13 September, 2019
This post is a continuation of our improving conversational English series. Please read more on this topic in Part 1.
Music is an international language. The emotions you feel when listening to a song are not only conveyed by the lyrics but other things as well. The instruments, melody, speed of the song... they all play a role.
At this point, you must already be thinking of an English speaking song. Why not sing it out loud? Sing it like nobody is around you. The more catchy the song, the better. Improving conversational English with music is a fun way to repeat phrases over and over. Practise makes perfect...pitch perfect!
Depending on where you live, there might be a lot of English speaking foreigners around you. If you live in a city, they will be there. There are always small foreign communities in a big city. If you live in a rural area, there might not be as much. Either way, it's not a bad idea to find foreign friends that are fluent in English.
These people will be more than happy to help you. It might be that you have to pay a tutoring fee, or they might want a local friend. Either way, this method is the most effective for improving conversational English.
When I was in South Korea, I worked at a University. Many students wanted to learn English but did not have the money to do so. The solution was simple - language exchange.
As I was a foreigner in their country, I wanted to know some words or phrases that would make my life easier. So what we did was meet once a week and spend time learning each other's languages. We spoke English most of the time, but I learnt some cool tricks that helped me living in Korea. If you have time, this is a great way of improving conversational English.
Okay, not your grandma! But what I mean by this is practise improving conversational English with anyone. Even if it is with someone who does not speak English. Teach them!
The best students are those who can teach. Because if you can teach something, you must understand it first.
What are your ways to improve conversational English? Feel free to let us know on social media using the hashtag #conversationalenglish. Or join Xplore English on one of our conversational English programmes. On our programmes, you can learn conversational English and travel at the same time.