English is the most widely spoken language in the world and fluency in speaking English increases chances of getting excellent jobs and admissions in best universities. That being said, the path to become a fluent English speaker is not easy. Many are not able to achieve this dream. English tutors at Speechify, have helped thousands of learners become fluent in our online spoken English courses and understand the most common obstacles faced by students. In this article, we list five biggest obstacles to speaking fluent English and how you can avoid them.
1. Don't be afraid to speak out.
Are you tongue tied? Are you too shy to speak English? Do you want to speak English but somehow can’t muster the courage? Well, if you fall in any of these categories, you are not alone. The fact is that many English learners are embarrassed and afraid to speak out loud in English. One of the few solutions for this is to read out aloud. The only way to improve is to practice. Use English frequently and read out aloud. Most of the English learners practice conversations in their head but you need to speak to make conversations and you need to hear how you sound. This can be done anytime of the day, but consistency is the key here. Do not worry if you don’t have a large vocabulary, you don't even have to worry about your pronunciation or accent. It's okay. We are learners, remember? So, go ahead and speak out loud. Open your mouth and speak. Don´t be afraid.
2. Don´t get frustrated by slow progress.
We all have come across this stage, especially when trying to learn a new language. If you are learning English or any other language, there will be a point where you will face frustration because of slow progress. But you should not let it get in way of your learning and practice. There are times when you are unable to articulate well in English, especially the way you do it in your native language. There are also times when you just don't get that right word and your mind gets completely blocked. You don't have to feel that you are not progressing or frustrated. It is fine. You should stay calm and be patient with your progress when you're learning a new language.
3. Don´t take things personally.
There might be times when someone doesn't understand you as people from different parts of the world or even different states of India have different accents. It is not necessary that they should completely understand you in the first instance. There would be times when people say, ‘Pardon me’, ´excuse me´ or ´I am sorry I didn't get you´. These points should not upset you. Try to speak softly, in a calm manner and even then, if they don 't get you, it is still okay. You should be patient as everyone is not at the same stage of learning as you are. You are probably at a different stage. You might have more knowledge and better vocabulary as compared to someone who's just started to learn English. That person would not be able to understand your vocabulary and it's okay as you were also at that point some time ago. So, be patient and don't take these things personally.
4. Don't compare yourself with native speakers.
Do not compare yourself with native English speakers. This is the biggest mistake that most of the English learners make. They expect to speak as fluently as native speakers and in the accent of native speakers as soon as they start making efforts to become fluent in English. There were times when many of our students told our English teachers that they have been learning English for past two years but still can't speak the way teachers do? Well, you need to be patient the level that you are at and be proud of your accomplishment so far. Language learning is not an exact science. There are people who can learn to speak easily and there are people who take a lot of time to. When it comes to learning a language, don't compare because every person learns in a different manner.
5. Don't say you don't have time.
I want to be a fluent English speaker, but I just don't have time. This is one of the most common excuses we hear from English students. We get it, you are busy. It's tough to find time for a new language in today’s busy world. The fact is that you don't need a lot of time to learn English. You should find an activity that you enjoy and try to see if you can connect it with your English learning. A few examples of such activities are watching movies in English, listening to podcast and songs in English, watching YouTube videos in English, reading newspapers, books in English language. Make learning English a part of your daily life and you will see amazing progress in your learning.
With all being said, taking support from online spoken English classes in India like Speechify will speed up your journey to become a fluent English speaker and take you in the right direction. Happy learning!