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Communication is the string that holds the world together. Thanks to the concept of a universal language, now, communicating with anyone, in any part of the world, is relatively easy. This globally universal language is English. English is a language that has aspects of other languages in it as well, making it easier to learn and follow. In today's world, therefore, knowing English is a prerequisite. To be able to speak fluently, is what all of us desire and try to achieve.

A Few Pointers

A self-check is what you need to do, before you start off with your language learning.

► Desire to Learn: First and foremost, find out if you have the desire to learn the language. Nothing can be achieved if you do not have the willingness to do it. Therefore, ask yourself if you have the right amount of desire.

► Faith in Yourself: Do you think you can learn an entirely new language? Well, if you ask me, I would say, you can. Learning a language is easy, and this has been proved by so many people, over and over again. Therefore, you just need to believe that you can, and take the plunge.

► Confidence: Do you believe that you are not confident enough? By this I mean, would you shy away to speak the language, because you are scared that you might make a mistake? You have to accept the fact that you cannot learn anything, without making mistakes. I know it might be embarrassing, but who cares? As long as the end result is optimum, it really does not matter. Does it?

► Patience: You need patience for everything that you do. Just like you cannot learn to ride a bike without falling a couple of times, you cannot learn a new language without failing. It is a part of the process, and if you give up at this point, you would never be able to make it. So, find out within yourself if you have the patience to wait.

Now that all the above problems have been solved, let us get going with the actual learning.

GRAMMAR is Not Your Solution
Most of us make the mistake of trying to learn speaking, by stressing on Grammar. Here, I would ask you a very simple question. While learning your Mother Tongue, were you taught the Grammar first? Of course, the answer is NO. The obvious reason why one should not try to learn Grammar here is, that Grammar will only make it more difficult for you. While trying to speak, you will concentrate on the rules and the uses. This way, you would actually slow down, and speaking a language is always about fluency.
Never TRANSLATE from Mother Tongue
Translating statements from our own language into English, is one of the biggest mistakes that most people make. You are definitely going to make mistakes, as the way your native language is spoken, is completely different from how English is spoken. For example, the position of the verb and the object, changes with different language. In English, the verb always comes before the object, however, it might not be true for your native language. Therefore, always frame your sentences in English, before saying them. This might get difficult, but this is the right way to go about it.
PRONUNCIATION is Important
Proper pronunciation is very important while learning spoken English. There are numerous ways in which you can learn the way words are spoken;

Online Tools: Online tools are a very good option, as you can listen, re-listen and keep listening till you do not get a word right. Many user-friendly tools are available, that can be of very good help and come to your rescue, if you face some difficult situation. Make it a habit of using one of these tools, whenever you come across a particularly difficult-to-pronounce word.

Movies/TV Shows: I would suggest you to watch as many English movies as you can. You just need to listen carefully, and you would get the flow. Watching TV shows and interviews would help you a lot. Also, watching the news every morning can be a part of your daily English practice session. In your fresh mind, you would notice that you are able to catch the language better.
Read, Read and READ some More
Reading novels, story books, dictionaries, and even the newspaper, increases your vocabulary immensely. Reading not only increases your knowledge, it opens new windows, and you get to know how vivid and colorful a language can be. The use of words to express a particular emotion, can leave you spellbound. I know you have no intentions of becoming a scholar, but reading can actually change your entire perspective towards the language itself.
Try to Learn PHRASES
Learning words would not take you far, as they are not going to help you in speaking initially. You need to concentrate more on phrases. Phrases would help you construct your own sentences, using simple words. Once you are sure that your sentences are forming effortlessly, go ahead and improve your vocabulary. Start your study with simple and everyday-use phrases. Slowly, increase the level with complex phrases. Keep reading, and then at the same time, continue using them. The more you use, the more comfortable you would become.
SPEAKING is Necessary
The best way to put your learning to practice, is by conversing. Talk to others in English. Your English might be broken, it might be incorrect, it might be accented. Don't stop. Your family and close friends would not make fun of you; they would encourage you to talk more. You will notice that with time, not only will your speech improve, but you will start feeling less conscious and more confident.
The Right GUIDE is Vital
We all need someone to guide us, motivate us, and to show us direction. This stands true here as well. A good teacher or a guide plays a vital role, as he is the one who gives you the right material to study, tells you the best way to study, identifies your strengths and weaknesses, and helps you accordingly. If you wish to learn by yourself without taking the help of a teacher, make sure you look for the correct material and study in a proper way.
Find a PARTNER
Learning with a partner would be of great help. The sense of competition and the desire to do better, would drive you to work harder. Giving up would be more difficult, and you would make constant efforts to prove yourself. Make sure the competition is positive, and it does not get into your head. Remember, it is meant to encourage and motivate you, not to drive you into obsession.
Learning a new language, sure is, intimidating. The only way to end the dilemma, is to show a little confidence and a little more desire to learn it. After all, it is task that is easily achievable.