How to Understand Native and Fluent English Speakers

How can you converse fluently and easily with fluent speakers or people who may speak a little too fast?

Gabby has three great tips for understanding anyone, anytime, anywhere.

Tip 1:

Build your vocabulary!

You need words that you can easily recognize when you hear them. You need to know how the words sound so learning words by reading them will not be as helpful.  The key is to read and listen.

You’ll also need to build a specific set of vocabulary.

If you want to be a doctor or a medical interpreter you need that specific set of vocabulary to do your job. You need to do the same thing for working as a flight attendant or a chef.

Tip 2:

Understand patterns of speech!

When we speak we don’t pause after each word. There is a certain flow to our dialogue. This will vary with each person. Some people speak faster or slower than others. When you can adjust to these speech patterns, it will be easier to understand people from different parts of the world.

Tip 3:

Recognize the difference between names and other vocabulary words.

You should be able to recognize slang and words that are often shortened. Slang is what is most commonly used in daily conversation.

If you can master these three tips you’re well on your way to English fluency.


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