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    Cool better speaker

    hey i from israel and live in the u.s.
    before the question, i must say that this is a wonderfull country,i enjoy my journey here,and about to finish it when i will travel in the 50th state (been to 46 so far)this is the real america explorering the gift from g-d.
    my english is ok but my problem is that i understand better then i speak,i am trying to find the way to be a better speaker talk smoothly influant english on what should i practice to be a great speaker? thank you

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    hey i from israel and live in the u.s.
    before the question, i must say that this is a wonderfull country,i enjoy my journey here,and about to finish it when i will travel in the 50th state (been to 46 so far)this is the real america explorering the gift from g-d.
    my english is ok but my problem is that i understand better then i speak,i am trying to find the way to be a better speaker talk smoothly influant english on what should i practice to be a great speaker? thank you
    I think you are already in the correct road towards it.

    I have read recently a book on linguistics which states children learn first how to "understand English" and later how to "produce English." An interesting example from the book is:

    Father: What is the name of the dog at your school?
    Child: Way.
    Father: Way?
    Child: No, Way.
    Father: Did you say Way?
    Child: No. (Angrily) I said WAY!
    Father: (Suddenly catching on) Oh, you mean Ray?
    Child: Yes, that's what I said - Way!

    (From Linguistcs for Non-Linguistics by F. Parker and K. Riley)

    The example is from first language acquisition but I guess it extends to L2 learning.

    As I said, you are already on the right way, I can advise you:

    - Try to read texts aloud.
    - Try to give speeches and lectures.
    - Try to talk as much as you can.
    - Try also producing written texts (for instance try to post small texts in UsingEnglish and ask people to "correct" them)
    - Try to write as much as you can.
    - Try to record your own voice and listen to it.
    - Practice specific speaking drills from ESL methods.
    - Look for professional help, English teachers, phonoaudiologists, etc.



    PS Not a native speaker

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