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With so many words to learn, it can be difficult to know which words you need to learn to ‘speak fluently’. In this lesson, I’ll explain an easy way to identify which words are worth the effort to learn first AND will also help you to speak English with more fluency faster!

How to Speak English Better and Improve Your English

 

Transcription:
Amy: Hi, everybody, this is Amy from realenglishconversations.com, and today I have another one of these advice podcasts where I’m going to give you some advice about how to learn English in a more efficient way and to make sure that you’re focusing on the right things, so that you can start making progress forward faster with your English and working toward fluency.

So today I’m going to talk about something that’s related to learning the right type of vocabulary to help you become fluent and really talking about the most common error that I see students making over and over and over again that I’m working with.

To get started I just need to explain how students generally at an intermediate or an advanced level or any level really think about vocabulary and how they’re studying English.

And generally, with most people, if you’re reading a newspaper or maybe a novel or you’re watching a TV series, if you hear a brand-new word, you’re probably going to write it down or look it up in a dictionary and try to learn it. And that’s sort of our strategy for learning new vocabulary, and that’s why it’s called new vocabulary.

But what happens is when we reach this intermediate to advanced level of the language, we have this gigantic pile of new vocabulary that we’ve taken the time to learn, but then we’re not really able to use any of it, and we realize that a lot of the vocabulary that we learned and use that precious brain space and that memory power isn’t exactly useful either.

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