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If you’re reading this, I imagine you want to communicate with confidence and competence in English. 如果你在看这篇文章,我能想象你是想更好、更自信地用英语交流。

What you need is to become a self-directed learner, somebody who takes responsibility for their own learning and creates their own learning programme to develop their English. 你需要做的是成为一个自主学习的人,有些人对待学习很自觉,并且会做出自己的学习规划来提高自己的英语。

Here are 33 ways to speak better English, without going to classes. 下面是不用去上课学习就能让你说好英语的33个方法。

1. Record yourself speaking English. 录下自己所说的英语。

2. Read aloud, especially dialogue. 大声的读出来,特别是对话。

3. Sing along to English songs while you’re driving or in the shower. 开车或洗澡的时候跟唱英文歌。

4. Watch short video clips and pause and repeat what you hear. 看短视频,按停顿然后重复你听到的。

5.Learn vowel and consonant sounds in English. 学习英语元音和辅音的发音。

6. Learn and identify schwa. 学习并学会识别中性元音。

7. Learn about weak and strong forms of common words. 学会常用词的弱读形式和重读形式。

8. Learn about word stress. 学会单词的重读。

9. Learn about sentence stress. 学会句子的重读。

10. Identify fixed and semi-fixed phrases and practise them. 学会识别固定短语和半固定短语,并不断练习。

11. Learn about collocations. 学习固定搭配词组。

12. Replace regular verbs with phrasal verbs. 学会用动词短语来代替规则动词。

13. Learn short automatic responses. 学会简短而自然地应答。

14. Practise telling stories and using narrative tenses. 练习讲述故事和讲述的时态。

15. Learn when to pause for effect. 学会什么时候该停顿以达到更好的效果。

16. Learn about chunking. 学会拆分。

17. Learn about typical pronunciation problems in your first language. 学习跟你同个母语的人的典型发音问题。

Find out about the problems people who speak your first language have when speaking English and you will know what you need to focus on. 找出那些跟你说一样母语的人在说英语时会出现的发音问题,你就会知道你应该注意什么。

18. Choose an accent you like and imitate it. 选一个你喜欢的口音腔调并模范它。

19. Find an actor/actress you like and identify what makes them powerful speakers. 找一个你喜欢的男演员或女演员并找出是什么让他们成为强大的演说家。

20. Use a mirror and / or a sheet of paper for identifying aspirated and non-aspirated sounds. 用一面镜子或一张白纸来辨别送气和不送气的音。

21. Practise tongue twisters. 练习绕口令。

Tongue twisters are phrases designed to improve your pronunciation of particular sounds. 绕口令是专门用来提高你对某些词的发音的句子。

22. Practise spelling names, numbers and dates aloud. 练习大声地拼读名字、数字、日期。

23. Learn about common intonation patterns. 学会常用的语音语调形式。

24. Learn about places of articulation. 学习发音的位置。

The articulators are the parts of the mouth we use to turn sound into speech. 发音的位置是我们嘴巴把声音变成语言的一部分。

25. After looking at places of articulation, practise making the movements that native speakers use when they speak. 在学会发音的位置后,练习英语母语者说话时是是怎样移动发音位置的。

26. Learn why English is a stress-timed language. 了解为什么英语是重音节拍的语音。

The rhythm of the language is based on stressed syllables so we shorten the unstressed syllables to fit the rhythm. 语言的节奏是基于重度音节的,所以我们会缩短非重读的音节发音以便适应语言的节奏。

27. Learn how to interrupt and interject politely and successfully. 学会如何礼貌且成功地打断和插入别人的谈话中。

28. Learn about ellipsis, assimilation and linking sounds. 了解学会省略不读、浊化和连读。

29. Speak lower not higher. Studies show that you command attention and demonstrate authority with a deeper vocal tone, especially men. 说话要低沉一些,研究表明低沉的声音能使你博得注意力和展示你的权威,特别是对于男士来说。

30. Listen and read along to poetry (or rap songs) to practise the rhythm of English. 收听和朗读诗歌或饶舌歌曲来锻炼你的英语发音节奏。

31. Learn exclamation words and fillers. 学会用感叹词和填充词。

32. Learn how to paraphrase. 学会如何做进一步说明。

33. Use contractions more. 多使用缩读。

Contractions make your speech more efficient because they save time and energy. 使用缩读能让你的讲话更高效,因为这样说会节省时间和精力。

Say ‘should not’ and then say ‘shouldn’t’: which is easier to say? 像说‘should not’和‘shouldn’哪个更容易说呢?

Now, here’s your CALL TO ACTION. 现在是你号召自己去行动的时候。

In the next 33 days, spend 15 minutes every day on one of the tips. I’m sure you’ll notice a huge improvement. 在接下来的33天里,每天花15分钟的时间在上面提到的每个点上。我相信你会有一个很大的进步提升。