how to speak fluent english

How to Speak Fluent English – A Comprehensive Guide?

‘Despite years of trying, I’m not able to speak fluently in English.’

‘I can read and listen almost anything, but I’m average at speaking.’

‘I often get stuck while speaking, because the right words elude me.’

‘I first think in my native language, then translate into English, and then speak.’

‘I hesitate when pronouncing certain words, not sure what others will think of my mispronunciation.’

These, and other, thoughts may have crossed your mind while working on your English speaking skills.

In this post, I’ll cover how you can address these and other challenges that may be coming in your way to become better at spoken English.

why learning English is important

Why Learning English Is Much More Important Than You Think?

Why be fluent in English?

Professional success.

That’s the first thing that comes to our mind. Whether you like it or not, English is the de facto language of business in many countries and for cross-border communication, and interviews for most meaningful jobs are conducted in English.

And its importance is only going to increase in future (point # 3 further down in the post).

I don’t need to convince you on importance of speaking fluent English for professional success. You would have observed this around you and probably experienced too.

deliberate practice examples

Deliberate Practice Examples From Different Fields

What is deliberate practice?

For the uninitiated, deliberate practice is a focused form of practice wherein you proactively look for improvement in whichever craft you’re trying to become better. Deliberate practice was first advocated by Anders Ericsson, who suggested that the top performers in any field reach the levels they do through deliberate practice. Think Roger Federer, Lionel Messi, Magnus Carlsen. Anyone can practice deliberately though, and improve her/ his level at a rate much faster than others’.

How is deliberate practice different from the practice that most of us go through?

test taking strategies

13 Test Taking Strategies (for Students) Top Test-Takers Use

Have you failed to complete a test paper because you ran out of time?

Have you blanked out on seeing a tough test paper?

Have you been routinely losing marks because of silly mistakes?

And what if you were not in your peak state of mind while taking that important test?

These aren’t uncommon situations. Many struggle with these and many other issues while writing exams, which you can better cope with if you’ve a good test-taking strategy.

why some people are more intelligent than others

Nature vs. Nurture: Why Are Some People More Intelligent, Smarter?

If you’re a student who wants to crack the toughest exams out there, you would’ve marveled the effortless ease with which the brightest consistently finish in top 0.1 percentile.

If you’re a wannabe tennis player, you would be in awe of the games of Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.

“Their brain, their body is wired differently.”

“They’ve natural talent.”

“They’ve innate ability.”

“They’re blessed.”

These thoughts cross your mind, and you convince yourself to live a ‘normal’ life because you can’t change your wiring, because you can’t create talent out of nowhere, and because blessings are divine.

What if I tell you that these things matter much, much less – if at all they do – than you think? (As we’ll learn later in the post, wiring, for example, depends only on our experiences.) What if I tell you that there is a path accessible to everyone that can take you too to the dizzying levels of some of these greats?

how children can develop grit?

How Children Can Learn Grit, the Biggest Key to Success?

You may be smart, talented, and curious, and yet fail to achieve what some of your less illustrious peers have… if you aren’t gritty.

You may have high IQ, and yet finish your school/ college with a low GPA… if you aren’t gritty.

Fins call it sisu; Dutch, gruis. It goes by different names across the world, but, as research is unravelling factors behind success, it is being considered as the single biggest predictor of high achievement (tough pursuits, the ones that bring big successes).