English is the universal language. No matter where you live in the world, if you want to work in business, finance or IT you need to speak English. You can find a multitude of English videos available, some for free, others for a nominal fee. Bookstores and other outlets also stock English videos. The best programs include activities to reinforce the video. Patricia Gorman, an English teacher in Morocco says, "Videos are an effective way to teach English. They also give students an insight into American culture. Avoid anything with subtitles."

Watch the video clip. If you don't understand what what the people onscreen say, replay it until you do. Children learn to speak a language through repetition, and the same process holds true for adults.

Focus on the video presenter's mouth to help your English pronunciation. Remember that deaf people learn to speak by mimicking others. While you watch the video you can monitor the way you move your lips by looking in a hand-held mirror.

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Speak along with the video presenter and listen to the rhythm of the language. The iambic pentameter of English somewhat resembles marching. Clapping your hands as the presenter speaks will help you concentrate on the tempo of the native speaker.

Enunciate your words. Practice speaking like the video presenters: slowly and clearly. It is much better to speak slowly and be understood than to rush and confuse your listeners.

Listen to the accents of the different presenters from sites on the net. While watching the videos, tune your ears to hear the way people from different areas pronounce words. Spoken English varies from Oxford to West African pidgin and some accents are very difficult to understand.

Record new vocabulary words from the videos in a notebook for future reference. Be sure you understand what the words mean and then listen to the video again. Use your vocabulary book while video watching.

Things Needed

  • Computer
  • Internet service
  • Notebook

About the Author

Jody Hanson began writing professionally in 1992 to help finance her second around-the-world trip. In addition to her academic books, she has written for "International Living," the "Sydney Courier" and the "Australian Woman's Forum." Hanson holds a Ph.D. in adult education from Greenwich University.