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Steve Lee
I can read but i can't speak I have been learning English for 8years in school, but just reading and writing for test. Now i start to work, i wanna exchange my thought and ideas with foreigners. But i find that it's easier to read than speak. I can hardly express what i wanna say. All that i know to improve is to read some articles. But most articles are about technology, economic, and news. There are few phrases that i can use to convey my thought about daily life. So please give me some suggestions, thank you! 
Aug 3, 2016 2:46 AM
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Don't worry - you are not alone!  I'm not a language learning professional, but I personally feel that reading/writing and speaking/listening comprehension are two completely different skill sets.  I've attended plenty of foreign language classes where students were amazing with reading and writing but literally could not speak a complete sentence, even at a B2 level.  I had a conversation partner once who insisted on typing everything into her smartphone translator and letting it speak for her!  

While more reading and writing (online forums as others have suggested) is always helpful, I think the only REAL solution is just to get out there and talk with humans using your own voice.  Yes, it is frustrating.  No, you can't say exactly what you want.  Yes, sometimes the people who you are talking to will treat you like a child because of your level of language (I can't tell you how frustrated I get with that aspect on a daily basis here in Germany).  No, you will not make overnight miraculous progress and one day just wake up and be fluent.  But YES, it will be baby steps until you DO feel like you can say what you want.  :-)

August 3, 2016
If you can't easily find language partners to chat with, you can practise writing and interacting online by enrolling on some English-speaking forums.  There are forums about cars, films, food, etc.  It's interesting to interact with others on issues you are interested in and know something about.  
August 3, 2016
You need to speak to others in the target language. I have the same problem with you in Korean. Reading is fairly easy for me, but I have a difficult time conveying my thoughts in long sentences. As adults our primary method of language instruction is reading, writing, and listening to audio. It is easy to do all of these tasks alone. Speaking requires another individual to be there. Maybe challenge yourself by seeing if you can find English speakers in your city and try to chat with them. Even if it is only for a few moments . . . you are getting that practice in. I randomly go to Korean restaurants in my city and also target taekwondo schools when time is available. It helps, but there still aren't enough Koreans where I live.
August 3, 2016
I had the same difficulties before. I couldn't use and recall many vocabularies. Even my listening was not that well. It's hard to understand and say a correct sentence at first. Your grammar may completely wrong. But don't afraid of making mistakes. I think that is the reason why I don't feel speaking English is a hot potato any more. As time goes by you will feel your improvement. There is an old saying that practice makes perfect. I'll root for you.:)
August 3, 2016
加油,中国的应试教育塑造了我们这一代。
August 3, 2016
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Steve Lee
Language Skills
Chinese (Mandarin), Chinese (Cantonese), English
Learning Language
Chinese (Cantonese), English