Do you want to speak fluently? I do. And this is how to.
As a language learner myself, I sometimes have trouble with natural speech. I found it difficult understanding natural speech at the beginning when I was learning Russian and Chinese for instance. It helped me to see what my students were going through when studying English.
We are going to focus on “fast speech”. Fast speech is how Native speakers pronounce words and sentences. It is all a question of training our mouth muscles to the specific sounds of the language.
We are releasing a series of video lessons and audio practice to help you train to speak and understand “fast speech”.
When it comes to English, you often hear people referring to British English and to American English. The truth is English is so varied that there are a lot more “English”es than those two. Take into consideration vocabulary (apartment versus flat), accents (ask a Londoner about his experience understanding someone from Newcastle), slang (a middle-class New-Yorker will most probably understand a middle-class Londoner better than an upper-class New-Yorker) and jargon (you’ll be surprised at how well two IT guys from India and Russia understand each other even though their English level is quite low).
This goes to show that when learning a language, and specifically when working on your comprehension, focusing on the specific subtleties of a region will only help you go so far.
Nevertheless, there are patterns to recognise. We call it “fast speech”. When native speakers speak naturally, they all tend to speak faster than non-natives. Some syllables disappear, others are stressed, words are even joined together. Working on these patterns will help you speak more fluently and understand natives better. This fast speech is universal to all native speakers. In English for instance, all native speakers will say “want to” so fast that it will sound like “wanna”. The only difference will be the accent of the region he is coming from. Training your listening and speaking skills to recognise that pattern rather than the pattern “want to” will make you a more independent and skilled speaker and you will juggle with the various accents more freely.
In this series of lessons and exercises, we will work on specific patterns of fast speech in the English language. As a sneak peak, we offer the first lesson and exercise for free. In this first lesson, we will be working on reducing questions as natives do.
For each of these lessons, you will be provided with a video lesson, a few audio exercises and the scripts to go with them.
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