Here’s how to improve your spoken English when reading this article: read it out loud, then read out loud the collocations highlighted in red 10 times each to memorize them, then look away from the monitor and try and say 3 sample sentences for each of those collocations! For best results record your speech so that you can go back, spot any mistakes you might have made, and then do some more spoken English practice by correcting yourself!
As you may already have noticed, spoken English and written English are different in that you don’t really speak the way you write.
In written English, you have plenty of time of constructing well thought-through sentences, whereas when you speak, you have to produce INSTANT speech, which, when put on paper, will seem a bit chaotic.
And here’s a typical example.
Imagine you have to explain some concept, for example – how the Internet works.
Here’s how you’d do it in writing: “The Internet is a global network of computers consisting of servers as well as personal computers.”
But here’s how a native English speaker would explain the workings of the Internet in spoken, conversational English: “What it is, is a global network of computers…”
Did you notice anything weird about it?
The word IS is being repeated twice which may seem incorrect at first, but the fact of the matter is that it’s totally acceptable in spoken English, it’s used as an intensifier and is also known as the double copula. Just read that sentence out loud and pause at the comma – you’ll feel that it’s actually necessary to repeat the word IS!
Also, if you look at the way the sentence starts, you’d think it’s a question – I mean, it’s the questions that would typically start with words such as WHAT and WHY, right?
There you go!
It’s about time you learned that spoken English allows you to use words differently and in this article I’m going to show you really handy ways of starting sentences when you have to provide an explanation of some sorts.
And please bear in mind that I’m not telling you to use these spoken English grammar structures just for the sake of it.
Try them out for yourself, and you’ll realize that it’s much EASIER to speak this way ❗
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