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Topics For Practising Spoken English

by Robby on May 24, 2009

You don’t have anyone to talk to in English? Don’t despair! You can actually practice spoken English with yourself!

Does it sound weird to you? Well, it’s not as bad as you initially thought! Image this – when you’re taking shower in the morning, or walking your dog – you’re on your own and as far as no-one is close by – you’re perfectly fine talking with yourself!

And by the way – it’s a great way of organizing your thoughts and improving spoken English at the same time! So here are a few topics you can use if you don’t know what you can chat with yourself about!

  •  Talk about what you have done by now since the moment you woke up in the morning. Remember all the events that have happened to you – how you were driving or went by bus to work, what happened on the way – if you saw some interesting person, if there were new road works on the way. Talk about the weather this morning – if it’s nice or rainy and how you feel about it.
  •  Plan your day – this is actually a good moment to remember everything you have to do during the forthcoming day! Make an appointment to the doctor, call to the bank about rejected direct debit from you electricity company, write an e-mail to your boss asking about your holidays, book airplane tickets – there’s always more or less to do everyday! While going through the list you can talk about those things in detail and predict how the events are likely going to evolve and how you’ll act.
  •  Recall pleasant events from your past – your childhood, your teenage years and go through them. You’ll be amazed how many long forgotten things you can bring up in your memory! And the excitement is going to heal the English speaking issue as well – your speech will become more fluent as a result. Remember your school friends you haven’t seen a long time and all the mischievous things you’ve done together – crazy college years…
  •  If you’re going for a meeting with someone – speak with yourself about the main points of the conversation. By doing so you’ll be better prepared for the real talk. Is it an interview, a meeting, or just a talk to your boss – it is always good to be prepared and now the main points.
  •  Analyze your feelings at this moment – are you happy? Are you sad? Are you excited? What made you feel so? A number of things are going to appear in the process to talk about and maybe you’ll settle some issue eventually! Act like a psychologist for yourself! Try to tell yourself that after all there’s no point of being annoyed about something you cannot change and make your mind brighter.
  •  Talk about the latest movie you’ve seen or the book you’ve read. Go through the events and describe them in detail – this is another powerful tool if it seems to you that there’s nothing to talk about.
  •  After some entertaining night out or weekend trip to somewhere you’ll have plenty of things to remember – whether you met new people, something interesting happened, or you got into a funny situation.
  •  If you have a relationship you can talk about your partner – remember all the good and the bad things you’ve been through together, think about how important he or she is to you and if you had a row the night before – think about who was right and who was wrong and what’s going to happen when you return home in the evening.

Robby

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  • http://englishharmony.com/ Robby Kukurs

    Hi Kiko,

    This might be the one you’re looking for:

    http://englishharmony.com/spaced-repetition/

    I don’t recall giving advice on how many idioms a day one can learn, but realistically speaking that number can’t exceed 10 for the simple reason that you won’t be able to recall them all!

    Regards,

    Robby

  • Kiko

    Thanks Robby. One more thing, i am looking for one topic, when you have mentioned a way how to learn English idioms, how many a day and so on, I cant seems to find it.

  • http://englishharmony.com/ Robby Kukurs

    Hi Kiko,

    Have you looked into my English Harmony System yet? It’s based on the spaced repetition principle, it’s got 100 speech exercising and motivational lessons stuffed with idioms, phrases and sentences and if it doesn’t work for you – you’ll get all your money back within 60 days!

    You can get more info about the System on the FAQ page here:

    http://englishharmony.com/faq/

    Regards,

    Robby

  • http://englishharmony.com/ Robby Kukurs

    There you go!

    That’s exactly what I’ve been trying to get across – talk about subjects that YOU find relevant and interesting! And yes, of course I think that googling up random things and talking about them in English is a brilliant way of getting your speech going!

    Regards,

    Robby

  • Kiko

    One more questions. Do you know any software
    for spaced repetition? Some flashcard software or something?
    So i can write down words and idioms i don’t know, with English explanation

  • Kiko

    Hey Robby

    I tried to speak with myself, with your ideas, But i got bored very fast. SO i decide it to look for some English topics to speak with myself, because i can’t get to speak for something. So i look on internet, googled a bit, and found some topics to speak, questions too. Do you think it is good idea? I am looking for a question, and the i speak out loud for 2-3 hours for different discussion topics.

  • http://englishharmony.com/ Robby Kukurs

    Sorry for not replying – somehow missed it!

    OK, so what would I discuss in relation to Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter when you finish one chapter?

    Here’s a couple of ideas for your consideration:

    * What you would do if you were Harry (or any other of the characters) in that particular situation?

    * Have you ever faced similar problems and dilemmas as the characters in the book?

    * What similar events you can remember from your own personal experience?

    * And of course – if you’ve got nothing else to say in relation to the contents of the chapter in question, you can simply re-tell the entire chapter which would also act as a brilliant way of exercising your fluency AND adding new words & phrases onto your vocabulary!

    You can also write out new phrases (5 – 10) into a notebook and then center your self-practice session around those key-phrases – that way it’s going to be a whole lot more easier for you to put the narration together.

    Regards,

    Robby

  • Kiko

    Please Rob, give me replay of the last message i’ve send to you 4 days ago.

  • Kiko

    I think i have no idea what you talking about, Should i think what will i do in a particular situation from someone in the book?

    Have you read Harry potter books? Lord of the Rings? I am reading Harry potter the first book. Give me some example or more if it’s ok. What to do talk about after i finish one chapter.

  • http://englishharmony.com/ Robby Kukurs

    Hi Kiko,

    What I meant by saying “discussing books” isn’t retelling the books page by page.

    What I had in mind is rather talking about:

    1) What you think about the events in the book and the characters;

    2) Things the books makes YOU realize in your life!

    Here’s a couple of examples of me discussing my books:

    http://bestenglishfiction.com/gone-series-finished/

    http://bestenglishfiction.com/david-gemmell-fiction/

    Regards,

    Robby

  • Kiko

    Please tell me, how do you mean by speaking about movies and books? What to speak, let’s say for specific book. Lord of the rings, Harry potter. Do i need to re tell, what it is in the book, or should i use my own words. Should i speak after i read the chapter or by page?

  • preet

    hiii

  • http://englishharmony.com Robby

    Hi Rinku,

    First of all, you should make a blueprint for the book.

    Make a list of things that will go into the book, orginize them by topics and eventually you should be able to come up with some 5 – 8 main chapters.

    Make a very detailed list of the things going into each chapter and only then you can start the actual writing.

    Here’s a quick blueprint I came up with:

    1) Importance of English in everyday lives (intro);
    2) Basics of effective communication;
    3) Biggest issues non-native English speakers are facing;
    4) Methods for dealing with English-related issues;
    5) Confidence-improving methodology

    The 4the and 5the chapters are the main ones and should have a few sub-chapters.

    Hope this helps a bit,

    Regards,

    Robby

  • rinku

    Yes ! i liked ur suggestion n its real important dat v speak more if not others den vth rselves coz ‘Speaking makes a man perfect”. N Robby i want a suggestion frm u…..m a lecturer of Professional Communication in an Engineering college n m lookin forward 2 rite a book on spoken english / personality development 4 my students but m not sure how 2 start d process. Do u hav sum ideas? Can u help me out with sum suggestions?

    Thanks

    Rinku , India

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