When I started to learn English seriously with a teacher, I thought it would be enough and I would speak in half a year, but I was wrong. After a several months, I understood I needed to apply my knowledge, I needed to speak with people other than my teacher. For instance, I have two classes with a teacher and at least one conversational experience a week.
Why we couldn’t speak after 10 years learning at school? It’s easy, all we remember is cramming words, reading hard grammar books, but no listening, no speaking. I remember when my English teacher gave us the material about distinction between active and voice. It was 5th grade, and we were learning English since 4th grade.You understand there was topic of high English levels, definitely not for elementary. In fact, it wasn’t structured knowledge. Nowadays it is the same situation. So, I just want to say I really loved this subject in school, it was my favorite, I always did homework, had additional lessons with school English teacher. But when I finished, I had elementary level. It didn’t mean I wasn’t capable of it and so on. It just meant I needed to change approach to learning. After school, I had a break, and a year ago I resumed classes and achieved good results in learning.
Bellow I share with you places where you can develop your speaking skills in Moscow. I had my own experience in most places (besides number 2 American center and 3 Real Talk though I have very good reviews of them and plan to visit them soon). Hope this information will be useful.
1. Moscow language exchange
Here is you can practise different languages, but mostly it’s English. It’s all for FREE. People are gathering in Gorky Park or in cafes if it’s cold. Learners from different countries including Russia communicate each other.
2. American center Moscow offers you a lot of edicational event: a conversational club, film screenseeings, literature evenings for free.
3. Real Talk— English conversational club. It is helds in different Moscow cafes.
4. Big Wig— a conversational club for English, German, French and Spanish learners. It costs 700 rubles for a class. But they have discounts for constant visitors.
5. Blab club— a conversatianal club which is helds only by native speakers.
6. Jim’n’Jack bar. Here is you can watch a Stand-up show in English. Actually, the bar is for expats and it’s really a great possibility to meet native English speakers and have fun.
Add more practice to your learning and you can see great results in raising your confidence.