Spoken English


Many of those who learn English as a Second Language (ESL) in India find it difficult to speak fluently. What do you think are the reasons for lack of fluency? What should they do to improve their skills quickly?  

asked Oct 30 '12 at 15:43 srinivasan n Contributor

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I'll repeat the advice I gave Sanjay many months ago.


Practice, practice, practice. And don't be self-conscious. You are going to make mistakes. That's natural and to be expected. Native speakers are remarkably tolerant of ESL speakers who are making an effort to learn. Rather than thinking less of an ESL speaker who makes a mistake, most native speakers respect the effort that the ESL speaker is making. Don't let your mistakes get in the way of practice. Learn from your mistakes and keep going forward.


I hope this helps.


(Oh yes, it also helps to watch and listen to movies, television, and radio broadcasts that are in English. Listen to the BBC World Service. You can watch many American news broadcasts online, as well as watch recent television shows. Here is a link to the NBC Nightly News broadcast -- http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3032619/ns/nbc_nightly_news_with_brian_williams/ )

link edited Oct 30 '12 at 18:25 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow

Thank you Jeff

srinivasan nNov 02 '12 at 13:28

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All non-native speakers of English face a major problem when they try to speak fluent English. Every language requires your organs of speech to work in certain ways in order to produce the sounds and sequences of sounds in that language.  Your mother-tongue is no exception.  And mind you, you have been using your organs of speech and producing the sounds and sequences of sounds in your mother-tongue since you were a child.  From such a long experience, your organs of speech have got into certain habits.  And they now have certain set ways of moving and working.  These are habits that suit mostly your mother-tongue, and not English.


Now many of the sounds and most of the sequences of sounds in the English language have features that are different from those of the sounds and sequences of sounds in your mother-tongue.  And so the English language requires your organs of speech to move and work in a different set of ways.


Your organs of speech tend to move and work in certain set patterns.  They resist and fight shy of moving and working in the way that the English language requires them to work.  And when you speak, they move in non-English ways.  This causes you to stumble on some English sounds at several places, and on most English sound sequences at most places.

link answered Oct 30 '12 at 16:13 sanjay Expert

Learn 5% and practice 95% to achieve fluency.

sanjayOct 30 '12 at 16:14

Thank you Sanjay

srinivasan nNov 02 '12 at 13:31

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