Why you are not improving your fluency?
Welcome back to your home ‘Your English Vocabulary’- The place for every English learner who has struggled a lot in their English skills and want to improve their spoken English and vocabulary.
I get tons of emails day in and out of people asking me about how to take their English speaking to a next level and I try to explain some of the points where they might be facing fluency issues and how they can get rid of those blunders they make each time they strike up their conversation.
Since I don’t know you personally, neither do I know how you study and your fluency level, so it becomes rock hard for me to figure out the lack in the process. Some even said that no matter how hard they try they will never improve. It made my heart cry to the worst that though I claim to provide you all as much as time you ask for, yet when I see some of you giving up, I wish I could sit beside you and help you figure out where your mistakes are, improve you and cheer you up.
So without further ado, let’s get down to the business and address this part “where 90% of us fail.”
Believe it or not the main problem lies in the your fanciness to speak like a pro.
Yes, you heard that right.
And please don’t get me wrong.
It happens with me too in the past where I made this mistake over and again trying to sound fancy whenever I got an opportunity to speak. Every time I heard a new phrasal verb or expression (let’s say-dime a dozen which means common) I used to write it down on a piece of paper and cram it up like a poem so that I could use the same word or phrase down the line when the situation arises which compliments the particular expression.
Did I rock my fluency?
“I literally choked when I tried to use the particular expression.”
You know why?
Answer: “I tried to sound fancy.”
I said, “Finding pizza on every bakery is… (I literally choked here) dime a dozen nowadays.”
And this all happened because there were two things going on:
1: Finding pizza on every bakery shop is quite common nowadays.
2: No! I have to use the phrase I learned as a substitute for quite common. I took a second and reminded what it was.
During this whole process I lost my flow, confidence and took a pause to think the right word which completely broke down my fluency and I did not know how to carry on my conversation further.
So make sure you do not do this make what 90% of the non-native English speakers do and so did I, in the past.
Learn what you hear for the sake of understanding everything you here but do not force yourself to use all those millions of expressions and phrasal verbs you here on TV series or movies.
Now don’t get me wrong thinking that I am stopping you from learning new vocabulary. I simply meant that don’t force yourself to speak those all expressions which you see natives doing in TV series or movies.
Let’s take an example: Suppose you are angry,so don’t make your active vocabulary complex by learning all the phrasal verbs and idioms which convey the same meaning anger. When you can say, “I am angry”, why do you wanna make it more complex by saying ” I am up in my arms.”
It just doesn’t make sense to me when the person is still learning basics. So learn to understand what the person in front said to you but don’t force your mind. Start with the basics and when you achieve some good fluency level, try adding these expressions to the sentences you speak but till then develop it first by speaking simple sentences and add more value to it after to can speak simple sentences.
So keep learning and improving but don’t try to be fancy every time you speak.
Till then, take care and?