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Hi folks, and welcome to the 17th English Harmony video episode! Today’s topic is about many foreign English speakers being detached from reality and focusing their English improving efforts on the wrong things.
For instance, you may be working in a frozen food factory and 90% of your daily conversations with your work colleagues and superiors involve discussing different aspects of the production process, different issues that occur on a regular basis, and so on.
So what would be the logical approach to improving your spoken English? I’d say it’s rather obvious – master 50 – 60 most commonly used phrases in your workplace and you’ll sound nearly as fluent as your native English speaking work colleagues ❗
You may argue that any foreign English speaker will eventually master the active vocabulary used at his work anyway, but I don’t fully agree.Â You see – you may be so determined to become fluent at speaking English that you can end up being mentally detached from the natural environment you spend most of your time in.
You may be learning huge English word lists in your spare time – and those definitely include plenty of words you’re not even going to use – but at the same time you’re paying less attention to live English spoken around you.
Write down phrases that are commonplace in your job and memorize them instead!
That way you’ll transform from a struggling English speaker to a fluent one much faster.Â And you can build on that foundation by adding more and more new English phrases and collocations to your active spoken English vocabulary afterwards!
Let’s say you’re a shop assistant and you’re struggling with speaking English fluently. You’re general English knowledge is quite good and you performed well during the job interview so you got the job and everything is more or less happening for you.
However, you feel that your spoken English isn’t as good as it could be and there are times when you’re struggling with saying the simplest things. To improve your English you spend a lot of time studying but it doesn’t seem to have a big impact on your spoken language.
So why is that? Well, my friend, it’s about being detached from reality. You go to work everyday, you perform routine tasks everyday, and for the most part your conversations with work colleagues also include discussing all the same things all over again and again.
Then why don’t you master English that you use in those conversations first? Doesn’t it make more sense than trying to improve your general English knowledge?
Also a very important factor here is confidence you’re going to gain from becoming fluent at speaking those routine things – even if vocabulary used for this purpose is very limited.
If you master just a few dozen common phrases used in your job like – thanks for shopping with us, come back again! or we’re running out of plastic bags, can you please order some more? – you’re going to be perceived as a fluent English speaker, you’ll also feel as one, and your confidence will grow.
That in turn will help you to open up, become more sociable and start acquiring more active spoken English phrases.
There’s a huge difference between being able to use an English phrase or word and just its recognition!
You may think this way – I will bury myself in hardcore English grammar studies and in a couple of months time my English will be perfect.
Wrong! You may be capable of passing the most difficult English grammar tests, but at the same time you could be still struggling with asking the customer if they have a loyalty card or calling your shift manager to assist with a refund.
You see – only by repeating and memorizing you’ll be able to use the phrase comfortably and naturally. Why do you think you can understand 99% of English that’s spoken around but when it comes to speaking you can’t speak anywhere near that?
It’s finally time for you to become aware that it’s all about putting effort in memorizing spoken English language patterns. Understanding alone won’t do the trick ❗
So what you should do is – create a list of phrases you hear around you every day and learning them. You arrive at work. You clock in, you greet your colleagues, you ask and answer nearly the same things every day – you know like – how are you, thanks I’m fine and so on.
Depending on your position in the company you also perform routine tasks on a daily basis and it’s all accompanied by using the same English phrases:
Sorry Jeff, I just packed the shelf, what’s next?
I’m taking my break now, see you later!
Who’s locking up today?
Sorry Jeff, can I have more coins for the till please?
But if you’re skeptical about this because you’re thinking that you’ll learn all those things anyway – think about this – by just trying to say those things you can say them in a different way each time and still stutter and hesitate when speaking.
You can ask – sorry Jeff, the shelves are… full, is there… err… to do? Next time you can say – sorry Jeff, I packed … err… the shelf, … what I have to… err… do now? So unless you cement the natural pattern of the whole sentence in your mind – sorry Jeff, I just packed the shelf, what’s next? – you may find it quite difficult to say that simple think fluently and naturally.
But now I’ve some good news for you!
You don’t have to wreck your head trying to create English phrase lists yourself in order to become a fluent English speaker.
Believe it or not – I’ve done all the hard work for you and here’s the end result – a unique multimedia speech exercising system called English Harmony System 2.0! It can transform you from a struggling English speaker into a fluent one in a few weeks time so you’d better click on the link below to see what I’m talking about!
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