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How to speak fluent English: four important tips

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A high level of knowledge of English does not guarantee fluency in them. There are many people who easily watch movies without translation and even subtitles, regularly read news and articles in English, and pass grammar tests for high scores. Moreover, if they suddenly start a conversation with them in English, all knowledge seems to fly out of my head, and the need to write a letter from one paragraph baffles for half an hour. Together with the online school of English ABA English We have collected tips for those who want to make a breakthrough and begin to communicate fluently in English.

1 Tip

In children, fluent speech is formed when they are not yet familiar with grammatical subtleties. Children begin to actively communicate in simple phrases and gradually complicate and decorate their speech. Of course, the developing brain of a child is better adapted for mastering a foreign language - bilinguals and trilinguals are formed before the age of 5. However, for adults it is necessary to complicate speech gradually. An average adult who has studied English at school, an institute, courses, textbooks, cannot immediately speak and speak fluently at the same level at which he understands everything, be it Upper intermediate or Advanced.

We conclude: in a couple of months to be able to take place in an English interview or participate in a professional conference, first lower the bar and return to simple... If you have children, watch the cartoon in English together. Primitive dialogues from “Peppa Pigs”(Be careful, British English!) Or“ Paw Patrol ”are firmly stuck in the head, and a“ knowledgeable but silent ”adult just needs this - so that he does not have to construct lines in his head, trying to figure out if these words are combined with each other.

In cartoons, there are many everyday scenes, limited vocabulary, short grammatically simple phrases that can be used in everyday life - and this will be the difference from the usual passive perception. It is impossible to stand in one place for a long time: as soon as the speech "has gone", we raise the level and actively use new (even if they are actually familiar to us for a long time) words.

So, users of the application ABA English School get access to materials at all levels, so they can work in parallel on advanced vocabulary and grammar at the level Advanced and memorize whole sentences in conversational level Intermediate and. By the way, all grammar video lessons are available to registered users for free.

2 Tip

Have you noticed how children “try” a new word or expression? They repeat it several times: quickly, slowly, loudly, quietly, stretching the words, grimacing, humming on some simple motive. Do the same. Record yourself, change intonation, listen. Many people consider this exercise overly uncomfortable, but nothing can be done: this is the case when leaving the comfort zone is necessary for new results.

The annex ABA English There is a special mode in which the user can repeat phrases after a native speaker, and then listen to and correct their pronunciation.

Another variation of the same exercise is to record yourself on video. All you need is a smartphone and a stand or a monopod (selfie stick). At worst, the phone can be held in hand.

Imagine that you are a video blogger and tell your audience about the area in which you live, about your collection of succulents, or how you attended electrical engineering courses. Each person has a variety of stories - learn to tell your stories in English, even if it takes 200 takes. Upload the result to the UAF YouTube-channel not necessary.

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3 Tip

Learn someone else's speech. Pay attention to the fact that people around you speak imperfectly: someone makes grammatical mistakes, someone has a strong accent, someone incorrectly says long words.

If you live in New York, then every second person you meet on the street speaks at home not only in English - these are the statistics.

Every day you can hear a Chinese accent, Russian, Indian, Arabic, French in shops and on the streets. And do not be ashamed of your own pronunciation - this is part of your image that does not prevent people from seeing you as a person and a professional.

And you yourself are able to determine by pronunciation, from which part of the United States is your interlocutor? On the UAF YouTube-channel posted a huge number of videos with comparisons of accents. For example, here you can hear 35 variants of pronunciation - from medieval English (or rather - Hollywood "medieval English") to several variants of Chinese. AND here make out the difference between american and australian english. If you are interested in the topic, look Instructions for imitating Russian accent.

The annex ABA English some of the videos are dubbed by native speakers of British English, in the rest you can hear American speech. If you have previously studied English in Russia or Ukraine, chances are high that you were taught exactly British English - only by listening to both versions of the language, you can learn the difference and learn how to quickly switch. Not that this skill is necessary, but it definitely gives self-confidence.

4 Tip

Finally, the most important rule: regularity.

For quick results, you need to work on fluency at least one and a half hours a day - not necessarily in a row, it is enough to allocate 20-30 minutes several times a day.

Members ABA English Receive a daily newsletter in which there may be offers to go through or repeat specific lessons, a selection of expressions on a topic, useful tips or special offers. It is always a small surprise that should motivate to do at least a little.

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