Etiqueta: Inglés de conversación

5 Tips to Improve Your Fluency

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.

Conclusion

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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Fluidez o perfección: Una anécdota (en inglés)

This is a story of a student of mine who made an interesting choice during a class during which we were talking about dogs. I think it’s a great example of how sometimes you have to chose fluency over perfection and because of that achieving communication, without having the right words. I love this example of resourcefulness and resolve.

The Dog Speaks

When talking about dogs during a class, one my students wanted express that his dog sometimes “barks” loudly. The thing is, at the moment didn’t know that word. Now this is a problem when you want to talk about how different races of dogs bark. On top of that, every language has its own word for barking. So instead of using Spanish in the hope I would understand him, he said “dogs speaks”. My first reaction, I am after all human, was to smile at him, because it was funny. But, my amazement and amusement became even greater when I realized what he had done. He has indirectly asked me for the word in English, without losing fluency, confidence nor composure. Also, he expressed what he wanted to say. Within an English class and in English, these may be two of the most important things combined in one.

Fluency is important, always. When looking up information on the topic you are sure to find many articles that say that, being fluent is more important than being perfect.

What I find even more interesting is that the student in this particular example didn’t mind his own lack of knowledge of the English language. He worked his way around it, set his fear aside and was able to express what he wanted to say. I understood exactly what he wanted to say and so did all the other students in the group. His mission was accomplished, and I repeat, without losing fluency.

Anyone who wants to learn a language can take this example and try it. Believe me, if you can take humiliation, and it’s not going to be a big, you will continue this and learn the language a lot quicker. Good luck, and good one on my student.

¿Por qué inglés en el campo de golf?

Mantenimiento

Aprender inglés, o cualquier idioma es una dura labor. Se necesita tiempo y práctica. Aprenderás la gramática, vocabulario, pronunciación, entonación y la insinuación de la lengua. Una vez dominado, viene la parte más complicada, el mantenimiento. Pasando los años, si no usas el idioma pierdes fluidez, vocabulario y los matices que te hacen un buen usuario diario.

El golf es un juego relajante. Caminas por el campo con un grupo de cuatro personas. Hay muchos momentos para poder conversar entre los participantes. Al final de los nueve o 18 hoyos conociste las personas con quienes jugaste y quizás incluso has creado una relación duradera. Mi pregunta es, ¿por qué no hacerlo en inglés?

Un idioma es una herramienta y por lo tanto deberíamos de permitirnos usarlo como tal. Antes de la ronda. Claro, la gramática es necesaria, pero cuando estás en una reunión, no tienes la posibilidad de tomar un libro para encontrar el tiempo o la preposición correcta; tienes que hablar en el momento, así funciona.

Diferente del aula

Caminar nueve hoyos, sin libro, simula la misma experiencia. Antes de la ronda tienes una idea de que vas a conversar y tienes la posibilidad de venir preparado con tu parte. Los demás participantes habrán preparado sus respectivas partes y es necesario interactuar con ellos.

Lo bueno es que no utilizas lenguaje que usas en el aula. No hay: “please open your book”, “please look at…” etc. Gracias a ser una actividad diferente, las conversaciones van en otra dirección. Posiblemente hablarás del golf, además pueden ir hacia temas actuales.

¿La ventaja respecto a esa reunión? Recibes apoyo moral y lingüística de un profesor de inglés profesional y certificado. El objetivo es la comunicación; perfección es sólo un beneficio que se consigue sobre más tiempo. Adicionalmente, durante una reunión no tienes la oportunidad de jugar al golf ni son momentos de networking.

Éstas son las razones por las que enseño inglés en el campo de golf.

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