How to Speak English Fluently
is learning English wants to know how to speak English fluently. But
what does this actually mean? The website www.dictionary.com defines
"fluent" as able to speak or write smoothly, easily or readily.
("Readily" means quickly and without difficulty).
Most people think that fluently means perfectly
but this is not true. If you think about it, you will realize that
even most native English speakers don't speak perfect English; most
people make mistakes with their grammar, their choice of words, or
even their pronunciation.
What we will look at here are some tips to help you speak smoothly,
easily or readily. Not how to speak perfectly.
I am asked this question a lot. My first question to the student,
after I've discussed with them what fluent actually means, is how
much English they speak every day. Often they will answer, "Only in
my lessons", or "When I'm at school". The first thing I will say is,
"That is not enough!"
"I want to know how to speak English fluently.
What can I do?"
If you want to do anything well, you have to practice. It is the
same with speaking English. The most important thing you can do to
improve your fluency is to practice. Speak to friends, co-workers,
classmates, people on Skype or the web, people in stores, even
complete strangers. The more you practice, the more comfortable you
I usually ask the student how they feel about speaking English, and
they often say "nervous," "scared," or something similar. The second
most important piece of advice I can give is to relax. Don't worry
about making mistakes. Fluency does not equal perfection! If you
can't think of the right word or tense to use, don't worry about it.
Just say anything that communicates the point you want to make.
Speaking English fluently isn't just about practicing your speaking.
It is also important to listen to as much English as possible. This
is easy with access to the web, movies, TV and radio. If you listen,
even if you are not concentrating on what you are listening to, you
will start to absorb the language and will start using phrases and
sentence constructions without thinking about them.
If you are with a group of people, there is a game you can play to
help improve your fluency. It is called 'Just
Write some different subjects on pieces of paper (for example,
holidays, Michael Jackson, being rich, dogs, my favorite movie, the
politics of Outer Mongolia anything you want). Each person takes a
piece of paper and has to talk for one minute about the subject
They are not allowed to repeat what they say, and they are not
allowed to change the subject. It isn't easy, but if you practice it
becomes much easier. Even native English speakers find this hard, so
you don't have to be with other learners to play it. It can be good
fun, and will be great practice for you.
So if someone asks your help on how to speak English fluently, you
will now know exactly what advice to give them.