How Talking with Native Speakers Helps During Your English Classes

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Learning a language in a classroom can be very different to using it in everyday life. Speaking with native speakers can help you build your language skills by giving you a deeper understanding of the language and exposing you to native accents, accurate pronunciations, and new colloquialisms.

At the English Studies Institute, we have a partnership with the University of California, meaning that our students have the opportunity to speak with local students and practice their language skills in a natural environment.

Below are some of the main reasons why speaking with a native speaker is essential to becoming fluent in a language.

Understand Native Accents and Different Voices

If you mainly hear English from teachers or from classroom materials like recordings and videos, it can take some time to adjust to new voices and understand what is being said in a real world environment.

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Having conversations with native speakers can improve your listening skills

Conversing with native speakers can help improve your listening skills. This is because you will hear the language spoken in many different voices and accents. Native speakers also often speak at a faster pace, which can be difficult to understand at first if you are used to people speaking slowly in a classroom environment. By listening to native English speakers, you can improve your listening skills and become more comfortable listening to people speak quickly or with different accents.

Improve Your Accent and Pronunciation

One of the best ways to pick up an authentic accent and learn the correct pronunciation of words is by speaking and listening to native speakers. As humans, we naturally mimic the speaking patterns and body language of those we’re speaking with. After enough conversations with native speakers, you will start to use the same speaking style as them without even realizing it!

Become Familiar with Idioms and Slang

Practicing with native English speakers will also help you learn idioms and slang. These can vary from region to region, so if you’re studying at an English school in California, you can expect to learn the language of the West Coast!

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Using colloquialisms can help you to integrate with the locals and is an important part of culture

Idioms and slang are an important part of culture wherever you go, and will help you to integrate with the locals. Speaking with native English speakers will also help you learn to use these expressions in your conversations.

Speaking with Native Speakers Forces You to Speak English

If you’re practicing speaking with your peers in English classes, it’s possible that you share the same first language. This will mean that you can switch to your own native language if you’re having difficulty in English.

While this can be helpful, it can prevent you from improving your English language skills. If you’re speaking with a native English speaker, you will need to express yourself in English as they might not have any knowledge of your first language. Overcoming this language barrier will help you to improve your speaking skills and help you practice English often.

Improve Your Confidence in English Classes

Regularly speaking with native speakers will give you more confidence. It can be scary at first to speak a new language in front of others, and it’s normal to feel nervous about mispronunciations or shy about having an accent. However, once you know that you can express yourself in English and be understood, you will have more confidence in the classroom.

Regularly speaking with native speakers will mean that when you travel or work in an English-speaking country, you will be better prepared to communicate with others.

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