Forget English tuitions! This is all you need to do to improve your kid’s English

Coming from India with so many native languages, not being fluent in English is a common concern. Yet, it is equally true that learning to speak English is a very important skill. Most parents feel that if their child does not speak English well enough, they will lag behind in the increasingly globalised world.

Whether it is entrance in a good school or respect amongst your friends, learning to speak good English will assist you everywhere.

How can I get my kid to speak good English? Easy. Follow these 7 important guidelines and you will be on your way to having good conversations at home – in English.

First you have to learn to speak it. Instead, why don’t you and your child learn it together!

1. Play in English

Flash cards are a great way to start English speaking. Flash cards are a great way to start English speaking. 

Do fun things together like making sentences using English flash cards with your child. In the beginning make simple everyday sentences.

Like: ‘Water is in the pot’ or ‘I like cats’

2. Watch English TV channels

Watching the right kind of English TV will help you remember words and sentences that will help in talking.
Watching the right kind of English TV will help you remember words and sentences that will help in talking.

Tune in to English kids channels. Your child will enjoy the show and you can catch some good English words. Cbeebies is an excellent one that BBC runs and has very good quality of content.

First you learnt: ‘Water is in the pot’ or ‘I like cats’

Now add: ‘Water in the pot is cold’ or ‘This cat is furry and white.’

3. Read bedtime stories in English


Bed time stories are very important to improve your own vocabulary of words and phrases.

Make it a point to read stories in English to your child. You can start with simple books for children. The language and sentence construction has to be paid attention to. Read aloud to your child. Try and remember those sentences and repeat some in your everyday life. Remember the sentences that worked well.

First you learnt: ‘Water in the pot is cold’ or ‘This cat is furry and white.’

Now add: ‘I wish I could have some cold water’ or ‘This cat is dirty, I don’t like it.’

4. Do fun outings with your child, speaking only English

Once you have a treasure trove of sentences, visit a mall/fun outing where you can use those sentences in this context. For example buy a bottle of water.

First you learnt: ‘I wish I could have some cold water’ or ‘This cat is dirty, I don’t like it.’

Now add: ‘Excuse me, can I buy a bottle of cold water’ or ‘Beta, be careful that dog may bite you.’

5. Get the right pronunciations on You Tube

 
The net is a great source of information regarding pronunciations. Ask Google for help!

If you know what the word is written as but are confused about the pronunciation, try going on YouTube/google. Just type the spelling and type pronounce. Keep the speaker on your laptop on and you’ll hear the exact pronunciation of that word. Repeat the audio many times until you have memorized the sound of that word.

6. Make friends who speak English

Talking to your English speaking friends will boost confidence and improve speaking skills in a social setting.Talking to your English speaking friends will boost confidence and improve speaking skills in a social setting.

Invite friends who speak English. This is a great opportunity for you and your child to learn how to have conversations beyond yourselves. Try to have a relaxed time without showing off your sentences. Feel free to replace words you don’t know in English with your native language. Later remember to Google the right word!

7. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes

Most people are too scared that people will make fun of their English. So they never speak in English. Be kind to yourself and your kid. You are learning something. You are bound to make a few mistakes. That’s ok!

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