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HOW TO BE FLUENT IN ENGLISH


Greetings, language enthusiasts! Today, we embark on a quest to bolster our speaking prowess and confidence. Speaking fluently is not just about knowing the words; it's about the art of communication, the confidence to express oneself, and the ability to engage with others effectively. In this article, I am bringing you some tips that help you with it.



1. Sources for Improvement:

1.   Language Learning Apps and Websites: Platforms like Duolingo, Babbel, and Rosetta Stone offer structured lessons in speaking, listening, and pronunciation.

However, they can be a bit boring, some conversations a bit dull and impractical. Some students are put off by the prices or are often quickly discouraged by the exercises not being challenging enough.


2.   Online Tutors or Language Exchange Partners: Services like iTalki connect you with native speakers for personalized lessons, feedback, and conversation practice.

If you want to focus on eloquence, get yourself some lessons with native speakers. Combine them with non-native speakers too. English is now spoken more by non-native speakers so there is high probability you will struggle with strange accents. A non-native teacher will help you see the language from a bit different angle, share their experience and tips how to overcome fear and various issues. Non-native teachers will be of great assistance with grammatical features. They have been there themselves.


3.   Language Meetup Groups: Join local or virtual language exchange groups where you can converse with others in your target language.

Here are some in Prague: 

 

4.   Podcasts and Audiobooks: Listen to podcasts or audiobooks in your target language to improve listening comprehension and learn natural speech patterns.

 

5.   Movies and TV Shows: Watch films and series in your target language with subtitles to pick up colloquial expressions and cultural nuances. I recommend Netflix. You can choose from different genres and use subtitles.


2. Tips for Improvement:

a. Consistent Practice:

  • Practice speaking every day, even if it's just for a few minutes. Consistency is key to

improvement.

  • Set achievable goals for yourself, such as having a five-minute conversation in your

target language each day.

  • Record yourself, listen to it and give yourself feedback. What could you improve?

Couldn’t you use more advanced or precise expressions? Send it to your teacher for

professional feedback.


b. Focus on Fluency Over Accuracy:

  • Don't get too hung up on making mistakes. Aim for fluency first, then work on refining

your grammar and vocabulary.

  • Embrace the natural flow of conversation, even if it means using simpler language at

times. 


c. Expand Your Vocabulary:

  • Actively learn new words and phrases and incorporate them into your conversations.

  • Use flashcards or vocabulary apps to reinforce your learning and expand your lexical repertoire.

 

d. Mimic Native Speakers:

  • Pay attention to the intonation, rhythm, and pronunciation of native speakers.

  • Mimic their speech patterns and try to emulate the way they express themselves.

e. Seek Feedback:

  • Don't be afraid to ask for feedback from tutors, language exchange partners, or native speakers.

  • Take constructive criticism positively and use it to improve your speaking skills.

f. Step Out of Your Comfort Zone:

  • Challenge yourself by engaging in conversations on diverse topics.

  • Don't shy away from speaking in front of others, whether it's in a language class, at a language meetup, or even in online forums.

 

EXTRA

 

TRAVEL ABROAD

You can always go abroad. Be careful though. For example, London is so multinational that it is difficult to have a conversation in the typical British English you as a language lover would love to pick up. Language courses there might not be the best choice which will cost an arm and a leg. My students have confirmed it. Choose smaller towns and immerse yourself in English on a regular basis.

Become an au-pair or study at uni abroad. Due to Brexit, it might be a bit more difficult, but not impossible.

 

 

STUDY ENGLISH AT UNI

If you are a real enthusiast, enrol at a university. You will do a lot of reading, language analysis and speaking with real language pros.

 

READING

Read books in English. Even though reading is a passive skill, it can enhance your vocabulary. To consolidate the words, use them immediately in a short summary. Just tell yourself aloud what you have been reading about. Push yourself to use the new words.

 

 

In conclusion, the journey to fluency and confidence in speaking is a marathon, not a sprint. It requires dedication, perseverance, and a willingness to step out of your comfort zone. By incorporating consistent practice, utilizing various sources for learning, and implementing the tips provided, you'll undoubtedly see significant improvements in your speaking abilities over time.

Remember, every word spoken brings you one step closer to mastery. So, seize every opportunity to speak, embrace every challenge, and watch as your fluency and confidence soar to new heights!


ONE LAST THING: Speaking is innate and a human being uses speech for communicating. So, get out there, speak and communicate with other human beings.

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