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We develop fluency. We talk like foreigners


1 Avoid complex vocabulary

If your goal is to speak quickly without pauses, try to avoid topics such as jokes, parables, untranslatable concepts.

2 Paraphrase

Sometimes the two stages of fluency – fluency and avoidance of silence – can conflict with each other. As you fill the moments of silence with your thoughts, you are bound to say something that breaks the flow of your speech. What are foreigners doing? They often repeat their own thoughts while thinking about what to say next. When foreigners practically repeat the same words, you can paraphrase the context and say the same thing in your own words. You will have time to think about what to say next.

3 Force yourself to talk (but don’t get carried away)

If you want to develop fluency, it’s worth forcing yourself to speak a little faster than you normally would. However, do not get too carried away with this process. Otherwise, this method can backfire, distracting you from what you want to say, and sometimes lowering your own confidence.

4 Use abbreviations

Replace I am with I’m, must have with must’ve. These phrases sound more natural, so remember them in such a way that you don’t waste time on each individual word, which, as a result of fluent speech, takes the necessary seconds.

5 Feel free to use distracting language

This principle is constantly followed by foreigners. They use the following techniques, such as saying "By the way" to change the subject and "Whatever" to get back on topic. You can also use the following expressions: “This reminds me…", “Where have I been?”, “So what did I say?” The most popular phrase is "Oh yes".

6 Rephrase questions

You also need to skillfully leave the topic of conversation. Rephrase what you were asked to end the conversation with the easiest topic for you. For example, if you were asked "How did you learn English?", you can start with this phrase: "I originally studied English at school, but I did not like these classes." Developing the topic, you can continue the story with the easiest topic that was dealt with in English lessons. You can use this method in communication, but it is unlikely that this method will be appropriate when passing oral exams.

7 Answer easy questions

There is no need to answer foreigners’ questions exactly the way they want. You yourself must build a line of conduct. For example, if you were asked the question “Where and when did you meet your wife?”, it is not necessary to start with something that is difficult for you to talk about. Stick to the topic of conversation, but start your answer with something that is easier for you to talk about. The same can apply to any question, such as "How did you get here?" Initially, you can share your general impressions “I came by bus, and then I went by bike.” After that, you can move on to the details if you are sure that you can explain them.

8 Move on to simple topics

If you find it difficult to think about a topic, smoothly move away from it, saying, for example, “Changing the subject a little…”, “That reminded me a little…”, “For some reason I tend to think that…”. There are many such phrases in English. Coming abroad, you should not only be aware of their existence, you should be able to use them.

9 Do not stick to a certain structure of speech. Don’t follow the plan

A verbal response should not look like a resume or essay, which is often required when writing. Therefore, to begin your answer with the phrase "There are three clear arguments against the fact that …" is unacceptable. You need to start the answer with something that does not require time for reflection. Otherwise, your plan may take you much more time to think about its structure, and this is completely useless in foreign speech. Start by saying "There are enough reasons why your car isn’t working" when it comes to a vehicle. What will the foreigner feel in this case? He understands that you keep the topic of conversation going and at the same time don’t delve into details you don’t know.

10 Feel free to go back

If you missed a detail, follow the example of foreigners who say “I forgot to say that…”, “Returning to the topic of conversation…”, “It reminded me…”. Follow the same principles. Feel free and let yourself speak.
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