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    Something wrong with the way I speak

    I never went to English school, neither did anyone in my family & yet English as a medium of education was forced upon me when I went to college (That's how it works in India, despite what one wants).

    As the time passed by I learnt English, started watching Hollywood movies which helped me build up my confidence & Now I can confidently say that I am as good as any native English speaker. (may be not as good, but still pretty ok.)

    I do however have a problem that I wan to share with you all & perhaps you may have a solution for it.

    I speak fluent when I am not worried about choosing words. I only speak fluent when I realize the person before me is not as good as I am & vice-versa.

    sometimes I speak surprisingly well & sometimes I suck so bad that I end up ruining the whole day wondering what must have gone wrong?

    This must be really strange, rather complicated to digest for you all. I admit it. But, it's happens to me all the time & I have lost my confidence. I don't know what to do.

    Any sort my suggestions, recommendations are more than welcome. Please do help.

    Vinod,
    Mumbai, India
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    Re: Something wrong with the way I speak

    Hi vinod

    I do not see your problem. You are either fluent in English or you aren't. But I believe the environment in which you are in affects the way you speak. If you are in a place where the standard of spoken English is poor, it is naturally difficult to improve the way you speak.

    You don't say you 'speak fluent', you say you 'speak fluently'.

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    Re: Something wrong with the way I speak

    Quote Originally Posted by vinu123 View Post
    I never went to English school, neither did anyone in my family & yet English as a medium of education was forced upon me when I went to college (That's how it works in India, despite what one wants).

    As the time passed by I learnt English, started watching Hollywood movies which helped me build up my confidence & Now I can confidently say that I am as good as any native English speaker. (may be not as good, but still pretty ok.)

    I do however have a problem that I wan to share with you all & perhaps you may have a solution for it.

    I speak fluent when I am not worried about choosing words. I only speak fluent when I realize the person before me is not as good as I am & vice-versa.

    sometimes I speak surprisingly well & sometimes I suck so bad that I end up ruining the whole day wondering what must have gone wrong?

    This must be really strange, rather complicated to digest for you all. I admit it. But, it's happens to me all the time & I have lost my confidence. I don't know what to do.

    Any sort my suggestions, recommendations are more than welcome. Please do help.

    Vinod,
    Mumbai, India

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    Hello, Vinod.

    (1) Yes, you are correct: Your English writing is very good.

    (2) I noticed only a few mistakes:

    (a) maybe is one word.
    (b) speak fluently.
    (c) so badly (so bad is indeed said by many native speakers).
    (d) it happens.

    (3) If I understand your "problem" correctly, I would say that it is a

    natural thing.

    (a) For example, if I am explaining grammar to an ordinary person,

    I feel somewhat confident because I know that most ordinary people

    do not know anything about grammar. There is a saying something like:

    In a country with all blind people, the one-eyed person is the king.

    On the other hand, if I were discussing grammar with the outstanding

    teachers at this website, I would have no confidence.

    (4) Maybe you should just continue perfecting your English and taking

    advantage of every possible opportunity that comes your way to

    communicate with English-speaking people. For example, do you have

    any opportunities to meet foreign visitors to your country? Are you

    considering some jobs that require fluent English? Have you considered

    teaching it? (Many people have learned -- or perfected -- something

    by teaching it others.)

    BEST OF LUCK!!!

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    Re: Something wrong with the way I speak

    I really appreciate your help.

    Let me introduce myself.

    I am vinod. I live in Mumbai, India. India used be a part of a former British empire. So, I speak the queens english. Also, I speak 2 other languages besides english.

    There is a story behind why I am the way I am.
    Because I never went to english school I was bullied a lot by my college mates because I didn't know much english than they did. This kind of treatment from others made me determined towards the language & I took it very seriously.

    When I am confident, I am speak loudly & fast. Neither of which is good.
    Indians usually tend to speak faster & that becomes a problem when speaking with a person from other country.

    I lived in New Zealand for over 2 years & during that time, Kiwis almost never understood me with an exception of a quite a few. From that point on, I decided to speak slowly. But, when I do that, I get conscious about what I am gonna say & think about perfecting every line I say in an attempt of which I fail to deliver the real message. (The real problem)

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