• Shivangi Agrawal

How to speak naturally?

I came across a catchy line while i was searching and here it is:

"Even if you learn to speak correct English, who are you going to speak it to?"

Experts and authorities generally do not make decisions and rules, by logic or correctness. Grammar is only an analysis after the facts, a post-mortem on usage. Usage always comes first and usage must rule. One of the best way to check the recent trend of the usage is to listen to people speaking and using the language professionally. We can see the acceptability of certain words, sentences and expressions in their everyday speech.

The correct English is rigid, unchangeable and exclusively dependent on grammatical rules. We often use many words grammatically correct when it comes to a writing an article or a note or while appearing for an English exam. However, that is not observed in everyday speech. I give you here an example, where the words used are grammatically different, but considered valid in day-to-day speech.

Who are you waiting for?

This is what we use generally, which is right as well. But grammatically, "For whom are you waiting?" is correct. "Who" is normal no matter what the grammatical construction is.

As can be seen, vocabulary and pronunciation can be a bit difficult at times, grammar is easy and more easy is the adaptability of the language. Grammatically correct English is actually not expected while you are speaking. This makes it easy to get the good working knowledge of English.

Today, in this article, i would like to share with you all few commonly used English sentences in different scenarios.

Phrases used to Introduce ourselves:

  1. I just wanted to introduce myself. I'm (your name);

  2. I don't think we have met before. My name is (your name);

  3. I take this opportunity to introduce myself. I'm (your name);

  4. I would like to introduce myself. I'm (your name);

Phrases used to ask for information:

  1. Can/could you tell me (insert the matter)?;

  2. I would like to know (insert the matter);

  3. What is the profile, if i may know?;

  4. Would you mind telling me more about it?

Ways to say i don't know:

  1. Ohh! I have no idea/clue.;

  2. I am sorry. I can't help you there;

  3. Well, i am not really sure about it.;

  4. I am not sure, but i have been wondering that, too.

Phrases for asking for someone's opinion:

  1. How do you feel about this (insert the matter)?;

  2. What do you think about this (insert the matter)?;

  3. What are your views on this (insert the matter)?

Ways to show your interests:

  1. Oh, really? That's interesting;

  2. That's impressive, tell me more about it;

  3. Oh, is it?

  4. That sounds so interesting, i would like to know more.

Above sentences/phrases are commonly and naturally used in day-to-day usage. Even, if speaking English turns out to be easy, it is very important to know the basic noun, verb, articles, prepositions, tenses etc. Many of us, in order to speak in English naturally, use the common phrases but, because of inadequate knowledge on the subject matter we end up making common mistakes.

So yes, you may not be grammatically too strong, but still can be quite natural in your speech. Be aware of the basics, be updated of the common jargons and most important is to be polite and confident. In my opinion, drafting a sentence in your mind and then translating it is time consuming and also will not help you speak naturally. But, constantly listening and reading will automatically make you habituated with commonly used sentences.

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