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Most non-native speakers of English find it hard to speak English fluently, because they can't learn English the way they learn their first language. You see, they're born and brought up in a country where English is not spoken as first language. And so they can only learn English in the wrong way: In a way that is just the reverse of the natural process of language acquisition. Haven't we seen just now what the natural way is? haven't we seen that the natural way is to learn to speak first, and then only to learn to write? But most non-native speakers of English don't have the opportunity of learning English in that way. So you see, as a non-native speaker of English , you've been learning English in the 'non-natural way-in a way that's opposite to the natural way of language acquisition. You have been learning to write English first, rather than to speak it. That's what you've been doing at school and college. You've been learning to produce written English. And the methods you had to follow never fully made you understand this: The 'spoken' style is quite different from the 'written' style. You see, the spoken word is the basis for the written word, and not the other way round. And so spoken English is more fundamental than written English. But the non-natural way in which you had to learn English planted the wrong notion in your mind: A wrong notion that things are the other way round-that written English is more fundamental than spoken English. So the result is this : You're now steeped in written English. And your written English orientation has been preventing you all along from understanding one thing. It has been preventing you from understanding that spontaneous speech has to be composed differently- that is, in a way quite different from the way writing is produced. Result? You always try to speak the way you write. And you do this by trying hard to follow principles of grammar and usage as applied to writing, not as applied to speech itself. Is there any wonder fluency has eluded you so far ? So I want you to understand one thing here and now; When they speak spontaneously; fluent speakers/native speakers apply principles of grammar and usage in a way that is different from the way they apply those principles when they write. And the spoken style has a number of devices and conventions of its own, and these devices and conventions are not derived from written style.

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Then, what seems to be the best way to learn English?

Started by Expector Smith. Last reply by Expector Smith Nov 9, 2014. 2 Replies

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Smith,           Perhaps you did not read my article carefully. What I am trying to convey to all the non native speakers, the way he or she approach  English is wrong . Why don't you try to Speak…Continue

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Comment by Gabriel Sowrian on May 16, 2013 at 11:02
Comment by Vijay P Nair on March 17, 2013 at 6:35

Dear Amit,

              Thanks for the commend  you posted here. My wish is to empower all Indians to speak English fluently to achieve our goal on 2030 , that India will be in the front run and will rule the whole world, that once we dominated the world by all knowledge. I have a dream that all Indians have to communicate with English. For that I will do my best of knowledge to share with all Indians As I proud myself  that I am an Indian.


Best regards,


Comment by amit on March 16, 2013 at 17:18

first of all very very thanks mr. Vijay P Nair for the group invitation. secondly, what a thought is pointed out here. I am fully convinced. we see how somewhere writing principle restrict the way of english speaking . we observe that how people just lose their hardship over writing method where being polished in speaking skills is needed. what if non- english speaker got the same environment as the native english speaker. To my view, it is the only way to overcome over english speaking language.

   At the end, many many thanks to bring that precious thought.


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