Unlocking Fluency: Mastering Excellent English Through Slow Practice

There are problems with your English pronunciation, so people don’t understand you. You can’t remember words when you’re talking. When you listen to English audios, it’s difficult to understand. You feel frustrated.

Consequently, you try to speak faster. You try to listen to faster audios. You push yourself to understand, speak faster, read faster, and write faster. This creates more stress and frustration.

If you want to speak English fluently and quickly, you want to understand instantly. But most importantly, you want to feel relaxed and confident every time you speak English.

If you try to go fast constantly, you can’t concentrate on details. When you listen to audios that are too fast, you don’t actually hear or understand many words. If you don’t hear and don’t understand them, you won’t be able to learn them. Speaking too fast is also problematic. When you speak too quickly, your pronunciation often gets worse. You speak faster, but no one understands you. Communication gets worse, not better.

It was hard to understand a Thai student once who was constantly focused on speed. Although he wanted to speak faster (be more fluent), his pronunciation was bad. It was hard for me to understand him even when he spoke normally. However, when he spoke quickly, it became impossible for me to understand him.

To solve these issues, it is important to take a slower approach rather than trying to speed up. As the English saying goes, “slow is smooth, smooth is fast.” This means it is beneficial to begin by practicing a skill at a very slow pace. Pay close attention and observe all of the details. Deeply learn and practice everything, repeating frequently. Instead of opting for faster audio, listen to slower ones carefully. Notice each word and phrase, along with the speaker’s pronunciation. Rather than trying to speak English at a quicker pace, speak deliberately and slowly. Take your time and carefully select your words to ensure clear and understandable pronunciation.

Slowing down helps you develop good accurate habits. You train your brain t