Learning English can be difficult and the only way to improve your fluency is to practice your conversational English as much as possible. So we’ve put together a helpful guide for how to practice this.
- Join Australian Discussion Group
The International Student Lounge runs a free English conversation group every Tuesday and Thursday from 2-3pm. Workshops include topics such as Aussie Slang & Language, Aussie Love & Dating, Indigenous Australian Culture and many more.
This is a great way to practice your conversational English, learn about Australian Culture and meet new people.
- Join a club and speak to Aussies
The best way to practice conversational English is by conversing with Australian students, and one of the easiest ways to meet them is through clubs. To find out about joining a club refer to our ‘How to Join a Club’ forum post.
In Australia we speak English a bit differently than in the United States and England, as we use a lot of slang and idioms. The best way to learn how to speak ‘Australian English’ is by talking to Australians.
- Only converse in English
Practice makes perfect, and one of the best ways to practice is by only speaking the language. Even if you are speaking to someone from your home country, you still speak English to get in as much practice as possible.
- Watch Aussie TV & Movies
Aussie is home to some classic TV and cinema! This may not help improve your conversational English directly, but can help you learn some Aussie slang and colloquial terms for when you want to speak with an Australian speaker.
Classic Aussie TV shows include Kath & Kim, Russell Coight’s All Aussie Adventures, Summer Heights High, Round the Twist, Redfern Now and Please Like Me.
Must see Australian movies include Pricilla Queen of the Desert, Muriel’s Wedding, the Castle, Looking for Alibrandi, Strictly Ballroom, the Sapphires, Rabbit-Proof Fence and the Dress Maker.