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Hello again.
In this video I am going to teach you 3 easy tips
to quickly improve your spoken English.
These 3 tips are:
1. Slow down
2. Move your mouth
3. Speak up
You’ve probably heard one if not all
of these tips before but they are extremely
important when it comes to clear,
understandable spoken English.
So let’s talk about each one...
The first one is, slow down.
This is one tip you’ve probably heard more
than anything else and that’s because
slowing down when you speak will cause
the most dramatic improvement
in your English pronunciation.
This is because it engages your audience and gets
them interested in what you have to say.
Have you ever noticed how slow
and controlled a politician speaks?
Good public speakers know that when they talk
slowly and controlled that their audience listens
more closely to what they have to say.
Their audience is engaged because the
speaker is not in any hurry.
It’s easier to listen to someone who speaks
a little slower than someone who speaks too fast.
It’s very natural to feel rushed while speaking.
We usually put that pressure on ourselves
feeling like we need to get our message
out fast before we lose our listener.
The reality is, as you slow down,
your listener will feel more comfortable and relaxed
which makes them more interested
and engaged with what you have to say.
Another reason to slow down is to give
your listener time to keep up with
what you have to say.
If English is not your first language
you will have some difficulty with sentence order,
vocabulary, and pronunciation.
Your listener knows this and for the most part
will be very patient as long as you slow down and
give them time to keep up with the conversation.
When a native speaker hears a word they do not
understand it is natural for them to try and correct
that word in their head before they can
continue listening to your message.
They have to work harder to understand your
message because of the errors that you make.
When you speak slowly, you allow your listener
to make that correction in their head
and still be able to follow the rest of the
conversation. On the other hand,
if you speak quickly and don’t allow time
for your listener to make the corrections
in their head, you will lose them,
they will get frustrated because they can’t follow
the conversation, and then they
will most likely give up.
The final reason to slow down
is to allow more time for your mouth to keep up.
English sounds require a lot
of movement in the mouth.
There are very specific positions the mouth
needs to be in for you to make the correct sounds.
When you speak quickly your mouth does not
have time to get into the correct positions
to make the correct sounds.
When you slow down and take your time
while you speak, you are then able to get your
mouth in the right positions which makes your
message much more clear and understandable.
The second easy tip to quickly improve your
spoken English is to move your mouth more.
Just like I was saying before, English
sounds require a lot of movement in the mouth.
There are very specific positions the mouth
needs to be in for you to make the correct sound.
These correct English sounds require movement
of the mouth, tongue, lips, teeth, and throat.
All of these structures need to move and work
together to make the correct sounds of English.
In this course you will learn the correct position
for each of the most difficult sounds of English
but for now I want you to understand
the importance of moving your
mouth more than you usually do.
Think of your mouth as a musical instrument
such as a trumpet.
A trumpet has a nice big opening at the end
that allows sound to escape loud and clear.
What if I were to take a towel and
cover up half of the opening to the trumpet,
how would it sound?
It would sound muffled, right?
It would be much quieter and the sound
wouldn’t come out as strong and clear.
The same goes for the
movement of your mouth.
If you only open your mouth half way
and don’t move your mouth, tongue, lips,
and teeth enough, then the sound coming out
of your mouth will sound muffled and unclear.
On the other hand, if you open your mouth more
and allow the sound to come out unrestricted
then you will have a much
stronger and clearer voice.
Let me show you an example.
What if I were to introduce myself this way...
Hi, my name is Annie Ruden
and I live in the United States.
I didn’t move my mouth very much.
How well were you able to understand me?
You might be able to understand me
but it probably took a little more effort on your part.
Now, listen while I introduce myself
while moving my mouth more...
Hi, my name is Annie Ruden
and I live in the United States.
Did you see how much more movement
there was in my mouth and did you
hear the difference in the sound?
A great way to practice this technique is to
speak in front of a mirror.
When looking into a mirror you can see
how much you move your mouth.
The exercise I will give you today will require you
to use a mirror and practice opening your mouth
wider to make bigger movements in your mouth.
The third and final tip I have for you today
to quickly and drastically improve your spoken
English is to SPEAK UP!
Speaking up means to speak louder.
Have you ever been listening to music and wanted
to hear the words of the song better?
What did you do?
You probably turned up the volume.
Once the volume was up then you could better
understand what the singer was saying.
Often times my clients will speak very quiet.
Sometimes they speak quietly because it’s part
of their personality; they are very shy
and quiet but most often it is because
my clients are not confident in their
pronunciation of words so they speak quietly
so their listener will not hear their mistakes.
This is a big problem because not only are
they probably mispronouncing words but
they are also speaking so quietly that the listener
has to work even harder to hear what is being said.
You must understand, English
is not your first language.
You will most likely not say every
word correctly and that’s okay.
Through this program you will improve in your
pronunciation so that you won’t
make so many mistakes.
But you need to be okay with the idea
that you are going to make some mistakes.
As long as you speak loud enough and slow enough
for your listener to hear and
follow what you are saying,
the mispronounced words won’t be
that big of a deal. Your listener won’t
care very much. Your message will be heard and
understood enough for a pleasant conversation.
The goal in all three of these tips is to make it
easier for your listener to listen to you.
You do not want your listener to get
frustrated and give up on the conversation.
You need to do all you can to make
sure you create an easy experience for
your listener and this can be done by:
Slowing down
moving your mouth
and speaking up
Now, I have a practice exercise for you
to practice this week.
Print out the worksheet titled:
‘3 easy tips’ right now.
I am going to read through this worksheet
so you can get an idea of how I want you
to read it. Once I finish reading through it,
pause the video and read through it on your own.
You will concentrate on only 3 skills right now.
Slow down, move your mouth, and speak up.
Here we go...
3 Easy Tips to quickly improve my spoken English:
Hi, my name is ________________
and I’m learning to speak English
with an American accent.
I found this great program called Pronunciation Pro
where I learn everything I need to know about
English pronunciation and the American Accent.
As I practice these skills,
I will be better understood by native English
speakers and English speakers around the world.
In this lesson, I’m learning how to slow
down so my listener has time to
follow what I’m saying.
I’m also learning to move my mouth more.
I’ve learned that if I don’t open my mouth
and move it, then my listener will have
to work harder to understand me.
The final thing I’m learning, is to speak up.
I know that when I speak louder it’s easier
for my listener to hear what I have to say.
If I use these 3 tips in my daily conversation
then I will find more success in my interactions
with native English speakers and
English speakers around the world.
Okay, now pause the video
and read through this worksheet.
Great job. Now I want you to print out
the worksheet, if you haven’t already,
and find some tape.
Go ahead and tape the worksheet
to a mirror in your house.
The most ideal place is a bathroom mirror
or some place where you get ready in the morning.
Using these 3 tips, I want you to practice
reading this passage while you get ready.
I want you to do it in front of the mirror
so you can watch the movements of your mouth.
Make sure you are making bigger
movements with your mouth then you usually do.
The 3 tips are written at the top of the
worksheet to help you remember to use them.
Read through the worksheet at least 5 times
out loud every morning.
Below this video there is also an mp3 recording
of me reading this passage so you can listen to
an example of how to slow down, move
your mouth, and speak up.
Now go tape this worksheet
to your mirror and practice!
Good luck,
and I’ll see you again in the next video.
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