Tips for an advanced learner

by Anand Mahajan

Dear David !

I live in India and am quite comfortable with English reading and listening. I have been reading English for the last say 35 years (I am 44). I read English Newspapers daily and listen to Indian English News Channels which are quite good in content and debates. But when I try to speak English I falter after some time or sometimes even I don't start off in the first place. It's lack of confident as I don't get people around me who can speak good English. My vocabulary too is good. please give me some tips so that I can be an impressive speaker. Thanks !

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Mar 15, 2014
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by: David

Hi Anand,

That's great that you read every day. I bet you have a strong vocabulary and know the patterns of English. You can now do the fun part of the language which is to use it.

The best thing for you to do it seek out a forum or social media for something that you like. For example, if you like hiking, go to and type in "hiking forums." There are millions of free forums, so just sign up for one or a few.

Then, start making good posts about your topic. Have fun with it and make sure to give some good contributions about your topic. Keep doing that and you'll start to get followers.

After you make some connections with people from around the world, ask some of them if they would like to chat over Skype or Google plus. You can talk with lots of different people from around the around with a topic that you enjoy and you can do it for free. That's the best way to improve your conversational English.

I hope that gives you some ideas. It's really all about practice.

All the best,

David Claussen

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