Sunday, April 24, 2011

I want to speak English FLUENTLY

Somebody might ask you, "What other languages do you speak?"  Or you might be asked, "What languages are you fluent in?"

What is this word "fluent" anyway?

You know the verb "to flow"? Well, the root of the verb "to flow" is at the root of the adjective "fluent". When you speak a language fluently, like a river, it flows naturally when you are speaking.  You ability to understand others flows naturally and smoothly. 

Use each word once (fluency   fluently   fluent)  and fill in the blank for each question directly below.  Post your responses in the comments form, and we will respond:

Are you ____________ in English? Do you speak any other languages ____________?  Is ____________   in English a goal of yours?

When your words flow naturally, correctly and smoothly, you are fluent in that language. Is that your goal?


  1. Every Engloholic is without a shadow of doubt eager to achieve such a goal! One can never become fluent with no practice, though. So, achieveing fluency in any language one learns requires a great deal of effort at first. As clever Latin used to say: Repetitium est mater studiorum. ))

  2. Yes. There's a certain irony here: One must work very hard in order to achieve a sense of a second language coming and flowing naturally!

    Thank you for your comment.

  3. oh, thank YOU for your posts, Jane!.))

  4. Wee Teacher, Sorry it took me so long to respond.

    I just added a post on the suffix "-holic" because of your earlier comment. Thank you.

    Generally the suffix generally refers to an addiction and uncontrollable urge that has dire consequences. I hope your interest in the English language hasn't gone down that road!