Practice makes speaking easier

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 26 February, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 26 February, 2008, 12:00am

I find that speaking English is the most difficult aspect of the language.

Nowadays, English is used almost everywhere in the world. Most local students have difficulty finding the right words when they speak a foreign language.

We talk in Chinese every day, so it's hard for us to master English.

We seldom communicate with others in English in our daily life. The pronunciation of the language is a problem, too. It is very different from Chinese.

Therefore, I think spoken English is the hardest part of the language.

Lee Tze-yin, Christian Alliance S.C. Chan Memorial College

From the Editor

Thanks for your letter, Tze-yin. It can be easy to learn to understand another language, but learning to respond is far more difficult.

Whether it's tones, pronunciation or inflection, learning to speak a foreign language is hard work. You want to sound as 'native' as possible, but it can be hard to get the sound just right.

The best way is to practise: speak to as many people as possible in English, watch English TV show and films, listen to English songs and read English books. When you are reading, read aloud, and listen to the sound of your voice. When you watch something in English, repeat what you hear.

On the Young Post website, you can listen to all the star letters being read aloud, as well as Friday's listening exercise.

The more you are exposed to English and the more you practise, the easier it will become. Good luck!

Karly, Sub-editor