You still cannot speak English although you have learnt for many years? That certainly is not only the matter of one or a few students but also the problem of many English learners. But actually it’s not hard to speak English as a native speaker.
The main reason for the Vietnamese “dumb” English is that when we started learning English, we learn grammar only. In secondary and high schools, English is focused on grammar and sentence writing, listening skills and speaking skills are not practical. Therefore, Vietnamese students are better at English grammar than native speakers, but still can not communicate in English, except for those who study English as their major.
Practicing to speak English should begin with listening to English. What you hear is considered as the premise, which is the initial capital for speaking English. Watching English movies is a good hint for practicing listening because you can watch movies and learn English phrases right in the real context of life. In the movie, phrases, slangs, idioms, or simple and emphasized words such as “Oh my God” will appear and immediately you can imitate.
Start practicing your speaking from simple sentences like that, which are considered reflexion in English. To speak well, first of all speak right, before speaking right, to speak. Vietnamese children are often taught a lot of grammar since they began learning English, so refreshing English in the form of speaking is often very rare. Therefore, we must practice speaking from the beginning, not just listening and writing.
Difficult to start practicing English
When you start to practice speaking English, you may encounter some problems such as mispronunciation, speechlessness, or you can think a lot but when saying you forget all of them. These things can be overcome during the time you practice.
– First, you have to practice correct pronunciation so that others can understand exactly what you want to convey. At first, write what you want to say on paper, read aloud several times so that your brain hear and remember. Then try to repeat those sentences without looking at the paper to hear your voice and your pronunciation.
– Once you get used to it, say whatever you see around you. There is no need for a complete sentence, just practice your English speaking habits.
– The last thing is the most difficult thing. Why can you think a lot but forget all when it comes out? It’s because you do not think in English. Let’s think logically, think in English and don’t think in Vietnamese.
Speaking English requires a continuous period of training to reach a professional level, because the path from the brain to the mouth is a far cry from the thought.