Last week we went over what fluency is, what we all do fluently, and what it takes to develop fluency.
Now I will present to you in detail how to most effectively develop fluency.
This article will cover the first one I mentioned. I’ll call it the ‘true survival’ method number 1.
To recap it is to: Throw yourself in a situation where you must speak English for an extended period of time for survival, e.g. Exchange student, working overseas, or long trips to English speaking countries.
Let’s take a closer look at the first example, “exchange student“.
In the last article I wrote “exchange student” but you just have to be a foreign student.
Foreign student: Learning any subject in English where English is one of the main languages spoken.
Some rules for the highest possibility of success:
- RULE 1: Go to a place where there are as few number of Japanese as possible. (Purposeful)
- RULE 2: Go to a place where you feel the people will match you the most. (Comfortable)
- RULE 3: Go to a place that has interesting sights for you. (Enjoyable)
- RULE 4: Go to a place where you can study something related to your future. (Practical)
These are rules that other people I knew experienced and had success learning English.
You may have some drawbacks to the success rules, but I have these solution.
RULE 1 drawback: You may feel homesick.
Just video chat some people in Japan. Simple as that. And just know that Japan will be there when you want to come back, it’s not going anywhere. But the valuable time you will be spending developing a skill and English doesn’t last forever. Make the most out of it, and take ALL challenges as experience to make you a better person, and appreciative of Japan. You’ll be surprised how valuable your experience learning overseas is for your livelihood in Japan.
RULE 2 drawback: There are no people outside that match you.
Do some research. There are many countries and cities in the world that can match your personality. Even besides similar cultures, you can find a place that has a similar community to what you are compatible with. Take snowboarding for example. You can go to a place with a big snowboarding community. Their politeness may be different from Japan, but I’m certain you’ll find people with similar interest. Or if you like a certain kind of music, you can go to a city where it is very popular. Do your homework!
In the next article I will suggest solutions for the 3rd and 4th rules.
Read this article over again, and think over if this sounds like something interesting to you. I have no question you will be successful, but considering how interested you are in living overseas is good to do. But I highly recommend this if you want a full proof way to get fluent at English.[日本語訳へ]