Hello my dear fellow foreign English speakers!
It’s been another year in business for me, and to be honest with you – this year has just flown by!
It only feels like yesterday when I published a blog post about the advantages of using headphones when consuming audiovisual content in English. Guess what though? It was back in January – 12 months ago!
And when I look at the article where I’m discussing the merits of recording your speech on a camcorder, I actually find it hard to believe it happened in February!
But while we’re at it, we may as well look at other interesting articles I’ve published this year, and the next one I want you to read is the 25 English sentence starters. Starting sentences is something that a lot of us, foreigners, are struggling with, so it goes without saying that being able to use a number of sentence starters will come in handy for you you as a foreign English speaker!
Next up – an article from the month of April is about trying to impress other people with your English skills and how it can quickly turn against you. To be honest with you, I still have to fight the urge to impress others at times, and I know for a fact that plenty of other foreigners are finding themselves in the same situation, so you should definitely read this article – especially if you’re among those having this issue!
Another issue faced by a lot of our fellow foreign English speakers is falling for the wrong misconception of the merits of speaking as fast as possible. In reality, what you should be doing is – slowing your speech down, so please read this article to learn more about it.
Speaking of more things you shouldn’t be doing as an English speaker, trying to figure out what certain English words represent in terms of grammar is another one of such things, so please read this article and it might just save you a lot of wasted time and effort – effort that would be so much better used in order to practice your spoken English with other people.
Not always though, you will have the opportunity to speak with others – even if you live in an English speaking country! – so what to do if you’re one of those people who don’t have other English speakers to practice with? Well, read this article I published in July and you’ll find out more about it!
When it comes to August’s blog posts, here’s the one I want you to read: Just Because You Have English Textbooks Doesn’t Mean You Possess That Knowledge! I guess the title is quite self-explanatory, so there’s no need for me to elaborate on it, right?
In September I published a number of blog posts, but the one that deserves a place on this list is my video on the importance of improvisation when speaking in English. Sure enough – improvisation isn’t a skill that can be acquired in a short period of time and it takes years to master, but it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try and develop this skill. It’s quite the opposite actually – you should be developing it every chance you get and you’ll be astounded at the difference it makes in your fluency a number of years down the road!
As for October’s blog posts – here’s the one I want you to read and it’s all about finding that special person with whom you can practice your English and feel really comfortable with.
Next on the list – a blog post about you not being the only one experiencing English fluency issues, and you should find it really comforting in case you think that there’s something wrong with you!
And to finish off this year’s highlights, I’m going to give you this article to read which is all about the mind and body connection when it comes to your English performance. It’s going to be a real eye-opener in case you haven’t realized the true reason behind the sudden inability to perform well in the spoken English department on certain days!
Happy New Year my friends, thanks for staying with me throughout year 2015 and I hope you’ll stick around next year as well!
Your English Fluency Coach,