6 Keys to Fluency: 3. Learn Phrases

In this video blog post, I will discuss how learning individual words instead of words in phrases makes achieving fluency more difficult.  When you come across a new word, try to learn it within a phrase.  By doing this, you are learning how to use the word and will likely remember the word better.  Learning commonly used phrases in conversation, will help you to speak more comfortably as well.

Try this:  Listen to or read a conversation about a simple subject between 2 native speakers.  How do phrases help you to better understand the words they choose to use?  By analyzing short everyday conversations like this, and then learning phrases as they are used by speakers, you can become more fluent.  Below is a sample dialogue using the word ‘fine’ and the word ‘set’:

Ricky:  Hi Mickey, how are you?

Mickey: I’m fine, how have you been?

Ricky:  I’m ok.  How are things going at work?

Mickey:  No problems, everything is fine and dandy.  How’s your wife?

Ricky:  She is off visiting her sister in New York, so I’m left home alone.

Mickey:  We should get together and grab a bite to eat.  I know a great place downtown that serves the best beer and burgers.

Ricky:  That would be great, let’s set a date.  Burgers are my favorite, and nothing goes better with a burger than a nice cold beer.

Mickey:  Let’s do it Friday after work.  I get off at 6.

Ricky:  I’ll meet you at your office  at 6:15, and then we can take the train downtown.

Mickey:  Great!  See you then!

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