5 steps to achieving FLUENCY in English (+ Free PDF & Quiz)

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Hello, everyone, and welcome back to English with Lucy. Today, I am going to talk to you
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about my five tips for achieving fluency in English. I know this is a topic that lots
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of you are interested in. It does depend on what fluency means to you. Different people
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will feel fluent at different stages. So you've got to define that for yourself, but I'm going
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to offer you my advice today and, hopefully, it will be a learning experience in itself.
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I've created a free PDF that goes along with this lesson. It's got the full transcript
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plus key vocabulary that I have used throughout the lesson. If you'd like to download that,
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click on the link in the description box, you enter your name and your email address,
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you sign up to my email list, I send the PDF directly to your inbox, and then from this
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week onwards, you automatically will receive my lesson PDFs for free. It's a free service
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along with all of my information, offers and course updates. Let's get started with the
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lesson.
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My first tip is possibly the most important one. It is do not expect miracles. There are
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a lot of products out there at the moment that promote becoming fluent in 30 days. I
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even saw a video the other day promising fluency in a week. You've got to be realistic. Before
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you do anything else, before you progress with your fluency journey, get that idea out
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of your head. Fluency is a marathon, not a sprint. It's absolutely fine to sprint towards
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certain goals, but make sure they are achievable goals. Otherwise, you're just setting yourself
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up for failure. Having learned two foreign languages myself, I can understand completely
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how frustrating it is and how much pressure there is to get to a certain level quickly
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or to pass a certain exam before a certain date. Not everyone out there is a language
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genius. Try and understand your own abilities and your own pace of learning and set realistic
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goals around that.
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I ended up learning Spanish really quickly because I had the golden opportunity of going
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over there and living with a Spanish family and having a Spanish partner. When I went
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to learn Italian afterwards I was disappointed because I learnt it much more slowly and I
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didn't find it easy to get to a high level. I had to realise it's not me. It's my situation.
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So I set realistic goals around it and I ended up doing really well in my Italian modules
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at university.
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Tip number two is learn efficiently and this tip comes as thanks to the sponsor of today's
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video, Lingoda. Now, whenever I speak to somebody who is picking up a new language, I always
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hear them say, "Yeah, I've downloaded loads of language apps. It's going really well,"
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but they never seem to carry it on that far. I think that language apps are a great way
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of passing your time and picking up certain things and making a small amount of progress.
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But I do not think that they are anywhere near the most efficient way of achieving fluency
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in a language.
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This is where Lingoda comes in. They are an online language school and they teach English,
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business English, French, German, and Spanish. They provide live online classes with amazing
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qualified teachers in intimate little groups so you get lots of attention and lots of feedback
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and prices start at just €8 per 60-minute small group class. The lessons are available
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24/7 so you can always fit them around your busy work schedule or your personal life.
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Fairly often, I check into the Lingoda platform and attend some classes just to keep up to
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date with the school and see how everything's going and I always have so much fun. Their
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class booking tool is so simple to use and the learning materials are amazing and you
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have access to them all. You can use all of them at any time and that is an insane resource.
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If you want to boost your fluency with regular structured classes then Lingoda for yourself.
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Let's move on to tip number three. Now it's often said that in order to achieve fluency,
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you have to focus on immersion. You have to immerse yourself in the language. That's not
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always an option for many people in the world. Instead, I like to think of it as make fluency
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a lifestyle choice. Do as much as you can to immerse yourself in the language, but also
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accept that it's not always possible especially in a pandemic to travel over to a country,
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give up your work, leave your family and spend two months there to get fluent.
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It's easy to compare yourself with other people. For example, I always tell the story about
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how I learned Spanish and it's frustrating for other people to hear, "Oh, you got fluent
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because you lived in Spain. So, of course, you did, but what am I going to do?" The reality
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is that before going to Spain I completely immersed myself in Spanish whilst living in
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England. It was my lifestyle change. I was so passionate about learning the language
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that I thought about it a lot of the time. Spanish music, I listened to music, I watched
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TV shows, films, I tried to speak with other speakers of Spanish, I tried to meet as many
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Spanish people as I possibly could, and I spoke to them via WhatsApp, via Voice Notes.
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I did everything I could to immerse myself remotely.
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One thing that I really like to get my students to focus on is trying to think in English.
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Take some time each day to really talk to yourself out loud or in your head in that
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language, no translating. Stop translating in your head. Think in English or at least
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try. For me, that was really the key to becoming fluent. You may even find yourself developing
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an additional personality in that second language. This happened to me in Spanish. I've got English
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Lucy in my head and I've got Spanish Lucy in my head. We have different sense of humour,
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we play with words and language in different ways, and I am so happy with that. It's really
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cool to discover that new part of yourself, but you can only do that by really trying
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to make it part of your lifestyle.
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Tip number four is examine unique characteristics of the language you're learning, English.
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It's fairly easy to learn the basics especially if you can translate to and from your mother
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tongue. However, what really makes the difference when it comes to achieving fluency is learning
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things like phrasal verbs, idioms, humour, really try and focus on those parts of the
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language. Admittedly, they're the most difficult parts to learn and that's why many people
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don't achieve fluency.
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Phrasal verbs and idioms are particularly difficult because there are no real rules.
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You have to learn them as you go. The best technique I can think of is learning them
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in context. If you are interested in improving your phrasal verbs in English, I could always
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look into developing something to help you so let me know if you'd be interested in that.
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In the meantime, I have got lots and lots of videos on phrasal verbs and on idioms as
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well. I have a place in my heart for idioms. I absolutely love them in both English and
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other languages.
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My last tip is focus on pronunciation and, in particular, I would say, focus on pronunciation
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over grammar. I'm a pronunciation nerd. I've never had too much time for grammar. This
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is my personal view. I'm sure lots of teachers may not agree with this but I think one of
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the most important things is being able to be understood. It's not about losing your
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accent. It's about pronouncing each sound correctly so that it's clear. That's why in
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all of my vocabulary videos, I always add the phonetic transcription. If you do not
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know how to use the phonetic transcription, I really recommend that you familiarise yourself
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with it. I have created a tool on my website. It's free to use, englishwithlucy.co.uk. I've
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created the phonemic chart. It's got all of the sounds that we use in modern RP and you
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can click on each phoneme and hear me pronounce it, and I've also got some words containing
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each phoneme and you can click on those too and hear me say them.
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i:. No. eə.
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Learn how to use these IPA transcriptions because they will transform the way you learn
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pronunciation. Once you have mastered each sound in English, you'll be able to put them
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together and pronounce things in a much clearer way. If you're really interested in learning
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how to produce each sound, then I also have my pronunciation course, all the information
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for that is in the description box, but it's very thorough.
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Right. That's it for this lesson. I hope you enjoyed it. I hope it motivated you slightly.
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If you'd like to download the free PDF that goes with this lesson, it's got the full transcript
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and I've picked out the key vocab as well. All you've got to do is click on the link
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in the description box, enter your name and your email address, you then sign up to my
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mailing list and every week you will then receive my PDFs automatically for free plus
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all of my news updates and offers.
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Don't forget to check out Lingoda to claim the seven-day free trial plus 30% off your
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first paid month. Click on the link in the description box and enter my code LUCY30.
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If you'd like to improve your listening skills and your vocabulary even further, then you
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can try watching some of the videos on my vlogging channel where I vlog my life here
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on a farm in the English countryside. All of the vlogs are made with you in mind. They
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are all fully subtitled so you can pick out that vocabulary. Don't forget to connect with
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me on all of my social media. I've got my Instagram, my Facebook, and my website, englishwithlucy.co.uk.
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I will see you soon for another lesson.
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It's nearly nine. I'm dying. It's just too hot to film in the day. Is this on? Yeah.
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Oh it's about to go out of battery at some point. Let's get on with it. I pronounce things
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in a much more clear way. In a much clearer way. Hello, everyone, and welcome back. Oh,
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I need to slow down.
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