Get fluent with Glish

How does Glish improve your English fluency?

Real conversations are the key to fluency. ~ Dani Leis

When we learn our first language, we learn to speak first and worry about learning grammar later. With a second language, we learn grammar first, then discover there are few people with whom we can practice speaking.

Anyone who has experienced language immersion can testify that real conversations are the key to fluency. But moving to the USA or the UK to learn English isn’t possible for most people.  So Glish offers a web platform where real English conversations are possible, no matter where you live.

Glish is focused on the conversational part of language learning. Glish encourages us to practice communicating effectively.  Can you understand your conversation partner? Can they understand you?  With Glish, you’ll focus on listening and communicating ideas effectively.  Just like in real life, you can use your dictionary app to find a new word you need while you’re talking. The goal is to practice conversation. The more you practice speaking, the more fluent you become. 

The Glish method helps push your fluency in several different ways.

New vocabulary

Watching a video will bring up new vocabulary nearly every time. Use this new vocabulary in context when you have a conversation with your coach.

Conversational phrasing

Coaches show you a way to say things more conversationally. When we first learn English we learn the formal structures of the language, the kind we use for formal or academic writing. However, conversational English can be very different from written English. Glish coaches speak naturally so you can learn to hear, understand, and speak, conversational English.

Colloquial speech

col·lo·qui·al (kəˈlōkwēəl/) adjective – language used in ordinary or familiar conversation; not formal or literary.

It’s easier to remember colloquial speech when you hear it in the context of a real conversation. For example, if you say, “I went to the bar for dancing last night” your coach might reply, “so you went clubbing last night?”  Then they might type into the chat box, clubbing = going out to nightclubs.

Coaches will share colloquial expressions with you and other things you probably didn’t learn in school. They’ll use slang, phrasal verbs, and idioms. For example, when it’s time to end the session your coach might say, “I’ve gotta run” which means I have got to leave. We encourage you to interrupt your coach when you hear something new that you don’t understand. Ask your coach to repeat it and explain it.

Modeling Language 

Glish coaches also model well-structured English. Occasionally they will rephrase something you say as a way to show you a better way to say it. For example, if you say, “I go to the school yesterday” your coach might rephrase it as a question, and ask “so you went to school yesterday?”

English fluency requires practice.

Ultimately, fluency requires practice. There is no way to improve your speaking skills other than by speaking. At Glish, our goal is to help you practice real conversations that are relevant and interesting to you. The more you practice speaking, the more fluent you become.

We hope you’ll join us.

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