I have come up with 10 effective tips to get out of the dilemma and make you a fluent
1. Get a newspaper every morning and
read it front to back. It doesn’t matter which newspaper you subscribe to, it
only has to be major English daily. Pick anything from The Hindu, The Times of
India, Hindustan Times to The Indian Express. You may not get enough time to
read every page and every article. Therefore, at least go for the ones that
2. Get yourself a pocket dictionary.
It does not need to be expensive. So that the next time you come across an
unfamiliar word you can look it up before it slips off your mind.
3. Try to communicate only in English
whenever possible. This sort of commitment is absolutely necessary to develop
the desired fluency.
4. Make a group with your friends who
are interested in learning English and communicate with them in the same
medium. Discuss the words and phrases you come across and also share articles,
magazines, and books within the group.
5. Make a conscious effort to use the
words you learnt in conversation. Get the words in head and draw it whenever
you feel the need.
6. Get the habit of watching English
news channels like NDTV, Headlines Today, CNN-IBN, etc. Learn from the news
anchors and reporters as they normally speak crisp and proper English. Also
start watching English TV shows.
7. Subscribe to at least one English
book a month. Books have the capacity to introduce you to the possibilities of
the language and expose you to the various ways in which words can be
manipulated and played around with. This way there will be a hike in your
vocabulary stock of words, phrases, colloquialisms, etc.
8. Try to think in English rather than
your mother tongue. Because whenever you speak in English, you need to
translate your mother tongue before speaking. This makes your process slower.
So, why not start by thinking in English? It might take some time to get used
to the process, but once you master it, the phrases will come faster and easier
9. Watch an English movie every week
with subtitles on. This way you will be able to make out what the actors are
saying and will help you understand unfamiliar phrases.
10. Develop a habit of paying close
attention whenever someone near you is speaking in English. It won‘t be
considered eavesdropping, because if the person is speaking aloud in public,
he/she for sure is discussing nothing important. You will get introduced to
some common phrases that are used on a daily basis.