Improve your fluency in speaking English by
1 - Listening carefully
As you learn to concentrate on what you are hearing you will recognize individual words and recurring patterns of speech.
2 - Imitating fluent speakers
Try to imitate, or mimic the pronunciation and speech patterns of a fluent speaker. This will help you to avoid developing a heavy accent that may later hinder your efforts to communicate.
3 - Memorizing and repeating
We need to commit many new things to memory like vocabulary, grammar rules with its many variations, and expressions. And it is a fact that repetition helps our memory.
4 - Reading aloud
When we read to ourselves we read for the sense of it. When we read aloud we first hear ourselves; the full sentence without missing any words, the mind hears the correct syntax. Our minds become familiar to these new sounds and structures. We learn how new words are used.
Footnote: Links to online news - "I'll be expanding this page over time to be wider in scope; geographically and by topic. I have this page saved to my iPad so I can go to different sites with ease" - Steven
5 - Analyzing and working on grammar
Few people enjoy learning grammar but we do need basic grammar skills to grow. Listening and imitating will only take us so far then we need to get into the nuts and bolts of what makes English tick.
6 - Continuing to make progress
We never stop learning. Sometimes slow progress might make us get discouraged. But by continually making progress, learning new words, using them in our speech, learning a new grammar rule, understanding idioms or working out verbal phrasing you will see progress and have a joy of accomplishment.
7 - Assigning definite study times
If you do not set a specific time to study and read more often than not you will let it go. By setting aside time on a regular basis you will find yourself making progress in your English.
8 - Talk, talk, then talk some more. . .
Many times people when learning a new language may hesitate to speak the language because they are shy or afraid to make mistakes. This in fact will hold you back from making progress. The more you speak in English the more comfortable you will become with using English.
Footnote: "Try talking at different speeds, even exaggerate (overstate, overemphasize, magnify, amplify, aggrandize, inflate; embellish, elaborate, overplay, dramatize) at a slow pace and with a fast pace, just to feel what it's like. Do this well reading out loud, and when your speaking. Then find the speed that works well with you, what you are comfortable with."
...for the enjoyment
and passion of words,
thoughts, visuals and disciplines.
"One thing to remember, when the gym goer had a bad day and was tired and rundown, did they stop? No, they went right back the next day and tried again. When they didn’t achieve their goal in one month and it took more effort than they expected, it was consistency that kept them there trying. When they found themselves wondering if it was all worth it, the momentum of consistency kept them going because simply they couldn’t imagine a life without it.
The same is for learning a language. When the rough times come, consistency will be the thing that gets you through. When you reach that plateau of learning and you don’t feel like you are shifting any more, consistency kept you moving and being creative to try to find something that triggered more understanding, and finally (and most importantly for learning a language), after consistency has done its job, fluency takes over, and everyone’s goal is to be fluent.
Consistency doesn’t mean doing the same thing every day, that’s just boring, consistency is making sure you are continuing to try, explore, evaluate and learn on a daily basis no matter what it takes. Consistency is the key to all forms of learning and English is no exception."
- Aiyshah, an English teacher from Kuala Lumpur
"Never before in the history of the planet has a single language held a dominant a position as English does today. Some 1,350,000,000 people can now read this sentence in its original language. Think about that for a minute."
- Paul J.J. Payack, 2008, chapter one in his book "A Million Words and Counting: How Global English Is Rewriting the World"
Why be Consistent?
Consistency is a key to fluency.