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    How to be fluent in English.

    Hi,
    I am a non native English speaker who has been learning English seriously for two years. I am quite happy with my performance but still I am not fluent.I learn a new word everyday, watch movies, speak English with myself everyday. However i get stucked while speaking, I cannot think of specific words at time and also my accent is a bit weird. I need your advice to improve my english. What else can I do.I study everday for 3 hours, Should I increase the time or use any other strategy. I have an inportant interview coming in two months.Please tell me what should I do.And by looking at my post what do you think my level of english is and in which aspect do I have to focus more.
    Thanks.

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    #2

    Re: How to be fluent in English.

    What opportunities do you have to practise speaking other than alone?

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    Cool Re: How to be fluent in English.

    Novels, fictions, especially story books can help you to be fluent.
    Besides, movies and films can efficiently make you fluent. I myself prefer to watch movies because they helps our speaking, listening and even writing that include English grammar as well.
    for example, "Please tell me what should I do" is not grammatically correct! the correct is "Please tell me what I should do".
    These are what I have in my mind!
    In my opinion, speaking with ourselves can not help us!
    If you can find anyone to speak to, you will be more successful.
    Anyway, I hope you find its way.
    Imam Ali (A.S.): My God, I did not worship You for the fear of Your hell, nor in the hope of Your paradise. Rather, I found You worthy of worship and so I worshiped You.

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    #4

    Re: How to be fluent in English.

    Nothing much, I think practicing alone is the method I use.

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    #5

    Re: How to be fluent in English.

    ~~~ Not a teacher! ~~~ Not a native speaker! ~~~

    Hi zaghum,

    Welcome to the forum.

    I have studied English as a second language for many years and I haven't yet achieved fluency. To be honest, I don't think I will ever be fluent in English. So, maybe, I am not qualified to give you advice, but, maybe, you can learn from my failure.

    In retrospect, I think I was too "analytical" during my early years of studying English and it became a habit later that was hard to break. By "analytical," I mean I was constantly checking the correctness of my expressions when I spoke. This affected my fluency negatively.

    Also, my focus was entirely on the "word level" while I should have paid my attention on a higher level such as word groups or even sentences. For example, I knew at a very early stage about the rules of applying correct verb forms such as "I am," "you are," "he is" and so on. I was applying the rules every time I spoke. Now I think I should have learned those expressions as word groups rather than individual words. Don't think what the correct form of "be" you should use after a third-person singular subject; just remember to say "he is," "she is," "Mary is," etc. In this way, you won't pause and you won't say terrible things like "he are." Sometimes, ignorance is truly a form of blessing!

    Good luck with your study.
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    Re: How to be fluent in English.

    Quote Originally Posted by zaghum View Post
    Nothing much, I think practicing alone is the method I use.
    Your member profile shows that you live in Great Britain. You are surrounded by native speakers! Why on earth aren't you getting any practice?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: How to be fluent in English.

    Well because I live with non native speaker and also the area where I live (Green street) is an Asian area, you can hardly find any native.Can you guide me what I should do.

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