By Ela Britchkow, Speech Therapist, American Accent Specialist
At the end of the day, you are responsible for your own language growth.
Read on to learn how to grow to become a highly proficient English speaker.
Being an ESL student is something to be proud of. Most people in the world only speak one language. You are brave enough to speak two or more.
Be proud of who you are and what you are accomplishing.
If you go a long period without speaking a language, you will lose proficiency.
It’s similar to a sport or musical instrument. Practice is necessary to stay strong. I speak from experience. English is my fourth language. Since I don’t use my other languages, I have forgotten quite a bit. So it’s important to speak English as much as you can. Some of my clients want to improve their English, but don’t live in an English speaking country.
Some live in the US, but their workplace, friends and neighborhood is within their culture and speak their first language. There are many things that you can do to increase your language practice, but it takes an extra effort.
No one is a perfect English speaker, so don’t wait until you are ‘perfect’ to have conversations in English. English is about communication, not perfection.
Textbooks are not your greatest resource – people are. Many people believe that if they just study, study, study, then they will get better at English. That’s not generally true.
You need real-live English speakers to interact with in order to grow in English. Once you have vocabulary and grammar and use my program so that your speech is easy to understand, it’s a matter of speaking until English is second nature to you..
Our American English Pronunciation Software program is an outstanding tool for practicing English in your real life.
Good luck with your practice and don’t give up. At the end of the day you are responsible for your language growth, BUT… help is nearby. You only need to reach to us.