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Lesson Posted on 05 Feb Language/Spoken English Life Skills Coaching/Soft Skills Training/Personal Effectiveness Training

Tips To Improve Spoken English

Mark Anthony Joseph

The importance of English cannot be overstated in this highly competitive world. Practising speaking is one of the most entertaining and satisfying aspects of learning English. Once you are able to speak little English, there are a number of ways to improve your English Speaking skills quickly while... read more

 

The importance of English cannot be overstated in this highly competitive world. Practising speaking is one of the most entertaining and satisfying aspects of learning English. Once you are able to speak little English, there are a number of ways to improve your English Speaking skills quickly while having fun too. In this article, we have shared some excellent tips to help English learners who are looking for spoken English material for beginners to improve their spoken English while having great time learning.

  • Speak, Speak, and Speak!:

Speak as often as possible to as many people as you can! Do not be inhibited to make mistakes! The more you practice the better you will become. Regular practice also makes you confident and you will improve your pronunciation and vocabulary too. It should be noted that speaking is a skill like learning a musical instrument or a new sport. The only way to learn something is to actually do it!

  • Improve Your English Pronunciation:

Good pronunciation helps people comprehend your spoken English clearly, even if you do not know many words. There are various levels of pronunciation, and English learners can reach those levels to improve their pronunciation and become an effective English speaker. You can practice your pronunciation.

  • Listen to More English:

Most English learners read too much and listen less in English. If you want to improve your Spoken English, then spend more time on listening English. You can listen to the audio while you read the text and then read the text aloud, trying to reproduce the articulation you heard in the audio.

  • Learn Real Conversational English Skills:

If you are in the early stages of English learning, then learn real conversational English. Do not limit your knowledge to “proper” or book-taught language. This is because native speakers do not speak textbook English. They use a lot of idioms and figures of speech when they speak.

  • Use Subtitles:

Learners can use Podcasts to listen to English frequently. You can also turn on the subtitles if you feel they are essential.

  • Keep a Diary with you:

Keep a diary with you all the time. You can use this diary to express your ideas in English. Your brain needs to learn to ‘think’ in English, in order to speak and communicate in English effectively.

  • Do Interesting Activities in English:

Doing various activities in English can help you greatly. You can take a cooking course in English or join a book club! You must do anything you enjoy doing and ensure you communicate it in English. Talking in English about things you enjoy will make English practising a positive experience.

  • Have a Debate in English:

Have a debate with your friends on the topics that interest you in English. Try to use as much vocabulary as you can to get your point across and listen to the other arguments carefully so you can argue against them effectively.

  • Use a Dictionary:

Online dictionaries come with audio examples so you can check your pronunciation and there are lots of great dictionary apps that you can take everywhere with you on your Smartphone. Make sure not to become too dependent on these tools, though. Say the words first, and then check to see if you were right!

  • Watch English DVD’s:

We recommend learners to watch DVDs more than TV. It’s better to use something that you can watch over and over again to grab the information you might have skipped the first time. On the other hand, watching TV only gives you the opportunity to perceive sound correctly. This is a good option for high-level students. It can be a great practice for speaking to native English speakers so you don’t have to inquire them to say again themselves!

  • Read Graded Books:

English learners must read graded readers. These books are particularly written for your level. After reading a whole novel, you will feel great. Children’s books have easier words and are an excellent choice for graded readers. Not only this, newspapers too are a great source to discover submissive constructs. Read through an article and perceive if you would be able to discover the inactive sentences.

  • Read to Understand the Meaning:

The purpose of the reading should be to read for the general meaning first. You do not need to worry about understanding every word. But you can go back and look up new words. If you don’t understand a word in a sentence, look at the other words around it. They will give you a clue and you can try to deduce the importance from the context.

  • Don’t Translate:

Do not translate into English from your own words. Think in English to advance your fluency. Talk to yourself. Just like driving a car can be learned through doing it. You cannot learn English from a book. The most natural way to learn English is through talking.

  • Brainstorm Ideas:

To become a better English speaker, brainstorm ideas and thoughts and write them onto a paper without worrying about grammar or spelling. After writing, you can think about the sentence structure. Finally, read it through or you can give it to someone else to check for mistakes.

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Lesson Posted on 03 Jan Life Skills Coaching Tuition/BA Tuition/Personal Growth And Development Life Skills Coaching/Soft Skills Training/Personal Effectiveness Training

How To Replace A Bad Habit With A Good One: Actionable Steps You Can Start Right Now

Ritu Mehta

Career Coach and Counselor / Life Coach I can help you - 1. If you are a student, want to talk...

You want to change. You know you have to change. You don't know how to get started. Keep reading for next steps. Here you go: 1. Try replacing a bad one with a good one instead of focusing on eliminating bad one completely. It is also good to know what gave birth to the bad one in the first place.... read more
You want to change. You know you have to change. You don't know how to get started. 
Keep reading for next steps. Here you go:
 
1. Try replacing a bad one with a good one instead of focusing on eliminating bad one completely. It is also good to know what gave birth to the bad one in the first place. For example, if you find yourself spending a lot of time on social media then maybe you do not have challenging enough goals right now. You have free time and hence you are killing it on the internet. 
 
Think about it, if you are driven enough to complete certain chapters/tasks by the day end then you will not have inclination or time to go online. 
 
Challenge yourself and get going. Aim big.
 
2. Plan ahead: If you know already that you reach out for junk snacks and you are trying to eat clean right now, then buy only healthy snacks. You cant eat what you don't have in stock. You will end up eating what is easily available to you.
 
3. Increase your awareness about yourself, your environment and your trigger points. If you end up drinking too much when you meet the certain group of people and hit the bar, then you got to fix your environment. Choose your company wisely and kill the trigger points of habits you are not so proud of. They say you become like five people you hang out the most. Your inner circle and their lifestyle are very critical in determining your environment. If your parents, siblings, friends are into fitness, there is a very big chance that you are health conscious too. 
 
4. Announce your goals and find support in your inner circle. Or seek the company of people who have same goals as you. Hanging out with like-minded people will keep you inspired and challenged. 
 
5. Forgive yourself if you slip up once in a while: You just have to go back to your new routine and not quit. Pick the learning or trigger of doing so and move on. All of us make mistakes. Making mistakes is okay and acceptable. Getting back in the game is important. 
 
All these steps help you only if you are aware of your gaps and determined to work on them. Awareness comes from deep and honest introspection. Go for it without beating yourself up. Get to the bottom of your behavior and change in behavior, track it and work on it. Come on, it is not rocket science for sure. Now all you need is a dash of passion and persistence.
 
What is that habit you can't give up? 
 
Let me leave this inspiring quote here for you to think about - ''We are what we repeatedly do'' - Aristotle.
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Answered on 23/11/2017 Language/Spoken English Life Skills Coaching/Soft Skills Training/Personal Effectiveness Training

Kiran K.

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Hi, Fahad, Don t feel self-conscious about pausing. Interviewers expect you to pause and think before answering complex questions. If your pause starts to feel awkward, it s okay to say something like, That s a great question. I just need a moment to decide on the best example to share.
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Answered on 11/12/2017 Life Skills Coaching/Soft Skills Training/Personal Effectiveness Training

How to improve public speaking skills of a eleven year old child who is shy and timid?

Leo

Spoken Tamil / English

Let him/her face the world/problems themselves for sometime. That will help increasing their confidence level which in turn reduce the shyness and timidity
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Lesson Posted on 04/10/2017 Life Skills Coaching/Soft Skills Training/Personal Effectiveness Training

Tips for Writing Impressive Business Emails

ABHISHEK SAHA

The Prestigious National Award Winning and People Choice Reputed Corporate Expert Mentor & Facilitator,...

Business emails are a formal communication. Following tips to write an impressive business emails can help us in communicating better. TIP 2 TIP 3 TIP 4 read more

Business emails are a formal communication. Following tips to write an impressive business emails can help us in communicating better.

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Lesson Posted on 04/10/2017 Life Skills Coaching/Soft Skills Training/Personal Effectiveness Training

Why eye contact is important to your performance?

Radha Chawla Chawla

I am an MBA - HR and possess rich experience of working with various mktg. /mfz and educational organizations....

Sam sat opposite me. He was tall, lean and smartly dressed. My first impressions were good. So that was a tick in the box for him. His CV highlighted his skills, expertise and knowledge for the marketing job I was recruiting for. I was looking forward to this interview. If he performed as well he looked... read more

Sam sat opposite me. He was tall, lean and smartly dressed. My first impressions were good. So that was a tick in the box for him. His CV highlighted his skills, expertise and knowledge for the marketing job I was recruiting for.

I was looking forward to this interview. If he performed as well he looked and described himself, he’d likely get the job.

 

But…

 

Unfortunately, the interview didn’t pan out the way I had hoped.

 

As I asked him questions, he would answer them without looking at me. At first I put it down to nerves, but as the interview went on, it kept happening.

 

Even when he asked me questions at the end, he didn’t look at me when I was responding.

 

I thought, ‘this is odd’. I felt rather uncomfortable.

 

I quickly decided that Sam wasn’t who I hoped he would be. He most certainly wasn’t going to be joining us.

 

Why?

 

Because he didn’t make eye contact with me once during the interview. And that made me feel uncomfortable. It didn’t feel right.

 

Eye contact is an extremely important non verbal communication. It’s important to get it right.  Too little or too much can give off signs that make the receiver feel uncomfortable.

 

My First Sales Lesson

 

One of the best pieces of advice I ever received was:

 

‘You have two ears and one mouth, so use them in those proportions.’

 

In other words listen at least twice as much as you speak.

 

Why then if we listen with our ears are our eyes that important? Well, for starters it’s hard to have a conversation with someone who avoids eye contact with you.

 

Lack of Eye Contact

 

Numerous studies have found that those don’t use eye contact tend to be:

 

Hiding deceit

Masking emotions

Insecurity

Unprepared

Less believable

Less confident

Fearing rejection

Is that how you want to come across in your interviews? Absolutely not!

 

The Importance of Eye Contact

 

So what have studies found for those people who maintain eye contact. Well, they are usually perceived to be more:

 

Reliable

Warm

Sociable

Honest

Confident

Personable

Likeable

Qualified

Skilled

Competent

Valuable

Sincere

Emotionally stable

Amazing how one simple body language technique can help you so dramatically.

 

Additional Benefits of Eye Contact

 

There are some important additional benefits to maintaining eye contact.

 

  1. Respect – eye contact demonstrates respect for the person talking.

 

  1. Interest – it demonstrates interest in what someone is saying. Looking away comes across as aloof.

 

  1. Appreciation and Understanding – you can easily and quickly convey appreciation and understanding with your eyes – without having to say anything.

 

  1. Connection – eye contact generates a powerful subconscious sense of connection between two people.

 

  1. Concentrate – maintaining eye contact helps you concentrate on the conversation (active listening). It helps your mind from wandering.

 

  1. Belief – it demonstrates a believe in what you’re saying.

 

  1. Sustained Eye Contact – can make you feel more assertive.

 

  1. Stature – by looking in someone’s eyes for 3-5 seconds, your speech will naturally slow down and you will sound more presidential.

 

You don’t just have to use this in interviews. You can and should use it in everyday life too. And that’s the perfect place to trial, test and hone your skill. That way eye contact in your next interview will come very naturally.

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Lesson Posted on 21/09/2017 Life Skills Coaching/Soft Skills Training/Personal Effectiveness Training

Real-life Steps For An Awesome Presentation

ABHISHEK SAHA

The Prestigious National Award Winning and People Choice Reputed Corporate Expert Mentor & Facilitator,...

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Lesson Posted on 21/09/2017 Life Skills Coaching/Soft Skills Training/Personal Effectiveness Training

4 Steps To Construct A Fantastic Presentation

ABHISHEK SAHA

The Prestigious National Award Winning and People Choice Reputed Corporate Expert Mentor & Facilitator,...

4 Steps To Construct A Fantastic Presentation PLAN PREPARE PRACTICE PRESENT
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Lesson Posted on 05/08/2017 Life Skills Coaching/Soft Skills Training/Communication Skills Training Language/Spoken English Life Skills Coaching/Soft Skills Training/Personal Effectiveness Training

Four Pillar Of Learning English # 2 : Reading

Meghna Gupta

Learn Communication dynamics and expand your communication skills, English speaking skills( spoken English...

Another important fundamental to learn English is reading for a mix of reasons. Reading is not only effective to develop a grip on language but it also help to overcome problems in pronunciations, grammar, and spellings. Some pointers to engage in reading are mentioned below: 1. Start the reading... read more

Another important fundamental to learn English is reading for a mix of reasons. Reading is not only effective to develop a grip on language but it also help  to overcome problems in pronunciations, grammar, and spellings. Some pointers to engage in reading are mentioned below:

 1. Start the reading process with 10 -15 lines per day on any interesting topic that one likes.

 2. Newspapers, magazines and ebooks are good source to read and be alert on everyday happenings.

3. Keep a dictionary while reading, this is helpful not only in finding out the meaning of the words but also to the usage as a noun or verb.

4. People who read a lot also start thinking in English which further aid in fleunt Englisg speech.

5. It can help to understand the phrases and words and use them in everyday conversations.

It is certainly not easy to keep up the momentum of reading but worth to put these simple practices to achieve the goal of having a good comand over the  language.

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Lesson Posted on 19/07/2017 Life Skills Coaching/Soft Skills Training/Personal Effectiveness Training

Developing Skills With Awareness (Mindfullness)

Pankaj Rai

I have good experience.

Skills are generally classified as soft skills and hard skills. Soft skills are social graces, communication abilities, language skills, personal habits, cognitive or emotional empathy, listening habits and leadership etc. and hard skills include the specific knowledge, qualification, degree, certification... read more

Skills are generally classified as soft skills and hard skills. Soft skills are social graces, communication abilities, language skills, personal habits, cognitive or emotional empathy, listening habits and leadership etc. and hard skills include the specific knowledge, qualification, degree, certification and abilities required to qualify in a job or profession. Hard skills are required to perform a specific job either technical, commercial or selling in one area of working. When we talk about to developing any kind of skill in general, one question remains still and that is, as a human being who is responsible for developing any kind of skill?

The answer is human mind.

Since our birth to death, morning till we go to bed, the time we spent in our life, we do so many acts in association with thoughts. The question is how long we remain aware about, what, why and how we are doing whatsoever we want to do. Since we woke up till we go to bed, are we aware of our actions? Are we aware of thoughts, our behaviour, our character etc?  When we do breakfast, lunch and dinner we eat so many thoughts along with our food. Generally, we don’t  do a single task at a time completely with our full energy without any prejudice or condition. This unawareness, unconsciousness and insensitivity during our lifetime reduce or slow down not only the capacity of our mind but the body also gives stress anxiety or tension. The mind chatters all the time and the energy devoted to that purpose fills a major part of our life. It’s a waste of our energy. Our thoughts are continuously repeating like a fixed cycle and thoughts take away from awareness or consciousness. Now the question is where these thoughts come from? Which makes us unaware. As we grow we learn, we experience, we memorise and these thoughts are generated from our past experience and memory and keep on repeating in our mind. It makes our mind dull, slow and reduces its efficiency. For example, when we are angry we lose our consciousness we lose our awareness and behave unconsciously.

It is important to have a fearless mind, Cool/calm mind, unconditioned mind, healthy mind. To achieve this or to develop any kind of skill, the most important thing is the awareness. Awareness about what you do, awareness about once thought process and those entire things which one does to achieve any kind of skill. Awareness(host) means as a human being we keep on watching ourselves consciously which includes our thoughts, our actions, and our emotions consciously as a witness.

In awareness there is no becoming, there is no end to be gained. There is silent observation as a witness without choice and condemnation, from which there comes understanding. Life exists in this moment and due to this unconsciousness either we think about whatever had happened in past or we worry about future and failed to develop any skill. To develop any skill or to get success we must be present, mind full, fully conscious.

 Ego is the biggest hurdle in learning any skill. At the stage of egolessness, we are very eager to learn, we are open to accepting new ideas, we do not resist for any external or internal change. Ego also disappears as we get more and more aware of it or know about it.

Awareness is watchfulness. When you start consistently watching your thoughts, words, actions, habits, the character then defiantly transformation will take place and you will become more and more aware. One side awareness reduces anger, ego, impatient, fear, stress and another side it improves curiosity, memory, confidence, efficiency and learning ability.

At last Learning of any skill is just like as paddling of your cycle. The moment you keep on paddling it or you keep on giving energy, it keeps moving, the moment you stop it stops. So any theory or practical knowledge can just show you the path but ultimately you have to walk yourself on this path of learning or developing any kind of skill. It is not a matter of a day, week or year it’s a matter of how aware you are of you, your action, your thoughts, your skills and roadmap to success. So believe in yourself, keep paddling your cycle which is your skills then definitely you can reach to the highest mountains of success.

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