When learning a new language, we try to be perfect. Perfection however is the biggest enemy of fluency and to make sure you can finish the point you want to make, you need to be fluent, not perfect.
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Use the words you know
Using words you know, means using words that are readily available. Maybe at the end of a sentence you can use a word you have recently heard, after an elongated uhm.
Use a word or phrase from your own language
Sometimes it is difficult to come up with a word that you have just learnt, you know you know it but can’t remember. Say the word in your own language and then try to explain it to the other person. It will keep your speech going while finishing your statement.
Related to number 2, talk your way around an unknown word
You don’t know how to say something? Explain it straight away, the worst thing that could happen is that the other person interrupts you by saying the word you are looking to use, they will want to help you without actually taking your “turn” away from you.
Don’t study grammar too much
Grammar is important, but the objective is to communicate your message. Also, keep in mind, we are not talking about writing here, where grammar matters a lot more and where you have more time to think about what you want to put on paper. We are speaking about speaking.
Don’t be afraid of mistakes
Connected to number 4. Mistakes are part of speaking. We all make them and they are part of speaking. Naturally, you should try to root the mistakes out as much as you can and you will, over time. Don’t let a silly mistake, that didn’t change your message, ruin the whole delivery of that same message.
After having said all this, I would like you to keep in mind that there should be a balance. You enlarge your vocabulary, you use it more fluently, as a result, you enlarge vocabulary and improve grammar and you improve fluency and so on and so forth. You see where I’m going with this I hope.
I hope this helps you a bit and I wish you good luck. Until the next article:
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