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How many English phrases will make me fluent

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The typical question people ask me is: “How many English words do I have to learn to be fluent?” to which I always respond with – “It’s completely the WRONG question!!!”

It’s not about the number of words you learn – it’s about how well you can use them in combination with each other!

Basically it’s PHRASES and SENTENCES I’m talking about, and please read this article if you’re completely new to this whole concept of word groups and phrases.

But those of you who are very well aware of how learning English phraseology helps your English fluency, may start wondering about the number of phrases required to achieve a certain degree of fluency in English.

Is it 100 phrases that will make you fluent?

Or maybe it’s 300?

The English Harmony System, for example, contains 1350 English phrases, so is that how many you need to learn before you can consider yourself a fluent foreign English speaker?

Well, guess what?

English fluency is something you can’t really put a figure on!

You can’t really quantify the amount of English phraseology you need to acquire in order to ensure you can speak fluently about any given topic.

There are certain aspects of English phraseology acquisition, however, that will make your task of English improvement so much more effective, so keep reading this article to find out more about it :!:

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VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BELOW:

Hi guys, and welcome back to Robby’s English Harmony video blog!

In today’s video, I’m going to touch upon a subject that I’ve actually spoken about before, and it’s the fact that you don’t have to try to impress other people with your English.

Typically what happens is, when you’re having a conversation with someone, deep down inside you’re trying to show off your English skills. You’re trying to show that person that your English is up to scratch, which is another idiomatic expression for you, which means up to standards, right, basically, good enough. And more often than not, it backfires on you, which means you end up being in a worse situation than in the beginning, in a worse situation than you’re starting with.

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How to become a good English interpreter

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Fluent English can ONLY be acquired by learning IDIOMATIC EXPRESSIONS – and that’s why I’m going to highlight them for you in RED!

As you may already have noticed, sometimes I create blog posts and videos based on my blog visitors’ comments and questions.

This article is not an exception, and here’s the original comment that inspired me to write it:

Question by my blog reader

So basically the problem I’m going to discuss in this blog post is the following:

“How to develop your ability to translate from English to your native language INSTANTLY?”

Before we get into the nitty-gritty of this matter, just let me tell you that I’ve actually written about this particular phenomenon of not being able to translate a TV show into my native language while watching it with others – you may read about it HERE.

It goes to show that this problem isn’t unique – I would even go so far as to say that it’s NOT ACTUALLY A PROBLEM at all!

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Fluent English can ONLY be acquired by learning IDIOMATIC EXPRESSIONS – and that’s why I’m going to highlight them for you in RED!

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BELOW:

Hi, guys!

It’s Robby here from EnglishHarmony.com and I’m back with another English idiomatic expression. Now, this time around, the expression in question is, “it doesn’t necessarily, it’s quite the opposite actually.”

And to be honest with you guys, this is more than just an expression. It’s actually a whole sentence or the so-called SENTENCE STRUCTURE. That’s how I like to refer to such and similar phrases, which basically constitute entire sentences.

You just have to stick in a few more words and you have a ready-to-go sentence. And, if you are really interested in how this particular sentence structure, “it doesn’t necessarily, it’s quite the opposite actually,” how it can be used in real life, just stick around for a few more minutes and everything is going to be 100% clear to you, my friends!

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Common English phrases to be used at home and kids

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I got the inspiration to write this English phrase compilation from a guy called Guillermo, and here’s the comment he left on my blog a while back:

Common English phrases to be used at home

So basically he wants to learn useful English phrases to be used around the house describing common everyday concepts such as eating, playing, tidying up, going to bed and others.

And come to think of it, pretty much all English phrases I’ve published on this blog focus either on your social life such as the small talk phrases or your professional life such as these industry specific phrases.

That’s why I decided to compile a bunch of useful English phrases you can use at home when speaking with your own kinds in order to improve your English – just like Guillermo does – or when there’s other English speaking kids around.

Speaking of which, I can tell you based on my own experience that your English may be quite advanced, but you may still find yourself struggling to speak with little children using simple language :!:

I clearly remember how I came to Ireland all those years ago and my daughters started attending the local school.

I was in the same situation when I had to help them with their homework or speak with other kids at birthday parties, for example, and I realized that my English was lacking simple phraseology that native speakers use in daily situations at home!

So, without further ado, let’s start listing commonly used simple English expressions you’ll be able to use at home! ;-)

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Have you been following my blog for a while?

Maybe even for a number of years?

Do you think I sound a bit repetitive by discussing pretty much the same things all over and over again?

Guess what?

I do it for a very good reason :!:

Just think about it for a minute.

Imagine you’re someone who’s completely NEW to the whole English fluency issue and you’ve just discovered my blog.

You start reading my latest blog posts and watching my latest videos, and all I keep talking about is advanced English grammar, for example.

Now, tell me honestly – would you BENEFIT from it?

I don’t think so!!!

You see, as a new blog visitor you have to be exposed to the right kind of information that will allow you to go through all the following steps:

So, as you can imagine, if I didn’t touch upon the same topics in almost every article or video (you must have noticed I keep saying that it’s very important to practice your spoken English in almost every YouTube video!), the chances of my new blog visitors of understanding why they have these issues and how they can deal with them would be very, very small.

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Use English sentence starters to improve your fluency

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Here’s what’s going to boost your English fluency to incredible heights:

Your ability to START a sentence WITHOUT much THINKING!

Just think about this: how many times have you found yourself in a situation when you have to say something in English but you just can’t say the FIRST word?

You kind of know what you want to say, but you just can’t START the sentence and as a result you start stressing out and you end up feeling as if you totally suck as an English speaker

But try this simple strategy for a change:

  • Memorize the phrase “Well, to be honest with you…”
  • Whenever you’re asked a question, start your answer by using the above phrase…
  • You’ll realize that for some strange reason it’s much, much easier to provide an answer to the question once you’ve started it with “Well, to be honest with you…”!

In reality there’s nothing that strange about it.

It’s just a simple matter of enabling yourself to START a sentence, and once the words start flowing, there’s no stopping them!

There's no stopping speaking in English once you've started your sentence!

So, without further ado, let me give you 25 useful English sentence starters.

  • Repeat them.
  • Memorize them.
  • Do some spoken English practice with yourself.
  • Use them in your daily English conversations with others.

And you’ll realize that using these phrases as a way of starting your English sentences makes a HUGE difference in your fluency, you can take my word for it, my friends :!:

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VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BELOW:

Hi guys, and welcome back to Robby’s English Harmony Video Blog!

In this video, I’m going to give you the simplest hesitation filler phrase possible, and here it is:

“Well…”

It’s just a word – “well.”

And that’s how you can begin sentences when you have to buy some time and when you can’t really answer immediately.

So, basically, a person asks you a question and then you begin your response with saying: “Well…” which buys you a few seconds during which you can actually think about the matter at hand and come up with a reasonable response.

Whereas, if you’re not saying anything, there’s a bigger chance that you’ll just get stuck for words.

Imagine someone stopping you on the side of the road and asking you for directions to the local police station for example. If you just go like this, “Uh, Uh,” it’s very easy to get stuck for words. But, if you open your mouth and just say this simple word “well…” it kind of opens up your mouth and forces you to say something extra.

And even though those extra bits that you’re going to say may come out with a few mistakes, you know, they may come out a big erroneous, it doesn’t matter because at the very least you would have said something, right?

The word “well” gives you something to say, and it instantly makes you sound like a native English speaker, and do you want to know why? For the simple reason that all native English speakers use the word “well” to hesitate!

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How to organize English phrases

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The moment you start reading my blog, you can’t help noticing that I’m highlighting specific word groups in red.

These word groups are idiomatic expressions or the so-called collocations, and they’re very useful for all foreign English speakers for the following reasons:

  • They allow us to speak using native-like English speech patterns;
  • They enable us to group words together thus avoiding hesitant speech;
  • They render translation unnecessary thus facilitating overall English fluency.

For best results, you should incorporate such and similar idiomatic expressions into your spoken English practicing routine, but here’s the million dollar question: “How to organize all those phrases for optimal learning?”

Now, before we get into the nitty-gritty of how exactly you should organize English phraseology for the optimal learning experience, let me remind you that I’ve already done all that work for you :!:

I’ve created a unique fluency improving program called the English Harmony System and it took me a good few months to organize hundreds upon hundreds of idiomatic expressions which provide the framework for almost a hundred speech exercising video lessons.

Basically you can save yourself all the hassle of organizing all your phrases and you can start practicing your spoken English RIGHT NOW!

But what if you’ve already been using my product and now you’d like to keep practicing on your own?

As we all know, spoken English improvement is a lifelong process, and it only stands to reason you would want to keep working on your English phraseology for the rest of your life, right?

So for those of you interested in taking your fluency improvement to the next level, here’s a few ways of organizing your English phraseology for your spoken English practice sessions.

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VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BELOW:

Hi, guys! Hello my fellow foreign English speakers!

It’s Robby here from EnglishHarmony.com and welcome back to my video blog!

In today’s video, I’m going to touch upon a very interesting thing and, if I’m not mistaken, it’s never been spoken about before. I’ve never discussed it, neither on my videos, nor on my articles on my blog, and I think this is going to be a very interesting topic indeed.

Namely, not all foreign English speakers who struggle when speaking, not all of them actually have to improve their English. Some people are quite confident the way they are!

And here’s what I actually mean by this. I’ve come across a few such people in my life. And it was actually years ago when I was a young fellow, when I just came over to this country, and there was a bunch of guys living together in one house, and I got to know several new people time and time again.

There were a few guys whose English was so-so, but they were quite okay communicating with other people. Their English was broken. Their vocabulary wasn’t huge, and their grammar was quite bad to be honest with you, but they felt at ease when speaking with other English-speaking people. They didn’t feel it as a problem, right?

And that was the whole make or break factor for their confidence. They were confident and they didn’t need to improve their English. They didn’t work towards that goal that we all share, right, which is improving our English and achieving fluency.

They worked towards other goals in their life, professional goals, and personal goals.

But, they were happy with their level of English, and it was sufficient to get on with their daily tasks, to go on about their daily business, to work, to drop into institutions and get things done.

Yes, it might have taken them a little bit longer because the communication would have been slightly hampered and things would have had to be explained in a little bit more detail to get it all done, but eventually it wasn’t a big deal for them. And they were confident enough the way they were and that was it!

Their English was fine for them and they didn’t need to improve it. They’d never thought of – at least I didn’t hear them complaining about their English because they were quite happy the way they were, and it’s a funny thing.

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