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Speaking, Speaking, Speaking We all know that to speak is harder than to read or to understand the others. As it uses two different parts of our memory: active and passive.
And sometimes before conversation with our friends we need to practice by themselves. 
How do you practice your speaking skills? Do you try to make a new sentences with a new words? What do you do? 
Mar 24, 2018 12:12 PM
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I don't think that we "all" know this.

There are some people who communitate rather freely and behave much like kids. Still they may have harder times understanding or reading.
This approach is stigmatized here as "uneducated" or worse "appearing uneducated" , but perhaps it is better:)
March 24, 2018
I often prepare a topic ahead and send an article or a video to my teacher/language partner. So, I have an idea about the vocabulary. Then I practice a bit alone. Talk to myself in the car for instance. I listen to a lot of podcasts and try to shadow the speaker, that means try to speak like the speaker. I do "listen and repeat" exercises in my target languages, that means I listen to a full sentence and then I try to say it too. Sometimes I record myself doing it. I also record myself reading texts and send it to friends to get feedback. Or I record voice or audio messages directly in Skype or Whatsapp, speaking freely, and send them to friends.
March 25, 2018

Speaking is the most difficult language skill to learn.

The main reason it is difficult is the fact that it is an activity that normally, reasonably requires two or more people.
Teachers just do not have enough time to allow the students in a class or even in a small group to speak.
And while speaking is a good skill to practice, speaking without corrections makes it difficult to improve that skill.

But learning proper grammar by reading, listening and writing (with corrections) can lead to better speaking skills.

Good topic Sarah... 

March 24, 2018
I talk with my room mate. He is Turkish. We talk English and Italian.But we both are not good.
March 24, 2018
Hello Patrick! 
I've heard an example of passive and active memory..
Most of people prefer to have a test. You have 4 or 6 answers, and choose what is the right one. Somehow when you read the answers, you can say...aha! I know that! I remember a year ago, or a week ago I've read that! That's a passive memory. 
But, the hardest thing is an simple exam. When you have several question and you have to know the exact answer. If you didn't practice it actively, you couldn't memorise. 
It's really great to practice with friends. But maybe it's not enough.
March 24, 2018
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Sarah
Language Skills
Bulgarian, English, German, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Russian
Learning Language
Norwegian