Hi! if you've struggled for years to become a fluent English speaker...here's great news.
I'm going to share three breakthrough techniques so that you can become a flawless, fluent English
Huh! Now try saying that quickly.
Flawless, fluent English speaker.
And you'll be able to speak naturally and
I can help you slash your learning time.
I've helped thousands of people to easily and effectively become
fluent English speakers in a very short time and I can help you do it too.
My name is Herbert Lee.
I'm a Canadian born Chinese and like you I struggled
for many, many years to master English.
Now as you listen to me you probably think I'm a native speaker and you may
want to believe that, but actually English is not my native language.
I got my first English breakthrough back in
1980. I joined Toastmasters when I was living in Canada.
My breakthrough came after seven months of joining this club
which helps people improve their public speaking and communication skills.
You see in just seven short months I won the
club, area & district speech contests.
I even competed at the regional finals but was disqualified for going over by 7
And remember I was competing against native speakers in Canada, so
this was a very important breakthrough in my life.
Then for the next 15 years I was able to develop breakthrough
techniques to help other people overcome their fear of public speaking and speak
confidently in front of large audiences.
I taught many, many different kinds of people
CEO's, highly paid executives PR professionals and even politicians.
I was able to show them very quickly how to
overcome their fear and speak in front of very large audiences.
But I realized many, many people don't need to learn how to speak in front of
They just want to be able to carry on a simple conversation
in English and express their ideas in plain, simple English.
So I spent the next five years developing and researching
breakthrough techniques that would help anyone who wanted to become a fluent
English speaker and then I produced courses that would help people do that.
For the past 12 years I've been able to teach these techniques.
Breakthrough techniques to anyone who wanted to develop a breakthrough in
And my students have had outstanding results.
Now I want to share three breakthrough techniques with you.
Breakthrough technique number 1 - Break the translation loop.
I have noticed that most of my students - the vast majority of
my students use a technique called the translation loop.
The translation loop is the single factor that is hurting
You need to get rid of the translation loop if you want to have
an English breakthrough.
What is the translation loop?
Well many times you probably hear a question in English and
then you put the question in your brain and you're thinking about it in your
native language then you translate from your native language into an answer and
then from your native language you translate it back into English and then
you give the answer.
Well, unfortunately the answer is usually not very fluent.
this is how we get terms like Fringlish for French speakers of English.
Spanglish for Spanish speakers of English and
English speakers with a Chinese background.
Because you've mixed your own language with English and it does not
It does not sound grammatically correct and for sure, many
many people may not be able to understand you.
What you need to do is break this habit of the translation loop.
It's the only way you can really become fluent.
This will take time and you need to take steps to do it.
The first thing you need to do.
Buy yourself an English to English dictionary.
My recommendation to you is buy what's called an English
Now many of you I guess probably have a dictionary English-
French, English-Spanish, English-German, English-Japanese, English-Chinese because
you want to be able to understand the words that you see in English the
easiest way is to get an English and a native language dictionary.
Then you can understand very, very easily.
But this is not good for you because you're
developing your brain to keep processing in two languages -- English and your native
language and then your English vocabulary never improves or improves
very very little.
And when you want to use a word in English you're still
thinking in your native language so your your progress in becoming a fluent
English speaker becomes very, very bad.
So buy yourself this English learners
These are the best.
My recommendation is get the Collins C-O-L-L-I-N-S Collins
English Learner's Dictionary.
This is the first thing you should do to learn to
break your habit.
This way you will develop a good English vocabulary for
yourself and you will start to avoid using the habit of the translation loop.
Next you should start listening to English conversations and try to
understand question ... in English.
When you watch movies, try to get a movie ... and watch the
movie without the subtitles.
It's very easy to leave the subtitles on either in
English or in your native language and then you learn to read very quickly, but
you do not learn to listen.
My other suggestion is when you watch movies
don't try to watch a whole 2 hour movie.
Try to watch 10 or 15 minutes.
Go back and play it over again.
10 or 15 minutes and then go over it again and repeat.
What happens is with each time that you listen to it you will begin to
understand more and more in English and you'll be thinking in English which is a
very very important thing if you want to break the habit of thinking in your
With all respect to your native language, you've used it all your
life -- but if you want to become a fluent
English speaker you have to break the habit of translating and using the
Eliminating the translation loop is a process called
unlearning. You need to unlearn this habit if you want to learn and become a
fluent English speaker.
Breakthrough number 2 - Develop Intensive Listening
Develop intensive listening skills.
You're listening to this guy and saying "I want to become a
fluent English speaker."
What's this guy telling me -- I need to develop intensive
Well, stop think about this.
Why do I say you need listening skills?
Actually, you may think you want to become a fluent English speaker.
Actually what you want you want to become an
effective English conversationalist.
Conversation takes two people.
One to speak and one to listen.
And if you're not a good listener -- if you do not listen well in English and you're
always saying to the person who's talking to you "Excuse me, could you please repeat
that?" or "would you speak a little bit slower?" and "What did you say again?"
No one will really want to talk to you because you're a poor listener.
So you need to develop listening first.
Effective intensive listening skills is high up on the list if you want to
become a fluent English speaker.
How do you do this?
Well, a lesson that's very important when you want to become a good
You need to be interested in what other people are saying -- sincerely
from your heart.
You really have to want to listen to what other people say and
not become a yappy, yappy blabbermouth.
Listening is a skill that you need to develop.
But before I go ahead, let me ask you a question?
How many of you have taken intensive listening lessons in your
Now stop and think about this.
Have you ever taken a lesson in your native language?
Now some of you are saying, "No, I never took a lesson in
listening in my native language...
Never went to a classroom.
But stop and think about it.
Actually when you were a baby for about a year or a year and a
half, when you couldn't speak and all you could do is listen to your parents, their
friends and anyone who came around the house or in the shopping center or in
the grocery store you listened to this 24 hours a day in your native language and
you couldn't say anything.
But it all went in.
That's why you're so good at listening in your native
You have had close to 3,000 or 3,500 hours of listening to your native
language before you even said mama or baba.
And chances are once you said mama or baba
your listening skills became much worse.
It's funny human-beings once we learn to speak our
listening skills get worse, because now we can speak.
We can say something and we stop listening.
But back to a lesson about listening.
Our intensive listening.
Take a deep interest in other people and what they say.
When they say something, lean over a little bit and say, "Wow!
That's very interesting."
Because if you're interested in what other people are saying to you
they will want to talk to you.
They will find you interesting and you will become
a better listener.
And you know good listeners are very hard to find in
So breakthrough number two Learn to be an Intensive Listener.
One final point.
Just remember, if you look at the word "listen" L-I-S-T-E-N and you mix
the letters around you will get the word
S-I-L-E-N-T which is silent.
To be a good listener you need to be silent.
Breakthrough number 3 - Clustering.
A few years ago, I came across a book by
the late TK Ann, called Cracking the Chinese Puzzles.
At the time, I was trying to learn how to read and write Chinese.
In his book, he says it's much easier and
much more effective to learn Chinese by not learning individual characters, but
by learning them in groups -- what he liked to call "clusters."
This was an approach called "Cheaper by the Dozen" which is an
English expression that says when you buy more you get more.
And this principle -- this idea doesn't apply only to the
Chinese language, it applies to learning any language and also learning English.
So how do you do this in English?
How do you learn things in clusters so that you
can make it "Cheaper by the Dozen."
It's very easy.
Two things you should learn.
The basic groups that I recommend people to learn.
Actually there are three, but I'll only mention two today, are phrasal verbs
Now if you have gone through the traditional school system
you probably learned eight or nine parts of speech - nouns, pronouns, adjectives
adverbs, prepositions, interjections, conjunctions and articles.
But that only tells ...and many many lessons you've had
drilling these eight or nine parts of speech.
But what you didn't learn in school was phrasal verbs.
When I ask my students did you ever learn phrasal
verbs in school?
Most of them will say "Well, I think the teacher talked about it
or they might have had one lesson in it.
But to become fluent in English, phrasal verbs are a very, very important part of
Phrasal verbs, if you remember is a verb and a preposition.
The two together have a completely different
meaning than each of the words separately, which
makes it difficult to learn phrasal verbs because sometimes the two have no
relationship to each other.
They just appear together and have a certain
So verb and a preposition.
Now you're going to say AH, I know what I'll
I'm going to go get a phrasal verb dictionary and memorize all the phrasal
Well, I wouldn't do that.
Stop and think for a minute.
just the verb come C-O-M-E you have come on, come in, come by
come for, come with, come between, come at, come to -- Wow! 50 phrasal verbs with the
Go- go with, go between, go at, go for, go with, go by another 50 phrasal
In English, altogether we have almost 10,000 phrasal verbs.
Now you're going to try to memorize all the phrasal
You're going to spend the rest of your life just memorizing phrasal verbs.
So what's the best way to learn phrasal words?
Listen carefully to when people speak. They
will use phrasal verbs in their normal conversation.
What you need to do take notes.
What phrasal verbs are they using that you don't understand?
So you're listening for verb and preposition combinations.
Take down the note and then go to your English
Learner's Dictionary and look it up.
What does it mean.?
Very soon you'll have a list of common phrasal verbs.
But as you do this you will develop a sense for the
phrasal verbs and over time you will develop a wonderful skill which I call
guess the meaning of the phrasal verb.
I teach this to my students in class and
many of them think they can't do it but over a period of time they learn to
guess the meaning of phrasal verbs just by listening to the other words in the
This is the skill that takes a little bit of time.
But you know, even native speakers don't know all the
phrasal verbs in the English language.
This is the skill that they use to interpret or understand phrasal verbs
that they don't know.
They're just guessing what it means based on the rest
of the sentence or as we say in English based on the context of the sentence.
So that's a very useful way to learn
Second thing you want to learn is collocations.
Collocations are common combinations of words in English.
Words that almost always appear together.
So in English, we say things like "a cool breeze," "a golden opportunity," these
are common collocations.
We say that the bride wore "a flowing gown."
We are in a "deep recession."
So these are all word combinations that are very, very common
in English and these are called collocations So spend time learning
collocations as well as the phrasal verbs in English.
There are different types of fluency.
So many of us -- many of you are probably trying to learn what's
called idiomatic English.
And you try to memorize lists of idioms hoping to use them in your conversation
to sound more native like.
Well that helps you to a degree except when you
use the wrong one and then people don't understand you.
We also have what we call colloquial English.
And colloquial English you are using lots of phrases
that people use commonly.
That's how we have that term collocation.
Then there's another term which is called speaking in
the vernacular which is very plain and simple English.
So you have idiomatic colloquial and vernacular and these are
different types of fluency that you will develop over a period of time and
actually you should combining all these to become a really fluent English
But for now just remember the important breakthrough is spend time
learning clusters to improve your vocabulary and your fluency and the two
clusters that you must work on are phrasal verbs and collocations.
So those are the three breakthrough techniques I
want to share with you today.
I know you'll benefit greatly if you use and
master these three techniques.
Someone once wrote insanity is doing the same thing and expecting a different
Many of us in life go through life doing the same thing ... same thing
same thing ... and then we expect a different result.
If you've been studying English for years and you haven't got
much result, maybe it's time you try to do it another way.
Try the three breakthrough techniques and get a better
Someone else wrote "Keep on doing what you're doing and you're going to
get what you've always been getting."
Same idea ... same logic.
You can't keep doing the same thing and expect a different result.
I have tested these techniques with thousands of students so I know that
these techniques work.
So don't ask yourself the question, "Will these
techniques work for me?"
You need to ask yourself "Will I work these
You need to put the time and energy to give yourself an English breakthrough
and no one can do this for you and it's a very difficult thing because you must
learn to change your habits and habit change is not an easy thing to do.
So in summary, the three breakthroughs again...
Breakthrough number one -- get rid of the translation loop.
Breakthrough number two Become an intensive listener and Three
Learn English by clustering.
Learning groups of important words.
Let me end this session by telling you a story
about a king.
There was a king in an ancient kingdom and he called his wise
men one day to his court.
He said, "Wise men, I would like you to take all the
world's knowledge and wisdom and put it in one book... one volume of one book and
you have two years to do it.
So for two years the wise men slaved over every
book they could find to put all the knowledge and wisdom in the single book.
Two years later, they happily presented it to the king who gratefully accepted
And then said, "But you see I am getting old and frail.
Do you think you could take this one book of knowledge
and compress it to one chapter?"
And they of course said, "Yes, your majesty and went
off to produce one chapter in six months.
Six months later they came to the king and said, "Your majesty,
this is one chapter with all the world's knowledge and wisdom.
And his majesty again very graciously accepted and then
he said, "Would you mind taking three more months and taking one chapter and then
making it into one page?"
And they gratefully accepted and went away to do
their task and came back three months later with one page.
And his majesty said "But you see, I'm getting old ... my eyesight
is not very good.
Can you reduce all the knowledge from one page
to one sentence.
And a month later they came back with one sentence on a piece
And the king was overjoyed.
Can you guess what the one sentence was?
The one sentence that the King received
which had all the knowledge and wisdom of the world was condensed into a
The sentence was "There is no free lunch."
There is no free lunch.
When we say that in English it means you
you don't get something for nothing and the real meaning is if you
want something, you have to put in effort.
And the reason I tell you this story is if you want to have an English
breakthrough... if you really want to become a flawless, fluent English speaker
and you want to speak naturally and native like ... you need to take the three
breakthroughs that I've shared with you today and use them and master them and
then you will really have an English breakthrough for yourself.
Thanks again for watching the video.
I really hope you get something out of it.
But now can you do me a small favor?
And it's not what you think
because I'm gonna ask you don't subscribe to my youtube channel.
I don't want you to subscribe to my youtube channel until you have actually
tried all three breakthrough techniques.
Why do I ask this favor?
Because I want you to really USE these techniques.
I don't want you to just listen to them
and say "Wow, that's a great idea."
Now give me more ideas.
You don't need more ideas.
You need to do ... you need to learn.
You need to master and apply these techniques so that you can really have
an English breakthrough.
I really want you to have an English breakthrough.
Try and use and
master these three techniques and then come back and subscribe to my channel.
and then you can get more advice.
Until you use the advice that I give you... until you
use the techniques I give you it's no use.
You're just being greedy you want to know more.
But knowing more will not help you get an English breakthrough.
Practicing and using will.
So please come back and subscribe after you have tried
all three breakthrough techniques.
I'm rooting for you.
I really want you to have an English breakthrough.