Tips for Koreans Learning English
Many Koreans have spent a great deal of time and money trying to learn English, yet their proficiency rate is very low. Even though some do learn to speak English reasonably well, others still have a hard time understanding them. In fact, a survey taken by the Political and Economic Risk Consultancy in Hong Kong asked foreigners to rate how easily they could understand speakers of English from 12 different Asian countries. Koreans ranked at the bottom of the list.
Most Koreans do seem to be aware of the problem, however. In 2003, 74.2% of people polled in a government survey admitted that they had difficulty communicating in English. But what can be done for people like you who want to speak English more fluently? First, you must look for ESL classes taught by native English speakers who are trained ESL teachers. It is wonderful to find English speaking friends to chat with, but to master the nuances of the language, you should work with a professional.
Once you can speak conversational English, practice speaking English as much as you can with native English speakers. Ask them to help you by kindly pointing out your mistakes. If you find that people are having trouble understanding you because of your accent, then consider working with an accent reduction specialist. This person will be able to identify exactly which sounds are causing you trouble and will help you speak English more clearly.
You should look for someone with a background in speech pathology, as this person is highly trained in how different sound are produced. Depending on your preferences, you can take small group classes or private instruction. A wonderful option now is private lessons via webcam. You can connect with a specialist anywhere in the world and set up private classes that work in your schedule and are in the privacy of your own home or office. As long as you have a computer with a microphone and a good quality webcam, you are ready to begin!
Why don’t you take my free online speech and accent screening at www.losemyaccent.com? It only takes a few minutes, and you will get free tips on how to improve your communication skills.
Lisa Scott is a nationally certified speech pathologist who specializes in accent reduction training. If you are tired of being misunderstood and are ready for a change, please visit www.losemyaccent.com.
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