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Fluent in 3 Months: How Anyone at Any Age Can Learn to Speak Any Language from Anywhere in the World

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    Your story, like mine, begins and ends with passion
    Erhan İpekçilerhas quoted9 months ago
    I am not mistaken . . .

    I am not certain whether . . .

    Like every other man/woman . . .

    I have my own opinion on it, but . . .

    I am not an expert, but . . .

    Quoting

    She said something like . . .

    My wife/husband pointed out that . . .

    Recently, I heard that . . .

    My better half said . . .

    Switching

    Now it occurs to me that . . .

    By the way . . .

    I have an interesting story about it.

    And besides that . . .

    Oh, I nearly forgot . . .

    And one more thing . . .

    On the other hand . . .
    Erhan İpekçilerhas quoted9 months ago
    would like to emphasize that . . .

    Should I explain in greater detail?

    Allow me to say it another way.

    That is to say . . .

    Nevertheless . . .

    Even though . . .

    That sounds like . . .

    And that is why . . .

    Opening

    Thank you very much.

    That is a good question.

    That is such a difficult question.

    Once upon a time, long ago . . .

    Passing

    Can you tell me please . . . ?

    Would you be interested in us talking about something else?

    And what do you think?

    Qualifying

    To tell you the truth . . .

    I presume that . . .

    I hope that . . .

    In my opinion . . .

    If that is true . . .

    I don’t know exactly.

    I would like to think that . . .

    The way I see it is that . . .

    As you may know . . .

    I don’t have a big interest in that.

    If I understand correctly . . .

    As you already know . . .

    That isn’t such a big problem.

    That is a matter of opinion.

    As far as I know . . .

    I have the impression that . . .

    It is usually true that . . .

    You never know, but . . .

    I haven’t thought about it before, but . . .
    Erhan İpekçilerhas quoted9 months ago
    really can’t believe that.

    In principle that is true, but . . .

    Admittedly that is true, but . . .

    That’s one way to say it.

    Only up to a certain point.

    Certainly. Why not?

    I agree.

    Closing

    That is all there is to say.

    That is all for now.

    To sum up . . .

    And there is the problem.

    I hope it is only a matter of time.

    That remains to be seen.

    Filler

    Understandably.

    Frankly speaking . . .

    Between you and me . . .

    Anyway . . .

    Well then . . .

    Well, as a matter of fact . . .

    How can I put it?

    I must say that . . .

    First . . .

    Second . . .

    I would like you to know that . . .

    I am afraid that . . .

    Now and then it seems to me that . . .

    After all . . .

    As far as I am concerned . . .

    More and more . . .

    Actually . . .

    All joking aside . . .

    Now seriously . . .

    Elaborating

    To be more precise . . .

    And what’s more . . .

    Since I am already talking about it . . .

    I would like to emphasize that . . .
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    Apologizing

    Don’t be upset, but . . .

    It was a slip of the tongue.

    I said it by mistake.

    I am sorry that . . .

    (Dis)agreeing

    One hundred percent.

    Without question.

    Exactly right.

    Most certainly.

    Without doubt.

    In no way . . .

    That isn’t true at all.

    That is an exaggeration.

    I really can’t believe t
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    I hesitate when I’m nervous
    Bogdan Bystritskiyhas quotedlast year
    When a person has an accent, it means he can speak one more language than you.
    Bogdan Bystritskiyhas quotedlast year
    Here are a few things to observe about native speakers (by watching television or relating in person), especially those who are the same gender and age as you:

    What clothes do they typically wear?
    What facial expressions do they have as they speak?
    What distance are they from other speakers?
    What are they doing with their hands?
    How do they handle personal grooming and what hairstyles do they have?
    How and how fast do they walk?
    What postures do they have when standing or sitting?
    How much eye contact do they make?
    What other unique features that make them different from you could you potentially emulate?
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    Teachers open the door. You enter by yourself.
    Bogdan Bystritskiyhas quotedlast year
    But even if you can talk to people, try to fill your alone time with some thinking (aloud or to yourself) in the language.
    Bogdan Bystritskiyhas quoted2 years ago
    I personally get more benefit out of taking exams only in levels B2, C1, or C2, at the levels where a more academic approach is more beneficial to my language learning strategy.
    Bogdan Bystritskiyhas quoted2 years ago
    If you are listening to audio, don’t do something else at the same time; instead, take notes to make sure you are following what you’re hearing, or try to repeat it over to yourself, making sure you understand each word. The less attention you give to it, the less efficiently you will learn. You could spend ten hours listening to audio while you are jogging and thinking about something else, but you would learn as much as if you had simply listened to a single hour while pausing and thinking about what was being said with your full focus. Don’t multitask language learning!
    Bogdan Bystritskiyhas quoted2 years ago
    Focus is the key.
    Bogdan Bystritskiyhas quoted2 years ago
    One of my favorite aphorisms is that grammar is like a really powerful pharmaceutical: it’s helpful in small doses but fatal when overprescribed.
    Bogdan Bystritskiyhas quoted2 years ago
    Translating as a long-term strategy is a bad idea if you want real fluency, as this extra step will slow you down too much.
    Bogdan Bystritskiyhas quoted2 years ago
    Speaking from Day One
    Bogdan Bystritskiyhas quoted2 years ago
    There are no strangers here, only friends you haven’t yet met
    Bogdan Bystritskiyhas quoted2 years ago
    Immersion Without Buying a Plane Ticket
    Bogdan Bystritskiyhas quoted2 years ago
    Decide precisely what you are aiming for. Have a look at a more detailed explanation of the various levels of the CEFRL system at fi3m.com/cefrl and decide which would be slightly higher than a safe target for you, so you really push yourself. Pay careful attention to both what is required and what is not required at that level.
    Set aside a specific period, whether it is one, three, or six months, and make sure your language learning project is your highest priority during this time.
    During your intensive learning project, make sure to focus on the biggest issue you have and try to solve it, or greatly reduce it, with mini-missions rather than going through a generic course, which may not be well suited to the precise point you are aiming for.
    If you do take on this project full-time, make sure to take breaks so you don’t burn yourself out.
    Announce your mission to the world, which establishes a chain of accountability since your friends and family will then be aware of your goals and can follow along with your progress. You can do this with Facebook status updates, a blog, or your own log on the Fluent in 3 Months forum at fi3m.com/forum.
    Bogdan Bystritskiyhas quoted2 years ago
    Discipline is choosing between what you want now and what you want most.
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