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I’m receiving quite a high volume of e-mails on a daily basis and they’re all related to English improvement and fluency in some way, shape or form.

Today I received an e-mail from a gentleman whose name I’ll keep anonymous – of course! – and he explains the following situation.

He’s been told by his friend that his English is quite fluent (which is a reason to celebrate on its own!) but he lacks sophisticated vocabulary and different means of expression – such as phrases, idiomatic expressions and so on.

Basically my fellow foreign English speaker asking the question feels that as far as his speech is understandable and he’s making his point, he’s fine. So he wants to know what my take on this issue is, and that’s exactly what I’m doing in the video above!

I’m giving a thorough analysis of the issue in question, and I hope all of you will find this video useful!

Of course, don’t hesitate to leave your questions in the comments below!

Chat soon,

Robby 😉

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  • Thank you so much Kawa for your nice words!!!

    Receiving comments like yours always makes my day, and despite not being in the best of moods today I started feeling better almost instantly thanks to you!

    And thanks a million for recommending my articles and videos to other fellow foreigners as well – really appreciate it!!!

    Regards,

    Robby

  • Kawa Mirza

    Hi Robby,

    I just want to thank you for your excellent tips and quite useful advice for the foreigners fluency. I recommend everyone to read your articles and listen to your videos to achieve enough information and to improve English fluency that would have been something impossible for almost all foreigners so far, but, fortunately you have broken that frame with your smartness.

    Best Regards,

    Kawa Mirza
    Kurdistan of Iraq

  • awa mirza

    Hi Robby,

    I just want to thank you for your excellent tips and quite useful advice for the foreigners fluency. I recommend everyone to read your articles and listen to your videos to achieve enough information and to improve English fluency that would have been something impossible for almost all foreigners so far, but, fortunately you have broken that frame with your smartness.

    Best Regards,
    Kawa Mirza
    A Kurdish from Kurdistan of Iraq

  • Are all subjects taught in English in convent schools in India? If that’s the case, it easily explains the differences between students’ ability to speak fluent English – it’s all about active immersion. If they’re required to speak all the time, they’re obviously going to attain fluency in the English language as opposed to their peers in government schools where English is taught as a second language.

  • rahul

    Your name suggests you are from India. The reason why many people speak bad English is not their academic record, but their 1st language (schooling). Students who have attended convent schools will obviously speak better English than those who learnt it as a 2nd language at government schools. Even I have seen students at top notch institutes (IIT (not IIM as it is a management institute)) who struggle with English speaking. That obviously stems from their background. (you can’t question their sincerity). Our government has created a gulf between these two classes, which later becomes very difficult to fill in.

  • Surprisingly enough, my experience tells me such people can achieve fluency in English much faster because they won’t be constantly questioning themselves – “Did I just say anything wrong?”

    They’ll JUST SAY IT ALL OUT, and that’s the surest way to fluency!

    You won’t be able to get involved in a philosophical debate with such folks, but then again – fluency isn’t so much about the spectrum of topics one is capable to discuss as one’s ability to discuss things he or she would normally do on a daily basis.

  • arti

    Hi, Robby,
    This is Arti again. I hope you are OK. One issue I wanted to focus on. I have come across lots of people trying to learn English in my own country. There is a certain percentage of them who were bad students either at school or at any other further educational commitments which eventually resulted in one simple thing. Their way of expessing themselves even in their native tongue is very poor. They are not at all illiterate due to the fact that the educational stage has been somehow completed. What is the chance fo this sort of people to reach the fluency in English?

  • Hi Luke,

    I really appreciate your feedback and I’m impressed by you saying that you’ve been following me for a whole year… That’s pretty cool and I really appreciate that!!!

    I’ll e-mail you shortly, thanks for your offer!

    Robby