Babbling – an inarticulate and meaningless speech. Babbling is a condition very common to children. It is a stage wherein children seem to be uttering sounds but they cannot produce any clear speech. Though babbling is common for children at a very young stage, babbling in adults is a big no-no.
Speaking in front of other people, especially in a large crowd, brings cold feet to anyone. It takes a whole lot of confidence to stand firmly in front of an audience delivering a talk. Once you feel nervous while talking, you will start babbling until you realize that the words you are saying are confusing and somehow almost inaudible.
Since a lot of Filipinos take speaking examinations as part of English proficiency examinations, it is important to learn how to speak English fluently. Here are some things to bear in mind.
1. Watch the news.
News anchors are very confident when they speak English. Their stance and their delivery are almost perfect. Have these role models when you are practicing your speaking skills. Imitating how they speak is a good start. Take note of the stress and the manner of how they deliver the words clearly.
2. Improve your vocabulary.
Reading a lot helps you in speaking through the new vocabulary you acquire. When you read, highlight new words and write their definitions. It is important to know many vocabulary words to express ideas more effectively and appropriately. With these new vocabulary words, you will not have any problem repeating the same word in your sentences.
3. Use English every day.
Do you enjoy listening to music? This is best in developing your speaking skills. Tune in the radio while working or on a break. Embrace English in your life. Initiate simple English conversations with friends and family members.
4. Have a speaking partner.
Have a friend who can practice English with you. Create scenarios like a talk show wherein your friend can ask you questions and have a very interactive conversation. It does not have to be something formal. The thing here is learning and developing your English skills in a fun way. Furthermore, you will develop your confidence in speaking the English language.
5. Learn from your mistakes.
When speaking in English, some might notice that you commit some mistakes in correct you. Don’t feel bad about this. Be thankful that people are taking an extra effort in helping you learn English. Learn from these mistakes and do better next time.
Speaking English fluently takes practice and time. Hence, as early as today, start by embracing English in your life. Simple conversations are a huge step towards being the best English speaker.