One of the best ways to teach and to learn how to speak the English language is to actually watch American and British television shows and some learning channels.
For those who are learning in schools which use English as the medium of instruction, they may feel that there is something lacking in their learning. One of the most apparent failures is the use of the slang and the common words which have different meaning as well as the accent.
Learning through television can expand the grammar and pronunciation horizons of the learning dramatically. There is a difference in saying a word if the word is said with a heavy accent.
Another advantage to watching television is the learning of playing with words. English taught in schools can be very rigid and sometimes the words are straight out of the book and may sound funny to American ears. Americans have a tendency to cut short their sentences and they also love to use acronyms and make it sound like they are real words. These can be confusing to a learner and sometimes the confusion can lead them to say the wrong things at the wrong time.
There are also some words that are not found in the dictionary that the learners use, slang words are fairly common and these can be heard used in their proper context on television – this includes movies, talk shows, etc.
For a learner, it is best that they understand that the English they are most likely learning is American English and not British English. For one thing the accents are worlds apart, the terms used are not the same and the play of words is different. British English have a tendency to use deep English words that even Americans literally fail in application.
Learning through television though is very good for pronunciation because the learner can actually hear the words spoken as they should be, as long as they know that they are watching American as opposed to British.
Another option is using smartphones to learn English, as many Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile new smartphones have videos as well as apps that can help you practice. Whichever your method, television or cell phones, there are many available methods of learning English to choose from.