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How to speak English fluently
“Champions keep playing until they get it right.” Billie Jean King
I come across many students who say, “I want to speak fluent
English.” You have learnt riding scooter, bike and driving car: you
know that nobody teaches you to ride or drive fast. Your
instructor just teaches you to ride or drive. Once you learn riding
or driving, you increase your speed gradually.
Your parents never taught you to
run. They taught you to walk. Once
you start walking, you start running
gradually. You don’t require much training and special efforts to
run. However, you require assistance and training to start
Focus on speaking English. Once you start speaking
English, you build fluency soon or gradually.
Take example of your mother tongue, be it Hindi, Punjabi,
Tamil, Urdu, Guajarati or Marathi, you never think of building
fluency. You focus on speaking and fluency follows.
Just pause for a second and ask yourself, “Why haven’t I thought
about speaking my mother tongue fluently?”
The reason is very simple: you are very
comfortable speaking your mother tongue.
Exactly! You need to be very comfortable in
speaking English. Once you are comfortable
expressing yourself using English language, you
build your fluency automatically.
In my next article, I will discuss how to become
comfortable in speaking English.
When I was struggling to improve my command of English language, I had some
misconceptions about fluency until I met one of my bosses who happened to be a graduate
from London Business School.
During my first interaction with him he explained everything so clearly and slowly as if he was
talking to a child. I thought he knew my level of communication and he spoke accordingly. I
realized later that he was habitual of speaking very slowly and clearly.
I said to myself, “Being from London Business School, he doesn’t care for fluency
and he just makes sure to put across his message eloquently.” I just followed him
and became confident.
I observed many good speakers and found they focus more on listener and explaining their
message. Fluency comes naturally.
Action Points for you
1. Focus on speaking comfortably being a tyro.
2. Make sure listener understands your message and finds it interesting.
3. Once you are comfortable speaking English, start focusing on fluency by speaking more
and practicing tongue twisters etc.
“Don’t let your learning lead to knowledge. Let your learning lead to
action.” – Jim Rohn
If struggle to speak or write everyday
English, you can buy my bestselling book
Learn English: Your guide to everyday
Conversation on amazon at following link:
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