Speaking English fluently
Would you like to learn how to speak English well?
Are you also looking for an abbreviation for fluent English?
We don't have any tricks that will give you perfect English in five minutes a day.
But we have solid tips that will help you become fluent in English in less time.
Here are some tips to help you speak English better than ever before.
Accept English is a strange language
Sometimes you can find patterns in English grammar, but sometimes English doesn't make any sense at all. For example, why “read” (reed) and “read” (red) the same word but pronounced differently depending on whether you are speaking in the past or present tense? Or why is “mice” the plural of “mouse” but “houses” is the plural of “house”?
Unfortunately, there are just as many exceptions as there are in English. It's easy to get stuck in learning how to speak English properly, trying to figure out a reason for everything. Sometimes English is weird and inexplicable, so it's best to memorize the weird exceptions and move on.
Dip into the deep end
Taking English lessons for an hour once a week is usually not enough to really make progress. The best way to quickly improve your English is to practice at least a few minutes each day. As often as possible, dive in as you study, and challenge yourself to hear, read, and even say things that you think are too difficult. If you want to be fluent in English, you need to make it an integral part of your everyday life.
Stop being a student
The right mindset can mean the difference between success and failure. Stop thinking of yourself as someone who is learning English and start thinking of yourself as someone who speaks English. It's a small change, but it will make you feel more confident and help you make better use of the English you already know.
It also means that you need to start thinking in English. For example, if you want to say the word “apple” in English, you probably think of the word in your native language first and then try to find the right word in English. Instead, try imagining a picture of an apple and then just think of the English word “apple”. Real fluency occurs when you stop mentally translating conversation.
Remember the answer is in the question
Listen carefully when someone asks you a question in English and you will answer perfectly every time. English questions are like mirrors:
When someone asks you a question and you are unsure how to answer, first think about the words that are used in the question. The person has already said most of the words it will take to give your answer. Instead of just memorizing English grammar, start looking for patterns like this one. There are many simple ways to "cheat" and make it easier to remember the right words.
Get more out of your hearing
When most students listen to a native English speaker, they focus on understanding what all of the words mean. This is definitely important, but there is a lot more that can be learned from listening. Listen to not only hear what the words mean, but also how the person says them. Notice what words the person is putting together in a sentence or when they say “ya” instead of “you”. Try to remember these details the next time you speak, and your English will sound more natural.
Easier said than done, right? When listening to native English speakers, it can be difficult to understand every word spoken. You could use a lot of words you don't know, speak too quickly, or have a heavy accent.
A great way to practice careful, active listening is to use FluentU. FluentU has a huge collection of real-world English videos so you can hear the English that people speak every day.
Once you are there how you learn, it is entirely up to you. As you browse our hundreds of fantastic videos, you are free to choose which are most relevant to your personal learning experience.
The more you hear this authentic English, the better you will understand how to speak English naturally.
And FluentU makes it very easy to watch English videos. How? There are interactive subtitles. In other words, you can tap a word to see a picture, definition, and useful examples.
Use it or lose it
There's a phrase in English, "use it or lose it," which basically means that if you don't practice a skill, you may forget about it. This idea can help you remember new English vocabulary. The best way to remember a new word is to use it right away so it will be remembered. Whenever you learn a new word, try saying it in sentences a few times over the next week and you will never forget.
Learn and study sentences
Speaking English fluently will help you express your thoughts, feelings, and ideas. Your goal is to speak English in full sentences. So why not learn in full sentences? You will find that English is more useful in your everyday life when you learn whole sentences rather than just vocabulary and verbs. Start by thinking about sentences that you use frequently in your mother tongue and then learning how to pronounce them in English.
Don't study grammar too much
The key to learning a language is finding a balance between learning and practicing. Speaking English fluently is not the same as understanding perfect grammar - even native English speakers make grammatical mistakes! Fluency means being able to communicate. This is why it is sometimes important to put the grammar textbook away so you can practice writing, reading, listening, and speaking skills in the real world.
Don't be afraid to make mistakes
Sometimes it can be difficult to summarize all of these rules and words in one simple sentence. Don't let fear of saying the wrong thing stop you from speaking at all. Even if you think you are making a mistake, keep talking anyway. Most of the time, even if you make a mistake, people will understand what you are trying to say. The more you speak, the easier it will be and the faster you will come up with the right words.
Learn from everyone
You don't just have to learn English from textbooks and teachers - anyone who speaks English can help you practice. Imagine how you would feel if someone asked you in your native language how to pronounce something? Would you be mad No! They would probably be happy to help, just as most English speakers are happy to help you. If you speak English, whether it be a friend or a co-worker, take the opportunity to practice and learn from them.
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