English fluency means being able to use the language with ease. How can we assess our English fluency then? Below are questions that we ought to ask ourselves to gauge our English fluency.
Do I pause a lot when I speak?
Do I say “ahh” or “uuhmm” many times because I can’t remember the right words that would
be suitable for my sentences?
Do I often say “you know” to replace the phrases I can’t remember or explain myself?
Do I speak so slowly, because I’m too careful not to make mistakes in my sentences, that my listeners already tend to look drowsy?
Do I make the pronunciation of certain words indistinguishable intentionally, because I am not sure how those words should be pronounced?
If you answered “yes” to these questions, then you do have a problem in English fluency. In order to be more fluent in the said language, I suggest you practice speaking English as often as possible. However, it’s not enough to practice all the time. You have to make sure you practice speaking English the right way. You can do this by practicing with a buddy who can speak English well, so that he/she can correct your mistakes if you commit any.
Also, surround yourself in an all-English atmosphere. Listen to English songs, read English books, and watch English TV programs and movies. You can also try to record yourself as you speak English, and then listen to the recording afterwards. Listen for the mistakes that you commit repetitively and study the rules behind those mistakes. Be more careful not to commit those mistakes the next time you speak. If you do this regularly, your English language skills will definitely improve a lot!^^
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