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  • Hi, good morning, Julian here. So today I have a question from Bhuntay, I hope I pronounced

  • your name right, and John. Although, actually this question isn't unique to them it is a

  • question that I get asked very, very often. How to improve English speaking skills? So

  • that's the topic of today's video.

  • Okay, so how to improve English speaking skills? I have made videos about this before and basically

  • every person who makes English teaching videos on Youtube has made hundreds of videos about

  • this topic. Yes, there are thousands of videos on Youtube about improving speaking skills.

  • But I'm going to say that, well not just speaking but all English basically comes down to a

  • very simple two-step process. One, learn the language that you need to use in your specific

  • situation and two, do it. It really is that simple. It basically just comes down to those

  • two things. Learn what you need and then use it. And at first it might be difficult but

  • it will get easier over time.

  • This said, here are some tips, free tips, in fact, that will help you make the process

  • a little bit easier and a little bit faster. My first tip is to make very specific goals.

  • This is why I said learn the language that is specific to your situation. And I've talked

  • about this in the videos before, but the different situations need different kinds of English.

  • If you're going to be a news caster you're going to need very different skills to what

  • you're going to need if you just want to have a conversation on travel. If you need to use

  • English in your job for example giving sales presentations overseas, or being an Engineer,

  • or something to do with I.T. or something like that. Each kind of field is going to

  • need its own kind of vocabulary, its own kind of language. So make very specific goals,

  • really think about what you need in your situation and why, and focus on that.

  • My second tip is to focus on vocabulary more than grammar. The reason I say this is because

  • you can communicate a lot with only vocabulary. But with only grammar, you can communicate

  • nothing. And to be honest, although English learners learned a lot of different kinds

  • of grammar like the present simple and then the past progressive, and the past progressive

  • perfect and you know the list just goes on and on. There are so many of these kinds of

  • tenses and grammar forms. But the reality is that we don't actually use most of those

  • most of the time. So yes I guess you do need to learn them although I'm still not too sure

  • whether you actually do or not. I guess yes you do need to learn grammar but no grammar

  • isn't the most important thing. Definitely focus more on vocabulary much more than grammar.

  • Learn the words that you need for your kind of specific situation. Focus on that mainly.

  • My third tip is to try and get used to Speaking in phrases not in individual words. This is

  • where a lot of problem with kind of translating in your head comes from I think. It's kind

  • of the way we people teach in schools, white people get taught in schools. You learn grammar

  • rules and then you use that rule with vocabulary and then you, what you end up doing is you

  • end up having a sentence in your native language and then try to translate it. And that doesn't

  • work very well. Try and get used to speaking in phrases because we do tend to speak in

  • very fixed kind of way. There isn't much, we don't use much creative language if that

  • make sense. For example, this is why we have things like collocations, kind of fixed phrases.

  • You know we always say 'Good morning'. We don't say 'happy morning'. We always say 'ride

  • a bike', we don't say 'take a bike' with the meaning of riding it anyway. Whereas we do

  • say 'take a train' or 'take a taxi' but we don't say 'ride a taxi' so much. Try and get

  • used to speaking in these kind of chunks, in these kind of phrases and you'll find things

  • to be much, much easier. Because you don't need to rely on grammar rules quite so much.

  • If you want specific exercises for learning these kinds of phrases, these chunks and getting

  • better in using them, check Doing English+. It's not free but I provide a lot of exercises

  • for building fluency with this kind of chunking and using phrases.

  • And that's about it. Again to be honest it really does come down to these two things,

  • learning the language you need then doing it. Again check out Doing English+ for more

  • kind of specific exercises and things you can do to speed up the process but that is

Hi, good morning, Julian here. So today I have a question from Bhuntay, I hope I pronounced

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