English is considered as Global Language or business language. Communicating in English will help you to be successful at work and in your community. You have many reasons to improve your English. If you are working at an office every day and also taking care of a family, it may be very difficult to take time to go to classes. For these reasons it is useful to know some strategies for practicing English on your own.
Repeat silently what other said in English
When others speak in English, observe how they say something. Repeat what they said silently in your mind. Then repeat what they said quietly to yourself. First say it slowly and clearly, then say it to yourself at the same speed and rhythm as the person you were listening to. When you get a chance to speak to people, use this sentence appropriately.
Talk to people
Try to find opportunities to converse with people in English. You could talk about weather, neighbored, work, your children, your children’s school etc. Try to avoid controversial subjects such as party politics, religion etc. it’s OK to talk about the weather every day, and many people do this in almost any situation to open a conversation. We create friendships by suffering together!
Invite a workmate to join you for a coffee break
You can invite your friends for coffee break and make use this opportunity to develop your English speaking skill. People like it when you are interested in them. Ask them about their family, things they like to do, your family, your life and goals, your job, your free-time interests etc.
Form a study group
Take imitative to form a study group with other English learners once a week to study together. You can do various activities together to and develop your English speaking capacity. A systematic study with lots of English class exercises together will help you a lot for your improvement.
Plan to meet once a week or once a month with other English language learners. You could have a movie club or supper club. You could go to a museum, a park or just sit and listen to music together. You could show pictures and talk about a particular place or thing. Make sure you speak English most of the time, or if you can, all of the time! Challenge yourself at the first meeting to speak only English for 30 minutes, then 60 minutes the next time, then 2 hours the next time.
Listen to the radio and watch television
Listen to the radio and listen to English music, Watch television and movies. Try to understand the general meaning even if you don’t know every word. It will improve your listening capacity and help you to grasp the right pronunciation.
Unless we get the accent of the first language speaker, people will not understand us. So we need to acquire the correct accent of the first language speaker. We can improve ourselves by recording ourselves and evaluating our accent.
Pretend that you are an actor in a movie and speak out some dialogues and record it. Then you can stop recording and evaluate yourself. Try this process again till you get the correct accent. This helps to improve your pronunciation.
Think in English
Right now you might first think of what you want to say in your native language, and then translate it into English. Thinking in English without translating, helps you internalize the language. Think your daily activities and speak to yourselves in English. Internalizing English means you don’t need to remember the rules and pronunciations every time you speak. You just speak. Native English speakers have internalized the language and they just speak without thinking of grammatical rules. It is considered as the best method to improve your fluency in English.