Today is the first interview of the new interview series, How to Improve Spoken English. I talk with Robby Kukurs, the creator of the English Harmony system, about his path to English fluency and everything it has taught him about what is really important if you want to speak English better.
Robby grew up in Latvia and, like many people around the world, started learning English as a child. Robby explains how he was a bit fanatical about translating everything he could. He did this for years, and filled countless notebooks with vocabulary, spending a lot of time memorizing everything.
One day, he realized he was studying completely wrong. Yes, he had a lot of knowledge and vocabulary, but he couldn’t use most if it in his speaking. What did he discover to be much more beneficial?
Basically, instead of spending time translating, Robby believes English learners need to:
- start thinking in English as soon as possible,
- start speaking whatever English you know, even if it is with yourself, and
- have a system to make these practices routine in your daily life.
Robby explains this much better in the interview, and he talks about how his personal discoveries have helped him create English Harmony to help others learn English speaking in this same way.
I hope you enjoy the interview! I think there are a lot of really great insights, and you can follow Robby on his blog to get more great advice. If you find a favorite part, please share the time in the comments!
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