning English.

5. Work in Groups of Five or Smaller

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Many people get very nervous if they have to speak in front of large audiences. Try speaking English to others in smaller groups to build up your confidence.

Share mistakes or stories of miscommunication with each other. The more you laugh off how funny these types of mistakes these are, the less you’ll feel scared.

How to find small groups to work with:

  • Find a school, a local community centre, college or library that offers conversation classes.
  • If you are already enrolled in a course, ask your teacher if he or she can arrange the participants to work in small groups.
  • Ask a few participants in your course if they want to practice outside of class. Some suggestions can include during lunch times, after work, or during the weekend.
  • You can start your own group by posting an ad on a notice board in your office or your local library , on Craigslist or your favourite classifieds website.
  • Join existing conversation clubs in your local area

6. Join Online Conversation Groups

There are hundreds of language conversation groups online. These websites are a great option because you are able to converse with a native or near-native English speaker right in the comfort of your own home.

All you need to do is set up a profile, the hours you are available, and how someone can contact you.

Programs such as Skype or Google Talk are great options to consider as many people around the world already use these programs. Some websites have live chat programs which make it easy for you to interact with many people online.

To make the most effective use of your time, determine a topic before actually meeting up. You can prepare by looking up related vocabulary or any questions you want to ask. Don’t forget to relax and enjoy the experience.

To start, here’s a list of conversation groups on Skype (log in required). Go ahead and choose one now – we’ll wait for you…

Don’t put too much pressure on yourself. If you enjoy it, you will most likely return in the future.

7. Don’t go Overboard

Under pressure to learn English - copyright Peter Koerhuis http://www.flickr.com/photos/peterkoerhuis/

The faster you try to learn English, the more pressure you will put on yourself. The key is to ease into learning English with less pressure .You will feel less nervous when you make mistakes (and remember, mistakes are good!).

Tips:

  • Break your goal down into smaller steps. For example, if you want to learn 100 new words each month, can you focus on learning 25 new words a week? Does it sound easier if you focus on learning 5 new words a day?
  • Change your goals if you need to. If you find that you are too busy to read a book in English every month, for example, you can focus on reading two small newspaper articles. Every couple of weeks, re-evaluate your goals to see if you need to increase or decrease the amount of reading you do.

8. Avoid Procrastinating

It is natural to procrastinate, especially if you don’t feel completely certain about what you are doing.

3 ways to stop procrastinating:

  1. Schedule when you will practice English. Tell your friends and family your schedule and have them ask you at the end of every week what you have learned. Peer pressure can be a great motivator because knowing that others will check up on your progress really drives you to learn (or explain why you didn’t!).
  2. Reward yourself at the end of every week that you stick to your study schedule. This will motivate you by giving you something tangible to look forward to whenever you don’t feel like practicing English.
  3. Have a partner who is also studying English. Tell them your goals and they do the same with their goals. At the end of the week or month, tell them how much you have progressed. You can even share your frustrations with your partner and give each other suggestions and tips. A problem shared is a problem halved!

9. Remember Why You Want to Learn English

It is natural to feel frustrated if you are not confident that you are progressing. Whenever you feel this way, it is important to remind yourself of why you started learning English.

However, don’t rely on an external goal to motivate yourself. Rather, you need to find out why you want to learn English for yourself.

For example, you want to improve your English because of your career. So you can get that promotion you’ve always wanted. You want that promotion so you can get a larger salary and be able to afford your child’s university tuition…

What’s your motivation for learning English?

Tips:

  • Make it visual: write down your goal in English and in your native language. Add photos of every goal you have, such as a photo of your family, a holiday, or a photo of you at the boardroom table, or a logo of a company you would like to work for, or the flag of the country you would like to live in. Put this (you can make as many as you like) where you will see it the most often – on the fridge, beside your computer, or beside your bathroom mirror. Every time you see it, read the phrase out loud and reflect on your goal.
  • Set constant reminders: something as easy as setting reminders every day on your mobile phone or Outlook will help. The key is to constantly be reminded and think about your goal.

Now it’s Your Turn!

If you follow through with these 9 tips, within 2 or 3 months you will notice a big difference in your confidence and fluency.

You will want to share what you have learned with your friends and family. Your increased confidence might even earn you that promotion you have dreamed of, or make some great English speaking friends.

Start by picking the 3 tips that you think you can implement today. Print out this article and put it where you will see it often. Set reminders every week to review the tips in this article and how you can apply them.

So which 3 tips have you chosen? Do you have any other tips? Why not tell us in the comments below, we’d love to hear from you!

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  • suresh

    thank you……………………!

    • http://www.tjtaylor.net/english/ Alex Taylor – TJ Taylor

      Thanks Suresh – I hope the article helped and gave you some ideas to try out!

      • Rida Rajput

        thanks for this well-written article

        • http://www.tjtaylor.net/english/ Alex Taylor – TJ Taylor

          Thank you Rida

    • Sarah Li Cain

      You’re welcome!

  • muthu

    thanks for your suggestion friend, very useful tips

    • http://www.tjtaylor.net/english/ Alex Taylor – TJ Taylor

      Thanks Muthu!

    • Sarah Li Cain

      That’s great to hear Muthu!

  • tarheelunc

    Sarah, thanks for this well-written article. I plan to introduce your
    tips to my students. I particularly liked ‘Trust Your Teacher.’ Grazie
    mille!

    • Sarah Li Cain

      you’re welcome! Glad that you found this useful !

  • Beloved

    i love this article. and i will like someone hear to link me cause i really want to improve my speaking of english.

  • this article helps me a lot because i want to be a call center agent upon finishing my work here in emirates as a housemaid. i know how to speak english but the problem is, i don’t have so much confidence. thank you very much for posting.

    • http://www.tjtaylor.net/english/ Alex Taylor – TJ Taylor

      I’m glad the article the helped, and let us know how you get on with your career plans!

  • Subhi

    Really amazing steps, thanks a lot for this valuable post.

    • http://www.tjtaylor.net/english/ Alex Taylor – TJ Taylor

      Thanks Subhi!

  • Saad

    Sarah, can you suggest some good active English forum, and can you help in finding & making pen pal or english native friends. i would be very thankful for this

    • http://www.tjtaylor.net/english/ Alex Taylor – TJ Taylor

      Saad, I’ll reply for Sarah quickly.
      There are a few good forums linked to at the start of the article, covering topics like photography, traveling, TV shows, cooking and movies.
      It’s best to find a topic you’re interested in, however, because this will help with motivation, as well as being more fun!

    • Sarah Li Cain

      Apart from the ones in the article, Live Mocha is a great place as you can also get your writing critiqued by native speakers.

  • saleem

    thank you very much for your valuable tips

    • http://www.tjtaylor.net/english/ Alex Taylor – TJ Taylor

      And there will be more on the way soon!

  • Vic

    I can speak English fluently and with acceptable grammar when I semi-whisper, but I do have a hard time speaking it out loud. Should I go up a pitch every week or is it better to speak out loud directly?

    • http://www.tjtaylor.net/english/ Alex Taylor – TJ Taylor

      Vic – if you can speak fluently and accurately when you semi-whisper, you can speak fluently and accurately out loud :)
      Why don’t you try the second point in the article, and try to get used to hearing your voice in English out loud. After a 5-10 sessions doing this, try to find a friend to speak English with, even if just a few words to start with.
      After this, you can move on to point 3, or find a work colleague, friend of a friend, etc.
      Good luck, and let us know how you get on!

  • chithra

    Thank you so much really it is so precious tips for talking english fluently

    • http://www.tjtaylor.net/english/ Alex Taylor – TJ Taylor

      Glad it helped!

  • m amin

    I was concerned to enter college because I was not fluent in English.
    because in college english language and sometimes I do not understand what is conveyed by my lecturer.
    how do I deal with this all because I can only speak a little English.

    • http://www.tjtaylor.net/english/ Alex Taylor – TJ Taylor

      Hi – if I understand, you have difficulties with listening comprehension? That’s a good question, and luckily it’s easier to improve your listening comprehension compared to speaking – for example with songs, films with subtitles, lots of TED talks with English subtitles, covering different accents and video lectures on your subject, etc..
      It might also be a good topic for a future article with @sarahlicain:disqus
      Hope that helps a bit, Alex

  • NaNo NB

    Thanks ! It’s really helpful !
    But I still have a problem .. I’m afraid that people might say that I’m not that good in English but I know that I’ve got the accent and I know how to speak and I’m really good ! And Sometimes I get nervous ! When it comes to speaking !

    • Sarah Li Cain

      I wouldn’t really worry about your accent. If people can understand you, that’s all it matters. Try practicing in front of a few trusted people to boost your confidence. Hope that helps!

  • Arica

    hi,i dont have confident speak in english language..that’s my problem now,on monday i’ll enter to college.

    • http://www.tjtaylor.net/english/ Alex Taylor – TJ Taylor

      Arica – it has been a few years since my first day at college, but don’t worry, everyone there will be nervous and lacking confidence!
      Everyone will be focussed on meeting new people, and not on your level of English. Every conversation will probably revolve around the usual 3-4 questions anyway…
      Just keep in mind this article, especially points 3, 2 and 7, and you’ll be off to a great start – and most importantly, have fun!
      Alex

    • Faruq Imran

      Im faruq imran and if yu wish to learn english yu can chat with me,its my goodness to chat with yu to speak english well .And im saying that im also a beginner to learn English so chat with me with yur pleassure so we can compare our mistakes each other and we do learn it slowly’i hope’……………… do yu think it good then yu can add me friend in your facebook ( my id faruq imran ) and can chat with me so we improve each other …………..

      • Faruq Imran

        I FORGET TO SAY HI …………….. SO ….. Hi …………..

    • Dnyaneshwar

      Don’t worry about that…. avoid those people… and think like u r alone no one present here…

    • chandu kops

      so what was problem

  • Jaren Venz

    thank you for this article you made….it will really helps people who wanted to learn English language, especially in speaking.

    • http://www.tjtaylor.net/english/ Alex Taylor – TJ Taylor

      That’s great to hear, and we look forward to hearing more from you on future posts

    • mahendra kothawade

      hi could you please help to discover my English vocabulary

  • grace

    Hi! Thanks so much for these tips and these really help me a lot.. Actually i can understand english language but the problem is i can’t speak it fluently especially when i’m in a group of executive people. What should I do?

    • http://www.tjtaylor.net/english/ Alex Taylor – TJ Taylor

      Hi Grace – if you don’t feel confident about speaking, why not choose a couple of the tips above and try to put them into practice. Try to do that for 1 week, and then come back here and choose a couple more tips to add to your routine.
      It will take a few weeks, and lots of motivation and courage (especially if you’re speaking in a challenging and difficult situation!), but it’s worth it.
      There’s also a good guide to improving your pronunciation here: http://blog.tjtaylor.net/improve-your-pronunciation/
      Take some small steps first – breaking a large problem down into smaller pieces is always a good first step – and then perseverance and repetition.
      Good luck, and let me know how it goes!

  • sathish

    this is very helpful subject. thank you

    • http://www.tjtaylor.net/english/ Alex Taylor – TJ Taylor

      Happy to help!

  • ushen

    How can I join with the others??? I mean I want to use public speaking.. Like Skype etc…but how????

    • http://www.tjtaylor.net/english/ Alex Taylor – TJ Taylor

      If I understand correctly, you’re referring to part 6 about joining online conversation groups.
      If you scroll up and re-read that part you’ll find the link to the Skype conversation groups. You have to login with a valid Skype username, but there are hundred of groups and individuals there.
      Have fun!

  • sweety

    hi. I guess this article gave me confidence, that I could be confident in speaking English by implementing your tips. and the other thing is that I need help in understanding the native-speakers English Language.

    • http://www.tjtaylor.net/english/ Alex Taylor – TJ Taylor

      Thanks for the comment Sweety, that’s great to hear that you’ve gained confidence.
      Sometimes I need help to understand native-speakers from some countries as well!
      Scottish and some southern states in the US are difficult for me, until my ear becomes used to them.

  • Suraj

    Thats great to know that there is an article which helps people learn english and also you must be thanked for the great source!

    • http://www.tjtaylor.net/english/ Alex Taylor – TJ Taylor

      Thanks for the kind words!

  • Roja prasanthi

    Hi..Thank you so much for these tips.I can understand english language but the problem is that i can’t speak it fluently when i find myself on the stage and speaking infront of others.More over i am searching for the words while speaking to some one.How can i overcome this?

    • http://www.tjtaylor.net/english/ Alex Taylor – TJ Taylor

      Hi Roja, this is quite common, especially in stressful situations. There’s another article on this blog that will help you with building confidence in your English: http://blog.tjtaylor.net/increasing-confidence/
      Also, in a few weeks we have another guide coming out on this topic, about how to overcome nerves when speaking English in public. If I’m able to remember, I’ll come back and post the link here as well as soon as it’s published.

      • Virgilio Acepcion

        You are not alone, thats my problem too. When im speaking english in front of others i become nervous and no words come out on my mouth.

  • http://www.tjtaylor.net/english/ Alex Taylor – TJ Taylor

    It’s great that you like speaking English – this is key and means that you will succeed.
    It will take effort, time and perseverance, but try out 3 of the tips above, repeat them every day, and in a few weeks you will see the difference.
    Why not print out this article and put it in a place where you will see it every day, to remind and motivate you?

  • poonam sundas

    this article is really good and full off information, i also want to learn English. Could u plz help me to make a group?

    • http://www.tjtaylor.net/english/ Alex Taylor – TJ Taylor

      Have you tried the Skype conversation groups in the link above?
      It’s a good starting point, and there are also some good discussion groups on LinkedIn and Facebook, as well as in person of course around your local area.

  • Bishwajit

    Hi Alex, it’s good to see that a helping hand like you are here. Sure the tips you have given here will have given me a great piece of mind in speaking this global language as well. I am putting my problem about this language that I confronted and still confronting is that I actually belongs to one of sub-urban place in India. Now even when entire India has understand the value of learning this global language yet my this state don’t take it seriously of course reason is student itself but frankly speaking our state government has gaven a blow to this un-seriousness side wise.English is compulsory subject when you go for high school not before that. I am also the victim of this trend. I don’t know how much good my English is but whatever I have in these days have my own dedication to learn it during my high school and got help though English movies and song. I do got my chance to test my skill for entire 4 year but due to lack of confident I just let it slip by, as I was familiar with the regional language and quite fluent as well of that state, where I Completed my b.tech degree from. now I have enroll in master degree in same state again. so my question is what should I do this time. People around me keep speaking regional language even when I try to speak English

    • http://www.tjtaylor.net/english/ Alex Taylor – TJ Taylor

      I’ve noticed that we have a lot of visitors from India, as well as China, Brazil and the US (!?), so there’s a huge demand and interest in learning English.
      Regarding your question – I agree that listening to English songs, and even karaoke, is a great way to improve. If I understand correctly, your best approach is probably to focus on points 1, 3 and 6 of the list above, trying to practice every day – even if you have to enter it in your diary to make sure you always find time.
      Good luck with your studies!

  • Amulya

    Thanks dear, it is very usefull for people who want to learn & spaek english easily.

  • Deepika

    Hi,thanks for ur tips,but still i am afraid.what can i do to overcome this fear and i am studying engg second year,i can understand the english language but i cant speak it fluently and continously.moreover i am gud at hindi and i find myself more comfortable while i am speaking hindi

    • http://www.tjtaylor.net/english/ Alex Taylor – TJ Taylor

      It’s normal to feel afraid at the start of any activity, and it takes some time to become more confident. Have you seen this guide http://blog.tjtaylor.net/increasing-confidence/ ? My favourite techniques are the 2nd and 3rd points in that article – hope they help.

    • sri

      frs iam joining with urs

  • pinky

    Hi Sir,
    I am Pinky. I can understand english even American accent and reply back spontaneously in a short sentence. But the thing is I am not able to speak when they start conversation, I can speak very fluently inside but unable to express or speak louder, even if i start speaking louder my pronunciation of words goes wrong. Please help me out with this.

    Thank you!

    • http://www.tjtaylor.net/english/ Alex Taylor – TJ Taylor

      Hi Pinky – when it comes to articulating what you want to say, it’s good to practice using your mouth and tongue to form English words and sounds, which often need a different shape and position of your mouth compared to your native language. I can recommend karaoke, or mimicking television newsreaders.
      To practice and improve your pronunciation, there’s a good guide here: http://blog.tjtaylor.net/improve-your-pronunciation/

      • pinky

        Thank you so much Sir, I will do as you said and will let you know my status. :)

  • Manju

    Thanks for addition tips to talk English fluently . My problem is i can speak English very fast or pronunciation is not clear people ask what !! how should i correct. and need suggestion on writing English grammatically.

  • abirami

    its very useful .thank you

  • varun

    sir i can communicate in the better manner but i will get little bit nervous while giving presentations and in group discussions how to overcome it

    • http://www.tjtaylor.net/english/ Alex Taylor – TJ Taylor

      It’s normal to be nervous when you speak in public in front of a group of people or for a presentation.
      There’s lots of advice about overcoming these nerves in this guide: http://blog.tjtaylor.net/public-speaking/

      I hope it helps!

  • abhs

    when i was reading this article one question came in my mind,that is , is there have any example some one who was not good at english speaking but now days he became a great english speaker ?actually i have the same problem ,but few of tips helped me lot to improve my english .i tell myself about my goal ,what i actually want to be .reading books especially easy novels is very useful way of improving vocabulary and also build up the pronunciation ..sir i will follow your suggestion hope this will help even much faster.

    • http://www.tjtaylor.net/english/ Alex Taylor – TJ Taylor

      There are lots of people who started with little or no English and who now speak English very well. In some cases they are almost indistinguishable from a native speaker, depending on the accent.

      There are 4 great stories of real people who learnt English here: http://blog.tjtaylor.net/stories/

      And if you’re curious about how Shakira, Arnold Schwarzenegger or Penelope Cruz learnt English so well: http://blog.tjtaylor.net/celebrities/

  • Muneeb Khan

    Hi, I have seen that most people in this blog are interested in improving confidence and public speaking skills. Honestly, I am also looking for same and I believe reading such blogs will just motivate you and unless we don’t practice we cannot improve. We can form a small group of 5 members and practice speaking on a topic. Please let me know if anyone is willing to participate. Hope this will help. Regards,Muneeb([email protected])

  • Priyu Kakkar

    hello sir please help me how can i buit my confident level to speak in
    english i feel very nervous when i m trying to speak out in english…..

    • http://www.tjtaylor.net/english/ Alex Taylor – TJ Taylor

      It’s normal to feel nervous – try out the 9 tips in the article above to start with, then when you feel ready, move on to this article to build up your confidence in public speaking: http://blog.tjtaylor.net/public-speaking/

  • hemanth

    Hi sir Iam Hemanth.I like to speak English.I understand the words but not say answers I fill become shy for any mistakes are spoke and don’t form correct sentences in grammar wise.

  • M.A.J

    Hi, sir/mam Nice article for those people who can learn and speak English fluently and remove hesitation , but how can i improve vocabulary ?

    • http://www.tjtaylor.net/english/ Alex Taylor – TJ Taylor

      That’s a good question. My reply depends on whether you mean increase your vocabulary, or remember your vocabulary.

      For the first, read and watch, and read and watch. Anything that interests you and that you enjoy – read as much as you can and regularly.

      For the second, there are some techniques you can use to remember vocabulary better – there’s an explanation here: http://blog.tjtaylor.net/how-to-memorize-vocabulary-and-grammar/

      Hope that helps!

  • sudhakar

    I’m sudhakar I know english but the mistake of mine was during a conversation I spoke fastly that time I forgot all and can’t able to speak after

  • Saiful Nadzmi

    thanks for the article. It’s very helpful for me but as everyone knows i understand what people says but i just don’t know how to reply it. When i try to speak in english my friend will laugh at me and they said i tried so hard to speak in english. I want to be a english teacher but hmmm i dont know! I want to study in england and takes esl

  • SAM

    Hello sir,
    This article looks so promising. I was feeling very devastated but after reading this article and comments , I am feeling more confident.
    I am sure gonna try these steps. I hope I will become more fluent in English speaking.
    Thank you.

    • http://www.tjtaylor.net/english/ Alex Taylor – TJ Taylor

      That’s great to hear, and thanks for commenting.

  • vb

    Thank you for your guiding , It will help me to find the good way to learn English .
    Thanks ,
    VB

  • Ajay

    my problem i have good commond over english but my friend wanted me to teach but i dont know from where to start could u pls help in here….

  • Abrar Monir Shanto

    I also can’t speak english fluently but now I can. . First time my friends having a fun with this. But after a while they help me. You can speak fluently not only by reading and listening but also you have to practise a lot of. You can practice in two best way. One of that’s you can learn English in online and the other one is grouping. It helps me alot so I told you about that. Thanks.

  • sirisha

    sir everyone have one gole to become a doctor and police etc but i want to become a good english speaker for ever

  • raja

    I really thank to you for giving such a wonderful guide lines..I just understood that Practice is very essential to build our confident…Every small steps will help us to come up in our goals… I too struggling with how to talk in English even if I knew something about that in front of everyone… I can’t able to frame the sentence instantly …please give some tips that how could I over come this problem…and let me know is there any video files to practice???

    • http://www.tjtaylor.net/english/ Alex Taylor – TJ Taylor

      If I understand, you’re having problems creating sentences when you’re speaking in public?

      If so, I can recommend this guide http://blog.tjtaylor.net/public-speaking/
      Also, rather than watching videos, it’s actually better to video yourself when you are speaking English and watch it back.
      This helps you see yourself as other people see you, and so you can understand better what to do and what not to do.

  • sachin

    Hi’, sir my name is sachin. I like to speak in english but unfortunately i am unable to speak it.I understand what my friend is telling.today i will try to speak in english to make a more practise.Recently I know what to do for speak fluent english.I try out 3 of the tips above.

  • Devi

    I would like to speak in english with my circles but somehow i think that it would be shame if my pronounciation is bad and my grammar is suck. How can i do

  • tamilarasi

    yes..it’s really wonderful..i too practise today onwards..

  • abdulkarim omar

    Hello sir
    I could speak english well but the problem is I can,ot understand the native speakers little bcoz they speak faster plz give me some tips
    Thank u for yr effort

  • sanjay singh

    I am also speak in english with everyone but I feel nervousness in front of anyone that’s why I can’t say anything in english pls help me out of this problem. I am also see the dream I also speak the fluently in english no nervousness coming in my life.

  • anne

    Hello sir! Can u teach me through online? Speak in english is difficult for me. But I’m willing to learn more. And to speak quickly hehe.

    • http://www.tjtaylor.net/english/ Alex Taylor – TJ Taylor

      Hello Anne – yes, we do online courses by Skype and telephone for professionals which focus on improving speaking. If you’re interested, there are more details and prices here: http://www.tjtaylor.net/english/courses-telephone

  • Jak

    I am a Filipino and I am good in writing in the English language. But when it comes to speaking in English, I don’t know if I can do it continuously especially if I am talking with a fluent English speaker. Hopefully, this article would help me improve my fluency in English communication. Thanks a lot for this.:)

  • Patpat

    hi. thanks for the encouragement! :) those tips will help me to improve myself especially in speaking english. Thanks again!

  • ravyn

    Thanks, it is really inspiring for me at-least, after reading this blog. The tips are great and will start on with it … I have been procrastinating (learned a new word today) for a while and its now time i go on with learning English and more importantly how to speak fluently in front of large audiences. I have often come across situations when I am completely blank and then probably take in too much pressure and give up. I need to overcome these fears and I will…
    I have also read that learning phrases also ups speaking English fluently, however I have started it .. lets see how it goes. ..

    • http://www.tjtaylor.net/english/ Alex Taylor – TJ Taylor

      That’s the attitude of a winner! Inspiration and motivation really is the key, and once you overcome the procrastination that we all suffer from sometimes, you are already well on the way to improving your English and speaking confidently. Let me know how you progress!

  • Sunil Singh

    hello sir, this sunil , i read book dailly, try to think english but still i am not speak in english on phone or with friends although i am good in grammer. what shoud i do sir

    • http://www.tjtaylor.net/english/ Alex Taylor – TJ Taylor

      I don’t understand if you feel you can’t speak English on the telephone, or you don’t have the opportunity to speak on the telephone.

      It’s very important to absorb language, but also to produce it. Most of the points above are about a ‘safe’ way to practice producing language – I’d recommend choosing 2 or 3 of them and trying them out.
      Hope that helps!

  • Ederaldo Manoel

    Very good your article, Mr. Alex Taylor. I live in Brazil, my native language is the Portuguese and I want to learn English. It’s a dream I have. I understand a text, reading, but I don’t understand a native English speaker. This is my main problem. I hear many podcasts, and it repeat many time and I don’t see resulted.

    • http://www.tjtaylor.net/english/ Alex Taylor – TJ Taylor

      Hi Ederaldo – lots of native speakers also don’t understand other native English speakers!
      Luckily the majority of people who speak English are other non-native English speakers, such Germans or Taiwanese, but that’s not very helpful if you have to speak with Americans or Scots.
      What kinds of podcasts are you listening to? Is it mostly a problem with accents (you can understand Londoners but not Texans for example), or vocabulary, or is it more about the speed?
      Watching films that you have already seen in your language can help, but lots of films have difficult dialogue, action and strong accents.
      I can recommend listening to music, as well as listening to a podcast from umano every day for example.
      But most important of all, it needs perseverance. You will improve your listening comprehension, but it takes lots of motivation and commitment.

    • Tharundi Gamage

      Those tips will help me to improve my skills :)

  • Mae

    Hi sir.. My problem is that I know how to speak english but I don’t have the confidence to speak with others because I’m always thinking that my sentence is wrong.

  • Yeron Cristia

    Trust Your Teacher

    If you are following a course, remember that your teacher is there to
    create a safe environment for you to learn from your mistakes.

    I also can’t speak english fluently but now I can. . First time my
    friends having a fun with this. But after a while they help me. You can
    speak fluently not only by reading and listening but also you have to
    practise a lot of. You can practice in two best way. One of that’s you
    can learn English in online and the other one is grouping. It helps me
    alot so I told you about that. Thanks.

  • Bikash Sahu

    Dear Sir,
    This is Bikash sahu.I would like to tell that i m a quite good english speaker. i can talk with others in english. but m not finding people to talk. what to do. please help

  • Zahra

    Hi , I am going to FST ( foundation studies for the TOEFL test) classes right now , I understand each of the word and sentences the teacher says and I understand the books i read and the listening i hear, I don’t know exactly but I think I am good at writing too but when it comes to speaking, I get too nervous and worried not to make errors and mistake but instead I do. I feel like I lose confidence maybe but it really makes me sad and feel bad.

  • Nafisah Nahas

    Thanks for sharing this valuable information with us. You have mentioned very useful points. I will follow all the points. Speaking English is not difficult but need hard practice and strong will. While communicating in English we can solve these linguistic problems very easily. Svarna Institute deals with English speaking courses.

  • Payal

    Thank you for this encouraging article.

  • sri

    hai sir iam sri i like speake english fluently pls give me some tips

  • Dima Nedal

    Hello Mr.Taylor , my name is dima , my dream is to speak english fluently and interact easily with foreign people without say please repeat and without feeling shy when speaking english

  • Mohamedgani

    Hi Sir,
    I know english rules and flow.But i’m uable speak fluently.Kindly help me.

  • Sunil Maheshwari

    I think these nine points would cover all material areas for removisng hesitation for a new starter. This Points also helps me to be batter in english.

  • alim

    hello sir, im ali …i read this artical and Tank you so much for providing this 9 steps ..i hope ..one day i will speak fluently…

  • shiela

    it is necessary to learn english because it is our international language for all

  • haris

    hello sir i’m haris. i’m very obliged to you for these main tips which you aware us , before read these tips i was so discourage but when i saw these tips then after i’m going too much great but i’m not so good at english just fine especially in speaking skill my written power is fine but my speaking power is too bad i become fully stressful when i speak infront of others so please tell me that point by which i can speak well infront of others. . . .in addition i have a perseverance power to do or gain every type of thing …hope you understand whatever i want to share wd u ????

  • beverly pantinople

    hi i am a call center agent here in the philippines , but I never find my self as great as somebody who used to speak in english fluently. what to do to overcome this? :(

  • http://www.tjtaylor.net/english/ Alex Taylor – TJ Taylor

    Glad to hear it helped, and hope you enjoy the email blog updates!

  • abhishek

    hi sir i am abhishek.i really do speak well but the matter of fact i got operated on throat coz of that i cant spell out words clearly .If you would help me out it would be a great sir.I attend many interviews bt cant through cause of my accent .iam afrid if this happens to be like it is then sir i can hardly exist in this world .Please sugeest me ……

  • Sonam Lokhande

    HELLO SIR SAME SHIVA PROBLEM OF ME

  • Sonam Lokhande

    hello sir i m also interested in speaking english.. lekin samaj me nahi aa raha he starting kaha se karu… actuly me english me bahot weak hu… muje english me sirf read karna ata he or thoda bahot samaj me bhi lekin bolna or likhna nahi ata..pls help me…

  • amol kale

    Thanks…very promising article…will come back after 2 months by following above steps….will say come on my self !…will take full efforts to give results after 2 months…so will come back with your blessings….thanks again…

  • Sonal

    how can i generate new thoughts in my mind in english

    • The Veiled Viper

      thoughts have no language.. thoughts are just thoughts!

  • vicky

    Hello sir, I want to like speak in an english in corporate area with big crowd of people but when actually i was faces them i was felt fear infront of them. i dont know why i m felt fear ??
    i was felt that i was speaking wronly also at that time i have no more vocabulary when i m speaking in an english.
    Really i want to learn an english.

    please help me….

    • http://www.tjtaylor.net/english/ Alex Taylor – TJ Taylor

      Hi Vicky, it’s very common to be afraid of speaking in public, especially in a different language.
      I can recommend this guide, which will help you overcome some of the most common problems: http://blog.tjtaylor.net/public-speaking/

      Hope it helps!

      • mdzuber

        hi, sir my name is md zuber. i know that english is one of the easy language in the world many people speak it fluently. i also understand when our friends talking to each other.but i cant speak it?
        what should i do sir for this ?

        • mdzuber

          sir i everyday read newspaper, watching English news

  • vaasu

    Its really a helpfull tips sir..Thank You so much..Actually i can understand what my friends talking to me but i could’nt reply them by speaking english.

  • Sudam Chorghade

    Hello. My name is sudam from Pune India. This is a very good and useful steps for me to improve my english speaking. I am also not good english speaker but with the help of 9 easy steps i will speak in english one day. Thanks.

  • anil

    hi sir, how can i remove shyness, fear and nervousness from me, last time i went for an interview but due these 3 thing i cant able to stand more than 5 min in front of my interviewer although that was my first interview hi just ask me tell me about yourself for 5 mins and i finished it in 3 and than he ask me a simple question what is audio and didnt able to answer him although i knew the ans. please help me. is any institute help me out with this like ilingua

    • http://www.tjtaylor.net/english/ Alex Taylor – TJ Taylor

      Hi Anil, if you’re worried about using English during job interviews, we have a free workbook that you can download.
      It covers common interview questions, how to answer difficult questions, and how to reply to questions you didn’t prepare for. You can get it here: http://blog.tjtaylor.net/job-interviews/
      Good luck!

  • Hipilal Hansda

    Hi,i’m hipilal hansda, l always dream of speaking English fluently. But I get frustrated whenever I speak.Tell me how can I overcome my frustration?

  • serra

    Next week im going to make presentation for performance on behalf of my department but i feel so nervous to speak in front of big bossess and other staff.Before this, I always attend meeting conduct by my senior manager but I just speak when necessary and very rare to speak over than 5 minitus non stop. But for presentation, I need to speak with confidence and loud which is very dificult to me to do so.how do I built my confidence in front of crowded people?

    • http://www.tjtaylor.net/english/ Alex Taylor – TJ Taylor

      There are a couple of good articles here about presentations and how to give them in English – if you do a search I’m sure they’ll help, and good luck!

  • rupa kumari

    Hii sir ,l am rupa l can understand english also read and write but can’t speak .knowleage of english grammer is nessesary for speaking english ???

  • rupa kumari

    Sir knwlg of english grammer is necessary for speaking english??

  • mary

    hi I’m Mary I’m from Philippines I’d really want to learn more English speaking I’m so shy to my all friends because they really good to speak English I understand what they say but I want to learn more..

  • majid

    I’m very confuse the problem is I can’t speak English in my classroom I’m very easily speak english with my friends but in class room I can’t may be I’m to ready for this

  • majid

    Just tell me the some tips how I speak english in classroom

  • dipti

    hello sir i am dipti, i interested to speak english but i do not understand how can i talk this. i am very weak in english…..

  • Aalif Kamal

    I’m Aalif and it is an honour to communicate to you about communication.I can understand english speakly but I could not get it out of my mouth and I can’t figure out how to speak in American accent.It would please me if you help me out sir

  • tashi doma bhutia

    Hello sir ., I can speak english but not fluently n sometimes m pronunciation is so pathetic that I feel so embarrassed for this I read novels n watch eng movies but still am lacking behind … plzz help

    • http://www.tjtaylor.net/english/ Alex Taylor – TJ Taylor

      If you’re worried specifically about your pronunciation, this guide will help, which covers the 3 main areas of sounds, word stress and sentence stress: http://blog.tjtaylor.net/improve-your-pronunciation/

  • Olga

    Hello everyone! I definetly Know that fluently speaking comes with a wide range of vocabulary. So learn new words, find out some idioms and collocations. The more words u know, the more successful u will be. Be in luck.

    • http://www.continuecontent.com/ MD Kabirul Haque

      yes you are right. thanks.

  • rahul gupta

    Hi sir, I’m very fond of writing i come across many thoughts which i feel like expressing, but due to lack of vocabulary and grammar i don’t write much. please help me how should i start to be good in writing.

  • Rajesh Rawal

    Sir i understand english but i fell defficult to speak

  • Sammie Phoxx

    #my name is Sammie Phoxx from Ghana, i was disqualify from contesting a position in my school just because i couldn’t express myself very well……am so much disappointed in myself*******please help me join any of the online forum

  • sridhar

    Hi sir , while i am speaking with somebody in english, suddenly i am stoping in between ,and i could not getting how to spread the words and also how to expands the sentence conversation is totally going worng, what is solution for me how to speak clearly and confidence, with some one,

  • Rohit Tyagi

    hello sir, your tips are very helping. I have been learning English from childhood but somehow i feel that there is something left i don’t know. This feeling makes me nervous, can you tell me how to overcome this problem.

  • niraj ahuja

    Hi Sarah,

    I have a friend who has trouble when it comes to communicating in English and is often embarrassed in social gatherings. I am sure that this post will help him and many others who go through the same fear when it comes to the English language.

  • Ina Rubiatul Hasanah

    Hi Sir. I already worked 3 months in foreign company. My bos only can speak in english, so I should speak english fluently. I can understand what he said, but sometime I get nervous and can speak anything. But sometime I can’t understand what he said because he speak so fast, I feel so miserable. How to make an easy conversation? because I not good in grammar or tenses. Thank you.

  • Afni

    hi, I’m Afni .. Thanks for the tips you’ve made . I thought it will help me to improv my english.. Actually I can write a word in english and I can understand what people say a little bit but my problem is when I want to speak english I always confuse what should I say, Maybe because my vocabularies I know just a little .. So how can I rich my vocabulary ? it’s so hard for me to remember the vocabulary I’ve Read..

  • Barby

    Nice tips thank you sir …

  • Awanish Singh

    SIR I WANT TO SPEAK IN ENGLISH BUT HOW

  • Awanish Singh

    how can i speak any speech english to english

  • omar kh z

    yah me too sometimes when I want to talk with someone I become nervous and the words gone from my head yah I know what you feel

  • omar kh z

    hi guys I want friends who can help me to speak English with more confidence
    who want that rise his hand but I want from him to be patient on me because I not that kind of people like talk a lot

  • Arun Kumar

    This is good tips to improve speak english

  • yakshith

    Dear sir please help me to speak english because i m unable to communicate to others. please suggest me

  • Chamel oronea

    hello..I would like to improve my vocabulary in english but i dont know when should i start.I love reading and writing poems but i think my english words are too basic.I want to improve them and be a better english writer or speaker . what should i do?

  • MD Kabirul Haque

    I want to write and speak correct English.. Anybody is there to help me. It is very essential for me to speak and write. I feel handicap for English. I am not felling comfortable. If anybody is there to help me then please reply me or contact me [email protected]

  • Saddam bavagi

    hallo ., sir i m try speak in English but ., ,i dont have confident speak in english language

  • Saddam bavagi

    yes sir ., as seam problem hear.,

  • Farrah

    Hi there!
    I really want to speak fluently and hopefully you can help me out..
    I have a favor to everyone..Who among you guys have free-time? because I need someone who I can talk just to improve my Communication & Speaking Skills.

    • kashif

      hi Farrah i am kashif. i want to join you for conversation practice.

  • bahrain

    Hi there! I wanna learn how to speak English confidence because I wanna apply to the YES Program. It’s a scholarship to study the secondary in the US. I have to apply in 3 months, and I really want to get this scholarship and make my parents feel proud of me.

    • http://www.tjtaylor.net/english/ Alex Taylor – TJ Taylor

      Good luck!

  • Anupama Yadav

    It helped me!!!
    Thank u very much….

  • MUHIRWA SYLIVAN

    rights ,this is good advice for those one who fail to speak what they want to the public.

  • I don’t care

    hi sir need your help ??? can u ??

  • Joy

    Hi! Thanks for these helpful tips. I can speak and understand English but I guess I need more confidence in delivering it.

  • Shibaram Sahoo

    Sir I want to speak English without mistake How it is possible ?

  • Arbinda

    Hi this is Arbinda…your Suggestion is Very good.From today I would like to practice speaking English..Thank U

  • Amado Ocasla

    Hi.. I really want to speak English! Every time I see my classmates speaking English as if they were native speakers, I feel envious and lose confidence.

  • AUNI

    hai everyone…honestly i really like to speak english but i am always scared that i will make some mistakes and i always not confident with myself to speak faster in english with my friends..so sometimes i speak in front of the mirror that i think can help me to build my courage to talk in english…by the way thanks for sharing the tips, it is very useful for me

  • kumarg

    HELLO SIR,MY QAULIFICATION IS 9TH STANDER,NOW MY AGE IS 40,IN MY PAST LIFE I FACE SO MANY PROBLEM SO THATS Y, I CANT COMPLET MY EDUCATION ,BUT FOR MY FUTURE LIFE ENGLISH IS VERY BIG ROLL,LAST 20 YEAR IM IN GULF DOING JOB,WHEN I WILL BACK TO INDIA I LIKE TO DO A SOCIAL WORK,SO ENGLISH AND HIND WILL HELP TO CONVENCE PEOPLE IN EASYWAY,I LIKE TO SPEAK ENGLISH FULENTLY, FOR SOCIAL WORK ITS DOSENT MATTER WHAT IS UR QAULIFICATION,BUT WHEN U INTRACTE WITH LOTS OF PEOPLE LAUNGAGE IS VERY BIG ROLL TO ATRACT PEOPLE,EVERY DAY IM WATCHING EVERY NEWS WHEATHER ITS IN HIND OR ENGLISH,BUT SOME TIME ITS VERY DIFFICULT TO UNDER STAND ENGLISH,I ALWAYS TRYING TO SPEAK WELL, BUT AGAIN STILL I CANT UNDERSTAND THE GRAMMER,SO PLS HELP ME,AND GIVE THE WAY AND TIPS TO MAKE IT EASY.

    THANKS & REGARDS
    G KUMAR

  • kumarg

    THANKX I RECEVIED YOUR MAIL,
    WARM REGARDS

  • Cristian

    This is a great blog, it helps me to motivate myself more to learn English language. But for now I’m helping myself to communicating with other people with confidence. Next week is my Interview, and it helped me for being prepared. Thanks a lot!

  • Manish Agarwal

    Thanks for sharing such a great tips.

  • Michael

    Hi, my name is Michael. I was born in Ghana, just moved to Toronto, Canada. The people in my school cringe whenever i open my mouth to speak because, i have a ghanaian accent. Before, i moved to Canada. I was really good at speaking because we all had the same accent in Ghana but now out of shyness i cant even speak anymore. I dont really have many friends. Can you please help?

  • Virgilio Acepcion

    Hi there. Im also studying english right now. These are good tips for everyone and i hope i could reach my goal, to be fluent in english in a short period of time.

  • Livvvy

    I love how all of this is written in fluent English… j’aime pas

  • Kitty Tolentino

    hi sir i’m jeseca me too i want to learn and speak carefuly i’m very nervous to talk someone in english

  • Md Hazrat Ali

    good

  • Penny Sullia

    Hello sir,
    I have some struggles in speaking English with the native speaker.It’s like I.m not sure that my English is right or wrong or with grammar mistakes.
    Sometime I.m confidence and able to talk fluent but in some moment, I.ll be like choosing most suitable words.
    Could you please tell me how can I overcome these problems?

  • rajesh kumar ranjan

    hi good morning I am Rajesh Kumar Ranjan. I am not know speak english. pls. help me