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How do people acquire English language proficiency?

Native people acquire language fluency by observation, necessity, situations, contexts, body language, etc., even without knowing the alphabet or grammar of the language. A child speaking in his/her mother tongue is the best example of this type of learning. This is the most effective  and fastest way of acquiring  language Proficiency

Non-natives do not get opportunities to speak or practice or listen to English talks, or phrases, so they tend to speak English in a mechanical (grammar) way (like a robot,) or they will utter sentences in a written way that will sound unnatural.

For e.g.

I will see you tomorrow in your office is more natural than I will meet you tomorrow in your office.

What are the ways for non-natives to acquire English language Proficiency———

The easiest way to start speaking in English is to speak the words group or phrases confidently and with appropriate body language, voice modulation, stress, etc. This will instill confidence and your tongue will be free from shackles.

Words group or Phrases are grammatically incorrect, but they are acceptable in formal communication, it’s better to concentrate more on the functions of the English language and the task at hand, not on the grammar.

Word groups or phrases come naturally when you face a particular situation, there is no necessity to think and say, these phrases flow like water from your tongue.

When speaking English, try to speak as slowly as possible and never try to speak faster than the person you are talking to.

Listen, understand speak English  contextually, and don’t translate English to your mother tongue or vice versa

Forget grammar when you talk or write in English, there are thousands of phrases (Words group) that you can use readily without knowing grammar.

If you don’t get an opportunity of talking in English with people, don’t worry talk to yourself, it’s as good as talking to others.

Don’t see and memorize new English words, rather see the different contexts where the word is used, it’s better to Google the word and understand its meaning in different contexts.

For e.g.

Put means keep or drop something, the other contexts where put is used are:

Put on your coat – wear

I can’t put up with your music system’s sound (I can’t tolerate it)

Maintain a separate note to record the usage of new words and phrases, it’s better than referring to a dictionary.

I do not advise you to completely avoid grammar, I recommend you to study functional or practical grammar that I am going to publish periodically.  The knowledge of practical grammar would help to make your own phrases and also help you to correct your own mistakes. I strongly recommend grammar knowledge for English skills trainers.

Today let’s  see the most common English phrases used in or daily routine

1. When someone does a favor to you, say

Thank you very much


That’s very kind of you.

Thanks a lot

Reply to the above statement

  1. It’s O.K
  2. That’s alright/it’s alright
  3. You are welcome
  4. Doesn’t matter
  5. It’s my duty
  6. It’s my pleasure

Note: With superiors use  3rd and 6th phrases

2. When you require someone’s help, say

  1. Could you please …wait for a minute/sit on seat No.3 /move ahead a little
  2. Would you please mind… lending me your pen/helping me to lift this bad
  3. Please help me ……to find this location/to move this baggage.

3. When you enter someone’s privacy or you want someone to hear you or you want to interrupt someone’s talk, say

Excuse me

4. When you didn’t hear something, say

Pardon me/excuse me / could you please repeat that/ sorry

5. When you cause harm to others unwittingly, say

I am sorry, I am extremely sorry, sorry for……, Sorry I didn’t ……

6. When you want to appreciate someone, say

That’s it,  exactly, certainly, obviously, fantastic, marvelous, well-done, etc.

7. When you are introduced to someone for the first time, say

    Hello, glad/pleased to meet you.

8. When you don’t know something, say

Sorry, Sorry I don’t know, Sorry I am not aware of this/that

9. Accepting your fault

     I am sorry/I am extremely sorry/ how stupid of me/The fault is mine/it’s all my mistake.

     Reply to the above

     It’s O/ It happens sometimes/be extra careful in future.

10. Wishing/Greeting people    

  12 midnight to 12.00-noon Good morning

   Exactly at 12.00 noon –  Good noon

   12.00 noon to 4.00 p.m. Good afternoon

   4.00 to 12.00 midnight – good evening

   12.00 midnight to 12.00 noon – good morning

11. Parting with someone.

   Daytime – say good day, see you, bye, etc.

   Evening – say goodnight/ bye/see you up to 11.59 p.m.

   Good day/night = saying bye

12. Congratulating people

   Birthday – Many happy returns of the day, a happy grand day

   New year  – Wish you a very happy/prosperous  new year

   Married   – Wish you a very happy married life/congratulations

   Achievement – Well done/excellent/marvelous + congratulation + firm handshake.

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