What is speaking fluency in reality? How can I best build it?

When we say a person is a fluent speaker, we usually mean that the person understands and speaks the language easily, and uses it with correct grammar.

As fluent speakers, we are able to express ourselves without spending too much time thinking about the right words or grammar structures to use when speaking.

It also includes the ability to produce the sounds of the language easily, which is basically pronunciation and intonation.

But how can I become more fluent? Do I need to speak faster?

And, what is the meaning of fluency at all?

You don’t need to speak fast in order to become fluent. 💡

Speaking fast is more like a result of fluent (connected) speaking.

  • Many native speakers speak at an average speed
  • Some speak more slowly (for example elderly people often do)
  • Some speak really fast

All of them are fluent speakers. 😀

Becoming a fluent speaker takes time and is the result of learning and practice. One important element is word linking, that I often talk about.

Below I’m sharing a valuable tip you can use when you are practising.

1-Minute Tip ⏳

If you want to build fluency in speaking, slow down when you practise.

Give time to your brain to coordinate the process of converting your idea/intention into its actual audible expression (i.e. speaking).

Also, practise connecting the right words the right way.

Speaking speed will come with time.

Watch this short video on fluency and speed here 👇


Remember, connecting words is a key component in building fluent speaking, but it is not the only one.

My name’s Gábor. I help small and medium sized businesses succeed abroad through perfecting their English communication skills.

I specialize in fluency training.

If you think your business deserves more opportunities abroad, don’t let poor English fluency hold you back.

And, if you want to tell me about your needs for English, send me a DM and let’s have a chat. 📞 🎯

Connect | Gábor Légrádi | MA, RSA/CTEFLA

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