Speaking better English - More Tips on Speaking more fluently
Don't be afraid of making mistakes. We all make mistakes. Look at what you want to do and that is to speak better English. The key is to Practise. This is where the articulate app is incredibly useful. You can choose a book and then read it out loud. The Book has chosen the vocabulary for you so you don't need to wonder what to say, but instead practise getting the sound just right., so that others can understand you clearly.
Listen carefully to what other people say. Watch the news, especially using the subtitles. Listen to as many different people as you can. How do they talk?
Practise, Practise and Practise. The articulate app allows you to practise as much as you want and doesn't put you down.
Celebrate your successes. When you get what you said just right then give yourself a reward. Each time you get something right you are one step closer to speaking better English. Be proud of yourself and use this success to spur you on to improve once more.
Many people say that talking to yourself is the best way to improve, but talking to the articulate app is even better. The app can give you hints at what you are doing wrong, something that talking to your self can never do.
Try some tongue twisters, to improve your diction. The most famous in English is possibly
Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers. How many pickled peppers did Peter Piper pick?
She sells sea shells on the sea shore.
The idea of the tongue twister originally came from the art of alliteration. This is as you probably know all about using words that start with the same letter to try and put some emphasis in text, prose or a poem.
From Ozymandias by Shelly
Boundless and Bare
The lone and level sands
The use Here is for more effect when spoken.
Now other words are used to create sentences that are deliberately hard to say
Round the Rugged Rock the Ragged Rascal Ran..
These sentences can help with trying to improve the diction and how easily words can be made clear in each sentence that is said.
In the play Pygmalion the story is about taking a flower girl off the streets with a typical cockney accent and to teach her how to speak like a young lady, which in the end lifted her out the gutter into High Society. In this the author used
In Hertfordshire, Herefordshire and Hampshire Hurricanes Hardly ever Happen.
The word that is so hard to say in this sentence is the word ever because all the other words begin with the letter H and the tendency to say “Hever” is overwhelming.If you would like to to get the app and try it out on your Android or Apple phone or iPad then visit https://www.articulate.xyz/Alpha-Testing.html