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How to speak English fluently

Communicate confidently with these 7 top tips

Learning how to speak fluent, confident and natural English is an achievable goal. Every English learner is different, but there are a number of easy ways to improve in a reasonably short period of time.

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7 tips on speaking English fluently and confidently


1. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes

Your goal is to deliver a message, not speak perfect English, with the right grammar and vocabulary. Even native English speakers make mistakes!

2. Practise, practise, practise

Practice makes perfect. Constantly look for opportunities to test out your spoken English. Busuu's Conversations feature, for instance, provides an easy way to speak English and get feedback from with native speakers around the world.

3. Listen

The more you hear, the easier it will be for you to speak better English. You’ll start speaking more fluently and confidently in conversations, learning how to give your opinions in English with new expressions and idioms.

4. Celebrate success

Every time you talk to someone in English is an achievement. Every single interaction you have, no matter how small, will help you improve your skills over time. Be proud of your progress.

These first four tips help provide the best way to start speaking English with ease. The following three steps will help take your English speaking skills to the next level...

Further improve your English speaking skills with our final 3 tips

Think in English to speak English fluently

5. Think in English

Go from speaking good English to great English by thinking in the language. You’ll find it difficult at first, but after some time you’ll learn how to switch between speaking English and your first language.

Talk to yourself to speak English fluently

6. Talk to yourself

It will look funny, we know. But by talking to yourself in English in front of the mirror for a few minutes each day, you will learn when and how to use different expressions. You’ll also learn where you make most of the mistakes.

Tongue twisters to speak English fluently

7. Tongue twisters

Tongue twisters help improve your diction teach you how to speak quickly. Practise with tricky sayings like this: “The thirty-three thieves thought that they thrilled the throne throughout Thursday".

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Topics you could speak about on different levels

Levels Topics
A1 Leading general conversations in English
Discussing people and their characters
Your job and hobbies
A2 Talking about travelling and planning trips
Home and work
Health and wellness
B1 How to describe lifestyles
Cultures and entertainment
Feelings and emotions
B2 Discussing elections and politics
Life choices
The modern world