How to improve your English speaking

How to improve your English speaking

Are you looking for ways to develop your English speaking skills? Here are four tips to improve your fluency, pronunciation, accuracy and conversation skills.

If you're looking for ways to improve your spoken communication in English, you're not alone. 

'How can I improve my English speaking skills?' is one of the most popular questions we get asked. 

So here's what everyone wants to know. Read on for four tips to improve your fluency, pronunciation, accuracy and conversation skills in English.

Speak English to practise and improve

Speaking a language is a skill, like driving a car, playing a musical instrument or learning to swim. 

To be a good driver, you need to practise driving. You can read a book about car mechanics. You can study the rules of the road. But nothing is as good for your driving as spending time behind the wheel of a car, actually driving.

It's the same with speaking English. No matter how much you study grammar and vocabulary, if you don't practise spoken communication, it's very difficult to get good at it. 

So maybe you talk to yourself in English as you go about your day. Or maybe you look for opportunities to chat in English with people you meet. But however you do it, the most powerful way to improve your English speaking skills is to use them. 

Find people to talk to

OK, so you want to practise, but who can you speak English with? 

Do you know anybody in your network who speaks English? Maybe you have friends or colleagues at work that you can speak English with. 

If not, look for 'meetups', social events for people interested in practising languages. Or what about a language exchange? You find someone who is learning your language, and in exchange they speak to you in English. A language exchange app can also be a great way to find a conversation partner. (Remember to stay safe when connecting with new people in person or online.)

Practising English socially is fun! You get to know new people. You use your English for real communication. You adapt to each other's level and direct your own learning.

All this means you learn the skills and language you need fast. And you don't forget them.

Record yourself speaking

Listening to a recording of your own voice can feel strange. Especially talking in English.

But, once you get used to it, recording yourself speaking can be a powerful tool for improvement.

The big thing it helps is confidence. I bet you, the first thing you notice when you listen back is that you speak English better than you thought!

Another thing is pronunciation, or just feeling the words in your mouth. Speaking a foreign language is a physical workout for your mouth, and you want to get in the gym!

You're also practising fluency. Next time you have to talk about that same topic, the ideas and words will flow more easily.

By training yourself to notice and correct mistakes, you'll improve your accuracy too.

Work on your listening skills

Watching series and films in English, or listening to audio designed for your level, is great for your pronunciation and intonation. 

Listening to English is also a good way to notice how grammar is used or to pick up new words and phrases.

But not only all of that! 

Here's the big one. 

Being a good listener is a really important part of a good conversation. We often forget this when we're concentrating on what we're going to say.

You don't even need to be that good at speaking English. If you can listen, understand and show interest, people will absolutely love talking to you.

And that means more English speaking practice, more opportunities to improve your speaking and more of that lovely, warm feeling that happens when you use your English to connect with someone.

Enjoy improving your spoken communication in English! Choose one tip from this article and start improving your English speaking skills right away.

Jo Gore


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Submitted by Nandkishorsingh on Wed, 11/10/2023 - 04:40


Yes when you read any topic then improve our readings skills

Submitted by marthin damanik on Wed, 20/09/2023 - 04:24


I write this comment to encourage myself that I will be a good speaker the next day. Pematang Siantar, 20 September 2023. MD

Thank you for the helping me to share like me and also the other. And i hope is you have more people you give help to learn the improve such as students and other people when are that need learn about English language.

Submitted by Seeme on Mon, 18/09/2023 - 14:19


Hi, I have Grammer issue, plus I need to improve my English speaking power. Unfortunately, I do not have any English speaking friend in my list who can help me to improve my English speaking skill. Will be glad if someone help me in this regard.

Hi Seeme,

Several of the tips above are for people in your situation, who don't have an English-speaking friend to talk to. I'd recommend the tips about recording yourself speaking and working on your listening skills too.

Apart from that, you may be interested in our Learning hub (linked), where you can speak about many different topics by recording voice messages.

As for grammar, we have a detailed Grammar section (linked) that I hope you will find useful. I hope it helps!


LearnEnglish team

Hi Hassanen,

Just a reminder that sharing personal contact details is not allowed in our House rules (linked). However, you are very welcome to interact with other people by posting messages and replying to comments here on this site. Thanks!


LearnEnglish team

Submitted by Ebyluv on Wed, 30/08/2023 - 21:17


Please i need to improve in my English