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11 April 2016

FluentIQ's Linguistic Scientist, Dr. Ksenia Gnevsheva.

So – it turns out that learning English is not just about repetition and practice. As a linguistic scientist, I can tell you that there are 4 key components to learning any new language. If you are aware of these and concentrate on them, you will move faster towards English fluency.

There are literally hundreds of thousands of blogs out there – all ready and willing to help you achieve your English goals. What sets GET FLUENT apart from all other English language resources, is that it is fresh from the world of linguistic science. I am Dr. Ksenia Gnevsheva and known as a bit of a trailblazer in my field.  I am also the primary Linguistic Science Advisor at FluentIQ where we are developing the world’s first “fitness” app for English language learners. At FluentIQ, we absolutely challenge you to assess yourself at and see if your English is ready for the real world.

Before you get started, here are a few things you should know about learning English:

1. Get motivated!

It is proven that motivated learners will learn and improve their English language communication several times faster than others. You have to take responsibility for your own progress, your own practice, and your own hard work. Unless you are under the age of 12, English is not going to somehow mist into your brain without much effort  – even if you are surrounded by English language speakers every day. For a fun and painless way of keeping on track, make sure you subscribe to our Daily Practice. It’s 30 seconds of easy English practice to get you going!

2. Keep it personal

Research shows that everyone will come with different pronunciation challenges which depend on their own personalities, their first language, and their background. Rather than working on every part of pronunciation in the English language, get to know where your weaknesses are so you can stop wasting time and focus.

3. Intonation, stress and rhythm

Linguistic Science tells us that improvements in intonation have the most impact in terms of being understood. Listen carefully to the intonation, word stress, and rhythm of a native speaker. This will be far more valuable to you in your practice than trying to mimic someone else’s pronunciation of individual sounds. For extra help here, check out these tips from the British Council.

4. Pronunciation of sounds

Clinical studies tell us that you have to recognise a sound as different from another before you can produce the two separate sounds. Sounds obvious but – for many learners- some sounds in English are hard to differentiate from others. If you can’t hear it, you can’t say it!  So first focus on listening. To help you with your pronunciation, you might want to check out Real English Pronunciation – for a weekly tutorial delivered by Darcy at FluentIQ.

If you haven’t done it yet, go get yourself a free FluentIQ account. Do the 15-minute assessment and review your report carefully. Then, all you need to do is focus and practice for at least 15 minutes every day. After a solid week’s practice, get back into FluentIQ and check in again to see how much you have progressed and what your focus should be in the coming week. It’s that easy!

:) Ksenia

Posted by: Ksenia

Ksenia is our linguist, specializing in accentedness. She is interested in how accents change and how people can hear accents differently.