The Importance of Knowing Good Spoken English by Sarah ODonnell

English is one of the foremost languages in the world. English ranks second to Chinese with regards to the number of native speakers. However, the span of spoken English is far reaching and engulfs the globe. The speakers reside all over the globe rather than being restricted to a region or continent. Many people speak English as a second language as well.

Spoken English has achieved paramount importance over the past two centuries, especially due to the colonialism culture which existed over Asia and Africa. A number of the native people there took up the language and it was passed on generation to generation. In the modern world, the emergence of US as a world leader and prevalence of global media have been the chief proponents for the growing influence of spoken English.

There are a number of barometers which can be used to gauge the importance of spoken English for the world’s populace.

Official Language

English is the official language of no less than 49 countries. The list excludes the United Kingdom as well as the US, both of which have no recognized official language. However, a majority of the communication that takes place there is in English. Most of the countries prefer to carry on their liaison activities in English rather than any other leading languages of the world. It can be awkward to live in the US and not be able to speak good English, as it would hamper your conversing abilities with your neighbors and the people you meet on a daily basis.

Education

The leading universities of the world are located in countries which predominantly have spoken English as the medium of communication. Majority of the curriculum is in English and the lectures, unless in the language courses are delivered in English as well. It is of paramount importance for an expatriate to be well versed with spoken English to be able to get his education from a leading university in the world.

Business

English is a lingua franca in the business world. When businessmen or delegations assemble from more than two countries, it is expected that English would be the spoken language used. English has the widest span out of all the well-known languages in the world. It is helpful to be adept at spoken English when the persons at a meeting or conference don’t have a common language.

Personality

Learning a language and speaking it perfectly accentuates the personality of a person. It provides an aura of confidence, and since English is one of the classiest languages, it is a good choice to learn as a primary or secondary language.

Travel

There are many people who like to travel around the world. It is important to know how to speak good English because it will be the most frequently spoken language that a traveler will encounter on the road. Learning the native languages of all the countries you visit would be a challenge, therefore English can help your bridge the gap.

There is no doubt about the importance English has as a language around the world. Knowing how to speak good English is an asset in this day and age.

The author is Sarah ODonnell – Director – Subject Matter Expert at Career Ascend Inc. – http://www.linkedin.com/in/sarahodonnell123

Improve Your English Communication Skills by Shivaji Sengupta

English has become a globally accepted language of choice. No matter which country or part of the world you belong to, if you wish to be heard you must know how to communicate in English effectively. You can enroll in an English language course to improve your skills but that isn’t the only thing you will need to do.

First of all, you have to find out where you stand in your spoken English skills. Are you a beginner, intermediate or a native speaker? Starting from the beginner, there is a lot more you need to learn in order to improve your communication skills in English.

Usually, a beginner knows how to read and write but certainly has a tough time speaking English.  The best approach to improve is to listen to native speakers as much as possible. The practice of listening along with reading and writing will be a big boost to your communication skills in English. Though communication covers both verbal and written forms, getting confidence and fluency in the verbal form is more of a task.

Practice frequently

Besides, the more frequent usage of a language is greatly responsible for enhancing your communication skills. In the beginning you are bound to flounder and make mistakes but that’s how you will learn to get more fluent. With more practice and regular use of spoken English, you will soon be able to overcome your existing flaws.

Practice Grammar

Obviously, grammar is the most important part of any language. A beginner wont be able to frame a sentence correctly (written or verbal) if he/she lacks the knowledge of grammar. At times, one sentence written in different ways can alter the meaning. This problem can arise due to grammatical errors or even due to incorrect punctuation. The bigger a sentence you use, the more are your chances of making errors. To begin with spoken English, start to interact in smaller sentences. Once you have a fair bit of confidence, you can shift to complex sentence structures.

Read as much as you canLet’s not forget the importance of reading English newspapers and magazines. For one, it boosts your vocabulary and increases your understanding for the English language. Moreover, through reading you will get aware of different styles of expression used in English. This way you will get closer to the nuances of English. 

Translate Your Thoughts

When you learn a language other than your first language, you are actually translating it in your mind. As you all know we have our thoughts in our mother tongue. So if English is not your first language, translations will help you overcome your hesitation but that’s certainly not recommended for an intermediate learner. At that stage, you have gained sufficient command over the language that negates the need to translate. You will be concentrating on the conversation rather than the translations.

Listening

Listening to English music or radio stations, perhaps, will perk up your communication skills. Even when you simply hear the language being spoken, you will get closer to different tones, styles, accents, and expressive nuances in English. Make hearing spoken English a part of your routine. You can at least switch on any radio station in English while you are driving. This will serve as the constant background stream which will eventually get ingrained in your mind.

Socialize With Fluent speakers

The best way to get fluent in English is by socializing with different groups of native English speakers. This is where social media sites come in but anyhow, you can find different ways to mingle with fluent English speakers. Talking to them will give you confidence to break out of your shell and communicate. Even if you make mistakes, there is no need to worry because all those follies in your speech will fade away with time.

Accept it as a challenge

When you will start to polish your communication skills, you will have numerous hurdles in the beginning. However, if you take it as a challenge and really look forward to overcome obstacles like your nervousness and recurring mistakes, then you will surely be able to improve your spoken English.

You can check out Shivaji Sengupta’s blog on www.shivajisengupta.com or visit his website on www.shivaji.info