How can I become fluent in English

How can I become fluent in English?

You have received some incredibly brilliant answers, many from extremely qualified and well placed individuals too, so let me give you a foreigner's practical perspective, if I may.
I was born in Italy, didn't speak a word of English when I first came to London thirty years ago, there were no 'online resources' then, and I remember going to the movies  bringing a pocket dictionary with me.
The problem was though, I did not know the spelling of most words I heard on screen, so I always felt like attempting synchronized swimming in a force 10 gale at sea.
One day, a very old guy who was sitting next to me at the cinema, noticing how furiously and frustratingly I was flicking my well worn out dictionary, asked me how well I wanted to speak.
"Like I native" I answered.
He laughed and said that that was not possible, but he could teach me so people would be impressed by my English nevertheless.
We met regularly and talked about all sorts of things,  it turned up he was a retired professor of modern languages at Cambridge University, fluent in Italian too.
He told me that the only way to become almost perfect at speaking a language, not just English, was to allow others to correct you, even constantly, as you speak.
He said that that would irritate most people immensely, but surely it was the best and fastest way.
So he did, and I remember these surreal and surely  irritatingly stuttered conversations, that eventually became more balanced, as he interrupted me less and less.
One evening we were together at a dinner party and a lady sitting next to us complimented me on my English, saying it was perfect, asking where I came from.
Before I could answer he said to her, visibly irritated, that if my English was truly perfect she wouldn't have noticed.
As we were walking home I asked him how I could improve further, especially my diction, so to become perfect.
He smiled, hugged me and said "Franz, what makes you special and 'exotic' is exactly that, your accent and your little imperfections and odd grammar, never lose it completely, it would be a huge mistake.
"
I was very fond of him, he taught me not just English, but a most valuable lesson too: make the most of what you have received in life at birth, it is what makes you special.
I felt confident enough eventually to write several books, and I even won a Creative Review Award for my writing.
Nowadays I give lectures to all sorts of audiences, and whenever someone compliments on my "perfect" English I smile and answer "hopefully it isn't, so you'll remember me better".
My English is far from perfect, but it has an unique style (or so I hope) and my accent is so undefined that people cannot really figure out where I come from, and that is enough.
So find someone you can talk to regularly who is happy to correct you every time you make a mistake, but at the same time don't lose what makes you special, exotic.

I'm going to tell you one method in which your English fluency is going to improve drastically within weeks.
Yes, I tried this as I was not having access to download lot of English movies at that time or to buy books.
So this was the best way for me without spending any money.
Unethical hack
I used to call different customer care for different products (Tata Sky, Airtel, Vodafone, Sun Direct etc).
Mind you the English fluency of the tele callers are always good.
Most of the numbers are toll free numbers.
I call them, ask random doubts and try to extend the conversation as much as possible.
I very carefully listen all the words they use, how sentences are formed.
I had lot of customer care toll free numbers, I select English over my regional language when automated voice tells me to select the language.
You cannot do that for hours and hours with same caller.
So spend 10 minutes with a caller, analyze it, learn it, and call to a different customer care later.
Following this for one week will drastically improve your English fluency.
You don't need to spend a buck.
Pros:
No embarrassment as only you will know how much you messed up
No need to spend money (All are toll free numbers)
Edit 1: I could see few people say that reading may be a better idea than this.
I request you to differ.
I do accept that, reading will increase the vocabulary and language.
But when it comes to English fluency, the more you talk with others, the better you will become.
This is not only for English, but for all the languages.
No, I’m not going thank for the upvotes.
But i’m very happy to see people messaging me that they followed this trick and the Fluency has been increased dramatically.

That really makes me happy.
:) Improving someone’s language whom I have never met, or discussed.
Thank you Quora for this wonderful Platform.
One guy even got a job and placed in a company after following this.
When I saw that message, I decided to update the answer.

In college and high school I desperately wanted to be understood and wanted to speak with clarity and eloquence.
I remember I wrote a letter to my high school principal explaining to him all things that needed to be improved in school and how they could be improved.
I spend days and days writing and explaining to him everything.
It was a whopper of a letter.
I thought it would change our high school completely.
It would help kids who were tortured of insensitive teachers.
It would help the kids who never reported bullying by other kids.
I remember one of my class fellows was constantly sexually abused by two other boys in class – when I told the teacher she didn't do anything.
I thought my written letter would change all this.
But I was utterly disappointed.
At the end of the school day the principal called me and asked me what the letter meant.
I looked at him as if he'd just expelled me.
I told him I'd written everything in it.
He looked at me.
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then back at the letter.
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read for a few minutes and then tossed it in the trash.
"Absolutely rubbish, young man.
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find better words to explain yourself.
I always thought you were a smart kids – but this is absolutely non-sense.
I can't understand a single sentence!!!" he said.
I was shocked to say the least.
I walked out wondering what had gone wrong.
Still shell-shocked I was sitting outside the school gate.
A janitor walked by and looked at me.
He was a kind 58 year old with wrinkly skin.
He'd been with the school forever and knew every kid in all the classes – and their parent.
He stopped and asked me what was wrong – when I told him the story – he said.
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"Son, next time when you want to tell someone something important – think about me.
Think that you're explaining it to me.
I'm not educated and never went to school.
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if I can understand it, then they will.
And if I can't understand something – no one will.
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.
" he said.
Then he left.
I never paid much attention to what he said until I actually started in the corporate world – where my boss would make me distill everything into simple words.
"Make it simple my boss would say.
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easy enough for me to get it.
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"
That's when this 3 Step Formula dawned on me.
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but I want to warn you – this formula is so simple and easy to understand that it's simplicity will astonish you.
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Use it in your life, test it out.
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then make a judgement about it.
Think of this as a testing phase – you can dive right in and learn these quickly and apply them to your life immediately, but give yourself the opportunity to apply them before forming an opinion about them.
Test them out in your life – then keep the ones that you like and throw out the rest.
The 3-step formula for speaking clearly and eloquently
1.
Talk in stories

Since the dawn of time humans have used stories to communicate with each other.
All religious texts are essentially stories bound together.
All history is stories told by a few people about what happened and what did not happen.
All scientific principles that you truly remember are based on stories repeated – with a few variations but stories nonetheless.
People remember stories more than they remember facts.
So whenever you want others to remember something, tell them a story.
If you just tell them a fact, they’ll forget two minutes later.
But if you share a story around what you’ve said, they will remember what you’ve said more, and for longer.
They will be able to understand what you’re saying quicker and will think you speak clearly and eloquently.
Ultimately just by talking in stories your eloquence and clarity will increase significantly.
2.
Keep stories short and punchy

Keep your stories relevant, short and punchy.
Think about everything in life.
The things that you remember most are the ones which has a story around them.
You could probably tell me the story of Titanic, or Avatar – but would you be able to tell me who came up with Quadratic Equations.
Heck, I know I studied quadratic equations for longer than I watched Titanic – but for the life of my I don’t even remember what they are.
But Titanic, I could probably quote the whole movie… (Yes, I was a sappy teenager once!!! There’s not shame there!!!)
But let’s get back to the point…
When you start telling stories, you’ll have a hard time in the beginning.
Finding the right story to tell, or making it short and punchy is pretty difficult.
But as you practice this, you will get better.
You have to practice though.
Practice all the time.
While you’re standing in line for the bus, when you’re hanging out with friends, when you’re buying groceries – practice talking in stories.
Tell stories to the checkout girl at the coffee shop.
Tell stories to your hairdresser.
Tell stories to yourself.
Think about a message that you want to tell others – something good that you’d like to share about yourself.
Then talk about it in a story, narrating that quality through the use of a story.
The more stories you tell the better you will get and the more clearly you will be able to speak.
Your message will be immediately understood with clarity and eloquence by everyone.
3.
Use words a 10 year old will understand

This is probably the most important thing to understand – and for some reason the more education you have the harder it is to accept this fact about our fellow humans.
The truth is that most of us talk, speak, and listen at the 10 year old level.
Or even at the 7 year old level.
When we're sitting and thinking to ourselves we use words with one or two syllables.
The voice inside our head is like a 7 year old and talks that language.
But when we talk to others we turn into this stuffy old college professor who things too much of his own education.
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but the person listening to us is a 7 year old girl who doesn't understand words like 'disenfranchise' or 'existentialism' (what does that even mean).
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When we want to make an impression we start using big words – thinking that this is what will make me look smarter.
The reality is completely opposite.
The more you use big words the less you get understood, it’s not because your audience is dumb or that they aren’t educated…
…but the truth is surprisingly different….
Let’s look at why we use big words first…
I know that you’ve spent years and years honing your vocabulary, and going to school and college to learn big words.
And you want to use them to communicate all the things that you’ve learned.
But here’s the thing – to understand big words and the meaning they convey, we have to ‘think’ about them, absorb them, and then form an opinion about what’s being said.
The minute you have to ‘think’ about what’s being said – the meaning of the rest of the conversation gets lost, because you’re ‘thinking’ and not listening.
So to get understood use words that no one has to ‘think’ about.
Words that will convey your message with crystal clarity, without any chance of being misunderstood.
This can only be done when you speak at the 10 grade level.
At this level…
…the words are small, so they can’t be misunderstood.
…the syllables are few – so they can’t be mispronounced.
…the hidden nuances are non-existent, so everyone will get the same meaning.
Plus because everyone will understand you, they will think you’re very smart to always be able to get your point across without being misunderstood.
You will have the benefit of easily speaking with clarity and eloquence.
You will instantly transform your speaking abilities, speaking with more clarity, confidence, eloquence and understanding.
What ever you’re trying to say, whether it is talking to friends, asking some one for a favor, talking in a job interview, speaking at a conference, or delivering a lecture – your message will be understood with clarity.
But I just want to warn you about something very important….
A Word Of WARNING!!!
This 3-step method is surprising deceiving.
If you use them it, you will be shocked at how quickly you become the center of attention at every party.
You will start making friends every where you go.
You will be understood without any mistakes.
Everyone you talk to will complement you on your speaking abilities and your command at your language.
Plus you will gain the confidence and clarity of getting your point across every time.
And people will praise you for your eloquence.
But don’t let the simplicity of this secret fool you.
If you share it with others without applying it in your life you will quickly be called a fool and ridiculed.
So use this secret before you tell anyone the truth.
Once you've used it, and your friends and family have seen how clearly and eloquently you speak then and only then you can reveal it.
This will give you the benefit of showing them that it works – before you tell them that it does.
====== EDIT: Therefore, it will actually be easier for you to improve your language.
If you don't, then learn them quickly.
Those are the basics.
Borrow your little cousins' school textbooks if you have to, but get it done.
Read.
I can not stress this enough.
Unless I use Bold again.
Read.
Yes, develop a reading habit.
Read till it tires you out.
Read, day in and day out.
I'm pretty sure a lot of teachers used to stress on that, too, in school.
It ain't too late, though.
Start now.
Read.

And I'm not talking about those shallow, cheesy, romance stuff full of fluff.
Like the Twilight series or Chetan Bhagat's novels or even I too had a love story.
For goodness' sake stay away from Indian authors.
Unless it is Shashi Tharoor, Vikram Seth or Shobha De.
Stick to reading books written by native English speakers.
Read good fiction and good non-fiction.
Harry Potter is good, even if it was initially meant for children.
The Hobbit.
The classics.
A Song of Ice and Fire.
Hell, even Animorphs or Archies'.
Watch.
Another thing I must stress on.
It's not enough to just read, you know.
You may understand the language or visualise the story, but that still won't tell you how the words sound or about the context or the mannerisms.
So, watch a lot of English.
Movies.
TV shows.
Reality shows.
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Another thing.
Please don't use subtitles.
It is a very bad exercise.
And a lazy one, too.
You'll probably spend the whole time reading a movie than watching it.
So, don't.
If you don't get a particular piece of dialogue, rewind and watch again.
Use subtitles as a last option.
Yes, it's a lot of hard work.
Did you think it was a walk in the park that would take only a few minutes? It takes months or even years.

When you watch, focus on the tone, the voice, the expressions, the accent, the stress, and everything else I have already mentioned above.
Listen well.
Listening is crucial.
Adopt an accent, if you like.
Try Received Pronunciation.
Model your speech after that.
Familiarise yourself with English.
Speak.
Last, but not the least.
Keep speaking in English.
It's not enough that you know how.
You should practise.
Keep practising.
Keep speaking.
EDIT:
When you speak English, DO NOT transliterate to English.

 
A lot of people make this mistake.
They just transliterate what they usually say in their native language, into English.

 
E.
g.

 "Kal chutti hain, na?" ——> This is correct in Hindi.

"Tomorrow is a holiday, no?" ——> This is WRONG.
Especially if you keep the same tone.

 
Do not do this.
This is NOT English.
You need to actually speak in English.
Not transliterate.

 
The right way is:
 
 "Isn't tomorrow a holiday?"
 
Do not be lazy.
Practise the right way.
Always.
EDIT:
As my good friend below said, the most important thing to do while learning a language is to think in it.
This is actually true, and the reason I've not mentioned it is because those who have a habit of consuming a lot of English content already think in English.
Also, reading to me does not mean self help books or cheesy romances or even the little comprehension passages to pass an exam.
It usually refers to pleasure reading.
And a lot of it.
You need to love the language a little.
And even live it.

Thanks for asking.
I've been looking at neuroscience and its application to coaching and languages and in particular to this Danish lady, Anette Prehn
John Kirton's answer to How can I improve my foreign language listening comprehension skills?
This answer may help some of you.
If you listen every day for a minimum of half an  hour to clear, well spoken English that interests you and you understand 80-85% or more your brain will almost automatically learn the meaning of the new vocabulary, absorb grammar structures and get you used to the sounds and rhythm of the language.
This is the way that you learnt to speak your native tongue.
Some thoughts on grammar are here.
John Kirton's answer to Does grammar really matter when we learn English?
Grammar is important in helping you pick the patterns out in the language, but if you try to think about grammar in the early stages of speaking, I can almost guarantee that your brain will freeze up on you.
You'd be much better buying lessons on Italki or  a similar platform or having Skype exchanges with a native speaker and taping them and then checking through your mistakes.
I hope the edit helps some of you guys.

Anything you want to do without hesitation, requires – practice, effort and  concentration.
English or any other language have the same story.

Well, to speak English fluently , you need to be experienced in it.
To be experienced, you need practice as much as you can.
Since, you practice, your brain observes and gathers the same information again and again.
So, that information is embedded deeply in your mind and you start feeling confident in that particular subject because when required, that information is easily fetched in your mind in the fraction of a second.
However, to speak English fluently , there are some practice that you can :
While practicing your fluency , you must remove fear as:
                   " Fear discourages you and seals your doorways to success "
                                           " Fear is an infectious condition "
You cannot master anything quickly.
While mastering, you may do mistakes.
Don't be discouraged while having mistakes.

                                           " Mistakes are the best teacher "
Learn from your mistakes and make yourself more perfect than before.
Also, try to take the meaning of a word as deeply as possible because most of the time, while speaking, you run out of words and you stop.
And always use correct word in correct situation.

If you feel words harder to remember , learn basics of the word formation and understand a word deeply.
English is not just English.
English involves many roots that come from different languages.

For example :
However, you can find these roots either on internet or in books.
You may refer to some good books as , " Wren & Martin's English Grammar " and " Word Power Made Easy ".

Once, you know the word formation , you can make your own words and when you run out of words while speaking, this technique helps you more effectively.
The above article helps you to speak English fluently.
Find other sources too.
– – – HAVE A BEAUTIFUL DAY!

The first question that arises in my mind after reading this question is, how come we are so fluent in our native language or mother-tongue while English seems to be mind-boggling?! Well, this is because it is the way we have been brought up.
Right from communicating, singing, watching the TV and movies, mimicking, swearing – ALL these things we comfortably do in our mother-tongue and never do we feel clumsy nor are we grammatically wrong (most of the times).
Why is that so?

It is because during childhood, our brain grasped each and every emotion and expression of the people surrounding us without even knowing what they meant!! And this is how we learnt our language deeply without thinking much.
There was no analysing at that time, we just took it in.
But once we grow up, our mind analyses, rationalizes and somewhere gets tired of not getting the immediate result.
This leads to slow and sloppy procedure of learning a new language.

So the best way of doing it is to familiarize yourself with that language totally by diving deep into it.
And the path is way too interesting and easy.
I have written four points for helping you only if you have the strong desire to be fluent in English:

Firstly, start with the grammar.
Buy or borrow a nice book on grammar which not only focuses on elementary grammar but more on prepositions, Subject verb agreement and idioms and phrases.
But please read this only after your basic grammar of noun, pronoun, verbs, basic sentence making is done.
For this I would recommend the book that I followed in my senior classes, ‘Total English’ by Pamela and Xavier Pinto.
‘Wren and Martin’
is another good book.
Secondly and simultaneously, start watching English movies, TV series, listen to English songs and get their lyrics and sing it! Yes, sing the songs regardless of how bad your vocal chords might be!! That way you are getting that lisp.
The mind gets trained and the mouth adapts to the pitch and flow of that language so you donot only speak but speak fluently.
And, it's a lot of fun trust me.
You may not like it at first but have patience, you'll enjoy it gradually.
Thirdly, speaking English is incomplete without a good vocabulary.
You just can't do away with blabbering without using proper words! For example if you say, “I am very hungry!” This is correct but the better and precise way to say the same thing will be, “I am ravenous.
” You learn a new word and using it will give you a sense of confidence and you'll be happy.
For learning new words please stop CRAMMING! Just stop it! You are just tiring your mind without learning.
First trait of building up a vocabulary is to have patience.
One book that I'd prescribe for slow and effective vocab building is ‘Word Power Made Easy’ by Norman Lewis.
He is an influential author and gives us a deep insight on words, their origin and uses in the most reader-friendly way.
Read this book for sure and it will, at least, change your perspective towards English as a language.
Also, I feel becoming a verbose is very appealing! !
Fourthly, Start reading English newspapers starting with TOI for two months or so and then moving on to The Indian Express or The Hindu.
Read the editorial page (a must) and jot down the difficult words,new words, phrases, idiomatic expressions in a separate diary, look up for these words- their meaning, usage and then make a sentence of your own using that word or phrase and say it to yourself thrice so you know how and where to speak it.
This will actually give a boost to your vocab building.
Also, to improve your fluency by leaps and bounds, ACT LIKE A NEWS-READER! Yes, to get comfortable with the language you have to repeatedly speak it unless you use it as your native language for everyday use.
Just start and make it a habit to read aloud the news to yourself or to anyone and feel the difference in you a few weeks later.
You can also catalyze the process by listening to English news on radio, on TV or anywhere! Start with NDTV or CNN-IBN Indian news channels that feature in English and then move on to BBC, Al Jazeera.
Whatever you do, do it with precision.
The mind is reluctant to new things so treat it like a baby.
Just follow these golden rules which may sound painfully exhaustive initially but once you start doing it and continue it for a week at least, you will fall in love with it.
What more you will fall in love with yourself! And apart from loving, I can assure you that after you have followed this schedule for a fairly long time (say two to three months religiously), you will evolve as a better and highly transformed person with much confidence and a personality of your own.
Also you will be more aware of your surroundings, understand the world better and will definitely have an advanced and more amicable approach towards life and cultures.
However, I strongly feel that even if you learn and live in different cultures, stay true to your roots and give a reason to others to learn Hindi!

Thanks and regards.

How can I become fluent in English?

You have received some incredibly brilliant answers, many from extremely qualified and well placed individuals too, so let me give you a foreigner's practical perspective, if I may.
I was born in Italy, didn't speak a word of English when I first came to London thirty years ago, there were no 'online resources' then, and I remember going to the movies  bringing a pocket dictionary with me.
The problem was though, I did not know the spelling of most words I heard on screen, so I always felt like attempting synchronized swimming in a force 10 gale at sea.
One day, a very old guy who was sitting next to me at the cinema, noticing how furiously and frustratingly I was flicking my well worn out dictionary, asked me how well I wanted to speak.
"Like I native" I answered.
He laughed and said that that was not possible, but he could teach me so people would be impressed by my English nevertheless.
We met regularly and talked about all sorts of things,  it turned up he was a retired professor of modern languages at Cambridge University, fluent in Italian too.
He told me that the only way to become almost perfect at speaking a language, not just English, was to allow others to correct you, even constantly, as you speak.
He said that that would irritate most people immensely, but surely it was the best and fastest way.
So he did, and I remember these surreal and surely  irritatingly stuttered conversations, that eventually became more balanced, as he interrupted me less and less.
One evening we were together at a dinner party and a lady sitting next to us complimented me on my English, saying it was perfect, asking where I came from.
Before I could answer he said to her, visibly irritated, that if my English was truly perfect she wouldn't have noticed.
As we were walking home I asked him how I could improve further, especially my diction, so to become perfect.
He smiled, hugged me and said "Franz, what makes you special and 'exotic' is exactly that, your accent and your little imperfections and odd grammar, never lose it completely, it would be a huge mistake.
"
I was very fond of him, he taught me not just English, but a most valuable lesson too: make the most of what you have received in life at birth, it is what makes you special.
I felt confident enough eventually to write several books, and I even won a Creative Review Award for my writing.
Nowadays I give lectures to all sorts of audiences, and whenever someone compliments on my "perfect" English I smile and answer "hopefully it isn't, so you'll remember me better".
My English is far from perfect, but it has an unique style (or so I hope) and my accent is so undefined that people cannot really figure out where I come from, and that is enough.
So find someone you can talk to regularly who is happy to correct you every time you make a mistake, but at the same time don't lose what makes you special, exotic.

I'm going to tell you one method in which your English fluency is going to improve drastically within weeks.
Yes, I tried this as I was not having access to download lot of English movies at that time or to buy books.
So this was the best way for me without spending any money.
Unethical hack
I used to call different customer care for different products (Tata Sky, Airtel, Vodafone, Sun Direct etc).
Mind you the English fluency of the tele callers are always good.
Most of the numbers are toll free numbers.
I call them, ask random doubts and try to extend the conversation as much as possible.
I very carefully listen all the words they use, how sentences are formed.
I had lot of customer care toll free numbers, I select English over my regional language when automated voice tells me to select the language.
You cannot do that for hours and hours with same caller.
So spend 10 minutes with a caller, analyze it, learn it, and call to a different customer care later.
Following this for one week will drastically improve your English fluency.
You don't need to spend a buck.
Pros:
No embarrassment as only you will know how much you messed up
No need to spend money (All are toll free numbers)
Edit 1: I could see few people say that reading may be a better idea than this.
I request you to differ.
I do accept that, reading will increase the vocabulary and language.
But when it comes to English fluency, the more you talk with others, the better you will become.
This is not only for English, but for all the languages.
No, I’m not going thank for the upvotes.
But i’m very happy to see people messaging me that they followed this trick and the Fluency has been increased dramatically.

That really makes me happy.
:) Improving someone’s language whom I have never met, or discussed.
Thank you Quora for this wonderful Platform.
One guy even got a job and placed in a company after following this.
When I saw that message, I decided to update the answer.

In college and high school I desperately wanted to be understood and wanted to speak with clarity and eloquence.
I remember I wrote a letter to my high school principal explaining to him all things that needed to be improved in school and how they could be improved.
I spend days and days writing and explaining to him everything.
It was a whopper of a letter.
I thought it would change our high school completely.
It would help kids who were tortured of insensitive teachers.
It would help the kids who never reported bullying by other kids.
I remember one of my class fellows was constantly sexually abused by two other boys in class – when I told the teacher she didn't do anything.
I thought my written letter would change all this.
But I was utterly disappointed.
At the end of the school day the principal called me and asked me what the letter meant.
I looked at him as if he'd just expelled me.
I told him I'd written everything in it.
He looked at me.
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.
then back at the letter.
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read for a few minutes and then tossed it in the trash.
"Absolutely rubbish, young man.
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.
find better words to explain yourself.
I always thought you were a smart kids – but this is absolutely non-sense.
I can't understand a single sentence!!!" he said.
I was shocked to say the least.
I walked out wondering what had gone wrong.
Still shell-shocked I was sitting outside the school gate.
A janitor walked by and looked at me.
He was a kind 58 year old with wrinkly skin.
He'd been with the school forever and knew every kid in all the classes – and their parent.
He stopped and asked me what was wrong – when I told him the story – he said.
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"Son, next time when you want to tell someone something important – think about me.
Think that you're explaining it to me.
I'm not educated and never went to school.
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if I can understand it, then they will.
And if I can't understand something – no one will.
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" he said.
Then he left.
I never paid much attention to what he said until I actually started in the corporate world – where my boss would make me distill everything into simple words.
"Make it simple my boss would say.
.
.
easy enough for me to get it.
.
.
"
That's when this 3 Step Formula dawned on me.
.
.
.
but I want to warn you – this formula is so simple and easy to understand that it's simplicity will astonish you.
.
.
Use it in your life, test it out.
.
.
then make a judgement about it.
Think of this as a testing phase – you can dive right in and learn these quickly and apply them to your life immediately, but give yourself the opportunity to apply them before forming an opinion about them.
Test them out in your life – then keep the ones that you like and throw out the rest.
The 3-step formula for speaking clearly and eloquently
1.
Talk in stories

Since the dawn of time humans have used stories to communicate with each other.
All religious texts are essentially stories bound together.
All history is stories told by a few people about what happened and what did not happen.
All scientific principles that you truly remember are based on stories repeated – with a few variations but stories nonetheless.
People remember stories more than they remember facts.
So whenever you want others to remember something, tell them a story.
If you just tell them a fact, they’ll forget two minutes later.
But if you share a story around what you’ve said, they will remember what you’ve said more, and for longer.
They will be able to understand what you’re saying quicker and will think you speak clearly and eloquently.
Ultimately just by talking in stories your eloquence and clarity will increase significantly.
2.
Keep stories short and punchy

Keep your stories relevant, short and punchy.
Think about everything in life.
The things that you remember most are the ones which has a story around them.
You could probably tell me the story of Titanic, or Avatar – but would you be able to tell me who came up with Quadratic Equations.
Heck, I know I studied quadratic equations for longer than I watched Titanic – but for the life of my I don’t even remember what they are.
But Titanic, I could probably quote the whole movie… (Yes, I was a sappy teenager once!!! There’s not shame there!!!)
But let’s get back to the point…
When you start telling stories, you’ll have a hard time in the beginning.
Finding the right story to tell, or making it short and punchy is pretty difficult.
But as you practice this, you will get better.
You have to practice though.
Practice all the time.
While you’re standing in line for the bus, when you’re hanging out with friends, when you’re buying groceries – practice talking in stories.
Tell stories to the checkout girl at the coffee shop.
Tell stories to your hairdresser.
Tell stories to yourself.
Think about a message that you want to tell others – something good that you’d like to share about yourself.
Then talk about it in a story, narrating that quality through the use of a story.
The more stories you tell the better you will get and the more clearly you will be able to speak.
Your message will be immediately understood with clarity and eloquence by everyone.
3.
Use words a 10 year old will understand

This is probably the most important thing to understand – and for some reason the more education you have the harder it is to accept this fact about our fellow humans.
The truth is that most of us talk, speak, and listen at the 10 year old level.
Or even at the 7 year old level.
When we're sitting and thinking to ourselves we use words with one or two syllables.
The voice inside our head is like a 7 year old and talks that language.
But when we talk to others we turn into this stuffy old college professor who things too much of his own education.
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but the person listening to us is a 7 year old girl who doesn't understand words like 'disenfranchise' or 'existentialism' (what does that even mean).
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When we want to make an impression we start using big words – thinking that this is what will make me look smarter.
The reality is completely opposite.
The more you use big words the less you get understood, it’s not because your audience is dumb or that they aren’t educated…
…but the truth is surprisingly different….
Let’s look at why we use big words first…
I know that you’ve spent years and years honing your vocabulary, and going to school and college to learn big words.
And you want to use them to communicate all the things that you’ve learned.
But here’s the thing – to understand big words and the meaning they convey, we have to ‘think’ about them, absorb them, and then form an opinion about what’s being said.
The minute you have to ‘think’ about what’s being said – the meaning of the rest of the conversation gets lost, because you’re ‘thinking’ and not listening.
So to get understood use words that no one has to ‘think’ about.
Words that will convey your message with crystal clarity, without any chance of being misunderstood.
This can only be done when you speak at the 10 grade level.
At this level…
…the words are small, so they can’t be misunderstood.
…the syllables are few – so they can’t be mispronounced.
…the hidden nuances are non-existent, so everyone will get the same meaning.
Plus because everyone will understand you, they will think you’re very smart to always be able to get your point across without being misunderstood.
You will have the benefit of easily speaking with clarity and eloquence.
You will instantly transform your speaking abilities, speaking with more clarity, confidence, eloquence and understanding.
What ever you’re trying to say, whether it is talking to friends, asking some one for a favor, talking in a job interview, speaking at a conference, or delivering a lecture – your message will be understood with clarity.
But I just want to warn you about something very important….
A Word Of WARNING!!!
This 3-step method is surprising deceiving.
If you use them it, you will be shocked at how quickly you become the center of attention at every party.
You will start making friends every where you go.
You will be understood without any mistakes.
Everyone you talk to will complement you on your speaking abilities and your command at your language.
Plus you will gain the confidence and clarity of getting your point across every time.
And people will praise you for your eloquence.
But don’t let the simplicity of this secret fool you.
If you share it with others without applying it in your life you will quickly be called a fool and ridiculed.
So use this secret before you tell anyone the truth.
Once you've used it, and your friends and family have seen how clearly and eloquently you speak then and only then you can reveal it.
This will give you the benefit of showing them that it works – before you tell them that it does.
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