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Effective and enjoyable new techniques for speaking and thinking in any foreign language.
by Franziska Holder www.LearnAnyLanguageQuickly.com
four of them at near-native fluency.com .7 Secrets for Speaking Fluently in a Foreign Language About the Author Dear Reader. Having been a language enthusiast since my early teens.LearnAnyLanguageQuickly. While I did take foreign language classes in high-school. I'm mostly self-taught as I found the conventional approach taken by the school system here in my native Germany to be rather unproductive. Over the years I tried many language learning methods. which among other things allowed me to master the English language (which is actually my third language). I'm doing post-graduate work at the Open University. to a degree that has permitted me to study Chemistry at Oxford University in the UK. courses and books and eventually combined the best elements to create my own system. I hope you read through this special report and find the tips and techniques I share useful in your own studies. now at age twenty-six. Yours. My name is Franziska Holder. I speak seven languages. Franziska Holder Page 2 © 2010 – Franziska Holder www. Currently.
both in their native language and in any foreign language. French and other languages. If you find that you can read books and understand people well in a foreign language but have trouble expressing yourself. but most are useful no matter which language you are studying. Page 3 © 2010 – Franziska Holder www. Some of the resources listed are mainly of interest to students of English.LearnAnyLanguageQuickly. if your vocabulary is rather large. you can (at least theoretically) communicate on a wide range of topics. than you probably need to activate more of your vocabulary. you will still find that these tips are universal in their application. Although the focus of the report is on the English language. I in order to express yourself fluently. It’s normal that a person’s passive vocabulary is much larger than their active one. it doesn't teach any specific points of grammar and hence suitable for any level. So even if English is your native language. On what factors depends your level of fluency in any language? Vocabulary.com . In fact. I will share seven secrets with you that have helped me and others to achieve fluency in speaking English. However. but a large ACTIVE vocabulary. Obviously. It also doesn't matter if you are a relative beginner or already a more advanced student of your target language. then you should pay close attention to this special report. you don’t just need a large vocabulary in general.7 Secrets for Speaking Fluently in a Foreign Language Introduction If you are looking to become more fluent in English or any other foreign language. if your goal is to be able to communicate verbally in the language you're studying. then you should begin to work on fluency from an early stage. The techniques in this report will help you do that.
Practicing speaking isn’t just for advanced learner’s either. Aside from helping you become fluent faster. This report will show you where and how to encounter native speakers to practice with and also illustrate other ways you can practice your language skills. Page 4 © 2010 – Franziska Holder www. the progress you make in your practice will also serve as additional motivation to keep at your studies.com . The earlier you get started. It's a skill you must train. like you would train a sport. the better.7 Secrets for Speaking Fluently in a Foreign Language Practice.LearnAnyLanguageQuickly. There is no way around practice when it comes to speaking English or any other language.
All you'll need to communicate is a headset and a software program like Skype which allows you to make 'calls' to other people running Skype on their computers. These are usually far less structured than other types of language courses and the main aim is to Page 5 © 2010 – Franziska Holder www. This is unfortunate because.skype. language exchange websites are probably the best bet.LearnAnyLanguageQuickly.com But language exchanges are far from the only way to practice speaking a foreign language. There are any numbers of ways to meet people on-line.com . Thanks to the internet. you might find 'conversation courses' offered by language schools.lingofriends.php http://www. You can download Skype from: www.7 Secrets for Speaking Fluently in a Foreign Language Secret Number 1: Practice Makes Perfect Most of us not living in the English-speaking world have little or no opportunity to practice speaking English.mylanguageexchange.com/index. from social networking sites to topical forums.com/ The way these usually work is on a give-and-take principle: you help another person learn your native language and they in turn help you learn theirs. regardless of what else you do to achieve spoken fluency. The best way to practice is to speak with native speakers. Depending on where you live and how popular your target language is in general. Some popular language exchange sites include: http://www.com/ http://www. this is no longer very difficult.sharedtalk. practice is critical. but to practice speaking English.
You won't get the same level of feedback from them. ask if they are taking on volunteers to help with organizing and running activities. For relative beginners that can be a good option actually as your partner(s) won't so easily lose patience with you. even if your English is a halting mess! Page 6 © 2010 – Franziska Holder www. sometimes on the basis of newspaper articles or current events. Ask them if they have any activities you might be allowed to join or if you have enough free time.7 Secrets for Speaking Fluently in a Foreign Language converse on a chosen topic. If there are very few native speakers of your target language around where you live. and so in a good position to correct mistakes made by the students. The teacher in a conversation course should ideally be a native speaker. but it will get you talking in your target language.LearnAnyLanguageQuickly. but also make contacts with natives speakers. Another option is to get in touch with immigrants or expats from an English speaking country and organizations that organize social and cultural activities for immigrants and expats.com . you can also practice with fellow learners. unless they are very advanced students. Not only will you be doing a service to the community that way.
for example radio broadcasts and films. for example: http://www. another important skill to master if you want to hold a conversation. There are a number of internet radio directories that list radio stations in various languages. The best native materials for improving your spoken fluency are materials that contain a lot of dialogues.7 Secrets for Speaking Fluently in a Foreign Language Secret Number 2: Native Materials v Advanced Courses When it comes to achieving fluency.uk/iplayer/radio) where you can listen to recent radio broadcasts. you’ll be exposing yourself to the language as spoken by native speakers and also to their culture and secondly. Instead of relying on only on those types of materials. For one.co.com . The dialogues are usually written to teach specific vocabulary and grammar and are not primarily a reflection of the natural conversation patterns used by native speakers. I suggest you try and find some materials created by native speakers for native speakers. If you are trying to improve your spoken English.LearnAnyLanguageQuickly. These types of materials are useful in two ways. you will train your listening comprehension. a good place to find radio content is BBC Iplayer (http://www.iheard. even advanced self-study courses usually have their short-comings simply because there is a certain artificial quality to the dialogues.bbc.com/language/ Internet radio stations are usually broadcast as streaming audio so you'll need to be connected to the internet to listen. accessible worldwide. Page 7 © 2010 – Franziska Holder www.
The second player then suggests a letter. In our example. dumb This game can be played alone as well. If the letter is contained in the word in question. The third word then has to start with the last letter of the second word. and so on. The first one thinks of a word and draws as many dashes as the word has letters.LearnAnyLanguageQuickly. they would draw eight dashes. end. For example: banana.com . the first player writes it on all the dashes that stand for that letter. earth. home. if no partner(s) are available. and then the second player has to come up with a word that starts with the last letter of the first word. Most of these games are extremely simple to learn and fun to play. Last Letter. it would look like this: _ i_ _ _ i _ _ Page 8 © 2010 – Franziska Holder www. It's even played in Japan (using last syllable instead of last letter). apple. Hangman Also an international game. 2. First Letter This is a game that seems to be popular around the globe. For example if the word the player is thinking of is 'district' then. if the second player has suggested an 'i' then. It works like this: the first player says a word. 1. this one requires two players.7 Secrets for Speaking Fluently in a Foreign Language Secret Number 3: Children's Word Games Some 'serious' students may shudder at the thought of spending their study time playing games. but in fact many popular word games are a great way of improving your vocabulary and hence your fluency.
com .theteacherscorner. Puzzles for children are especially suitable as they use simpler words and draw from a smaller vocabulary.net/printable-worksheets/make-yourown/crossword/crossword-puzzle-maker. you can use all sorts of word puzzles to improve your vocabulary.org/cw/ There are also software programs and internet that allow you to construct your own crossword puzzles based on words and definitions you specify. The aim of the second player is to guess the word before the hangman is completed. then the first player would begin to draw the 'hangman'.7 Secrets for Speaking Fluently in a Foreign Language If the second player had however suggest an 'e' which is not a letter in the word. upon which the gallows and eventually the hanging stick-figure are drawn with one line being drawn for each wrong guess. Page 9 © 2010 – Franziska Holder www.php http://www. usually starting with a hill. crossword puzzles for young children are a good starting place for language students. 3.LearnAnyLanguageQuickly.com/create. Some internet services are for example: http://www. Crossword Puzzles Ranging in difficulty from very basic to extremely hard.crosswordpuzzlegames.html If you enjoy puzzles. That way you can create crossword puzzles on a specific theme. ESL students can find crossword puzzles of varying difficulty for example here: http://iteslj.
If they two cards are part of the same pair. they can use their memory of where specific cards are located to find a matching pair. For each word in the game. Of course. If you are playing alone. they are removed from the game. but as more cards have been briefly turned over. you can start playing. Page 10 © 2010 – Franziska Holder www. you’ll need to create two cards. each turning over two cards.LearnAnyLanguageQuickly.com . The point is simply to create a series of pairs that go together. The other side of one card is labeled with the word in English. that of the other card with the translation of the word into your native language. they are flipped back so that the blank side faces upwards. other pairs can be used as well: you could label one card with a word and the other with its antonym.7 Secrets for Speaking Fluently in a Foreign Language 4. Initially. synonym or definition. Vocabulary Memory This is another very popular game for kids that can easily be adapted to use a vocabulary building and activating tool. It can be played in a group or alone. For this you need some cardboard squares (or simply plain flashcards). Shuffle the cards well and lay them out with the labeled side facing downwards. Once you have a sufficient number of cards. If they are from different pairs. The aim when playing in a group is to find the most pairs. One side remains blank on each card. Now the players take turns. you can aim for minimum number of turn-overs needed to find all the pairs. the players will have to rely on luck.
It will be easier to remember new words that way and take less time than if you studied both words separately. It's very simply: the idea is to learn new words in logical pairs such as in antonym or synonym pairs.com .7 Secrets for Speaking Fluently in a Foreign Language Secret Number 4: Word Pairs This is another simple trick for increasing your vocabulary and ability to communicate.LearnAnyLanguageQuickly. For example: big/small dark/light truth/lie or big/large light/bright lie/falsehood Two good methods of reinforcing those pairs and making them part of your active vocabulary are using them in a game of Vocabulary Page 11 © 2010 – Franziska Holder www.
7 Secrets for Speaking Fluently in a Foreign Language Memory (as explained in the previous section) or construct sentences with them.LearnAnyLanguageQuickly.com . Page 12 © 2010 – Franziska Holder www.
when trying speak a foreign language think of what they want to say in their native language and then translate that thought into English. for example with word order and sentence structure as the following two sentences show: In German you might say: Morgen werde ich ins Kino gehen.com . If you are able to think in a language. this practice is bound to cause mistakes with grammar. The correct English sentence however is: I will go to the cinema tomorrow. What I mean is that people. it will become second nature and switching between languages 'in your head' will get much easier. At first.7 Secrets for Speaking Fluently in a Foreign Language Secret Number 5: Thinking in your Target Language This is a major factor in spoken fluency of any language. Since no two languages have the same grammatical structure.LearnAnyLanguageQuickly. This literally means: Tomorrow will I to-the cinema go. you are able to speak it because what else are our thoughts? They are really a constant commentary on our lives. running in our heads every waking moment. The reason why this has such an influence on fluency that because it eliminates the tendency to translate mentally. you will probably have a make a conscious effort to think in a foreign language. Other mistakes resulting from translating mentally are connected to idioms and common expressions which also differ widely between languages. Page 13 © 2010 – Franziska Holder www. but after a while.
you can draw up a simple table. In order to multiply your range of expressions. it might look a little bit like this: Page 14 © 2010 – Franziska Holder www.7 Secrets for Speaking Fluently in a Foreign Language Secret Number 6: Synonym Generator The usefulness of synonyms has already been mentioned in an earlier section as a means remembering words more easily. This is more suitable for intermediate and advanced learners.com . You can also use an extension of this process to further increase your vocabulary. In two languages.LearnAnyLanguageQuickly. like the following: Word Field rich Synonym Litotes Exaggeration Comparison wealthy not poor a millionaire the second Bill Gates thin slim not fat emaciated like a skeleton tall large not short gigantic as tall as a basketball player poor impoverished not rich starving like a beggar You can construct this type of table in just your target language or in your native language and your target language.
LearnAnyLanguageQuickly. Page 15 © 2010 – Franziska Holder www. you might be able to find an on-line thesaurus. If you don’t have a thesaurus of your target language.7 Secrets for Speaking Fluently in a Foreign Language Word Field rich reich Synonym Litotes Exaggeration Comparison wealthy wohlhabend not poor nicht arm a millionaire ein Millionär the second Bill Gate der zweite Bill Gates thin dünn slim schlank not fat nicht dick emaciated halb verhungert like a skeleton wie ein Skelett tall groß large hoch gewachsen not short nicht klein gigantic riesig as tall as a basketball player so groß wie in Basketballspieler poor arm impoverished mittellos not rich nicht reich starving am Hungertuch nagend like a beggar arm wie eine Kirchenmaus To construct these. you’ll need a dictionary and possibly a thesaurus.com .
but more frequently to beginners. that you want to communicate something.com .LearnAnyLanguageQuickly. explanatory phrases can be used very effectively in place of the word you are missing. Here are a few examples to illustrate: the state of there being nothing to eat (unknown word: famine) the state of not having a job (unknown word: unemployment) a thing for opening wine (unknown word: corkscrew) a thing for jumping out of a plane (unknown word: parachute) the act of killing someone (unknown word: murder) the act of preparing a meal (unknown word: cookery) a person who rents out rooms (unknown word: landlord/landlady) a person who fights for their country (unknown word: soldier) Page 16 © 2010 – Franziska Holder www. but you don’t know the right word for what you want to express. In order to still communicate what is on your mind with fluency.7 Secrets for Speaking Fluently in a Foreign Language Secret Number 7: Explanatory Phrases It happens even to the most advanced learners.
things. actions and people.7 Secrets for Speaking Fluently in a Foreign Language These are forms you can use in English to substitute for states.LearnAnyLanguageQuickly. As a special bonus. but learning them will prove useful when communicating in the language. I will send you a 5-day e-course: “Language Learning Secrets Revealed” All you have to do is go to http://www.learnanylanguagequickly.html and you’ll be ready to get started receiving my newsletter. Get Your FREE Special Bonuses Now! If you’d like to receive more information on the topic of this special report.com . Page 17 © 2010 – Franziska Holder www. you’ll have to look up the proper phrases. consider signing up for my free newsletter. If you are looking to improve your fluency in a language other than English.com/How-To-Learn-AnyLanguage-E-Course. ask your teacher or a native speaker.
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