Here are some great tips on how to practise your English speaking skills with a partner. If you live in a country where there aren’t many English speakers then you don’t have much opportunity to practise speaking English. This can be frustrating, especially if you want to improve your English speaking skills. But don’t worry, there are some techniques you can try without a partner to help your speaking skills.
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Here are our seven techniques that you can use to improve your English speaking skills without a partner.
Talk to yourself
This might sound strange and you might look crazy, but a great way to practise speaking English without a language partner is to talk to yourself. Start talking to yourself while you’re in the house. If you’re not sure what to say, then you can start by narrating what you’re doing. Then start speaking about your thoughts and feelings. Get into the habit of talking to yourself in the house and speaking English will become more natural.
It might be strange at first but it’ll quickly help with your fluency, as speaking English becomes more natural for you. The only problem with this is that you don’t want to annoy your family. But if you live alone, have some time alone in the day or your family just don’t mind, this is a great technique to help you out.
Try thinking in English
This might seem difficult but you can train your brain to think in a different language. Try and make a conscious effort to think in English rather than in your own language. If you think in English, you’ll find it easier to form sentences when you actually speak English. Start thinking about what you’re doing in English. Or if you have to work out how much something costs, try to do the maths in your head in English.
The more and more you do this, the better your spoken English will become. It might be difficult at first, but keep trying and you’ll notice your English start to improve.
Talk to your family, friends or partner in English
This one might be a bit more difficult, especially if they don’t speak English. But you can teach them English as you learn. So if you start saying easy things in English like ‘do you want a cup of tea?’ they’ll start to understand you more and more. Obviously don’t start with anything incredibly complicated, but if you can start introducing easy phrases into your home life then you family or partner will be able to learn at the same time, which would help you a lot.
This technique won’t just work with anyone. Your group of friends probably aren’t going to be very happy if you start speaking to them in English. To do this you need to make sure that the other person wants to learn English too, or that they don’t mind if you speak it to them. With this technique, I would recommend a partner or a close friend or family member. And if they don’t like it when you speak English to them, then you’ll have to stop.
Give short presentations
Decide you’re going to talk about something for two minutes and give a short presentation in English. You can pick any theme, for example you could talk about politics or art or a movie you’ve watched. Decide what you would like to talk about then talk about it for two minutes in English. It doesn’t matter if there’s no one to listen to it or if you’re on your own. The important thing is that you’re speaking in English, and you have the opportunity to talk about something a bit more interesting or difficult.
Record yourself speaking English and listen to it
No one likes the sound of their own voice, but recording yourself in English and listening to it can really help you improve. If you record yourself giving a short presentation or just saying your thoughts and feelings then you can listen back to it. If you do this every day and keep all of the recordings then you’ll also be able to see how you’ve improved over a month or a year. This can be a great motivational tool; seeing your own improvements always motivates you to do more.
Don’t worry too much about mistakes
Trying to improve your spoken English isn’t about being 100% grammatically correct. The most important thing for now is that you practise fluency and that you can express anything you want to say in English. You can concentrate on your grammar at a different time. Just get used to speaking and forgive yourself if you make mistakes.
A really fun way to practise your spoken English without a partner is to sing along to English songs. The internet is full of lyrics for every song that has ever been written. Just choose your favourite English song, find the lyrics and sing along to them. Keep trying until you can sing the song well. Then choose another song and try the technique again.
Not only is this fun, but it gets you used to the rhythm of language and it immerses you in English speaking culture by exposing you to popular music.
Although these are great tips for how to practise your English without a language partner, it always helps if you can find one. Many people think that if they can’t find a language partner in their city then they don’t have the chance to practise but that’s not true. there are lots of ways online to find a language partner to practise English with and you can read about them here.
What techniques do you like to use to practise your English speaking when you can’t find a language partner? Are there any tips and tricks you have that you could recommend to us? Let us know in the comments below.