How to Speak Fluently in English with Confidence
Give these practical ideas a try and become a fluent English speaker
What is Fluency?
There is sometimes a lot of misconception when it comes to English fluency, so before we start we want to clear up any misconceptions you might have. Fluency does not mean you speak English perfectly without making mistakes or that you know every single English word or phrase.
Fluency means that you can speak smoothly without stopping or hesitating. It means you are able to construct sentences in your mind and speak them quickly without the need to take a long pauses. To help you develop your fluency it's a good idea to think of fluency as two parts and each one needs your focus, concentration and practice.
These two part are explained below.
The physical part is that your mouth needs to produce and connect English sounds and words fast and smoothly.
The mental part is that you need to be able to build sentences quickly and accurately in your mind.
So, you need to understand that if you want to improve your fluency you must practice the physical by using your mouth and speaking English. Now before you say that it's hard for you to practice speaking in English because you don't have anyone one to speak with or you don't live in an English speaking country, then we want to share with you some awesome ways you can get the speaking practice you need.
Here are FOUR activities you can do to improve the physical side to fluency;
ACTIVITY #1: Read out loud
A fantastic speaking activity you can do from the comfort of your own home ALONE is to read out loud!
Whenever, you read anything in English, read out loud; it could be a book, an article a social media post.
START RIGHT NOW: Try READING THIS ARTICLE out loud!
When you read out loud you’re using your mouth muscles to produce English sounds. When you speak in your own language you use different mouth muscles to when you speak in English so this is why it's important to practice.
This activity is very easy and will make a difference to your speaking!
ACTIVITY #2: Speak about what you are doing
When you are doing things around the home; cleaning, making dinner, doing the gardening etc, speak in English as you do them.
"I’m making lunch for my family", "I’m cutting the vegetables", "I’m pouring the water into the pan", "I’m putting it on the table"….by doing this you are re-using vocabulary, pronouncing words and connecting your ideas together.
ACTIVITY #3: Talk about past or future events
Another similar activity to the one above is; talk about past events or future events...
What you did at the weekend? or what you’re are going to do? This is a great way to practice using and practising different grammar structures.
ACTIVITY #4: Describe images
A great activity is to describe images. This is a superb way to start using different descriptive vocabulary.
All you need to do is; when you see an image; speak about it and describe in detail what you can see, if there are people in the picture, what are they doing? You can also speculate using modal verbs.
As you can see there are ways to practice speaking English without a speaking partner. Go on, give these activities a go and take your speaking skills to the next level!
Improving your fluency is the same with any other skills such as listening and reading. You will not improve your fluency simply by studying what it is, it is practical skill just like playing football or tennis. Ideally you should try to practice speaking for at least 2/3 hours per week, the more you practice the better you become.
Improving the mental Side to Fluency
Now, here is how you can develop the mental side to fluency;
So remember the mental part is that you need to be able to build sentences quickly in your mind.
In order to be able to construct sentences in your mind you need to be able to think in English. You must try to start thinking more in English, If you make the effort to start thinking in English everyday then you are going to find that you are able to construct sentences much faster.
Here are a some ways to do this;
So we know many of you have issues with confidence when speaking in English, now don't worry this is absolutely normal when stepping out of your comfort zone and speaking a new language. So first you have to accept you're going to feel uncomfortable for a while.
We know many students learned English at school in the least effective ways. Learning this way has created a problem for many when it comes to speaking and this has then caused negative emotions and negative thinking towards English.
Thinking like this has limited your development and held you back with your spoken English. The great news is… you can change these ‘problems’ just by changing your thoughts. You can think anything you want!
Think about this for a moment… ‘fear’ and ‘belief’ are the same thing…they are both something you have created by your thoughts. You just have to choose which one to feel! Thinking in a different way will take some time, however it is possible.
Here’s a simple but extremely powerful exercise you can do every day;
Write on a piece of paper: “I can speak English confidently and fluently”
For the next 2 weeks say this sentence 5 times, every morning. Each time you say it, feel it and believe it. By practising this daily, you will re-programme your mind to believe in yourself and to think positively about your abilities.
By thinking positively, you will gain the confidence you need and feel ready to go out there and speak English the way you really want! It’s really that simple…Just give it a try!
Learn Powerful Methods to Help You Reach English Fluency.
In our English Skills Fluency Course you can learn some extremely useful techniques that will help you to think and construct accurate sentences in your mind. No more awkward pauses and silence, Finally Speak fluently in English.
We show you how to combine all your English skills together so you can take control of your own practice and development. We give you the opportunity to try some of our methods for free before committing to the full course. Go on give some of our methods a try and see for yourself how much you improve.
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