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"If you tend to use English in your day-to-day life, and if you are looking for achieving excellence in it, here’s the final word on the line of authorities you need to follow: Quirk for grammar, Fowler for usage, and KevNair for fluency."
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  "Can I become fluent
in spoken English
thro' self-study?"

Yes, you can. You definitely can – if you already know reasonable English.

In fact, it’s only through self-study that you can become truly fluent in spoken English. That is, it’s not just that you can become fluent through self-study. The fact is, self-study is the only effective way of gaining true spoken English fluency. The one and only effective way.

This may sound incredible or surprising to you at first, but it’s the truth. Plain, unvarnished truth. Read on, and you’ll be convinced.

Alternatives to self-study route, not really practical
If you want to achieve fluency in spoken English, there are two courses of action open to you: 1). Master fluency techniques through self-study. Or, 2). Try an alternative method.
And there are only two alternatives worth considering at all:

• Classroom instruction:
You’ll find out from the following paras that this alternative is not an effective one – if your aim is to achieve the fluency skill. This option has certain built-in limitations. And these limitations can even work against your fluency efforts.

• Living and working in a place where people speak mostly in English:
The things we’re going to look at in the following paras will show you that this is not a practical option for most adult learners. If you choose this option, it would take several years (and not just a few months) for you to become fluent in English. And the value of this option depends upon several other variables.

Of course, there are one or two other options that might look like alternatives. But they’re not really true alternatives at all. No. For example, doing translation, spending time listening to cassettes or CDs (containing theoretically-correct sentences), and learning theoretically-correct sentences by heart from books are not even options worth considering – if your aim is to become good at producing fluent speech spontaneously. These options would only help beginners – people who are trying to learn English. Of course, many people don’t realize this truth – until after they’ve tried these methods... and failed.

These are facts – and not mere opinions. And they’re true and correct – though they may be contrary to what many people believe.

Now let’s go ahead and look at the alternatives in detail.

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In this section
1. Alternatives to self-study route, not really practical 5. Helping learners in difficulty
2. Classroom instruction, not really effective 6. Living and working in an English environment
3. Fluency techniques and real-life situations 7. Fluency techniques: The only quick and easy route
4. Face-to-face instruction and feedback

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