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Practice spoken English in effective ways

I am eagerly to improve my spoken English now. More fluently and more natual.I found we can learn language knowledge in the classroom,however,we have so many other important things need to learn out of the classroom.Take speaking for an example,I feel it's difficult for us to make great progress only in the classroom.Consequently,it seems I still can not master it after many years of English studying.The reason is we do not have enough opportunities to interact with others.Actually,it's a little strange to speak English with our Chinese friends or other people who speak the same language as us in dialy life.Because we don't have such language enviornment.

So recently I'm seraching for some online chat rooms where people can speak English.The thing is the people on those chat rooms are not suitable for me.

I want to ask if there is any cummunity online or on skype where people gather together to dicuss any topics in English. I think this can contribute to my spoken English.tks!

  • Nov 8 2013: Anna,
    Here I am again. But this time it only involves a one time advice on the how to be a proficient conversationalist in English, because I had the experience in my life.
    In order to be one, you have to be very good in:
    1. Having a very good English vocabulary and the knowledge of the current speaking style and grammar in English. The solution to do that is to read broadly on many topics, while concentrate on the style and proper use of the words, especially the "prepositions" and the "adjectives". An ideal objective is that you can read a whole 2 pages in some books or journals with only one or less words/expressions that you don't understand without the help of a dictionary. When I was your age, I read almost all the issues of the Readers Digest and the Saturday Evening Post (now extinct) and I usually got by without a dictionary while reading them.
    2. Having a good comprehension of what the speaker was saying in usual speed and clarity. To achieve the necessary proficiency, you need to listen to speakers in TED talks, by first reading the script, followed by listening to the speech. After you improve your ability, then you can listen to the speech without reading the script first.
    3. You need to sharpen you ability to think every speech or question and answer strictly in English to English, without going through Eng-to-Chn-to-Eng translation. Sometimes, one could remember, by instinct, the proper terms in Chinese, but couldn't come up with the corresponding English word, at least within a split second. That's a blemish if you want to have a smooth and proficient conversation. For the training of such ability, you only need to collect, or LISTEN to, a series of recorded questions in English, then try to speak out loud the proper answers for each, in reasonable time gap in normal conversational exchange.
    In other words, with the above suggestions, you could train yourself, and don't have to join in a real conversation on the internet for your goal or purpose
  • Nov 3 2013: Hi Anna Young,are you an english major student at university?if you are,I thinkyou can try to get any chance to talk to your classmates and english teachers as long as you can.if u aren't,you need to get luck to meet a foreigner to talk to you.Good luck.
    • Nov 3 2013: Thank you.

      Maybe I can find some groups on skype where members can discuss interesting topics.
  • Nov 1 2013: Yes,there are many foreigners here and there. But I don't encounter them very often.
    I want to practice English regularly.Now I can find many opportunities like TED conversation to practice
    English in writing.People can exchange ideas and thoughts.This is great. But I'd also like to improve my
    speaking.I believe it can be improved through interaction.
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    Nov 1 2013: If you want to talk in English , everything is possible . There're so many foreigners inside and outside China. Just do it~!:)))))