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How to Speak English Fluently

How to Speak English Fluently



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How to speak English fluently?This guide is designed to help English learners to learn how to speak English fluently. Since this guide is written inEnglish, we are assuming that the reader knows the basics of the language.In this guide we suggest “activities” or “tips” for English learners. Using these tips and performing these activities youwill be able to learn English at a much faster speed.There are many guides on the Internet that give tips for learning English. In this article we have compiled the best“tips” from everywhere!!If you have any problems while reading this article, please contact me at khoj.badami@gmail.com for clarification or some English related issue.The first step to speaking English fluentlyThe first step to learning English is having a good dictionary.
What do we mean by good dictionary? 
Well, firstly, if you really want to improve your fluency with the language you should use an “English – English”dictionary. Many people find it comfortable using a “Hindi –English” or “Marathi –English” dictionary. Do “not” use thiskind of dictionary. Use an “English – English” dictionary only!There are many advantages of an English - English dictionary. In this kind of dictionary, the meanings are explained inEnglish like:to criticize = to say negative things about; to talk about the mistakes of So you have to understand the meaning of the meaning too. This helps you to familiarize your self with the languageand also exposes you to new English words that you should find out the meanings of.To really accelerate your English learning process, go in for an English-English dictionary. Not only should you havethis kind of dictionary. You must also use it. Use it every time you come across a new word.Also, keep in mind that when you buy your English-English dictionary, you buy a version that is for learners, not theversion for native speakers. Usually, "students version" or "learners version" etc. will be written on the dictionary.
The most important thing that the dictionary you buy must contain:
The dictionary that you buy “must” contain example sentences along with every word. For example:reaction: Response to an earlier activity.E.g. Sentence: What was your reaction when you heard the news?Having an example sentence is very useful. Some times the meaning provided with the word may be a little confusing.So you may misunderstand what the word means. The sample sentence clears all such doubts.Not only this, having a sample sentence is very important because it tells you how the word can be used inconjunction with other words. How the different words connect to form a sentence. Reading the sample sentence“programs the brain” to use the word properly.So, when you purchase a dictionary, make sure it has a lot of sample sentences. It would be even better if youpurchase two different dictionaries with a lot of different sample sentences. This will give you a much better understanding of the word you look up.The best way to use the sample sentences in the dictionary is to learn them. Whenever you are looking up some newword and you come across a sample sentence, you must read it again and again until you know the sentence by-heart.If you do this, you will be in a position to use the word or the phrase in sentences of your own correctly. Formingcorrect sentences becomes easy if you learn the sample sentences after reading them again and again.
What else must your dictionary contain? 
Now-a-days, many dictionaries, come with a CD. These CD's contain the software version of the dictionary. This isespecially convenient if you have easy access to a computer.You don’t have to waste too much time looking for the word you want. It is quite easy to look it up using the softwaredictionary. Also, the software dictionary may have audio files for the words. These audio files can be played and thecorrect pronunciation for a word can be known. Try to look out for a dictionary that comes along with this kind of CD.If you are unable to find this kind of dictionary that comes with a CD, do not worry.There are many online dictionaries available. They too allow you to search for any word conveniently. Some of themeven provide audio files containing pronunciations of all the different words. One such dictionary is: Merriam-Webster OnlineSo in conclusion, when you go to buy your dictionary, look out for these things:
It's an English - English dictionary
It's a students or learners version
It has a lot of sample sentences
It comes with a CD that is a software dictionary and preferably has pronunciations for the wordsOne dictionary that stands out from the rest is the “The Collins COBUILD Advanced Learner's English Dictionary (4thedition)”. Try to get your hands on it.List of Online Dictionaries to learn to speak in English
There are many online website dictionaries. These website dictionaries are quite easy to use and they have a hugecollection of information. Some of these dictionaries are also dedicated to a specific topic. For example some of thedictionaries are medical dictionaries.We have provided a list of the best online dictionaries here. If you are in a particular field, medical or programming or Internet and you are looking for a particular word commonly used in that field, then you can find it’s meaning using thedictionaries provided here.These dictionaries are also useful if you have to look up the meaning of a particular word and know its pronunciationwhen you do not have your own physical dictionary with you.Merriam-Webster OnlineMerriam-Webster provides a free online dictionary, thesaurus, audio pronunciations, Word of the Day, word games,and other English language resources.Dictionary.comThis is a free online English dictionary, thesaurus and reference guide, crossword puzzles and other word games,online translator and Word of the Day.American Heritage DictionaryOver 90,000 entries feature 10,000 new words and senses, 70,000 audio word pronunciations, 900 full-page color illustrations, language notes and word-root appendixes.RhymeZoneA language arts reference tool and comprehensive search engine for words. Includes the functions of a rhymingdictionary, thesaurus, and spelling checker, as well as an integrated full-text search engine for all of Shakespeare'sworks and thousands of quotations and poems."On-Line Medical DictionaryOMD is a searchable dictionary created by Dr. Graham Dark and contains terms relating to biochemistry, cell biology,chemistry, medicine, molecular biology, physics, plant biology, radiobiology, science and technology. It includes:acronyms, jargon, theory, conventions, standards, institutions, projects, eponyms, history, in fact anything to do withmedicine or science.MedTerms Medical DictionaryMedTerms online medical dictionary is the medical reference for MedicineNet.com, containing easy-to-understandexplanations of over 10,000 medical terms. This online medical dictionary provides quick access to hard-to-spellmedical definitions through an extensive alphabetical listing.ArtLex Art DictionaryYou'll find definitions for more than 3,500 terms used in discussing visual culture, along with thousands of supportingimages, pronunciation notes, great quotations and cross-references.WebopediaAn online computer dictionary and internet search engine for computer and Internet technology definitions.Dictionary of Algorithms and Data StructuresThis is a dictionary of algorithms, algorithmic techniques, data structures, archetypical problems, and relateddefinitions. Algorithms include common functions, such as Ackermann's function. Problems include traveling salesmanand Byzantine generals. Some entries have links to implementations and more information.Biographical DictionaryThis dictionary covers more than 28,000 notable men and women who have shaped our world from ancient times tothe present day. The dictionary can be searched by birth years, death years, positions held, professions, literary andartistic works, achievements, and other keywords.Fastest way to learn to speak fluent EnglishIt is said quite often that you should practice talking in English or you will not learn. However, this has a “very bad”effect if you do not have sufficient input of English.If you do not have sufficient input, the sentences you form will be wrong. If these sentences formed are wrong, and noone corrects you, you will start to think that what you have said is correct. Because of this, your mind will be filled withwrong English sentences. Everything you say, all the sentences you form will be incorrect.So, if you want to practice talking in English, you “must” make sure that the people around you will be in a position tocorrect you as soon as you make the mistake. If you want to practice speaking in English, you have to speak Englishcorrectly. If you speak incorrectly you “must know” that you have spoken incorrectly.Unfortunately, most English learners do not have native English speakers around them who will always correct themwhen they go wrong. In this case, it is wise to first get enough input of the language before you “utter even the firstword.”
What is input? 
Input is basically any correct English that you may hear or read. If you listen to an English radio station, that is input. If you read a book, then that is input. If you hear to fluent English speakers talking then that is input. If a fluent Englishspeaker is talking to you in English then that is input. Reading this article is input!
Why is input necessary? 
All languages are learnt mainly by input. It is the fastest and the best way of learning a language!When you were a baby you naturally learnt your mother tongue because of all the input of the language from youparents and surroundings. The human brain learns by imitation. When you hear a sentence it gets stored in your 
brain. When you want to say the same thing or some thing that is similar, you imitate the sentence that is stored inyour brain.Consider the sentence: Ram runs much faster than Sham.Assume that this sentence is given as input. Later when you want to say a similar thing, your brain pulls this sentenceout of your memory and comes up with:Hari runs much faster than Sham.ORSameer runs much slower than Ajit. etc.Basically, learning is done by imitation! Input is what is fed into the brain so that there is something available for imitation. The more the input, more sentences are available for the brain to imitate.So the fastest way of learning how to speak the language fluently would be to get as much as possible input of thelanguage. The more input of the language you get the more correct sentences you will be able to form when you try tospeak the language.You must try to get “as much as possible” input of correct English. The more input you get the more sentences you willbe able to form correctly. The more sentences you can form correctly the more your confidence of speaking Englishwill increase and the more you will learn!Tips for speaking English fluently! - Where do you get input from?There is English input available everywhere. Here are a few tips and suggestions for you to find input of Englisharound you and improve your English speech:
Rent or buy an English movie DVD
Rent or buy an English movie DVD. Put the English subtitles on. Follow the movie.This has many advantages:
You will be able to compare the written words to the correct pronunciations.
You will get a feel of how real English sentences are formed when speaking.
You will be learning English but it will not be frustrating and boring because you will be watching a movie.Please note: When you watch the movie be sure to keep your dictionary handy. Whenever you come across a newword, pause the movie and look it up in the dictionary. If you don’t do this, the whole experience will be quite pointless.
Read about any subject that interests you 
There are a lot of English magazines available on a lot of different topics.No matter what subject interests you, there must be some magazine that talks about it. There are English magazinesabout Business, Brides, Guns and Ammo, House Keeping, Stock Market, Sports, Computers, Electronics, Linux,Graphic Designing, Cooking etc.Find the magazine that interests you and read it cover to cover. Be sure to look out for new words and new phrasesand look them up in the dictionary as you go.If you cannot find a magazine of your choice, look for information you are interested in on the Internet. There isinformation available on every topic under the sun on the Internet.
Read Internet forums of subject matter that interests you 
Got to Internet forums of the subject matter that interests you. Generally most of the forums are in English languageand are a great source of English input.For those of you who are not familiar with Internet forums, these are places where people interested in a particular subject can get together and share their views and opinions about a particular subject. You can also ask specificquestions to other people and they will help you out if they can. On the Internet, there are forums available about eachand every subject.Forums are a great source of information. Also in forums real people talk about real problems. Most of the informationtyped in forums is written in an informal way. Because of this the forums make a good source for English input.Reading forums exposes you to a lot of phrases of daily use.You could find forums on any subject matter that interests you at: Google GroupsYou could also go to "Google" and search for the forum of the subject matter you are interested in by typing insomething like “C programming forum” or “Cooking forum” etc.When reading forums also make sure you find out the meaning of every new word or phrase you come across or thewhole exercise will be useless.
Read English fiction novels
Read English fiction of your choice. This is our India. Books are not costly here. You get cheap book in every nook andcorner. If you want to pick up an interesting cheap English novel, go to the closest "raddi walla" (You know, the guyyou sell your old daily news papers to...) They will generally also have old novels, book and magazines. These wontbe good quality. They will all be second hand. But that’s okay, they will be nice and cheap. Pick up some thing thatinterests you. Take it home and read it. Be sure to look up all the new words you come across in the book.
Listen to the radio and TV 
Our "All India Radio" has some good programs that are designed to teach English to the listener.Besides this, there are also many different radio stations available now-a-days in the big cities. Some of these radiostations are in English. Listen to them to get a feel of the language.

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