How to know you’re fluent in English (vol.3)

G’day, how’s it going mate? Today, I am going to touch on the last phase of how you know you’re fluent in English. This phase undeniably cannot be reached until you’ve accomplished the first two phases as I discussed previously. Let’s get underway!

  1. No worries about using grammar tense in a natural way – This looks like easy-peasy, but nonetheless it does not. If you’re thinking ideas and formulating into your language first, then you tend to be somehow confused. Sometimes, you’re messing up tense, which is quite a natural process of learning English language. I reckon the use of correct tense in speaking is crucially important to make people understand properly. Practise, practise and practise via internal monologue at home.
  2. Can understand subtle nuances – This is a very sophisticated level in speaking. You can read between the lines. Even if your conversation partner does not tell you the full details of what it is, you’re still able to catch the main point and even implications of what the speaker is explaining. The reason behind is that you’ve got not just lots of expressions and vocabularies in your head, but also heaps of a wide range of background knowledge, which significantly help expand your talk and comprehend some subtle nuances.
  3. Can understand jokes and humours – This is the final stage of how to know you’re fluent in English. Even me, I haven’t really reached this level. Of course, I can understand some jocose allusions, caricature, maxim, etc. But, it all depends on the context I am hearing. So the extent of this sort of comprehension varies depending on circumstances. You can definitely learn by watching movies, YouTube clips and reading books as well.
  4. Can feel yourself – Apart from all the categories being discussed, this is an extra one. I reckon if you can genuinely feel yourself when talking to native speakers, then you’ve nearly mastered the English language. Don’t get me wrong. This does not literally mean you perfectly mastered English. Instead, specifically speaking, your way of speaking behaviour seems to be tantamount to the one a native speaker usually does.

That’s all for this topic. Thanks for reading this series!

Have a good weekend!

Published by Masato Kawaguchi

I am an English entrepreneur here in Australia. I've been teaching the PTE exam for the last 2 years or so, now mainly general English online.

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