Improve Spoken English Without a Speaking Partner

17 Ways to Improve Spoken English Without a Speaking Partner

Are you trying to become better at spoken English, but don’t have partners to speak to, which commonly happens when you’re trying to learn English at home.

In this post I’ll cover several steps you can take to improve your spoken English when faced with this situation. This post is divided into three parts:

First, general tactics if you don’t have a speaking partner;

Second, how you can make your practice more holistic by having occasional conversations with others;

And third, few unique challenges that solo practitioners face.

What Is Roger Bannister’s True Legacy? Is Another Roger Building Similar Legacy?

In his death on 03 March 2018, Sir Roger Bannister left an enduring legacy that is much bigger than his breathtaking run more than six decades back.

On 06 May 1954, a skinny Oxford medical student, Roger Bannister, became the first person to run a mile under four minutes, an achievement widely regarded as one of the defining sporting achievements of the twentieth century. Prior to this day, coaches and athletes believed that running a mile under four minutes is beyond human prowess.

However, what happened in the following weeks and months was even more astounding, and defines his true legacy.

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How to Build Vocabulary That Lasts – My Experience with 7,500+ Words?

(This post comes from my experience of adding 5,000+ 7,500+ words to my vocabulary that I can actually use when speaking and writing. What’s the point if you can’t put it to use, right? In this post, you’ll see decent dose of scientific principles and vocabulary exercises I adopted to accomplish this.)

Don’t you get impressed when a news anchor or other proficient speaker uses just the perfect word, and not a long-winded explanation, to describe a situation without a pause?

Those apt words are a result of a large active vocabulary.

We’ll learn more on what active vocabulary is later in the post, but in short it means vocabulary you can actually use when speaking and writing, the holy grail of any vocabulary-building exercise. If you introspect, you’ll realize that although you can understand lots of words when reading or listening (called passive vocabulary), you can use only a minuscule fraction of that in speaking and writing (called active vocabulary).

This post focuses on, first, building active vocabulary and, second, making this process efficient by building on words you already know – passive vocabulary – thereby making for faster progress.

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How to Improve Pronunciation – My Experience with 3,400+ Words?

Mispronouncing a word is one of the fastest ways to leave poor impression of your communication skills, especially when those listening to you are good at it. Even 1-2 pronunciation slipups in a 10-minute conversation are enough.

People naturally goof up at complex pronunciations (complex because the pronunciation can’t be inferred from the way the word is spelt, which is so common in English language), but I’ve observed many mispronouncing even common English words.