Speaking with a high level of accuracy means making very few mistakes. This is easier said than done. So, what can you do to improve your level of accuracy when you speak English?
  • Even native speakers make mistakes when they speak in their own language, but they are always listening to themselves and correct themselves. Here are some tips to help you speak correctly.
  • Don’t worry about making mistakes, it’s normal, but ...
  • Listen to your English when you speak and if you notice a mistake, correct it. If you don’t notice any mistakes, don’t worry.
  • Make a ‘my typical mistakes’ page in your notebook. Write down mistakes you often make and when you speak, listen out for those mistakes. If you always say ‘I must to go’, then write it down next to the correct version ‘I must go’ and listen out for this mistake when you speak.
  • Use grammar you know. If you use new grammar you don’t know for the first time in an exam, you will make more mistakes and find it more difficult to correct yourself.
  • Use words you know. Revise the vocabulary you learn in class and try to use new words again to help you remember them. If you don’t know an exact word, use a different word that you know.
  • Record yourself speaking and listen to yourself. Correct your mistakes and remember the good language to use again.
  • Take your time and think when you speak! If you speak too fast and don’t think about your language, you will make mistakes. However, don’t speak too slowly – you don’t want to sound like a robot.
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How well did you do in the exercise? Do you practise grammar and accuracy a lot in school? Do you enjoy it?


Noon's picture
Noon 18 December, 2013 - 18:44

Thanks alot JoEditor
And no need to apologize
Thanks alot alot alot !
You are a good team , keep up the GOOD work

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JoEditor's picture
JoEditor 18 December, 2013 - 14:22

Hi Noon,
Yes, apologies for the slow reply. You seem to have a good level of English, so you'd probably find our Vocabulary section quite easy. You could try some of the higher level exercises though. 
Reading and listening will help improve your vocabulary, so the more you read and listen to in English, the better. Our phrasal verb videos are great practice for higher levels. Phrasal verbs are a difficult area to study and learn but if you improve your understanding of them your general level of English will improve. 
Good luck with your studies and sorry again for taking a few days to reply. We have a very small team working on our site and it's not always possible to respond immediately. 
Best wishes, Jo (LearnEnglish Teens Team) 

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Noon's picture
Noon 15 December, 2013 - 20:41

Hey british council
Can you help me ?!
My vocabulary is weak , how can I improve it ?!
Is there any comon words in English ?!
In a website or something like that ?!
And what is the best way to memorize new words in English ?!
Please answer me ....
And by the way I have asked a question just before this one ....
If you could answer all of my questions I will be grateful ...
Thanks !

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Noon's picture
Noon 14 December, 2013 - 12:12

I want to improve my English speaking But I have two problems
I don't like watching videos with music and most of the tips says listen to English songs or watch movies and I hate them both , even cartoon with music , I just don't like MUSIC.
I am not confident of my self in speaking I mean , I dont want to make any mistakes and I feel like people will laugh at me . I know this is stupid but what can I do ?
Can you give me some advice ?! Motivation to speak confidently
Thanks !

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JoEditor 16 December, 2013 - 07:52

Hi Noon,
Have you tried our Listening section? http://learnenglishteens.britishcouncil.org/skills/listening-skills-practice The activities in this section will help you to improve your listening and your speaking.
I think most learners don't like making mistakes but you should recognise that making mistakes is an important part of learning a language. The only way for your speaking to improve is to practise. Think of the mistakes you make as a normal part of the process. 
Good luck! Jo (LearnEnglish Teens Team) 

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MALINE 10 March, 2013 - 17:27

How can I improve my pronunctation? I try to listen as much as I can in English but I only have one class a week and i have nobody to practice with.

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Jonathan - Coor... 10 March, 2013 - 01:39

Good work, MALINE! You've done well. Sometimes it can be hard to break the habit of making a particular mistake, just like TeenGirlie said. Here's a question to all users: are there any mistakes you always repeat? Anything that your teacher always corrects?
Jonathan (LearnEnglish Teens Team)

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TeenGirlie 2 February, 2013 - 08:04

We practice a lot in grammar, but it it still hard to differ all the Tenses....
and once I said "money - they" now I can't break this habit :(

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