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How to study English?

直人 岡本 直人 岡本 (0) on 23/07/14

Hi,

I've learned English for about 6 years, but I can't speak English well.

I want to speak English fluently. Then, what should I do?

Listening to English conversation? Writing many English essays to be corrected?

Give me some advices, please.

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As they already said, the best you can do is to actually keep on using the language almost daily! :)

It will help immensely if you find someone you can write to, or talk to directly in English. It can even be a Japanese friend of yours, and you both agree on trying to talk in English to each other. (I did that myself with a German friend before and it helped so much!) But also of course listening to an English radio station, watching movies in the original sound, etc. can help.

If you have difficulties speaking, also a big issue a lot of people seem to have, is to try to directly translate their thoughts in their naive language to the language they're trying to speak. If you have issues finding a word you want to express in Japanese, but don't know it in English, simply try to explain it, instead of trying forcefully to find a translation for it. It will make conversations a lot smoother and easier :)

But if needed, you can also always write to us on fluentli!

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Helly is partially correct. You need to be speaking and listening to English conversations to improve your skills more quickly. Almost every major city in the world (and some smaller ones) has a language meetup group of some sort. In my city there are groups for a variety of different languages. Check out meetup.com or couchsurfing.org for local language clubs and English speaking expat groups.

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直人 岡本 直人 岡本 (0) on 26/07/14

Thank you for your excellent advice! I'll try to find friends who can talk together in English.
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直人 岡本 Check this link here: http://www.iwillteachyoualanguage.com/5-signs-not-fluent/ There're some signs of non-fluency and tips to fix them. I think it can help you. bye ;)

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What happens when you listen to English conversations? do you understand immediately what they're saying? or you have to make translations in your head first to understand?

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Helly  Lucas Helly Lucas (1) on 23/07/14

Because, if this is your problem, you have to listen to a lot of conversations, podcasts, movies etc. until you're able to understand the language without translations, just by hearing it. this is the first step, after this, you have to push yourself to speak, the best way to do that is to find a partner to practice with you, and you must speak a lot, until you are confident enough to do it fluently. While trying to speak, you must never be afraid of making mistakes, but you need your partner to tell you what went wrong and then you'll get the feedback. You can also do it alone, but you need to record yourself and see your mistakes alone. Obs: if you get new vocabulary, don't translate them, find the meaning of the word in the target language and create a lot of phrases with it, on a paper or in your mind. use them immediately in conversation if you have the opportunity, so they will be harder to forget. I hope it helps, that's what I do to learn languages, although I speak just two (with my native language included). but it worked for me very well. I think it will be less painful for you, because you probably already know a lot of vocabs and know the language structure well as you studied for 6 years. You can check this website to get some great tips to learn a language properly: http://www.fluentin3months.com/about/

直人 岡本 直人 岡本 (0) on 26/07/14

Thanks very much for your kind answer! All you wrote to me impressed me so much. Especially, using a dictionary written in English must be effective! When I hear English conversations, I still sometimes have to translate them into Japanese. So I'll try to listen countless times and if I encount a new vocablary, I'll look for the meaning referring to the English-English dictionary.

Helly  Lucas Helly Lucas (1) on 26/07/14

直人 岡本, You're welcome. Good luck on your journey!!
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If you want I can talk to you to practise on skype?

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