To learn to speak English at home, the non-native speaker must do three things: listen to English, read English and speak English. This can be accomplished with tools available in your home. Books, television, radio and the Internet provide virtually endless opportunities to listen to, read and speak English. Immerse yourself in the language at every opportunity. With practice and patience, you can learn to speak English at home.
Listen to English. When listening to English television programs, turn on the subtitles or closed captioning to your native language. Learn conversational English by reading along with subtitles or closed captioning as you listen to the speakers. Even entertainment programming is helpful; you will better understand the language when paired with visual cues, such as the body language of the speaker and the social context of the spoken words.
Read English language books, newspapers and magazines. Begin with simple books and interesting magazines. Many newspapers are written so someone with the reading skills of a 9th- or 10th-grade student can understand the stories. Use an English dictionary to help you learn new words as you read. Reading English language will improve your vocabulary, grammar and basic sentence structure.
Speak English to others at home. When you learn a new word or phrase, use that word or phrase in place of your native language. Add a few new words daily to gradually increase the words and phrases you speak. Speak with native English speakers to increase your understanding and improve your pronunciation.
- Practice daily and be patient. Find an English language tutor if you want additional guidance.
- There are several online tutoring programs available for learning English.
Robin Reichert is a certified nutrition consultant, certified personal trainer and professional writer. She has been studying health and fitness issues for more than 10 years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of San Francisco and a Master of Science in natural health from Clayton College.