Fluency in English is equally considered as a mark of a learned person along with grammar and vocabulary. You might get enough time to repeat your thoughts in your head before writing or typing. However, while speaking, you have to be quick. The other person does not have all the time in the world to listen to you stammering and grope through words. By the time you actually finish your sentence, the listener would have forgotten what you began in the first place. Being fluent helps your thoughts to be heard clearly and correctly.
Simple tips to improve fluency
Listen to the common phrases, words and diction. Repeat newly learnt phrases with a colleague or family member. Speak aloud because muttering in your head will not help as your mouth is not used to moving that fast to certain set of words. So, listen and repeat.
Read good quality books by famous authors and good English newspapers. You will find many new words by reading books to improve your vocabulary. Understand the context in which the new words are used. Use them in sentences while speaking to anyone.
Talk without hesitation
Communicate in English as much as possible. It is all right to be wrong. If you think that ‘I am poor in verbal expression’ can make you stammer. So do not just talk. Talk confidently and talk to convince. That is how you improve English. Once this mental block clears, your fluency will improve on its own.
Self-practice – talk to yourself
If you’re not comfortable speaking alone, how will you do it in a group? Think out loud in English or sing. You can also try saying out loud what you’re doing, as you’re doing it. For example: As you’re cooking breakfast, do you know the related vocabulary for the food and utensils? Can you use different verbs to explain your actions? This would be especially useful at work if you want to utilize English most while at work.
Record native speakers, and practice recording yourself too!
If you are not sure how the text should sound when you read, a great way to practice is to listen to one, and try to mimic. After all, this is more or less how children learn to speak. Use a recording device to record a TV show, movie, interview, etc, and listen to the accents, pronunciation, and intonation. After listening, record yourself trying to use the same style of speaking. When you compare it to the native there will definitely be differences that are expected between a native speaker and learner.
Try teaching someone else English
Trying to teach someone else the language will get you talking as well. Even if it’s basic words, sentences, or phrases, the more you teach someone…the more opportunities you’ll have to practice with them.
Follow these simple tips to improve fluency. Believe in yourself and never shy away from mistakes. Take them seriously and vow not to repeat the mistake ever again.