This is strategy number 4 of the Success with stories course of the English fluency program. You can download mp3 & pdf lessons for this topic at the bottom of this post. Before you download the free mp3 listening lesson, let’s have a look at the topic first.
The most common approach to learning English, for most students, is to interact with a long list of words first. This is where most language courses begin because vocabulary is right at the heart of language fluency.
The main downside to this approach, however, is that it often leaves students with a lot of knowledge and no practical way to apply it. For example, you could have the skills to pronounce and vocalize over a hundred English words, but if you do not know how to put them together in a sentence, the vocabulary goes to waste.
Learning How to Speak Like an Englishman
This is why it is so important for contemporary language learners (particularly when it comes to English) to build upon their skills with the use of phrases and not just single words. In fact, the very best English tutors and teachers are those who always encourage their students to find a practical approach to rote learning and attempt to learn English vocabulary.
For example, students should try to apply vocabulary-based knowledge to a range of common situations – the park, at a restaurant, speaking to a doctor, ordering a drink, waiting in the airport, etc. They should work on practical tasks such as how to introduce themselves, how to ask for the bill in a café, and where they can find the bathroom.
These types of scenarios are very important, particularly for those who travel frequently, and their value should not be ignored by teaching resources. Whilst rote learning vocabulary words from a flashcard or out of a textbook does have some uses, true language fluency is ruled by the ability to adapt, change, and pick the right words for the right situation.
Finding a Practical Use for New Vocabulary
So, let us say that you would like to learn the names of some vegetables in English – cabbage, tomato, potato, carrot, leek, etc. You could simply learn the English vocabulary off by heart, with rote repetitions of the words, or you could think up scenarios that might require you to use them.
For instance, a trip to the grocery store could require you to directly ask a server questions in English. ‘Where are the radishes?’ ‘May I have 4lb of potatoes please?’ ‘How much does this exact amount of tomatoes cost?’ This is by far the most useful way to learn any kind of new vocabulary, but particularly English, as it can be such a complicated language at times.
To really get a grip on the English language, it is important to understand that vocabulary learning is not enough – you have to get involved with the language and the words, and you have to live it for real. There is no better or faster way to become a fluent English speaker.
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So this is the 4. strategy of English fluency course. If you want to improve your English vocabulary faster with lots of phrases and speak fluent English, we highly recommend getting Success With Stories bundle. All you need to do is listen to these powerful lessons every day and answer the easy questions in mini-story lessons. You will start to speak English fluently in a short time.