One of the number one comments I receive on my Twitter Followers ask this: “I want to improve my speaking, but I have no one to practice with.”
There are three options here:
- Pay for lessons
- Join a language exchange site such as this one
- Make friends with English speakers (see here)
But, there is another way that you can improve your speaking.
The method is simple but highly effective.
And you can do this from anywhere in the world.
I call this the EEL Method.
EEL METHOD: IMPROVE YOUR ENGLISH IN AS LITTLE AS 15 MINUTES PER DAY (FROM HOME)
It works like this:
- You listen to an English phrase
- You repeat the phrase
- You record yourself saying the phrase
- You compare the two versions and make changes
- You repeat the phrase until you are comfortable with it
Simple, right? 👍
This is similar to shadowing.
However, you pause the audio to repeat each phrase so that you can record your own version and compare it with the original.
I shared this method with my community the other day, and here is what someone said about it:
“I tried this after you explained and it’s amazing. It was the first time that I heard my voice recorded in English and I realized so many things… thank you for this method I feel more confident about my speaking and how I can improve it.”
When you record your own voice, you can give yourself feedback.
You’ll notice your own mistakes.
Then, you can make changes.
With shadowing, you can’t do this. You’re repeating your mistakes over again. That’s why the LRRC method is more powerful.
Here are all the benefits of doing this:
BENEFITS OF THIS METHOD
IMPROVE YOUR PRONUNCIATION AND FLUENCY
You listen to the English sounds, intonation, rhythm etc. and copy what you hear.
By recording yourself and comparing the two, you are able to listen to your own mistakes and make changes.
Then, once you are happy with your pronunciation of a particular phrase, repeat it to build fluency.
The next time you say this phrase in a conversation, it will just happen naturally.
LEARN GRAMMAR IN A NATURAL WAY
The number one way of knowing grammar (not grammar rules, but how to use it) is the repetition of sentences.
If you commit to this method, then you’ll be able to use the phrases you repeat in a flexible way.
Learning the rules won’t help you use grammar when speaking.
You need to reach the stage where grammar FEELS right. Repetition will get you to this stage.
LEARN NEW WORDS & KNOW HOW TO USE THEM
Learning new words in sentences shows you how to use them in the right way and at the right time.
Learning single words is one of the biggest mistakes I see learners make.
The EEL Method means that you’ll have a true understand of what new words and phrases mean.
This is good. It means that you’ve found a way to improve.
Make the changes you need to make to sound more like the original. Record your voice again and make more changes.
Keep doing this until you’re happy with your version.
WHAT YOU’RE LEARNING
When doing this, you’re also learning:
- the phrasal verb: “end up
- that we use the gerund (verb + ing) after this phrase verb
- that we use to meet after traveling
- and everything else in this sentence
Imagine repeating hundreds or even thousands of phrases like this.
If you do that, then you’re going to make fast progress with your English.
You’re going to learn grammar in a real way.
Your speaking will improve dramatically.
As will your pronunciation.