9 Simple Ways to Develop Fluency in English By Charles Cornelius

Apr 29, 2019English Speaking Tips, Smart Brains Spotlight

9 Simple Ways to Develop Fluency in English

Charles Cornelius


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9 Simple Ways to Develop Fluency in English

9 Simple Ways to Develop Fluency in English By Charles Cornelius


9 Simple Ways to Develop Fluency in English

Charles Cornelius


How can I become fluent in English speaking?


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👍 ” Teaching English for 20 years. CELTA, MA Education “ – Charles Cornelius


Here are a few tips for you:


Read Aloud

This is a simple way to improve your fluency. Find an article, a book, some movie subtitles or a video with a transcript. Ideally, read something you understand. Read it out loud. This means you can focus on fluency and pronunciation without thinking about words – the words are right in front of you!

One great source of transcripts, especially for intermediate learners, is TED Talks: each talk comes with a transcript in English.


Talk To Yourself (or your cat!)

Practice speaking to yourself. You can do this when you’re at home. Speak to yourself in English while you are walking around the house.

You can describe what you are seeing, and what you are doing, in English (e.g. “this is an umbrella”, “where are my shoes? They’re under the table.”, “I’m cooking dinner in a saucepan”, “I’m cleaning the toilet with a brush.”)

You could also speak to yourself in the mirror. Imagine that you’re speaking to your best friend, your mother, or a famous person. Try to speak for 20 seconds. As you improve, speak for longer periods of time.

You could also talk to your cat, dog or fish in English. Tell them about your day, or how much you love them. Pretend you’re having a conversation with them. Ask your cat what they did today.


Mini Scripts

Write your own “mini-scripts” and read them out loud. Talk about what you did today, talk about your family or your likes and dislikes, the weather, your job.

My Udemy course is based around the idea of mini-scripts. You can enroll on it here.




Listen to a TV show, a movie, a podcast or a YouTube video in English, or a recording from a course. Repeat what the speaker said, right after they say it. Try to copy their tone of voice, their intonation, their accent.

You could put the audio of these things on your phone, and take a walk in the park. Walk around the park repeating what they have said.

Watch this video for an explanation of the shadowing method.


Speak English Clearly! The Imitation Technique


Thank you, ” Youtube – mmmEnglish “.


Take a test

Decide to take an English language test, which has a speaking test, such as the FCE or IELTS. This will give you a goal to aim for. Knowing that you have a test in 1 month or 6 months will motivate you to try harder.


Focus on Fluency, not Words

If you are trying to speak, and you don’t know the correct word, don’t stop and look up the word in a dictionary, try to think of a different way of saying the same thing.

For example, if you are talking about the weather and you have forgotten the word “cloudy” you could say “the sky was grey”.

Expand your vocabulary when doing things like reading and listening, not when speaking.


Focus on Fluency, not Grammar

Similarly, don’t worry about making grammatical mistakes. Native speakers make these all the time when speaking. Just keep talking, with mistakes.

Grammar can come another time. In fact, it’s best to study grammar only once you can speak and write better, and have a good vocabulary. Thinking about grammar is too much to think about when you’re new to the language.


Record Yourself Speaking

This is difficult for most people, but it is a good challenge. record yourself speaking about something on your phone. It could be a video or an audio recording.

You could also record these short talks on your phone and keep them. If you do this regularly, you will see how your speaking is improving.

If you are very brave, put the videos on your Facebook Page or on YouTube and ask people to comment on your language.


Don’t be Afraid to Make Mistakes

Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Mistakes are a part of learning to speak a language. Remember that the aim of speaking English is to communicate an idea, not be perfect.

Good luck!


9 Simple Ways to Develop Fluency in English By Charles Cornelius Reference: Charles Cornelius. “How can I become fluent in English?”  originally appeared on Quora, the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.




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