8 Tips to Start Basic English Speaking Conversation: Practice For Beginners

English Speaking or the ability to converse in the English language is one of the greatest assets in anyone’s life. The English language is a recognized international language. It is the official language of almost 67 countries and 27 other non-sovereign entities. So, if you are wondering how English speaking is going to help you, well, the list is long. If you want to get able to speak with the people of countries where the native language is English or if, you are thinking of traveling to various foreign countries and want to make them hear about your own ideas or opinions, keep in touch with the basic English learning and its communication ability.

In this particular blog, beginners are going to get an idea about practicing basic English speaking and some top important tips to practice it on daily basis.

Basic English Speaking

The term basic here refers to conversational English and not English, which is compiled in volumes or textbooks. It acquires an area where you can get pro in daily usage like offering some greetings or saying daily used phrases of asking or dealing in business etc.

▶️ Starting A Conversation

Well, to start a conversation in English, two types of greetings are used, formal and informal.

Formal greetings are used when you are expected to greet your examiner or teacher at your educational institutions or maybe, colleagues at your workplace.

Informal, as the name suggests, are the greetings that are offered to friends or peer groups.

Informal Greetings

These wishes include saying hello or hi at the meeting.

Hello- may be done by shaking hands or waving your hand to others.

Hi- another informal way to say hello

Hey- a more relaxed and casual way of meeting

Formal Greetings

Good morning sir/madam- used to wish before 12 in the morning

Good afternoon- it is a phrase used to wish in the time period of noon till 4 or 5 p.m

Good evening- it is a phrase used to wish after a time period of 6 p.m

▶️ Giving An Introduction

Now the time arises after greetings, that you have to introduce yourself. Well, the introduction is given in case of formal meetings or maybe the friend’s parties where all the friends of friends do not know each other.

● Giving an introduction to an unknown person:- my name is ______, what is your name?

● Asking about intro if you have met the person but do not remember- I am sorry, I don’t remember your name. You are____?

● If you want to give another person’s introduction- this is______. OR please meet________.

▶️ Giving A Reply To Someone’s Introduction

After knowing about the person in front of you, the response can be given in the following set of words.

● Nice to meet you!

● Pleased to meet you!

● It’s a pleasure meeting you!

▶️ Time For A Talk

Yes, after exchanging greetings and introducing yourself, there is a time to initiate a talk. Well, small talk is very common in some of the countries in Europe or the USA. It usually initiates with asking about someone’s health or current activities involved.

How are you? / How are you doing?

How’s it going?
(More informal.)

How are things?

What’s up?
(Very informal.)

And the exciting thing is that the answer is not exactly required in the case of formal talks unless you are very close to someone. Well, the answer can be given in the following ways.

● I’m well. How are you?

● It’s going well, thank you. How are you doing?

● Fine, thanks. And yourself?

▶️ Asking Further Questions

After that, try to indulge in a talk by asking some questions like

● Are you having a good day?

● Did you just get to the office?

● Have you seen my email?

● How is your day going?

● When did you arrive at the office?

● What do you think about that email I sent?

It is required at your end to listen to the question carefully and cater to its keywords and the form of the verb used. Try to answer in proper grammatical structure.

▶️ Putting a conversation to an end

Now there is a time to put a full stop to small talk after having a few chit-chats. There are many ways to do it depending on the situation. For example, if you’re late, say:

● I have to get going. / It’s time for me to go.

● I have to run—can we continue later?

And if you have all the information you wanted:

● Thank you so much for your help!

● Got it, thanks!

● I think I have everything I need, thank you!

▶️ Saying A Goodbye

If there are ways of formal and informal greetings, well there are some ways of bidding a goodbye too. These are as follows:-

● Have a good day!

● Enjoy your day!

● Good luck!

● Talk to you soon!

● Great seeing you / Great talking to you!

● Catch you later!

● Bye! Have a good day!

● Catch you later! Bye-bye!

● Good night!

Top 8 Tips For Beginners To Practice English Speaking

▶️ Imitation

it is one of the useful techniques in getting pros in conversation in the English language. Try to imitate the native speakers. Carefully observe their gestures and their lip or face movements, when they are talking in the English language. Try to copy that and say it aloud too, not in front of them though.

▶️ Mirror: A friend

Another major tip for beginners to practice English speaking is to speak in front of a mirror. Consider your mirror as your best friend and talk in front of it. It is a trusted and tested tip that will boost your confidence to the highest level. Initially, You can try it by reading a text. And then, after some time, try to speak without seeing. Give your introduction to it, talk with it, ask questions and say answers but in English only. What other benefits you can get by talking in front of the mirror is

● You can have a look at your gestures while talking.

● Your confidence will be boosted.

● One can learn to converse with others in the English language.

▶️ Use conversation applications

In this era of technology, many English conversation applications are available over the web. Learners can try out those applications for better learning in beginning. These applications help learners in sentence formations, vocabulary building, grammar, tenses, etc. Some of the best applications are

● Duolingo app- It is an app that is one of the best applications one can find to learn English. It allows a learner to learn a foreign language by clearing out Learner's doubts in their native language.

● FluentU app- based on a similar structure, it facilitates fluency. Some exercises and activities are prompted here, to talk more about the English language.

● ELSA speak app etc.

▶️ Watch movies or read books in the English language

English media is one of the influential media that a learner can use in order to get Pro in speaking their English language. It is recommended always, that a learner or beginner should watch more of the English media. For instance, videos in the English language on YouTube, news channels like CNN or BCCi, etc., English movies with their English subtitles, and other valuable IELTS resources.

Also read more English content like, English newspapers (TOI, Hindustan Times, The Tribune), read more English novels and books, etc.

▶️ Try tongue twisters

Talking or speaking Tongue twisters is one of the tips which makes you best in your fluency and pronunciation area. If you will say more of tongue twisters, you will get more fluent in talking or conversing in the English language. The pronunciation problem of different difficult words will be improved and a learner will get indulge in faster and clear-talking of English.

▶️ Use online dictionaries

Online dictionaries are the vocabulary hubs available over the web. These are specifically designed for users who want to know the meanings of certain words in any of the languages recognized by Google though. These dictionaries are available to use for free and yes, millions of users use them on daily basis. Some of the best and most widely used online dictionaries are

● Merriam-webster dictionary

● Cambridge advanced learner's dictionary

● Collins English dictionary

● Urban dictionary etc.

▶️ Describe your 'Today'

One of the beautiful tips suggested to improve English speaking is to speak about your day at the end of the day. It can be done in front of a mirror too. So, basically, at the day end, just like a diary writing, speak about your day wholly. The major achievements, activities, or learnings in a day can be described but in the English language only.

● It will make beginner's English speaking improved.

● A learner can have an idea of talking about real-life experiences which sometimes becomes a problem in cue card sessions of speaking tests in IELTS.

● Describing the real incidences can help out in the knowledge of parts of speech and tenses of English grammar.

A learner can also try speaking about the current situation while talking with a person in front instead.

▶️ Read aloud or record yourself

Another striking tip to improve English speaking is to read the English content aloud. Start by reading the content while seeing it. Whether it's a newspaper or a book, read it aloud. It will make the pronunciation of some words better and you will listen to what you are speaking.

Another way to hear what you speak is by recording your conversation. Start a recorder before speaking. It is usually done for the speaking which a learner does not speak while seeing the text. It comes from within. In response, a learner can debug their speaking by finding out errors in grammar too, by hearing that recording.

Always remember, not to be afraid of talking in front of people as it will improve you only but not the other. One can mock you for your wrong English but one can't make you happy. It is your duty to improve yourself. Be bold and start practicing your English speaking. Read more English, write in English, and speak with confidence. The best time is now.

Best of luck!

Dr. Roma

Content Writer