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Who is a fluent speaker and how can you become one?

So, you’re curious how you can gain native-like fluency?

 

Well! To be honest, I could go on and on about what fluency really means and what elements contribute to it from linguistic and sociological perspectives. But let’s keep it short and to the point! Agreed?

First, we should learn what makes someone sound fluent to others and what prevents it. In short, fluency refers to the ability to speak at a comfortable speed without hesitation or the inability to produce correct sentences. So, let me put it this way: Bother yourself with fluency only when you feel like you have a solid command of the English language, both in terms of grammar and in regards to your understanding on English Vocabulary in use.

What makes an individual sound fluent to the native speakers of English includes:

✅ Fluent pronunciation: the ability to pronounce each word correctly, including accurate stress patterns and intonation while linking words phonetically.

✅ Fluent Structure: the ability to maintain the structure of each sentence without any accidental pauses (which speakers might need in order to organize their sentences). Usage of clauses and conjunctions go a long way in the path to achieving this target.

✅ Fluent Vocabulary: knowing a lot of words is one thing; using them in correct situations with the most logical syntactic format is another. Since English is mainly a Germanic-Latin language, many words have morphological complexities that are crucial to semantic and pragmatic accuracy and fluency. In short, you need to really feel what each word means.

✅ Pragmatic Fluency: this is the ability to create coherent monologues that truly reflect the culture of each English speaking country. Being a smooth American English speaker depends heavily on your knowledge of the styles of articulation in that country; how they think, how they talk, how they express their emotions, etc.

 

Too much to take?! Of course it is! Fluency is the ultimate skill any speaker can seek. But is it really that difficult to gain?

NOPE!

The reality is that you can train your brain to start picking new linguistic styles and skills. Here are a couple of things you should start doing Today in order to sound like a real native speaker:

1. SHADOWING: To speak like an English native speaker, you have to either A) be Born in an English speaking society (which I assume most of us haven’t had the chance to) or B) copy someone who was born in an English speaking society;  BUT! What if you copy it just like the original? You can do this by starting to pull on every aspect of fluency at once using …

Situation Comedies

Sit-coms are great, not just because they get us to laugh, but also because they are great collections of what you might face in that society. Every situation requires a different set of vocabulary and grammar; each requires different intonation patterns to show the emotions that dominate those situations. Simply, choose a character from a sit-com that you really like. Make sure you choose someone you really want to sound like! Watch a whole episode to both laugh and to understand the story and events. Then start watching again in 10 minute chunks. Everyday, you should cover a 10-minute chunk; listen to each sentence, ; pause, and act it exactly as you heard it. Repeat multiple times and use a sound recorder app to record your last effort. Keep going! At the end on the 10 minutes, watch the whole thing again and compare the actor’s utterances with your recorded ones. You will immediately find out where you are different!

2. SPEAKING EVENTS: Now that you have practiced to copy your own favorite English speaker, it is time to put it into practice. Do you know why? Because …

PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT

Ask any experienced ESL teacher and they would all tell you the same thing: Nothing can replace the power of repetition. That doing homework is in fact what solidifies your understanding, what turns your knowledge into actual Skills! Join as many Speaking Events as you can. Speak to as many different people as you can, and every time that you are doing so, you should rehearse what you shadowed at home. I understand that acting in front of a group of students in a classroom can be difficult or even embarrassing for some, but it is not like that when you are with a small group and online, joining discussion sessions from the comfort of your own home!

Seriously?! Is that even possible? YES!!!

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