Sound Like a Native English Speaker Without Words

 

Do you want to sound like a native English speaker? Did you know that there is a way to improve your English fluency without memorizing more vocabulary?

Here is a tip that you will not learn in your English textbook:

Improve your active listening skills!

Active listening is what you can do to show someone that you understand and that you are interested in what they are saying.

There are 2 ways you can show this: Visually and verbally. Do not tell the person that you understand what they are saying by saying, “I understand”. Instead, you can show them that you understand them by doing something much more natural.

To verbally show someone that you are listening, try using different sounds, words, or phrases like:

  • Ah, okay.
  • Uh huh.
  • Oh.
  • Really?
  • Mmmm.
  • That’s a good point!
  • Yeah.
  • I see.
  • That’s a great idea!
  • I never thought of that.

Your body language is also very important, and is another great way to show someone that you are listening.

To visually show someone that you are listening, try nodding your head occasionally while the other person is talking to you.

If you want to sound like a native English speaker, try using these tips in your next conversation!

Can you think of more ways that you can show someone that you are interested in what they are saying?

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