How to Study Spoken English

Listening to English radio programs can help you learn correct English pronunciation.

Learning to speak English well can open many doors, but deciding which methods of studying spoken English are effective can be frustrating. Whether you're living in an English-speaking country or studying remotely, there are a number of effective methods of studying spoken English. Choose the methods that you are most comfortable with to develop your own study plan.

Listen to, repeat and discuss spoken English. The more you surround yourself with spoken English, the more likely you are to pick up the nuances of the language. According to English Club, you can practice spoken English by reading the words you see in English as you go about your day. The website notes that this can help you "think in English" even when you're not studying. The website also suggests listening to English songs and repeating the words until you get the pronunciation right. You can do the same with movies, TV shows and audiobooks.

Get an English-speaking study partner. According to English Club, spoken English is the only component of English study (the others are listening, reading and writing) that you can't do on your own. If you study spoken English on your own, you're more likely to learn incorrect pronunciation because you won't have anyone to correct your mistakes, and correcting ingrained errors can be much harder than learning to speak the right way the first time around. English Club suggests finding a speaking study partner at school or in a pub.

Use an English-teaching computer program. Thanks to advances in technology, computer programs can now help you learn spoken English by offering interactive speaking exercises. These exercises help analyze and correct your pronunciation as you speak into a head set. They also often provide pronunciation examples that you can replay at various speeds and repeat. You can also get involved in language learning clubs that meet virtually using video or audio chat.

Learn the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). The IPA is a series of symbols that correspond to sounds. When you learn the sounds that the symbols represent, you can pronounce any word in the English language when you see it spelled phonetically, and a phonetic spelling is a feature of most dictionaries. Though not as beneficial as a study partner, the IPA can be an invaluable resource when you must study on your own.

  • Learning spoken English requires constant study. Be sure to study every day in order to learn English as fast as possible.

Miranda Morley is an educator, business consultant and owner of a copywriting/social-media management company. Her work has been featured in the "Boston Literary Magazine," "Subversify Magazine" and "American Builder's Quarterly." Morley has a B.A. in English, political science and international relations. She is completing her M.A. in rhetoric and composition from Purdue University Calumet.