How to speak English fluently – 34 experts give their tips

“What is the most important thing to achieve English fluency?”


Tip #1

Andy Boon

“Give students a purpose to speak/write. Help them find the language to break the silence/empty page. Then, build from there.”

Tip #2

Barbara Hoskins Sakamoto

 “Focus on a bit of language that interests you, practice until you know it, and then use it until you own it.”

Tip #3

Cecilia Lemos

“Let go of self-consciousness; speak as much as you can. We make many mistakes when speaking our L1, but that doesn’t stop us from speaking.”

Tip #4

Chuck Sandy

“Practice builds accuracy. Accuracy builds confidence. Confidence builds fluency.”

Tip #5

David Deubelbeiss

“The language must matter, be important-real and not an exercise. Interact with messages you genuinely want to hear and understand.”

Tip #6

David Dodgson

“Engage with English everywhere-music, books, games, signs, t-shirt slogans – make notes & take it back to class, share, & collaborate!”

Tip #7

Drew Badger

“Learn like native speakers and you’ll speak like one.”

Tip #8

Eric Kane

“Learning to communicate in a new language is fun when you collaborate with others. Create a network and celebrate your successes.”

Tip #9

Fiona Mauchline

“Willingness to take a leap into the unknown, geographically, personally, linguistically (experiment, make mistakes). Accuracy’s another story.”

Tip #10

Jack Askew

“Know why you want to reach fluency, set a goal, make a plan, and take consistent action every day.”

Tip #11

Jason West

“Don’t waste your time, hope and money on a classroom course. Prepare properly and do focused speaking practice with friendly non-teachers.”

Tip #12

Jennifer Lebedev

“A language learner must commit to a realistic study plan that makes use of quality resources and allows for meaningful practice.”

Tip #13

Juan Alberto Lopez Uribe

“The #1 thing to achieve fluency is to live language through meaningful and dynamic interactions in a caring, challenging, and interesting environment.”

Tip #14

Ken Beare

“Be patient, make many mistakes, speaking every day for fifteen minutes is better than once or twice a week, use your ear and your brain.”

Tip #15

Kevin Stein

“Fluency requires automaticity which requires familiarity. Practice language you know. Because fluency = confidence to take the next step.”

Tip #16

Larry Ferlazzo

“Students need to feel safe to make mistakes & realize errors are wonderful learning opportunities and not something to be avoided.”

Tip #17

Luke Meddings

“Fluency isn’t the same as accuracy. Hesitation, reformulation and non-standard grammar are part of everyday English, so relax – it’s normal!”

Tip #18

Mau Buchler

“You have to find out what kind of English speaker you are.”

Tip #19

Michael Marzio

“Smartest starting point is intensive listening on very regular basis, with pictures or video providing some semblance of context or meaning.”

Tip #20

Minoo Short

“Fluency is about building reflexes, and reflexes are built by listening to and repeating common collocations and phrases.”

Tip #21

Nik Peachey

“You need to have a reason to learn that will impact your life.”

Tip #22

Paul Maglione

“You can’t learn a language unless you start by maximizing your input. Hearing and seeing leads to understanding, then skills building, and finally proficiency.”

Tip #23

Philip Shigeo Brown

“Know what kind of fluency you wish to achieve then take decisive steps to move towards your goal, stay motivated, and enjoy getting in flow.”

Tip #24

Rachel Smith


Tip #25

Rob Howard

“Just express yourself! Speak up and say what you feel to make your opinion understood as precisely and easily as possible.”

Tip #26

Scott Thornbury

“Learn some useful sentence starters. Act as if you are fluent, even if you’re not. Use your hands.”

Tip #27

Sean Banville

“Read, listen to, talk or write about things you are really interested in, things you love to read, listen to, etc. in your own language.”

Tip #28

Shelly Sanchez Terrell

“We learn language by communicating with others. Connect on the World Wide Web with other language learners!”

Tip #29

Stephen Krashen

“The only way to develop fluency is to get plenty of compelling comprehensible input. Comprehensible input is the cause: Fluency is the result.”

Tip #30

Steven Herder

Data and determination – Decide to focus on your fluency. Record yourself, count words per minute and track your progress – you’ll improve!”

Tip #31

Sylvia Guinan

“Learn though multi-media, multi-sensory, hands-on social fun.”

Tip #32

Tyson Seburn

“Involving yourself with the language at every appropriate opportunity helps build awareness and confidence needed for fluency.”

Tip #33

Vicki Hollett

“What’s #1 to achieve fluency? M-O-T-I-V-A-T-I-O-N-!”

Tip #34

Vicky Loras

“In my opinion, fluency comes with repetition and listening to speakers of the L2 all the time around you!”

See more at: http://fluencymc.com/speak-fluent-english/


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