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How to Speak English FluentlyHow to speak English fluently is more a question of the psychology of English speaking than it’s that of your knowledge of the language. Fluency comes from the cultural familiarity with the language or, in other words, being at home with the culture of the language at the level of having verbally interacted enough to one or more of those who are fluent enough to induce the same fluency in your speaking pattern through interaction with them.

The main challenges that people face when they want to know how to speak English fluently are:

1. Lack of Spontaneity – You think twice before you take an action. The same trait of your personality controls your action of speaking as well. It’s not only that you think twice before you start speaking, it’s also that you think twice before you speak every single sentence during the conversation.

Why do you do so?

The reasons may be many, though a few of them are:

  • a. You are not at home with the very basic syntax of the language, so you need time to structure your next sentence before you speak it out.
  • b. You are not at home with the cultural idiom of the language so you need to structure your sentences based on the rules of the syntactic grammar, which obviously never gets done on the spur of the moment as you are in the middle of speaking out the content of thought in your mind.
  • c. You think twice because you are psychologically apprehensive about your command over the language, but you don’t really want to give this impression to the person you are speaking to. It generally happens so in the third world commonwealth countries in which speaking GOOD English defines your ‘class’, it being a status symbol in those societies. It not only makes you think twice, it also makes you go nervous in case you are not able to cope with the pressure of speaking GOOD English fluently AND correctly. It all ends up in your speaking not only much less fluently but also much worse in quality than you technically could have done if you were not under such a psychological pressure. You just fail to know how to speak English fluently and execute the same into action.

How to Speak English FluentlyWhat’s the way out?

How to speak English fluently when you are a victim to the lack of spontaneity?

How to speak English fluently requires you to be ready to spontaneously speak wrong English (and discover you never went wrong!) if you really want to be fluent at whatever level you presently are as far as speaking English is concerned.

2. Lack of Vocabulary – You get stuck when you don’t find a suitable word for the content of thought that you need to express to the person you are speaking to. Being a victim to the social status syndrome in the third world commonwealth countries, you feel you are a lesser human being if you don’t have a ready repertoire of all the complex words at your disposal on the tip of your tongue.

Moreover, you are a victim to the complex that using uncommon complex words gets you more prestige than when you use the most common word in order to express the content of your thought.

How to Speak English Fluently

The real problem as far as how to speak English fluently is concerned lies in the way you try to increase your vocabulary. You try to do so through cramming the words (the most complex ones for that matter!) with their suggested usage. And then you try to fit the same in your speaking structures whether they fit in that particular context or not.

The problem is that one word has ten meanings depending on the context and all those ten meanings have ten more different words for them, all of them supposed to be used differently in different contexts. But how would you know this if you haven’t built up your vocabulary organically through interaction with the people who know how to use those words in their right contexts, rather you have done so artificially through trying to cram the words with their crude meanings alone without feeling the subtle sense-differences that they all allude to.

What’s the way out? How to speak English fluently when you are a victim to the lack of vocabulary?

How to speak English fluently requires you to build up your vocabulary through interaction alone!

3. Lack of Content – Most of the times we speak out of the need to speak about something we are not really passionate about; be it for the sake of the job we are doing or the business we are running or else the social protocols we are responding to. Since we are not really passionate about those topics, we naturally would not only be lacking content to speak about them but also the spirit to be curious about them. Curiosity generates content. If you don’t really have it, you will struggle to put it up artificially and it’s certainly going to affect your fluency negatively. You will never really come to know how to speak English fluently.

How to Speak English Fluently

You must have noticed that you can speak much more fluently under the effect of a peg or two of alcohol (i.e., in the initial phases of getting intoxicated) partly because it makes you more interested in the activities going on in the vicinity around you and partly because you are able to shed your psychological complexes off temporarily. As a result you go more passionate about what you are speaking (or else you only speak what you are passionate about!) and you speak the same in a perfect flow even if the structures of your speech may have many flaws in them, but they just don’t affect your fluency in a negative way at all.

How to Speak English FluentlyWhat’s the way out? How to speak English fluently when you are a victim to the lack of content?

How to speak English fluently requires you to follow the call of your passion. If you do so, you will immediately come out of your complexes and turn more spontaneous. You will not be bothered about cramming vocabulary in an artificial manner anymore, and you will have real content to speak about. Once you have the content, you certainly will have the passion to share it with the person you are speaking to, which will not only automatically take care of your speaking fluently but also go on improving the same considerably as you go on sharing your content with all your passion into it with more and more people around.


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