What's Better Than Being Fluent?
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How is everything? I hope the crazy weather this week didn't disrupt you too much! We had -2 and snow. Unbelievable, right?
In this month's newsletter, I want to talk about fluency.
Of course, everybody wants to be fluent. But what is fluency? See, that's the problem. "Fluency" is totally subjective - it means different things to different people. For some, it could be handling customers in English and for others, it could be understanding movies in English. It depends on the person.
The first step to solving this problem is figuring out what fluency means to you! However, I don't really suggest this solution because I think there is a better way.
"Really?", you say, "What can be better than fluency?" Well...
How about being highly functional and comfortable in every situation? Now, that is something we can aim for!
This is something you can measure and it is a concrete goal that you can hit. On top of that, you already have a good idea in which areas you need to be highly functional and comfortable.
A good idea would be pick the three most important and common situations for you and understand what do you need to have to be highly functional and comfortable. Once, you have achieved this, pick another three situations and continue.
What you will probably find is at you become "fluent" much faster learning this way :)
If you want to travel, learn the three most important situations for travelling. For example, accommodation, restaurants and transportation.
If you need English for work, learn about meetings, giving your opinion and phrases for telephone and email communication.
If you are taking an exam, learn key phrases for speaking, writing and vocabulary for reading.
Fun Fact: Researchers say that in order to be fluent, you need about 2000 words and to be functional in a language, you need 1200 words. Which means if you learn ten words a day, you can be functional in English in less than 6 months and more than fluent in one year!
Not bad at all!
I hope this helps. If you have any questions, please ask :)
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My name is Jay and I am the teacher at Chemnitz Englisch. This is the blog that I wish existed when I was learning German.