Subtitles section Play video Print subtitles Do you ever feel nervous when you speak English? Or when you're just about to start speaking, you suddenly panic and forget everything you know as soon as you open your mouth. Hello, everyone, Anna here from englishlikeanative.co.uk. Now, today, I'm going to share with you five top tips to help you to improve your fluency and increase your speaking confidence. And, to help you build your vocabulary, hang on to the end of the lesson, where I will review the expressions that arise during our session. Now, as always, I've created a free PDF for you to download that includes all the tips and vocabulary, plus a special e-learn challenge. Just click on the link provided and register for your download. Let's go. Tip number 1: Switch It Up Switch your pleasure activities into English. We all love to relax after a hard day's work with a good book or a Netflix series. Well, why not squeeze in an English lesson at the same time? One of the easiest ways to improve your level of English is exposure to the language. By changing the language setting on your latest series or enabling English subtitles for your best-loved YouTuber, you increase your exposure with just a click. Want to take it a step further? Why not re-read your all-time favorite book in English? Re-reading or re-watching material can make it easier to follow and pick up new vocabulary. You already know the story. And it's always useful to have a notepad with you to make notes of new words and phrases you like. This may seem like a little thing, but these small changes can lead to big results. Just give it a try. Top tip number 2: Sing Your Heart Out Become a kitchen karaoke superstar. Singing is great for fluency; it helps us to understand how words work together in a sentence. Depending on the song, you can practice many different parts of speech. A repetitive dance song can help perfect pronunciation, and a wordy song can widen your vocabulary and improve speaking rhythm. Not only that, singing loudly releases endorphins and, in turn, gives you confidence. So, learn the correct lyrics to your favorite English songs and turn up the volume. ♪ Oh, I think that I found myself a cheer leader...♪ I need to learn those words. Tip number 3: Be the Hostess with the Mostest Do you enjoy spending time with friends and family? Well, next time you get together, why not do it in English? Organizing fun, English-only events at home can be a great way to practice fluency in a natural way. It could be a sophisticated dinner party... "Oh, please pass the salt." ... a competitive games night... "It's a plane, it's a... it's a bird!" ... or even a cosy movie marathon, with English films, of course. This is a great way to include your friends in the learning process, too. Tip number 4: Work It Out Nowadays, many of us want to keep our bodies fit and healthy on a daily basis, and it's a great opportunity to incorporate English. English workout videos are fantastic for imperative practice. Or do you prefer running or going to the gym? Well, this is the perfect time to tune in to an English radio station or podcast. Most stations are now digital and everyone can listen worldwide. So, exercise your body and brain next time you work out. Top tip number 5: Go On Record A great way to improve your fluency skills is to record yourself speaking in English. It could be a voice message sent to a friend or even talking to yourself out loud during your daily routine. I often encourage the members of my conversation club to use voice notes in our Telegram group. That way, they are continuing to practice speaking in between our conversation classes. Now, listening back to your own voice can help you identify problem areas, either with grammar or pronunciation. Being the listener as well as the speaker will greatly improve your communication skills. And, if you'd like more information about my conversation club, then go to englishlikeanative.co.uk, or click on the link in the description below. Now, let's take a closer look at some of the key expressions from today's lesson. "Switch it up" is a phrasal verb; it means "to change something for the better or just to be different". We usually say this when we are bored of our usual routine and need a change. "I'm bored of salad; let's switch it up and order Chinese." "Sing your heart out" is an expression that simply means "to sing with lots of passion". ♪ Oh, no, not I; I will survive ♪ "The hostess with the mostest", this phrase simply refers to someone who is wonderful at organizing a good party or dinner party. If you call someone the "hostess with the mostest", then you're giving them a compliment on a job well done. "Wow, amazing food, wine, and musical entertainment. She was the hostess with the mostest.” To "work out" is also a phrasal verb; it can have two meanings. 1. To "exercise"; usually, the type of exercises with weights or aerobic movement. "I’m working out." ♪ You’ve got to work it out. ♪ The second meaning is to "solve a problem". "We need to work out how much everyone owes for food." To "go on record", we use this expression when we "say something publicly or officially". When we report a crime, we go on record. Fun fact: "Record" is a homograph. In its noun form, we pronounce it /ˈrekɔːd/, /ˈrekɔːd/. However, in its verb form, we pronounce it /rɪˈkɔːd/, /rɪˈkɔːd/. Stay tuned for more homographs in the future. Now, it's about time we practice some speaking, so come and speak with me in this well-prepared role-play lesson. I recommend that you record yourself, and then, later, listen back. I'll see you there.