Many people don’t know the importance of speaking English fluently. This is a big problem because it can lead to misunderstanding and conflict between cultures. This blog post will help you learn how to speak English fluently while avoiding cultural barriers.
“I used to speak English fluently, but now I’m afraid of making mistakes. Sometimes, I’m not even able to express my own thoughts in full.”
“With the rapid changes in this globalized world, we need a language that is flexible enough to keep up with advancements in technology and social media. However, English is gaining popularity as an international language for communication and business transactions across national borders.”
-Zahraa Alsaniat , Saudi Arabia.
Why Speaking English Fluently is So Important?
1. English is the most widely spoken language in the world
2. Learning a new language can be difficult and time-consuming
3. Speak to your child in English as soon as possible to help them learn it better
4. Teach your children about different cultures by speaking their native tongue with them, too
5. Learn from other languages and use what you’ve learned to make yourself more eloquent
6. Be proud of who you are – don’t let anyone tell you that English isn’t good enough for you or your family
If you are one of those people who speak broken or even hesitant English because of fear of speaking it wrong then you should try these techniques:
11 Techniques to Success with Fluent English
1. Be confident and Speak English Fluently!
Speak from your heart and soul. If you aren’t sure about a word then you can simply use other similar words to express your idea.
What is important is that you say whatever it is that you want to say and don’t care if the person hasn’t understood what you mean by using a different word than they would have used themselves. The fact of the matter remains that less confident speakers stick to their first words because they’re afraid of being criticized if they make a mistake and more fluent speakers stick to their own style, regardless of whether this results in confusion for the listener or not. Speaking English Fluently is not Hard, its all in the Mind.
2. Practice whenever you get an opportunity.
You will notice that your confidence improves every time you do so. Dozens or hundreds of little “practice runs” are much better at boosting fluency than having one big conversation where everything you say is scripted and you’re afraid to make mistakes.
3. Be open-minded with your English conversation partners.
If they have a different way of expressing themselves then you do, don’t be judgemental about the fact that they haven’t said it in the way that you would have; just listen and enjoy their unique view on life and language. It can actually be interesting to talk to people who use their own native language in an unfamiliar (to you) way!
4. Always try to change your speaking environment into an English-friendly one.
For example, if there’s someone in your family who doesn’t speak much English but would like to learn it better then offer them some practice time whenever you can. During idle moments, such as when you’re watching TV or just chatting about anything else, try English if both of you are interested or at least one of you is. Or if your work environment gets too stressful for you because someone’s constantly nagging about mistakes that they assume you keep making then change your working environment into one where everyone speaks in English so that future stress can be avoided.
5. Find an influential person who is good at communication.
This could be a favorite teacher or the CEO of your company. You will feel much more confident learning from their techniques and it really doesn’t matter whether what they’re teaching is something new to them or not; everything seems new to someone who hasn’t heard it already! Speaking English Fluently can change your Life and land you a High Paying Job.
6. Making mistakes isn’t as painful as you think it is.
When someone tells me that they’re afraid of making mistakes then I immediately start looking for the kindest way to tell them that firstly, a fear of making mistakes doesn’t exist in my mind, and secondly, if there were such a fear, I would be too ashamed to admit it! If you make a mistake while speaking English then smile about it and move on. The other person will not be offended in any way and you’ll notice straight away how your confidence improves because this simple technique allows your brain to see how quickly errors can be recovered from without any loss of face or dignity.
7. Be confident with English learning materials.
For example, reading an ebook or watching a video online is a great way to learn something but many people are afraid of reading because they might not understand every word or sentence. The solution is simple: don’t care about the words that you don’t know and just continue with the ones that you do. You’ll notice how your confidence increases as a result! Make a list of the words and Google Them later.
8. Realize that speaking English well means much more than being able to speak.
It’s important to appreciate being a good listener because relating back to your life experiences in an interesting way is doubly difficult for non-native speakers. If someone asks a question about what it was like living in another country then I always find it much easier if I have a native speaker on hand who can ask me questions about my story so that my responses will make sense.
9. Speaking English is very rewarding.
I have always found this subject difficult to explain because it is deep within each of us and hard to put into words but I will try my best to describe the feeling as accurately as possible. Each time you learn a new word or grammar analysis then you’ll feel proud of yourself for being able to understand more than your peers can. This feeling of achievement makes every effort worthwhile and if like me, you have that extra bit of persistence then fluency is inevitable simply because the mind craves knowledge, and learning something new in such an easy way becomes addictive!
10. Realize what consciousness really means.
Consciousness is another highly personal thing that I cannot put into words so perhaps I can describe it with a story. I walk down the street and see a green round sign with white writing on it that says: ‘Candy store’. On another day, I notice that it says ‘Sugar shop’ but nobody else seems to even notice this difference. Then there is the lady with headphones and an iPod, listening to her music so loudly that she barely hears anything now and again, perhaps not even noticing me say “Hello” yet still expecting others to be able to hear what she says. Or how about the man riding his bicycle without knowing where he’s going yet telling you all about his destination?
11. Speaking English well opens up many opportunities.
During my time in Japan, I met one of my life-long friends at a seminar being held by an English teacher. He introduced me to his classmate and we immediately hit it off, talking about anything and everything that came into our heads! I didn’t think twice about my choice of topics because the classroom setting made me feel so relaxed and comfortable that all my usual inhibitions disappeared instantly. I wonder what would have happened if he had been a fellow student who spoke less English?
Speaking English fluently can be a life-changing experience. The ability to communicate with people in their native language without any loss of face or dignity is invaluable, not just for traveling abroad but also for communicating at home and work. Fluent speakers are able to understand more than non-native speakers who speak the same way they do. Speaking fluent English opens up many opportunities and is contagious!
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