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5 tricks to help you sound more fluent in English

Updated: Mar 11, 2022

If you've been learning English for a long time, you've surely thought more than once about what to do to improve your fluency and sound more natural in English.

In other words, are you looking for a shortcut to English fluency?

So get to know my 5 foolproof ways to start sounding more fluent in English.

  1. Always contract: use so-called contractions, as often as possible, especially in conversation, and you will sound more at ease without much effort. The full forms are used and are perfectly correct, but when used on a daily basis in casual situations, they sound a bit too stiff and formal. So leave them for more formal situations.

  2. Remember about phrasal verbs, collocations, and idioms: make sure your collocations and phrasal verbs are up to snuff and your idioms are on point when you’re speaking.

  3. Imitate native pronunciation: watch and imitate native speakers.

  4. Start using fillers so-called “discourse markers”: if you don't know what to say at a given moment and want to give yourself more time to formulate a statement, then instead of losing fluency, use vocabulary, which works perfectly in such cases. Filler words can be an English learner’s best friend. You might already use filler words without realizing it. The most common are: well, um/er/uh, like, actually/basically/seriously, believe me, I guess/I suppose, I mean...

  5. Kind of/sort of...: additional very useful words, especially when you want to describe or explain something, and you cannot remember the right words (or you simply do not know them). Instead of keeping silent or using unnecessary high-flown phrases, I recommend that you add the words kind of, sort of (often pronounced kinda and sorta) into your speech and try to explain something without losing the flow of your speech.

I hope that after reading my tips you want to implement some of them into your routine, or preferably all of them!

Happy speaking!

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