To pretend to be English, you must first have something to say in English!
Pretend to be English
It’s difficult to speak English if you don’t have anything to say in English.
So it’s time to pretend to be English!
It may sound strange, but pretending is what you do when you learn anything new. (Though we don’t recommend reading a dictionary for fun)
You don’t know exactly what you’re doing, but it looks or sounds something like the things that you’re pretending to do!
How to pretend to be English
Well, you have probably already tried – singing songs without knowing all of the words!
All students at school, college and university in the whole of the world are also pretending: they don’t know all the words on their courses either!
But the idea is that, one day, you will pretend so effectively that you – and others – believe you ARE the person you were pretending to be.
Usually that day is an exam day, or an interview day – and, from then on you ARE that person, and no longer pretending.
So how can you pretend to be English?
Well, to start with try closing your book more frequently during your lessons – and try to remember what you’re reading.
Learning any language is much easier when you can see the words in front of you! It’s why multiple choice tests are easier than other tests – unfortunately options A.B,C or D don’t appear above the other person’s head during conversation!
A history of pretending
Pretending is what actors do when they learn their lines, or singers when they learn the lyrics they write.
Pretending is so important that we named our school ‘Bards’: when we learn we are actors, storytellers, bards.
William Shakespeare is often known as ‘The Bard’.
So, to pretend to be English, you must first have something to say in English.
These words will be the ‘lines’ you must learn and a story is a great place to start.
What type of story?
Well, believe it or not, you already tell lots of stories in your own language every day:
(1) what you did last night and what you thought about it,
(2) what you’re doing next week and why you’re looking forward to it.
Well, believe it or not, you already tell lots of stories in your own language every day
Your life is full of stories!
Stories for learning English don’t have to be long – but you should try to make them interesting.
The more interesting your stories are the more you will want to tell them – so the more you get to practise them!
It could be a story that makes you laugh, or makes you feel really happy, or is profound – something that shaped your life.
Most people can tell a story about how they chose their job, or fell in love, or a great moment in their life that they will never forget.
You can get some ideas for your story with our – great ways to start a conversation
Try to make it an interesting story or a song you love listening to. Then, you will always have something interesting to say!
PLUS When you begin to learn your stories by heart you can start to practise saying them quicker.
The process of speaking more quickly is often known as word linking. Our video on speeding up your speaking will help you. You can find it on YouTube.
You can also learn some songs from our playlist of great music from British English bands here. You can get the lyrics online from many sites – just type in the name of the song followed by the word lyrics.
To read more of our blog about learning English you can return to the home page here
Stuart opened Bards Language School, Nantes, in September 2017 – and Learnch, in March 2018 – to help French students develop their spoken English.