Learning to speak fluent English requires consistent practice and some smart work. Many learners struggle to familiarize themselves with English pronunciations- a tricky aspect of the English language, however not impossible to master. This is why spoken English classes are the smarter choice when learning to speak fluent English.
Traditional textbook practice lessons or group lessons as well as rote techniques will not make the cut. Let us break this down further:
- Phonetics- English is often called a funny language because you cannot standardize English word pronunciations as their spellings. There are a total of 44 letter sounds in English. For example- Words with alphabet “p”- “pit” and “tip” are all pronounced differently!
- Homophones- A homophone is a word that is pronounced the same (to varying extent) as another word but differs in meaning. For E.g. “He read a book” & “Roses are red” Or Words rain, rein, reign all have different meanings and spellings but have similar pronunciations!
- Native English Speakers- If letter/word sounds weren’t enough, different countries pronounce words differently. Not only do native English speakers have accents, they also have unique pronunciations. For E.g., American stress on each “r” in a word while Britishers tend to make “r” sounds when it’s the first letter in a word.
- Training your ears- Acing pronunciations requires consistent practice. You cannot learn it simply by rote methods or from textbook lessons. The first step to English fluency is practicing English speaking with a friend/tutor and learning from your mistakes.
These are just a few examples that highlight the need for spoken English practice for English fluency. At Speechify, we consider each student unique. We identify their English fluency requirements and offer customized lessons for faster outcomes. Each lesson is designed in a manner that the student converses in English for 50 to 70% of the class session.
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