Q & A – I’m Very Good in the English Class So Evidently I Should Be a Fluent Speaker, Right?
Here’s how to improve your English listening skills when listening to my video: put the headphones on, playback the video and write it all down while listening to it! Hi guys, hello boys and girls and welcome back to Robby's English Harmony video blog. And today I'm going to respond to an email that was sent in to me 19 hours ago at this stage and I think that this particular email merits my video response because it kind of highlights a general issue that happens in the larger foreign English speakers’ community, right? So I'm not going to be reading the whole email word by word but I'm just going to kind of summarize the email in a few sentences. So basically this particular blog follower of mine says that he was one of the best in the class in terms of English literature when he was in high school and then he says “which evidently means that I should be able to write and speak the language.” But in his case he could write. It's the typical English fluency issue whereby you can write, you can understand, you can read but you cannot speak. And then he attributes certain percentages. So basically he says that he would be able to write at 80% in terms of efficiency or whatever and speaking would be only 20%, lagging behind big time, right? And the particular thing that I want to focus on in this video is, “which evidently means” so it kind of even goes without saying that once you are good at writing and reading and the literature lessons or whatever, it means that you should be able to speak full stop. There's no further discussion. There's no debates. No further investigation required so to speak, right? (more…)
Always Look Ahead to New English Conversations and Don’t Fret Over Past Mistakes!
How to Speak in English Well During Bad Fluency Days
Be Specific – Don’t Try to Make a General Statement When Explaining Something in English!
Fluent English can ONLY be acquired by learning IDIOMATIC EXPRESSIONS - and that's why I'm going to highlight them for you in RED! Here’s how to improve your English listening skills when listening to my video: put the headphones on, playback the video and write it all down while listening to it! Transcript Below: Hello everybody and welcome back to Robby's English Harmony video blog. It's been a while guys since I recorded my last video for the simple reason that I've been really, really busy at work and I have to study on top of my daily duties at work as well so it's really hectic lifestyle to say the least. And then when I'm coming home at night it's quite late as well and then I have to do all the other stuff, prepare for the next day, pack my food, prepare my clothing, walk the dog, whatever, respond to my emails, right? You guys are asking a lot of questions on a daily basis! So unfortunately my video recording days when I used to record at least one video a day or every few days are over. But it doesn't mean that I'm stopping it altogether. Not at all. It's quite the opposite actually, right? I'm actually enjoying this process immensely and for too many reasons. First of all, I love helping you guys. I love talking to my audience and obviously you love it, too. And secondly, it helps me improve my own spoken English, right? That's the way it goes. Anyhow, I'm having my morning coffee. Morning to you all! Cheers! (more…)
FAQ: I’m Afraid My English Fluency Isn’t Coming Back!
Here’s how to improve your English listening skills when listening to my video: put the headphones on, playback the video and write it all down while listening to it! Video Transcript Below: Hi guys, hello boys and girls and welcome back to Robby's English Harmony video blog! Listen guys, I've had a crazy week and that's the reason why I haven't responded to your blog comments in case you're wondering where has Robby gone, why he isn't responding to the blog comments that I've made, right? Rest assured, I'm going to do it right now. I just came home from college today and to be honest with you, college ends a bit sooner on Friday so that's a good thing. I can catch up on the things that I haven't done during the week. And to be honest with you, I'm very busy with my Fluency Star students so that takes up pretty much my entire time and I have very little time left for dealing with the comments and your emails and so on and so forth. So I'm really, really sorry for not being able to get back to you sooner but now I'm going to rectify that mistake and I'm going to respond to one person's comment, Indrajeet's comment. And he commented on my blog post a couple days ago there. And his comment definitely merits a video response. So I'm going to read it out so you can clearly see what the whole thing is about, right? (more…)
We Create English Fluency Issues for Ourselves!
There’s Always Someone Worse Off Than You!
Hi guys. Hello boys and girls and welcome back to Robby's English Harmony video blog. Welcome back to the New Year, 2016. Today is the 6th of January and I hope that you've gotten back into the normal rhythm after all the New Year’s festivities and everything. Now, what I wanted to tell you today is that even though you might be experiencing severe English fluency issues, even though you might feel at this particular moment in time as if your English is the worst English possible, that your fluency is total crap and that you're useless as an English speaker, bear in mind that there's always someone worse off than you! And please don't get me wrong. I'm not trying to laugh at people whose English is like really bad, right? All I'm saying is that the very fact of you being aware that you're not the worst should give you that little bit of confidence boost, that little bit of comfort to carry you through those rough patches of your English fluency, so to speak, right? (more…)
Answering Questions: Can’t Practice Fluency, What to Do If My Fluency Dwindles When I Speak With Others and More…
Terrible English Fluency Issues? You’re Not Alone In This!
Hi guys, hello my dear foreign English speakers, and welcome back to Robby's English Harmony video blog where we talk about all things related to English fluency and obviously the related issues such as inability to say something basically. You're having a conversation with someone, that person asks you something and all of a sudden just like with a wave of a magic wand, you are unable to say anything at all. And you go like “a-a-a”, not being able to say anything, right? This is a typical English fluency issue. And it's all about how you've been learning the English language. Most likely, you've studied the English language as an academic discipline. You've been doing loads of textbook exercises, grammar, vocabulary, all that kind of stuff but you haven't been focusing on developing your speech, right? But just because the whole English teaching system is centered around grammar and filling in gaps in textbooks and all that kind of stuff, right? It's all centered around those activities. It's very hard for the average foreigner to see the wood for the trees which is an English idiomatic expression meaning you can't really see the truth, right? It's hard to distinguish what's what. And why I'm bringing up this particular issue again in this video is simply because I had a conversation with someone over the last few days. And that person told me that they're having this particular issue and they thought that they were alone in this, right? (more…)
Difference Between Struggling English Speakers & Those Who Don’t Experience Fluency Issues
Don’t Try to Impress Others With Your English!
Why I Keep Talking About The Same Issues Over and Over Again
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: Recognizing the English fluency issue; Realizing WHY it exists; Finding out HOW it can be dealt with. 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. (more…)
The More English You Know, The… Less You Know?!
VIDEO SCRIPT BELOW: Hello boys and girls and welcome back to my video blog! I'm Robby from EnglishHarmony.com and I'm your fluency mentor, and today's video is going to be dedicated to the following subject: Sometimes as you go about your English learning and improvement routine you will kind of realize that THE MORE YOU KNOW, the less fluent you become! If you reminisce about days gone by, a couple years ago probably - when you just started learning the English language, when you knew not so much - basically when your knowledge was quite limited - you could actually say a whole lot more than now, when your knowledge is quite thorough and profound and you know a lot of synonyms describing the same abstract concepts and things and so on and so forth, you sometimes find that you actually struggle to say anything at all! But in the very early stages of your English fluency improvement and learning attempts you could say a whole lot more, or at least so it seems, right? So why this funny thing is happening? There's a very easy explanation for that, my friends: it's SYNONYMS, English vocabulary in general and how you've learned it - that's what it all boils down to :!: (more…)
English Fluency Issues Is a Blessing in Disguise!
Why So Many Foreigners CAN’T Speak Fluent English?
Are you a foreign English speaker? Is your overall English knowledge very good but you struggle to speak English fluently and sometimes you even get stuck for words in the middle of a conversation? Then you may be suffering from the so-called ‘writing mode’ syndrome which is widespread among those foreigners who’ve spent long years learning and studying English mainly by reading and writing! What happens when you spend most of your time learning grammar and filling in gaps in textbooks is the following: your brain gets used to constructing sentences by carefully picking the right English words and arranging them according to grammar rules. It works perfectly when sitting English exams and doing written tests, but when speaking with real people in real life, your mind works in the same ‘writing mode’ and it can’t keep up with the speed of a natural conversation! Lots of English reading won’t help to fix this problem either simply because it builds your passive vocabulary, but when you speak, you utilize your active vocabulary which consists of words, phrases and sentences you can speak without much effort – they have to come out of your mouth by themselves! Are you eager to find out how to make the transition from this terrible ‘writing mode’ into a ‘speaking mode’ and stop preparing speech in your head all the time? (more…)
Who’s Your English Good Luck Charm?
English Harmony System Update: de Luxe Edition!
My dear fellow foreign English speakers! I’m happy to announce the updated version of the English Harmony System, and this time around it’s called DE LUXE EDITION :!: Get your copy of the English Harmony System de Luxe Edition RIGHT NOW! I’ve been working on this update for what seems like forever, but finally it’s ready to be released to the general public and I’m really excited to make this announcement today! :grin: So, without a further ado, let me tell you what exactly the new System’s update consists of, and what you can expect the new de Luxe Edition to do to your spoken English fluency. (more…)
Why Being a Foreign English Speaker Gives Me an Edge Over ANY Native English School Teacher
English Fluency Monitoring & Management
Having a Bad English Day? So Does Everyone From Time to Time!
In this video episode I want to focus on the very essence of the English fluency issue – namely – its wavelike occurrence. If you have this annoying English fluency problem when you can speak quite fluent English on some occasions, but on others you suddenly perform very badly, then you have definitely noticed that this phenomenon fluctuates. Basically it means that moments of very bad English fluency are followed by very good performance and then it goes back down again. These fluctuations tend to be quite random, and that is probably the most annoying thing about the English fluency issue. You could be speaking very well the night before some important event, but the next day your performance is so bad that you feel like your English is utter rubbish :mad: So, while the upper end of the English fluency issue scale is definitely too severe to live with, there’s much we can understand by looking at the different levels of English speech you have at different times and it’s worth analyzing a bit. The end-goal of today’s video episode is to help you realize that ups and downs in speaking English are quite normal as far as your English speaking performance isn’t severely limited by those low moments. If it is - you definitely have to work on this English fluency issue and there’s no better help with this than my English Harmony System. But if the symptoms are limited to slightly impeded speech, hesitation and occasional inability to find just the right words when you want to say something in English, you have to remember than it’s absolutely natural to experience performance drops in all aspects of life! (more…)
How English Fluency Issue Manifests Itself
You suddenly can’t pronounce the words normally – although you know how a particular word sounds, it seemingly comes out of your mouth and distorts itself – letters get mixed, endings change and you have an impression that it’s another person speaking – not you! Solution: Learn Pronunciation by Equating English Sounds to Your Native Language! You can’t find the right words as you speak – you know what you want to say and normally you even don’t have to force yourself to consciously think about the words as such. However, when this English fluency issue is present, you seem to have lost it all and as you keep on speaking you can lose the whole concept of what you wanted to say – all because you concentrate on finding the right words! Solution: Incredibly Powerful and Super-Simple Way Of Using Google to Find the Right English Words to Say! You can’t maintain the clearness of thoughts – you are struggling to stick the words together but as a result the sentences coming out of your mouth are often hard to understand and lack the logical structure; Solution: Clear Your Mind and Achieve Complete English Fluency in 4 Easy Steps! No matter how good your English grammar is, sometimes you get everything wrong – tenses mixed up, incorrect forms of the verbs replacing the ones you needed to use and so on... Solution: Do You Find Certain English Grammar Constructs TOO DIFFICULT To Learn? Try This Easy 3 Step Plan! You have a notion as if hundreds and hundreds of English words are floating in your mind and it becomes nearly impossible to pick the right ones and form a proper speech. On the contrary, when your English speech is normal you just speak without having anything else in your mind! Solution: Learn How to Learn English Contextually so That Only the RIGHT Words Appear in Your Mind! To your utter dismay you can clearly notice that you think in your mother’s tongue and the resulting speech is a translation – not a normal speech! Solution: How to Develop Your Ability to THINK in English Even if you don’t think in your native tongue you experience an odd thing – as you speak, wrong words replace the right ones – even if they don’t sound similarly and there’s no other obvious connection between them! Solution: Conquer Your Fear of Making Mistakes when Speaking English! And, of course, the most devastating thing of all – your confidence is just literally draining away :oops: when you feel these symptoms take place! Solution: How To Achieve Truly Confident Spoken English! I guess by now you have certainly recalled nearly all these English fluency issue symptoms having manifested themselves at some stage in your life. This whole English fluency issue seems to be something like a mental syndrome and probably only a psychotherapist could help with it… Once I had such a thought as well, yes, but since I dealt with this speech problem myself – I can assure you that you also do it without attending a doctor! ;-) But now let’s talk about what’s happening behind the scenes when this issue occurs and let’s analyze the very roots of these sudden changes in ability to speak English normally. Robby P.S. Are you ready to get on the fast track to spoken English fluency? Check out my English Harmony System HERE!