English is an international language. It is taught in so many countries and some countries’ primary language is English. Everyone in the world is expected to learn English if they wanted to socialize or have a relationship with other countries. In Indonesia, people start learning English since they are in kindergarten (in some places). In some international or private school, they teach their students with English every day. It is because we are forced to use English in our school because we will need it in our workplace.
Because of that, English becomes another problem for our people, especially the jobless. Therefore, it is important to learn English and use it continually so that we can compete with others. Nowadays, English is no longer a special skill someone can have, but it is a must. People are expected to learn and understand English once they are graduated from senior high school. Some university or a workplace require you to have a good comprehension of English. So, there are a lot of English courses out there that offer the impossible thing. For example, “you will fluently speak English in a week!!” or “guaranteed you will be able to speak fluently in 3 days!” These advertisements seem so wrong, and it gives a bad impression on English courses. Because how are you supposed to learn that fast? unless you have a good basic English or study 24 hours a day it is impossible.
Learning English will be a lot easier if you surround yourself with people who also speak English. Some parents have understood this situation and put their kids in an international school so that their children got used to speaking English. Well, the problem is, international or private school is quite expensive. Some parents even taught their children to speak English in their house. It is a good start, but do not worry if you already a grown up. It is never to late to learn a new language. Here some tips that you need for learning how to speak fluently.
First, be confident and do not worry about the grammar. Because you are learning something new. While you build your confidence, also learn the grammar from your teacher or friend. Second, let others correct you. Do not feel embarrassed if anyone corrects your grammar or pronunciation. It is for your own good because you are still learning. Third, learn some phrase, learning a lot of new vocabulary may be hard, so why don’t you learn some phrase or idiom. Fourth, try to speak to yourself in the mirror. Try to do a speech or talking to yourself with a correct pronunciation. Repeat words that are hard to pronounce. Once you remember how to pronounce it correctly, you’ll gain more confidence. The last thing you need to know is learning English through some other media. For example, singing, gaming, etc. by singing a song you will know the right pronunciation, and by playing games and chat with people from other countries, you will learn some new vocabulary or some common expression from them.
As you can see, speaking English is very hard if you are not confident. If you are not confident, you will be very nervous and awkward. So, the first thing you need is a confidence. It is not easy to gain but you can find it within yourself.