How long have you been learning English? Do you sometimes find that even though you study hard, you cannot speak fluently? Do you learn a lot of Grammar and vocabulary, but still it is hard to make sentences when you try to speak English.
6 Tips to Speak English Fluently
In this blog, we are going to cover points on how you can improve your English fluency.
What is Fluency?
Sometimes when individuals talk about fluency they simply mean speaking one language well, for some people speaking fluent in English means having a good level of English, however, fluency is most specific in that, fluency means you speak smoothly without stopping or hesitating. There are two different sides of fluency, the first side is physical which needs to make and add English sounds and words from your mouth in a fast accessible way. The second side of fluency is mental in that your brain needs to find the right words and make English sentences quickly and easily. To improve your fluency, you need to work on both the physical and mental sides.
Get Out There and SPEAK!
There are many things you can do to improve your fluency, however, if you want to become more fluent there is one thing you have to do “GET OUT THERE AND SPEAK IN ENGLISH”. Talk to people and have conversations regularly, nothing else you can do that important is this. Reading English will improve your reading, practice in listening will improve your listening but what about speaking, nothing will help you speaking except SPEAKING. Speaking in English is a practical skill it is not an academic subject, it’s not something you can learn from a book, it’s more like doing a sport or playing a musical instrument, you have to practice regularly to make progress. How regularly? As often as you can. There is no maximum but we recommend you spend at least 2-3 hours a week speaking in English if you want to improve, so how can you do this.
– Talk to experts/foreigners in your city
– Join groups/activities with English speakers
– Find a conversation partner online
– Do a language exchange
By the way, there are many possibilities what you do, doesn’t have to be focused on language. You can go to English classes to practice your speaking but anything you do which is in English and which will make you speak English just is good.
Get Used to Pressure
Speaking a foreign language is hard, a situation which would be easy in your language and feel difficult in another language. The situation which would difficult in your language can feel almost impossible when you have to do them in a foreign language. That’s how it is, it’s easy to imagine when you start learning another language then you will reach a point everything is easy and comfortable.
1.) Find a text
Find a text in English; it can be something from a textbook, newspaper, blog, or anywhere. The text should be very easy for you, don’t choose something with a lot of new words or something which is a way about your current English level.
2.) Reading the text aloud and time yourself
Sit down with time up to read the text aloud and time yourself.
3.) Read it again (aloud) and try to beat your time
4.) Repeat (3) and try to get the fastest time you can!
Remember, the part of fluency is physical your mouth needs to produce English sounds and English words fast and smoothly. Speed reading like this is a good way to practice the right side of fluency. This way of practicing is really useful because you can do anywhere and you can also do as much or little as you have time for. You can do 5 minutes practice or 15 minutes or half an hour, it’s all helpful
1.) Find a song in English which you like
2.) Find the lyrics online
3.) Sing the song with the lyrics
4.) Find a faster song and repeat 1-3.
Try to choose something possible but challenging so you can sing the song but it’s difficult to fast enough. This will helpful for your physical fluency, it’s also easy to do you can do 1 song a day and we promise you’ll feel the difference quite quickly.
Speed reading and singing songs are very good activities for the physical side of fluency but what about the mental side of fluency. Let’s see what you can do to improve:
Learn a Language in Chunks
Here is a question, how do you learn Vocabulary? When we see students learning vocabulary often. It looks like this:
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People write down the English words and then translate them into their language and then try to memorize it. But what has to do that with fluency, think about it. If you learn a language like this you are making your brain do things in a very unnatural and complicated way. First of all, you learn each word individually but when you speak a language you don’t need individual words, you need phrases and sentences. Secondly, if you do this you’re learning English through your language. You are not learning speaking English; you are trying to learn to translate your language into English in your head. So is this sound familiar, you have a sentence in your head in your language, you move through the sentence translating each word into English. If you don’t know the translation of the words you get suck, you feel bad about your English and you stop speaking. You need to change this habit if you want to speak English fluently. First of all this way of thinking and speaking is always slow because you are trying too many things at once. You are trying to think and remember things in two languages it’s too difficult for anybody. So, what can you do? We said before you need phrases and sentences when you speak. So, learn language phrases and sentences for example:
Imagine, if someone asks you “What are you doing this weekend?”Always look for at least 3 answers for example: “I’m thinking of going for a car drive”, “I’m going to my uncle’s home” or “I might do some activities around the house”. Now make sentences on your own: “I’m thinking of ________”, “I’m going to ________” or “I might _________”. Try to make 2 or 3 sentences to each one so you can use different endings. That makes easy to respond to questions like this fluently.
On the other hand, if you make a sentence in your head in your language and then you translate words into English is much more complicated. You do not have to remember only 2 things, but also you have to remember many things. So keep trying to learn vocabulary in this method, take a sentence for example; “I went for a walk yesterday”. Keep the basic sentence form but change the part of it. “I _______ yesterday”, now make 2 to 3 different sentences “I took an exam yesterday”, “I was lazy all day yesterday” or “I cooked a spicy curry yesterday”. Now practice and remember the sentences and phrases. This is a much more natural & simple way to learn vocabulary. If you learn vocabulary like this, it will be much easier to respond fluently because you won’t think in your language and translate. You will remember the whole phrases and sentences that you need.