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Car Video #3: Spontaneous Speech vs Slow Speech

Here’s another video broadcast from my car on the way to work, my friends!

If some of you are wondering why I’m recording myself while driving to work, here are the main reasons:

  • I practice spoken English with myself on a daily basis
  • I practice what I preach – speaking in English ALL THE TIME ❗
  • I know you love watching my videos – so why not use my free time and record them whenever I get a chance? 😉

This time I’m discussing merits of speaking spontaneously as opposed to speaking slowly. Yes, you’ll make more mistakes when speaking faster, but on the flip side it’s a great way of developing your gut feeling for correct English!

Does it sound like a contradiction?

I mean – making more mistakes to develop correct English?

Well, my friends – here’s how it happens:

  • You give yourself free reign and just say out loud whatever crosses your mind without much thinking whether it’s correct or not
  • In the process you’ll allow your subconscious to use expressions and phrases you’ve heard at some stage but you’re unsure of
  • During the speech you’ll make mental notes of certain word combinations you’re not really sure of
  • Later on you’ll look them up on Google, for instance, and you’ll find if they’re correct OR some corrections are needed

  • When you use this or that particular phrase next time – there’s a bigger chance you’ll use it correctly and you’ll be more confident while doing so ❗

See – eventually making mistakes results in making fewer mistakes and you’ll also develop your overall fluency when you can speak without much planning as to what exactly you have to say.

As we all know – such planning may lead to fluency issues such as getting constantly stuck for words because you’d be analyzing your own speech all the time and your focus would shift from WHAT you speak about to HOW you speak.

Thanks for watching my videos and reading my blog guys – much appreciated!

Chat soon,

Robby

P.S. Would you like to find out why I’m highlighting some of the text in red? Read this article and you’ll learn why it’s so important to learn idiomatic expressions and how it will help you to improve your spoken English!

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  • Simply having a list of words is not good enough! The key is to learn WORD COMBINATIONS (idiomatic expressions, phrases, idioms, etc) , and here’s an article you should definitely read http://englishharmony.com/contextual-learning/ to see exaxtly what I’m talking about.

    Next – fluency vs mistakes. It’s important not to set yourself up for failure from the get-go, but you’re running the risk of doing so by setting a goal of not making any mistakes.

    I’ve touched upon this subject a lot times on my blog, and one thing I keep saying times and times again is – if you try NOT to make mistakes, you put yourself under an awful lot of pressure which in turn may actually result in you making MORE mistakes!

    So my advice is to redefine your definition of fluency. I know what you mean by saying all that, it’s just that you really have to open up your ability to improvise and speak freely in order to become totally fluent. If you keep thinking about NOT making mistakes at the same time, it becomes an almost impossible task. So basically I’d say stop being too hung up on mistakes; just make it your goal to practice your speech very frequently using a lot of word combinations and phrases.

    The English Harmony System, by the way, is a brilliant tool that will do JUST THAT for you – it’s stuffed full with word combos and you’d be constantly training your ability to speak spontaneously. After a 4 month course you’d feel a definite improvement to your fluency, and also the number of mistakes you’d be making would go down dramatically because you would have repeated and used thousands upon thousands grammatically correct sentences in your speech practicing sessions.

  • When I was in France, I went to French lessons every day and spoke more and more – I was fluent after about 3 or 4 months.

    So you can achieve English fluency in roughly the same amount of time.

    Ultimately fluency depends on how much time you’re putting in, and how you’re spending that time.

  • rahul

    Is it possible to become fluent in English ( without making mistakes ) in 10 years if I already have decent mastery over the language ( means familiar with all the grammar rules and I can speak but sometimes I stutter. Besides speaking, how did you learn so many idioms? I also want to be good at writing. I have made a list of words but tend to forget most of them.