How to Become a Successful Speaker of English

Some students of ten say "My spoken English is poor." Other s say "Speaking English is very hard for me, so no need to try." T his is what we call "negative thinking." In fact, a lot of Chinese students can speak good English, but they don't. Their problem is a linguistic inferiority complex, in other words, they worry that they won't be able to speak as well as other people, so they feel infe rior in their presence. This sickness has a cure, that is, building self-confidence to get rid of shyness.

Here are some suggestions for you .

The first thing you can do is to speak English with good friends, with whom you can speak f reely without feeling shy. Then, try your ability with teachers and foreigners if possible. Don't be afraid of mistakes and don't be afraid to ask questions about things you don't know, as this is the way to acquire knowledge.

Thirdly, try to think in English and leave out mind translation. Not until you have done so can you be said to have a bet ter command of spoken English.

Fourthly, do more reading to expand vocabulary and learn to use the new words in your speech as much as possible.

Lastly, don't get angry with your self when you come across something you cannot express in English or the words you want to use suddenly escape your memory. This is unavoidable in the learning process. Just keep constant practice. For example, in CET-SET, a number of candidates failed the first time and after half a year's practice, they succeeded in the second round.

To sum up, just as the old proverb says "Where there is a will , there is a way," so no one should convince himself that he can't do what other people have done. Erase the negative notion and maintain a positive attitude. Therein lies success. By then you can communicate with the world.


·Students'negative thinking, linguistic inferiority, shyness and the importance of self-confidence

·Five suggestions

* Speak with intimate friends

* Speak with teachers and foreigners

* Think in English

* Do mor e reading

* Keep constant practice

·"Where there is a will , there is a way."


本文是一篇说明文, 首先讨论了英语口语说得不成功的一个主要原因———自卑。然后提出克服自卑必先自信。本文主体部分提出了五项建议, 均围绕如何训练与提高口语能力展开。最后引用“ 有志者, 事竟成”的谚语结束。


negative thinking 消极的想法

feel inferior in somebody's pr esence 在 某人面前感到\自卑

This sick ness has a cure 指这种自卑心理可有排除的办法。这里用了比喻的手法。

mind- tr anslation 在大脑里作翻译

Therein lies success 成功在于此

Not until... can you... "Not until ..." 置于句首时句中主谓语须倒装

Be said to + v . 被说成是

have a good command of English 掌握了英语