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How can I become fluent in the English language?


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Julien’s Answer

Namaste Safa!


There are plenty of resources available on the Internet to improve your English skills! Here are some useful readings for you:
22 tips for learning a foreign language
Learning a language – 10 things you need to know


Also, some of the things that worked well for me are:
- Using Duolingo (they have a good mobile app)
- Listening to podcasts about the topics I am passionate about (photography, social media)
- Reading books in the language I'm studying to improve my vocabulary


But to be honest, the best way to learn a language is to practice it with other people!
At the beginning, it can be scary but the more you speak the easier it gets ;)


Hope you'll find this useful.


Julien


Thank you sir for that wonderful piece of advice. Nasreen Khan

Glad it helps. hope it does for Safa too ;) Julien Schleret

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karthik’s Answer

English is not a very difficult language to speak, as most people believe. While learning to speak English, most of the people tend to make some common mistakes. People believe that writing and speaking are same things, but they are not, both, writing and speaking, require a different set of strategies. I have met many people who are very good writers, but not good speakers and vice versa. I have also seen many people who believe that a strong grammatical understanding is required to speak English fluently, but, I have many English friends who do not know the grammatical intricacies.
So what are the important tips and techniques that we are supposed to follow in order to become a fluent English speaker? Let's take a look.
Listening: To become a better speaker you have to become a good listener. Try to watch English news channel, English movies, English TV series like Game of Thrones, Friend, Prison Break or something like that. While watching keep your mind active and put focus on how a particular word is pronounced. It will also help you in building a good vocabulary.
Speaking: This is most crucial part of the whole process. Try to speak as much as possible. Practice makes men perfect More you practice the better you get. Try to speak with your friends, your teachers and at every possible place. You can also practice in front of a mirror.
Reading: Many people ignore this part considering is irrelevant. Reading helps in thinking and give some food for your thoughts. The most important contribution of reading is a strong vocabulary. You can read the newspaper, Magazine, Novels etc. If you are a beginner, try to read a light novel lets say of Chetan Bhagat. While reading make a list of words that are new to you and try to revise them again and again.
Writing: Many surveys have been conducted to understand how a mind works and what is the fastest way to learn a language. Results show that to enhance learning pace we must use our four senses. Three of them are already mentioned and the writing is the fourth one.

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karthik’s Answer

English is not a very difficult language to speak, as most people believe. While learning to speak English, most of the people tend to make some common mistakes. People believe that writing and speaking are same things, but they are not, both, writing and speaking, require a different set of strategies. I have met many people who are very good writers, but not good speakers and vice versa. I have also seen many people who believe that a strong grammatical understanding is required to speak English fluently, but, I have many English friends who do not know the grammatical intricacies.
So what are the important tips and techniques that we are supposed to follow in order to become a fluent English speaker? Let's take a look.
Listening: To become a better speaker you have to become a good listener. Try to watch English news channel, English movies, English TV series like Game of Thrones, Friend, Prison Break or something like that. While watching keep your mind active and put focus on how a particular word is pronounced. It will also help you in building a good vocabulary.
Speaking: This is most crucial part of the whole process. Try to speak as much as possible. Practice makes men perfect More you practice the better you get. Try to speak with your friends, your teachers and at every possible place. You can also practice in front of a mirror.
Reading: Many people ignore this part considering is irrelevant. Reading helps in thinking and give some food for your thoughts. The most important contribution of reading is a strong vocabulary. You can read the newspaper, Magazine, Novels etc. If you are a beginner, try to read a light novel lets say of Chetan Bhagat. While reading make a list of words that are new to you and try to revise them again and again.
Writing: Many surveys have been conducted to understand how a mind works and what is the fastest way to learn a language. Results show that to enhance learning pace we must use our four senses. Three of them are already mentioned and the writing is the fourth one.

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Digvijay Singh’s Answer

For speaking english fluently i have formulated few activities which will help you improve the fluency keeping in mind that the grammar is fine.

1) read out loud: take an article from news paper or a book and read out loud. this trains the mind to perceive the language as a primary language.

2) think and speak: initially we run out of words for the reason we don't have the content to talk about a topic. So the best practice would be to let say go on a walk in the park and sit and describe the view with minimum 15-20 sentences. Initially the mind will translate the thoughts from the native language to english, with practice the mind starts thinking in English and that will help a lot in fluency.

you may always involve friends into this activities to make it more interesting and innovate it as per your comfort.
these steps help your mind to train itself so that the lag between thinking and translation gets cut down and it boosts your confidence when you do this activity in a group.

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Poornima’s Answer

Hi Safa,

You can become fluent with any language by doing the following:
1. Listen
2. Read
3.Speak

1. Listen to something you like, in English. It can be anything... stories, speeches or daily news. Make it a habit to listen and understand everyday.
2. Read English newspapers, magazines, etc... and try to understand the meaning of what you read. Keep a dictionary handy.
3. Speak. Start with simple sentences. There is no need to use complicated words. There is no need to feel shy. There is no need to feel embarrassed if you make a mistake. Be a good learner and make an honest effort to improve your sentences everyday.

Good luck!

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Sylvia’s Answer

I think listen, speak and talk is the important when you are studying English, you do not be nervous and shy ,because English is just the language about chat or connect with some person, if the person who know what are you talking about that is the most important!

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Poornima’s Answer

Hi Safa,

You can become fluent with any language by doing the following:
1. Listen
2. Read
3.Speak

1. Listen to something you like, in English. It can be anything... stories, speeches or daily news. Make it a habit to listen and understand everyday.
2. Read English newspapers, magazines, etc... and try to understand the meaning of what you read. Keep a dictionary handy.
3. Speak. Start with simple sentences. There is no need to use complicated words. There is no need to feel shy. There is no need to feel embarrassed if you make a mistake. Be a good learner and make an honest effort to improve your sentences everyday.

Good luck!

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Sabyasachi’s Answer

Read English newspapers or novels. It will increase your vocabulary.
Watch English movies or TV channels. Listen to commentary which really helped me a lot.
While speaking speak slow and take time to frame your sentences.
As suggested by Julian off course this days you can take help of some mobile apps.


Hope you will find it a little helpful.


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Mahesh’s Answer

First thing you need to understand that english is not native to India
Its a universal language.
you need to have a passion for learning english.
you need to be good at grammer and sentence making and you have to be quick at creating sentences.
you need to start conversing with random people in english and need to make it a habit.
you can go thru online courses, then you could try to listen to the audio when you are looking for pronunciations.
you could do so many things to become good at being fluent at the english language.
watch good english movies, basically british english movies as there is a llot of difference between british english and American english.

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Sivaramakrishnan’s Answer

Hi Safa


Read books and news papers aloud and watch English movies with subtitles off which will help you in your listening skill.


ALL THE BEST!!!


Regards
Shiva


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Sugender’s Answer

First of all we should digest English is just a Language, not knowledge. Any language fluency will be increased by practicing and communication.
Grammar is basic need but do not focus on too much on that. Grammar automatically enrich while communicating with others.
Best way is read articles and news papers in english, communicate in english regularly, watch english movies etc. More over start practicing "think in english". commit mistakes and correct them and do not repeat them.
All the best

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Rathan’s Answer

try the course from pearsons global English


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Simi’s Answer

The best way to learn any language is to start using it often. Talk think and write in English. Another great thing you can do is watching English movies, serials and you tube videos. Follow Ted Ed talks...deeply observe how they pronounce each words and their style of talking. where do they stress. That will really polish your English to great extent.

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Prem’s Answer

Hi Safa


-Learn some useful sentence starters. Act as if you are fluent, even if you’re not. Use your hands.
-Fluency isn’t the same as accuracy. Hesitation, reformulation and non-standard grammar are part of everyday English, so relax – it’s normal!
-Engage with English everywhere-music, books, games, signs, t-shirt slogans – make notes & take it back to class, share, & collaborate!
-Students need to feel safe to make mistakes & realize errors are wonderful learning opportunities and not something to be avoided.
-Be patient, make many mistakes, speaking every day for fifteen minutes is better than once or twice a week, use your ear and your brain.


Good Luck!


Regards
Prem Thomas


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Apeksha’s Answer

To communicate clearly when you are speaking in English focus on pronunciation. Start watching English TV shows/ documentaries.

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