Think on english <em>Hi everyone

I have a problem

I can translate books,watch films without subtitles and watch videos on English

But its difficult for me to speak with people,especially use verb tenses,because life isn't a book and it takes a lot of time to choose correct tense

I tried to understand this a lot of times,but i don't get it

If you know how to look at this problem from another side please tell me)


May 24, 2018 10:25 AM
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May 24, 2018
I'm not a linguist. But probably the Engineering advice could help you a bit.

1) Find & print a good table of the tenses.
2) Try to observe it, to understand its logic, to say shortly just meditate on that table 1-2 days.
3) Take only the one simplest tense & train it, playing with that in different sentences. Your task is to get the state when you're using it automatically. Don't use any other tenses at that time. It could take you a week or so.
4) Take the next tense. Achieve the using it automatically as well.
5) Do the same for the next and next more complicated and rare used tenses.
May 25, 2018

I am not a grammar expert, but ...

I think spoken English is a bit different from taught written English in its emphasis.

The difficulty seems to me to lie just in the spoken past tense. ---Should I use simple past, or, the have/had form? ---

Well, generally, I would say, always use the simple past here. And listen for it.  It is far more usual than the have/had form. I emphasise this again.

Admittedly, have/had is perfect if you are speaking Fr, De, Sp,... but they are not English. English uses, in speech, this form sparingly.

May 25, 2018

The best way to improve speaking skills is to practice, practice, practice! 

Practice speaking - even if it is with your plants! Read the magazines and books out loud to your dog.  While it may seem silly, doing these things will help you to relax and become more comfortable with English pronunciation and speaking.  Being relaxed when speaking another language helps a lot because it is easier to forget the things you already know when you are feeling stress.  The fact that you know the language but can't find the words when speaking tells me that your subconscious mind is nervous, even if your conscious mind thinks it isn't!

You could also look for a language partner or teacher here on italki to help you. Good luck!

May 25, 2018
It's easy. Everybody has the same problem at the beginning.

Just read out loud a book, or repeat the speeches of a movie/tv show.

You can use audioprograms like glossika or pimsleur. And finally speak with people

May 24, 2018
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