Have you spent hours in the classroom learning English, but you still feel frustrated at how little you remember? Are you still confused when you hear English spoken at normal speed? Do you lack the confidence to have a conversation with a native English speaker?
Don’t worry, you’re not alone! You are in the right place, because Gabby and the team at Go Natural English are dedicated to your success!
In this video, Gabby will explain how to speak English fluently. She will explain why you don’t need a classroom, expensive textbooks, or even a teacher to learn English!
So what DO you need in order to succeed? The answer is simple (and even free) – YOU have the power! It is in you and you alone.
THIS IS NOT LIKE YOUR ENGLISH CLASS
If you focus on language as a connection or a way to bond with other people, it will change the way you look at English. When you learn English with a textbook, you are focusing on grammar. When you do grammar exercises, you are always worrying about making mistakes and doing it correctly.
This isn’t the purpose of language! We learn languages so we can communicate with people, and we don’t always communicate with correct grammar.
WHAT KIND OF LEARNER ARE YOU?
Do you like to have a teacher to guide you and give you things to do? If you do, maybe you will be more comfortable in a classroom.
Maybe you are an independent learner. Do you find many different resources to help you learn? Maybe you have a teacher, but you also practice English outside of class. Independent learners don’t wait to learn. They find the answers they need.
TWO THINGS YOU DON’T NEED TO SPEAK ENGLISH FLUENTLY
You don’t need a classroom! In fact, you can learn better outside of the classroom in your own community.
There are many ways to practice English yourself. With the Internet, you can practice reading and listening in English. You can practice writing, by writing what you hear in a YouTube video, for example. You can find a conversation partner and practice speaking.
Nobody Can Teach You English
It’s very true that nobody, not even the best teacher, can teach you English. It’s like teaching a baby how to walk. A teacher can tell you what to do, show you how to do it, and encourage you. But if you don’t take a step, you will never be able to walk!
Teachers are more like coaches. We can tell you what we think you need to learn, and give you work to do, but your success depends on how hard you try. Step out and make mistakes! Babies fall down A LOT! But then they are walking, then running, before you know it.
If you are motivated, you don’t need a teacher. If you live in a country where no one speaks English, you may find this article interesting.
TWO THINGS YOU NEED TO SPEAK ENGLISH FLUENTLY
First, you need motivation.
Why do you want to learn English? Your reason for learning English is very important. If you are learning it for work, or because you live in an English-speaking company, you’ll work hard and learn quickly.
Second, you need initiative, or the ability to see what needs to be done and find a way to do it. When you take responsibility for your own learning, you will see that there are many ways of learning for free all around you!
GABBY’S 7 STEPS ON HOW TO SPEAK ENGLISH FLUENTLY
Think about how you need to use English. What kind of conversation do you want to have? Will you need English for work, for school, or for watching English TV? Who will you be talking to, and what will you be talking about?
If you want to be fluent you really need to listen. Use the same words and expressions that native speakers use. To do this, find new ways to listen through friendships, podcasts, movies, and music. There are so many ways to listen to English now, thanks to the wide-reaching and ever-growing Internet.
When you hear a new word that you are not familiar with, ask about it! Look it up in a dictionary, search up its meaning on the internet, or ask a friend. When you consult several sources, you will have a deeper understanding of the word.
When you hear a word or phrase you like, use it several times until it sticks! Make sentences with it. If it’s a verb, practice conjugating it in different tenses. Repetition will help it feel natural.
Our motivation to learn language mostly comes with the desire to connect with other people. Having valuable friendships will be a huge motivator for you to learn English.
It may take several tries to find a good conversation partner, but don’t give up! Soon you will find someone to talk with and who can answer your questions.
Use English daily and keep it fresh, use it as much as possible. Don’t be shy – even native English speakers make mistakes in day to day conversation. The more you use English, the more you will remember it and it will stick in your mind.
Finally, always review what you learned. For example, review new vocabulary words a day, a week, and a month later. This will keep them fresh in your mind. You’ll be able to remember them when it’s time to use them!
Most important of all, it is critically important to believe in yourself.
As human beings, we all have the ability to learn a language and connect with others. Use English as a tool to connect with others and to improve your life.
Watch Gabby’s video now on how to speak English fluently!