How can you become a more awesome English speaker? There’s an easy, fast, and free way to improve your English fluency (right now)! Does that sound interesting to you? Then, you should check out Gabby’s video below for her 5 awesome secrets to improve your English! 🙂
What is Awesome English?
For us at Go Natural English, awesome English means that you speak confident, fluent, and interesting English! Many English learners might not know, or might not have been taught before, that it is so important to enunciate your words. Enunciation means that you say or pronounce your words clearly, without skipping sounds and without mumbling. To enunciate your words means to open your mouth, to correctly use the muscles in your mouth (and your tongue and your breath) to create the correct sounds, and pronounce each sound in the proper way.
Many English learners might be too shy or unsure to enunciate words properly. Maybe you’re not opening your mouth enough, or you’re not producing a sound in the correct way, and there could be several reasons for this.
- Does your native language not have this particular sound?
- Are you unsure of what the correct pronunciation for some words should sound like?
- Have you learned a different dialect of English before that makes it difficult to adapt to American English pronunciations?
- Have you thought about the importance of every specific sound as you learn English?
We have such an amazing, diverse community here at Go Natural English, and so many of you have found success in learning American English with Gabby already! And one of the reasons why your learning journey with us is so effective is because of enunciation! Gabby places a huge amount of importance on enunciation, and this is the reason why her videos and lessons are so easy to understand.
When learning a new language, it is so important to make an effort to clearly pronounce each word. So much of our learning depends on what we ourselves are able to control. By paying attention and controlling our pronunciation, and making a real effort to pronounce words clearly and correctly, we are giving ourselves some of the most important tools we need to become awesome English speakers!
When learning new words, pay attention to how you use the muscles in your mouth, how you control your breath and your tongue, and how you can correct movements that do not give you the right result. One good example that learners might have difficulty with is the different sounds the letters “B” and “P” make. The “P” is a sound where we do not use our voice, but we do use our breath. Alternately, the “B” sound does require that we use our voice, but we do not use our breath to push the sound from our lips.
Similarly, growing a diverse vocabulary is one important item that sets most English speakers apart from others, especially as a new learner. Learners who focus on eloquence and being articulate are sure to sound like successful students!
2. The CRU Method
The acronym for this learning method stands for: connect, repeat, and use. When you learn about a new word, or you see a new word for the first time while you are reading or studying, you will likely want to learn its meaning. As you do this, you should also put a high importance on learning how to pronounce the new word correctly as well.
You can try to connect the new word to another word you might already be familiar with. Gabby offers a great example in the video: the word “globe” and how you might associate it with the word “go,” as well as the action of going around the globe and traveling! This great tip can be applied to so many other words, and the connection to other words will largely depend on you and how your brain connects the dots.
Another important step in learning a new word with this method is to repeat the word several times. Repeating a word during a learning process will help train both your brain and your mouth to remember the correct pronunciation sound and placement. Just as we might listen to music on the radio, the more we sing a new song, the sooner we memorize it. Learning a language uses the same principle!
The final portion of the CRU Method is to use the new word you’ve learned. You can make up your own sentences, or you can use the word in a real conversation with a friend. No matter how you decide to practice using the word, the important part is to get the word out of your mouth! As Gabby says, put it in your mind, and get it out of your mouth, meaning: to use it!
3. Listen to a Lot of English
When you immerse yourself in learning American English, you will surely pick up new words and phrases. Practicing and imitating these new words and phrases, and then using them in conversations, are what will help you to speak English more awesomely! Learning new phrases and idioms, specifically, are what will help you sound like a native speaker. Often times, idioms and phrases can get lost in translation, or might not have the same meaning that you intend to convey in your own language. Learning these phrases will help you understand American English speakers better, and they will help you successfully speak American English.
4. Make Mistakes
Have no fear, Go Natural English is here! To help you on your English learning journey, you must learn to make mistakes, and embrace what they teach you. Mistakes will make your English more awesome! Think of your mistakes as steps, or building blocks, to having a stronger and more awesome command of English. You have to first make mistakes to understand what you need to change. If you never try, you won’t progress! Be confident in your mistakes, learn from them, and don’t be afraid to go out and make them.
5. Stay Positive
It’s so easy to let the hard work of learning a new language frustrate you and decrease your confidence. Don’t let it! Think, instead, about how much you are learning every day, and about how much fun you’re having as you learn. Especially if you are learning with others, or are practicing what you learn with your family and friends, your positivity will rub off on them, and your positive outlook will spread to other aspects of your life. This will also help you make more English-speaking friends, and other will see you as a friendly and approachable person. Consider the challenges of your learning journey as your motivators. Taking on a new challenge like learning a language is like learning to train for a marathon! The physical challenge is what most people think of, but the psychological challenge is just as big! Use these challenges and turn them into something positive. When something seems too difficult to accomplish, convince yourself that you are ready for the challenge, and that you can enjoy the process. The reward will be awesome!
Check out Gabby’s helpful video, which is full of great English-learning tips!