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How to sound more fluent in your foreign language

Let’s start with this idea: No matter how good we are with a foreign language, it’s very difficult for us to sound native.  Some hints of our original accent will remain unless we grow up speaking that language.  But it’s possible to sound fluent, or add some good flow to the way you speak a language.

Here is one suggestion:

Use ‘daily, colloquial expressions’ often.  For instance, in English, words such as “you know…”, “well…”, “it’s like…”, “that’s just…” don’t add much meaning into a sentence, but are used very often to replace what could be pauses.  So much so that these have become ‘natural’ to hear for the native speaker.  Learn to also mimic facial expressions that come with words like “great!”, “awesome!” and “seriously…”.

If you are learning English and add these words into your daily vocabulary, it would seem you are more fluent*.  Here are some other words in other languages that you can consider:

For German -> for a start, you could use “Also…”, “einfach…”, “Ha ja…”, “mal…”, and “genau…”

For Spanish -> for a start, you could use “Pues…”, “Vaya!”, “Venga!”, “Vamos!”, and “Anda!”

For Turkish -> for a start, you could use “Shay…”, “Tamam…”, “Cok…”, “…ya” and “AdamIm…”.

And so on…

Hope this concept helps!😀

*Of course, if you are doing a presentation, don’t add in these filler words.  They make you sound too colloquial.

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