So you want to improve your fluency in the English language, but don’t feel like you’re improving quickly enough?
We have a few fantastic tips that can help you to vastly improve your fluency, and many of these can be applied to learning other languages- not just English.
Listen when others speak
Just hearing how other people speak can improve your communication greatly. You may find out new words, pronunciations or simply become more comfortable when you’re involved in a conversation yourself.
For questions, your can usually find the answer your looking for in the question itself. Copy them and you’ll find the words that you need to answer! e.g. “Did he?” Yes, he did/”Was it?” Yes, it was.
Live the language
This doesn’t mean wearing a union jack around your forehead and screaming the national anthem outside Buckingham palace. Allow yourself to let go of your own native language whilst living in England and attempt to think in English. Once you can look at something and think of the word without having to translate it, you will begin to feel and sound much more fluent.
If you simply learn vocabulary and words, you will never understand how to properly link them together into a sentence that will allow you to speak like a native. Try to learn full sentences and phrases. If you’re struggling to find any, take a look at our Facebook page where we do a section called “Phrasal verb of the day” in which a new phrasal verb is posted every single morning!
Don’t be afraid to make mistakes
As stubborn as English people are, they will understand that you are not a native speaker and therefore expect you to make mistakes. Many of them will either correct you (allowing you to learn the language even quicker) and understand what you’re trying to say anyway. Don’t be afraid of looking silly! Everybody makes mistakes from time to time, every mistake is just another opportunity to learn.
Language swap with others
Chances are that no matter what your native language is, there will be an English speaker somewhere who is interested in learning it. Being able to meet up with one another and exchange language tips and tricks is a fantastic way of improving your fluency!
Try new things
By placing yourself into a situation where you will have to speak or communicate, you will find that you focus a lot more on what you want to say, and are also more likely to remember the situation too. Some great examples are playing a new sport or ordering a new dish at a restaurant.
Bring it into your home
Change the language on your everyday devices! That means your smartphone, your TV and your computer, along with anything else that you tend to use on a daily basis. This will force you to at least learn a few words in the language, in order to enjoy your leisure time or communicate with your friends.
Nobody can learn a language in a day, so don’t expect to. Set yourself a realistic target to achieve each week and stick to it. Your teacher and classmates can of course help you along the way, and you may actually end up improving faster than you originally believed you could.
Find your optimal time to learn
Are you a morning person or an evening person? In any case, you want to make sure that you are able to find the best time for you to learn. There’s no point in attending class or studying when you are too tired to focus, or too dazed and confused in the morning to pay attention. Luckily, ABLE Manchester has classes available both in the mornings from 9.00 am to 11.00 am and in the evenings from 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm.
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