How to be Fluent in English in a Week

July 27, 2016
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A question that lot of people ask us is ” How to be Fluent in English in a Week” or “How to be Fluent in English in a Month”.

While improving English is a long term process that requires lot of practice, there are routines that you can follow to really increase your fluency level within a short period of time. So in this article on How to be Fluent in English in a Week we will focus on so strategies you can follow to take your English to the next level within 7 days of practice.

Note

This question “How to be Fluent in English in a Week” typically comes from English learners who already know at least 500 words in English and know basic grammar rules. In other words, English learners who are at an intermediate level. If you are an intermediate level English speaker and want to learn how to be fluent in English in a week to prepare for a job interview or a presentation, this approach is perfect for you. If you are beginner level English learner, this approach is not for you.

Immerse yourself fully

Pronunciation and Accent are two of the biggest hurdles when learning any language. The best way to overcome both problems is by hearing the language spoken in conversation over and over again. The second part to this is trying to pronounce words that aren’t easy, instead of avoiding them. Focus on sounds that are difficult for you to pronounce.

Repeated trial and error is a great way to learn because it is happening in real time, in context. Record yourself reading paragraphs or singing in English. Then compare to Native English speakers. Do this at least 30 hours during the week so that your brain gets used to better pronunciation.

 

Keep on expanding your Vocabulary

Vocabulary is the easiest to learn because, if a student dedicates themselves to learning ten new words a day, they easily learn 70 words a week. So learn new phrases, idioms, slang – everything that makes English a colorful language.

You don’t need a teacher to improve vocabulary. You can improve vocabulary alone. Remember to activate your vocabulary when you practice speaking, not just to keep the new words in a notebook.

 

Find a Native English Speaker to practice with

The most difficult aspect of becoming fluent in the lack of speaking practice.Just like you can’t learn to ride a bike without actually riding the bike, you can’t become fluent without practicing speaking with Native speakers. At Spoken English Practice, we call this the learning by doing method.

Improve Spoken English Naturally

 

The key is to practice speaking with a Native English Teacher, who acts more like a Conversation Partner. If you already know some English, what you need is NOT boring grammar theory. You NEED practice speaking in nonjudgmental environment where you can flourish and feel safe making mistakes. This is why 1 on 1 private lessons are ideal.

 

Stop using Textbooks to learn English

Learners want to learn how to speak like native English speakers and a huge part of that is learning the advanced vocabulary and colloquialisms of the country they wish to live in. This is particularly prevalent in  learning Business English or English for Specific Purposes.(Example English for PhD students).

Don’t rely on textbooks to teach you real English. Understanding formal vocabulary vs. informal vocabulary is an extremely vast area of knowledge that comes only by practicing with Native speakers.

This is another reason why you should practice with a Native English Speaker.

 

Improve English overall, not just on a specific area.

We get students who like to focus on food-related vocabulary or work-related vocabulary. The reason is English language learners just want to feel comfortable talking about their career related topics while using an appropriate vocabulary for the situation, with correct intonation and pronunciation.

This approach is not ideal. As a global English speaking course, our advice to you is to use a variety of media – from for example lyrics and song to written word, from practical everyday necessities like bank forms and job interviews, to written word, from a casual conversation to a theoretical discussion – each can be used to foster a surer sense of how to communicate using both American and British English.

This will help you become more fluent in English overall, not just one limited area.