Hassan
What is the fastest way to speak english fluently?

I need to speak english fluently as soon as possible, becouse of the big change that happened in the company I work in. And sometimes I feel that learning english has no end, and every day I meet new expressions, new vocabulary, discover pronounciation mistakes, it's end less.

 A last question, how could you determine your language level that will be written in your C.V?

Jun 23, 2014 4:16 PM
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Hi Hassan,

 

What I've noticed about those who speak English not only correctly but eloquently is this: They read a lot.

 

Reading every day will greatly improve your skills - not only your written but your verbal skills as well. Read some novels for fun in genres you enjoy (i.e. sci fi, romance, thriller, mystery, etc.). It doesn't always have to be the newspaper although reading a newspaper is helpful. The English in newspapers is terse.

 

Be discerning in the English programs you choose to watch. Not all of them use English correctly. As an avid follower of current events I suggest watching PBS Newshour for American English pronunciation. Their English is pretty much impeccable and advanced. 

 

I'm not quite sure of a quicker way to learn English except to move to an english-speaking country. 

 

Good luck.

Nechesa

June 23, 2014

The best way to become fluent in any language is to hear and speak it constantly, even THINK in the language. Every moment that you don't absolutely have to speak your native language you should have English going into your ears. Every moment you can be on italki practicing with an English speaker, take advantage of that. 

 

Even if the English is just in the background without you actually listening, you will absorb it into your inner mind this way. Word order and expressions and pronunciation will just start to "sound" right or wrong to you. 

 

The average American knows about 17,000 word families and a college graduate knows about 25,000 word families. I understand why it feels endless to you but read this beacause it's going to make you feel better: 

 

"Learning the first 1000 most frequently used words in the entire language will allow you to understand 76.0% of all non-fiction writing, 79.6% of all fiction writing, and an astounding 87.8% of all oral speech.
Learning the top 2000 most frequently used words will get you to 84% for non-fiction, 86.1% for fiction, and 92.7% for oral speech.
And learning the top 3000 most frequently used words will get you to 88.2% for non-fiction, 89.6% for fiction, and 94.0% for oral speech.
Essentially, just learning the top 1000 words will, if you’re primarily interested in speaking to people as most language learners are, get you to the point where you can understand roughly 90% of the spoken language"

 

Here is a link to the most used words in English:

http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Wiktionary:Frequency_lists#English

 

Use the free software at Anki.com to memorize these words and you will understand much more English faster. 

June 24, 2014

Hi Hassan:  Good luck improving your English fluency.  I can recommend a useful free website.  If you are interested, send me a message.  Thanks, Tim

June 23, 2014

As practice shows the easiest way is to retell littke stories close to the original text, perform role plays (interactive dialogues) and finally communicate face to face or via skype with native speakers.

July 8, 2014

Hi, Nechesa

 

You said people who speak well often read a lot. My curiosity is which one takes place at first? Is it possible for a person who can speak well yet read slowly? or vice versa ? I got higher points in my official English test yet, comparatively even lower in my reading and my listening. Can you explain my circumstance I encounter now?  Are they progressing similarly at a correspondent speed at all?  It baffled me for a long time....

July 8, 2014
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Hassan
Language Skills
Arabic, English
Learning Language
English