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Idiomatic Expressions are your Proteins; Spoken English Practice – your Workout Routine!

My fellow foreign English speakers!

Would you go to a gym only to sit back, watch other people work out, and expect to put on muscle, increase your fitness levels and become a better athlete?

Of course not!

It would be nonsensical to abstain from a physical activity while it’s obvious to anyone that it’s THAT ACTIVITY that will insure your goals and targets in that specific discipline.

Now, can anyone tell me then why spoken English performance would be any different?

Is it not OBVIOUS that in order to become better speakers, we need to SPEAK (work out)?

Well, the traditional English teaching industry doesn’t make it an easy task, that’s for sure! After all those years of being brainwashed we sometimes might struggle to see the obvious.

We might pursue grammar perfection as the Holy Grail of our English language studies.

We might have been lead to believe that vocabulary list building will ensure our ability to speak fluently with other English speakers.

Nothing could be further from the truth, my friends!

Here are a few concepts I want you to get familiar with, and you shouldn’t have any problems with them because they’re common sense for anyone who’s been involved in fitness related activities in any way, shape or form:

English word combinations are your PROTEINS.

Just like you ingest your nutrients, you consume a lot of English language content. And bear in mind – passive input isn’t even considered here, it’s only CONSCIOUS LEARNING we’re looking at now! So, when you learn word combinations, idiomatic expressions and similar naturally occurring speech patterns, you’re providing your brain with the same type of nutrient when ingesting proteins in order to nurture your muscles and bones!

Next concept – your spoken English practice is your WORKOUT ROUTINE.

Your English speaker’s mouth is just like your body when you work out in a gym, so you have to perceive the whole thing the following way. If you move your mouth – you work out. If you don’t – you’re just sitting back and watching others work out.

Now, is it not much easier now to understand why spoken English is a very practical skill as opposed to a belief enforced upon us by the mainstream English teaching industry that it’s mostly about theoretical knowledge?

I bet it is, and if you want to be a part of the new movement called Fluency Gym – just drop by this website and sign up for the mailing list!

Chat soon,

Your Fluency Gym Coach,

Robby 😉

Comments on this entry are closed.

  • It depends on how quickly you can get into your optimal fluency zone.

    Some days it might require 15 – 20 mins just to ‘warm up’ and get into a state of mind when you can speak comfortably; on other occasions it might happen just as you open your mouth.

    I would recommend 20 – 30 mins self-practice a day in your optimal fluency zone at least in order to keep your fluency improving.

    Regards,

    Robby

  • Daisy

    how long you recommend us to practice daily ? i mean if i practice with myself each day.

  • Francisco Javier

    Yeah, let’s talk the talk and walk the walk.