Oct 7, 2015
Episode transcript below:
Hello! How’s it going?
Welcome to the Ultimate Guide to Fluency in the English language.
This is without a doubt the best place to learn how to become fluent in English and what not to do,
things to avoid on your journey to fluency.
I have an extensive, exhaustive list of what to do and what not to do to become fluent in English that I
have to look down at my laptop to remember everything.
So, let’s get started with the first and possibly most important tip right away.
You need to become an independent and motivated English learner.
Without proactive action on your part, you cannot become fluent.
You cannot rely on other people to tell you what to do.
You have to be motivated on your own as an independent learner to become fluent in English.
So, this is about your mind set.
Before you even touch a textbook or watch a lesson, you need to be motivated and independent to
become fluent in English.
Next, know your goals.
What do you want to learn in English?
Do you want to know English to become a doctor?
Or do you want to know English for general conversation?
Your goal will determine what you study.
Next, change your thinking.
You have to consider yourself an English speaker from the beginning, from the get-go.
Don’t consider yourself an English learner or a student of English.
Start thinking of yourself now, from today, as an English speaker.
Next, find a conversation partner.
You need to practice whether it’s with a tutor teacher or a friend who will help you to practice.
You could find a conversation partner which means someone who wants to learn your native language
in exchange for helping you with English.
Now, there’s a lot of sites on-line where you can find an on-line conversation partner.
Or if you’re lucky enough to live in a city with a lot of English speaker, or you could find an in-person
face-to-face language exchange partner.
Next, my computer should turn back on.
Okay. Get more out of listening to English.
Don’t just focus on the meaning of the words you hear, but listen to how the words are set.
Listen carefully to pronunciation, intonation, stress, and how we use English as native speakers.
Next, don’t stress out.
If you make a mistake, just keep going.
This is so important.
Relax and enjoy your journey to fluency.
Have fun with it. Don’t stress out.
If you make a mistake, just let it go.
Next, try keeping a speaking journal.
This is a great strategy to practice and also to see your improvement over time.
You could keep your speaking journal on your smartphone or another device when you can record.
And try speaking a little bit every day recording yourself and listening to it later on to check and see
how you can improve and how you are improving.
Next, practice common sentence structures.
Learn phrases that will be useful for your conversations in English.
It could include, for example, ‘I think that’, ‘It’s interesting that’, ‘I find it’, ‘It’s better to’ and so on.
You need to review, review, review, review.
This is super important.
Don’t expect yourself remember everything the first time that you learn it.
Unless you’re some kind of superhero, it’s just not something that you should expect yourself to do, to
be able to remember everything that first time.
We have to repeat, reuse, review, reflect.
Use it and recycle it to remember it.
All right, next, we need to learn to think in English.
You have to begin to use English in every way you can, and that begins with your thoughts.