There are a number of ways to your desired American English language proficiency level. First of all you should know and set up your highest priorities. Depending on your goals you should take different routes to achieve them.
Do you know the phrase: practice
Well, most likely you do. It
works in learning American English, too. This is especially important in
mastering speech. Why is that?
When you write you have time to
think what you want to do, formulate that and then act on it. You can make
corrections, if needed and as needed before you present your thoughts. You have
the time to do that. How does
it work when you talk?
In speech you simply do not have
the luxury of preparing the answer or reply or response. You need to act
rapidly, on an impulse. Your reaction has to be instant. In order to be
comebacks must be instantaneous and correct the first time around. How do
you do that?
There is only one way. Practice,
practice, practice, practice and practice.
Say it, speak, talk, tell, mumble, murmur, whisper, chat,
converse, just voice it out how-ever, where-ever and when-ever. How you learn
vocabulary and grammar for your speech is secondary. How much you have already
learnt is tertiary. Mastering your speech using what you already know or your
available resources to the point of almost involuntary
response is primary.
With time your ripostes become
so automatic that you don’t need to think what to say. Your brain does it at
the subconscious level using the action
– reaction principle. That’s also how your muscle memory works. When you
want to walk - you just walk, when you decide to run – you just run. You don’t
have to think about the technical side of these activities. It is automatic. Your
brain already knows what to do and does it immediately and straightaway in
response to the trigger.
American English speech, and it
works the same way for other languages, too, of course, is based on the same
rule. The law of learned
responses embedded not only in your mind but also in your muscles, to make
the feedback even faster and without wasting your brain’s precious resources
for what can be thought through and expected well in advance. Say, what?
What did you say? Say
that again. … And I mean it. … Literally!
See ya …