Is It Possible to Become TOTALLY Fluent In English After 24 Years?

By Robby

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I received an e-mail (or a comment – can’t really remember what it was because it got deleted by mistake!) the other day by one of my blog readers where he asked if it’s possible to master total fluency of the English language while living in an English speaking country for 24 years.

As an example he provided the following video of two foreign English speakers involved in a debate in a TV studio – please check out the video below:

I have to admit that the two professional journalists in the studio are completely fluent indeed, and it’s also a fact that 99% of other foreigners would look up to them because of their ability to speak fluently.

Few of us will consider the following aspect, however – failure is simply not an option for them! They’re spending at least 8 hours a day immersed in an English speaking environment; industry related language has become second nature for them – so no wander they’ve achieved native-like English fluency!

I strongly believe that anyone – I repeat – ANY FOREIGN ENGLISH SPEAKER – can achieve native-like fluency in any given professional field after spending 1 – 2 years in it (provided he or she is totally immersed in the environment and MOST of the time is spent communicating with others VERBALLY).

It’s all about what we are and what we do, and it inevitably gets reflected on our English.

Don’t compare yourself with some industry professionals if you’re not one.

Analyze your particular situation and you may just realize that you can speak about your job, family and hobbies just as fluently as those guys discussing latest political and economic developments!


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  • Yes, motivation is very important because I’d imagine when living in your native country you’d have limited exposure to natural English and then it’s up to you to devise different ways of keeping your English sharp. I guess most folks (I know plenty of such here in Ireland!) will make the least amount of effort required to function in any society so if there’s no real incentive, they’ll find it quite hard to work on their English on a regular basis.

    But then again – only dedicated foreigners are reading my blog, so it’s out of question! 😉

  • It’s possible, but you’d have to be 100% dedicated, motivated and driven to follow through with that goal. Lots of spoken self-practice, and exposure to all sorts of English material – reading, listening and most importantly – repeating and memorizing – is crucial in order to achieve fluency living in a non-English speaking society.

    Please read the following article which is actually dedicated to the question you just asked:



  • daisy

    if i aspire to talk like native english speakers and to have the ability to talk in any subject but i don’t live in english speaking country , is that possible ?

  • Francisco Javier

    You can become totally fluent provided you have the motivation and the time to continuously improve and practise the language.