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How to speak better in English?

I have a friend who wants to enroll and study English. He knows English but he can't really speak fluently. When he writes or types in English, he's okay. But when he speak, he's "bulol" with the words and can't pronounce them very well.

Like I mentioned, he wanted to enroll at schools like the ones most call center agents go to. I helped him search for school recommendations here at PEX, but most forumers said that it's kind of a waste of money to enroll. And it's better to just read out loud and practice on your own.

So my friend has considered not enrolling anymore. I want to help him and so he tried reading out loud. But it's kind of difficult cos he can't even pronounce them well even if I tell him to repeat and he keeps pronouncing it wrong.

Are there any sample exercises or other tips that can help him better? Any other suggestions?

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  • anima9anima9 PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    with a "friend" like you, no wonder he can'ts english right :lol:

    as for your "friend" it takes time and effort. here's a better tip (since i myself do this a lot):

    Talk to yourself in English; whether verbal or in your thoughts. It seems a crazy idea but it should work.

    And it's for your "friend". ;)
  • aside from that, take advantage of the recent boom in podcasts.

    let him fill up his music player with stuff he likes and play it as often as possible. he can't always read out loud anyways, so it's the next best thing.

    also, it's a bit harsh, but avoid the filipino language as much as possible for a few months. just let your friend imagine that he's in filipino/taglish rehab. the smallest hit will give you a relapse! :lol:

    just let him immerse himself in the language. experiencing english allows you to have a sense of it --pronunciation, diction, grammar, the works. but like anima said, it won't be instant. you'll just get a lightbulb moment and find you're good at it already. *okay*
  • anima9 hahaha you're evil!

    Either tell your friend to take a brief ride to the roller coaster that is the call center industry or practice. Going to school and paying just for English classes in this country is for foreigners.
  • ^ Man that's a good idea actually, speaking from experience as I myself spent two years at the industry before I left for better opportunities. It's a perfect place to immerse in the language like beefixer pointed as they have this English-Only-Policy whenever you're at the floor which in a manner simulates a foreign environment where English is the everyday language, 8-10 hours/day you use it when talking to your colleagues, bosses, and clients especially, plus there are QA specialists who check on the agents' grammar and diction and would correct them as necessary.
  • Your friend should probably read a lot of English materials- loudly. And should watch/listen to a lot of movies. That helps.
  • anima9anima9 PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    I think the fact that I don't watch local TV shows or movies (aside from indie films and news programs) really helped me with mastering the language.

    The really bad thing about it is the fact that you can't, rather, you're not supposed to correct other Pinoy's English speaking or writing skills. It's mostly considered "unethical", "taboo", or being a "perfectionist". I can't help but be irked by wrong usage of punctuation marks (or lack thereof), wrong usage of words (like the word salvage. Plus the fact that "Birthday Celebrant" is WRONG; should be CELEBRATOR. Celebrant is for a priest).

    Add "equipments", "this is a non smoking plant/area" and a whole bunch of rubbish you don't expect to see in the professional world :lol:
  • watch English channels all the time and mimic their accent. and, read A LOT of English books.
  • Watching a lot of English movies could actually do some good. My siblings and I were raised in a Filipino-speaking home. But as we grew older, we had a good grasp of the English language, probably because when we were young, we watched a lot of Disney movies! Even now, we rarely watch the local channels. School also helped, especially the never-ending declamation and oratorical events that we were forced to join.
    Also, if YouTube has videos for dancing cats, they'd probably have tutorials on the English language. Patience is key. And having a friend like you doesn't hurt either. :)
  • cynical29 wrote: »
    I have a friend who wants to enroll and study English. He knows English but he can't really speak fluently. When he writes or types in English, he's okay. But when he speak, he's "bulol" with the words and can't pronounce them very well.

    Like I mentioned, he wanted to enroll at schools like the ones most call center agents go to. I helped him search for school recommendations here at PEX, but most forumers said that it's kind of a waste of money to enroll. And it's better to just read out loud and practice on your own.

    So my friend has considered not enrolling anymore. I want to help him and so he tried reading out loud. But it's kind of difficult cos he can't even pronounce them well even if I tell him to repeat and he keeps pronouncing it wrong.

    Are there any sample exercises or other tips that can help him better? Any other suggestions?
    I would like to know of suggestions and materials too, preferably a book/ebook with an audio or video material that is geared towards improving English accent for Filipinos. Preferable free too (or easily pirated :))
    brrrrr!!! wrote: »
    plus there are QA specialists who check on the agents' grammar and diction and would correct them as necessary.
    I've never worked in a call center or a similar industry, but isn't this type of "training" annoying? Imagine talking about a non-work related thing with a friend, and out of nowhere, a "QA Specialist" corrects your grammar. I hope the "correction" is only done on work-related conversation.
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