I mentioned about Success with stories course before. There is a free email course which contains 7 rules to improve your English skills fast. I am going to share these rules with you and give you an mp3 listening lesson (+pdf text) for each rule. So you can download it into your computer and review it many times. Learn to speak English fluently with “7 Strategies For English Fluency”. This is an email course you can use for free to learn how to speak fluent English.
Strategy 1: Immerse yourself with English by listening
The first strategy is to listen to people speaking English. Immerse yourself with English speaking people as much as you can- try to be surrounded three hours or more a day with people talking in English. You will learn by listening; we learn languages with our ears. Look at how babies learn to talk; by listening to their mother’s voice. Babies spend the first year or so just listening to their parents, people around them; even to the television. Babies are immersed, or surrounded, by their language being spoken through devices such as; radios, story tapes or by people of all ages around them.
At first listening may be confusing or even frustrating. You will see people laughing and not understand what is funny, or you may see someone upset and not know why but; as you watch and listen more; certain words will start to stand out. You will start to recognize words associated with actions, then you will begin to learn words used with those actions; soon you will know phrases.
Watching as you listen will show how expressions are used with words. You have an advantage over babies learning as you know what your native expressions are and associate them to the English you are hearing. This association will allow you to learn new words- English words- that go with expressions. For example you know what ‘hot’ means in your language; and how to react, or express yourself to something that is ‘hot’. Watching how an English speaking person reacts will be similar; so when they say ‘hot’ you will learn a new word as you will recognize the reaction the person is expressing.
Also watch as words are associated with objects such as; cars, buses, different foods or drinks, as you will then learn the English words for them. You can also use this to learn the names of places when you watch and listen to English speaking people and the area around you; bathrooms, kitchens, house and many other everyday words.
Besides knowing words you will also need to learn expression. Again; this will come from listening. You have probably picked up a lot of expressions while learning the words, so this part may come much easier. By listening to English you will learn the beat or rhythm to the language. Train your ears to hear different sounds and it will help to pick up vocabulary. Knowing vocabulary will help you use the right words in expressing yourself.
When you start out learning English use the new broadcasts, or songs on the radio as they also give advertisements with more variety in different voices. Watch as many television shows as you can, or movies, as they too will add a lot of variety to different voices and expressions. Try to keep shows or stories simple at first like children’s versions or use books for travelers.
Learning how to speak English fluently is my goal so I have made audio programs for you to do just that. I have also included a lot of free audio files on my blog.