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Speak English

Naturally
How to learn the 3 most important kinds
of spoken English so you can sound like
a native speaker and enjoy conversations

by DREW BADGER
The Worlds #1 English Fluency Guide
& Co-Founder of EnglishAnyone.com
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Hi there. Im Drew Badger, a language learner just
like you, the co-founder of
EnglishAnyone.com, and the worlds #1 English
Fluency Guide.
For years, I struggled to learn languages Until
I discovered a simple, yet profound idea about
language learning that helped me finally become a
confident, fluent Japanese speaker without using
confusing grammar tables, forgettable word lists or
boring, unnatural listening practice dialogues.
Using this one idea, which Ill share with you in this
guide, Ive helped millions of English learners get
fluent, and have become the worlds #1 English
Fluency Guide, featured by some of the biggest
platforms and companies in language education
for my expertise on English fluency and speaking
confidence.
In this important guide, youll discover the three most essential kinds of conversational English you must
learn if you want to sound natural and native when you speak.
If you feel that you express yourself too formally, or with only a limited vocabulary of textbook English, this
guide will give you the tools to speak conversational English fluently and confidently so you can finally enjoy
speaking English.
By the end of Speak English Naturally, youll know exactly what to learn and how to start sounding like
a native English speaker, and use the right words at the right time, every time.
Lets get started! :)

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The Secret to Fast English Fluency and Speaking Confidence
The most important idea to understand about becoming a fluent English speaker the idea that has helped
countless learners around the world finally become successful, confident speakers is that there really are
two different English languages.
One is the formal English used for writing.
The other is the conversational, spoken language.
Native speakers learn both of these, so they can speak confidently in both formal and informal situations.
Most non-native English students only learn formal English in school, so they often struggle to understand
conversational English, and can sound unnatural when they speak.
If you want to sound native and speak naturally, you must learn like native speakers and build a
vocabulary of spoken, conversational English.

How to Learn Conversational Words and Expressions


There are many varieties of conversational English, but by focusing on the three most essential kinds
covered in this guide and following the specific learning instructions for each that I provide youll learn
more effectively, and start sounding more native much faster
1. Slang and Idioms
Slang is the term for informal, spoken English, often common words and phrases with meanings quite
different from what youd see in a dictionary.
Here are a few examples:
beat really tired Ive been working all day so Im beat.
cut well-muscled That guy spent the summer at the gym getting cut.
laid back relaxed My boss never yells at anyone because hes really laid back.
Idioms are part of this group as well because they also have meanings that arent obvious from the words
forming them.

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Here are a few examples:
at the drop of a hat instantly Dont expect me to appear at the drop of a hat when you call me.
for a song very inexpensive I got this car for a song because it was 10 years old.
piece of cake easy This job is a piece of cake. All I do is push a button.
Slang and idioms are like a special code. Knowing this code identifies you as a member of the group in which
theyre used. And thats why they are so important to learn.
If you dont know the code words and expressions native speakers use, youll always be on the outside of
conversations, wondering what people are talking about.
How to Learn and Remember Slang and Idioms
The secret to understanding and remembering slang and idioms is to create associations between
their words and their meanings. Slang words and idioms usually have some practical origin that can be
discovered or created with a bit of imagination. Lets start building your native vocabulary right now with
a few examples and their associations:
slammer prison I was in the slammer for 10 years.
You could imagine yourself sitting in a prison cell as the iron bars slam loudly and lock you in. Youve
probably heard this sound in movies before.
dinosaur an old person My grandpa, that dinosaur over there, was born 100 years ago.
Just think of dinosaurs, animals that lived a very long time ago, to associate them with old people.
all ears to listen closely I was all ears, listening to the ghost story very closely.
Visualize your body being nothing but thousands of ears, all listening closely to something very important
or interesting.
cut a rug to dance My wife and I cut a rug on Saturday.
Imagine dancing all night long on a rug, moving so much that you actually cut holes in the rug with your
feet.
Try mastering at least one new slang word or idiomatic expression every day using associations. Just
remember that its better to learn one slang word or idiom to the point where you can use it automatically
than to study five briefly and forget them all.

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2. Phrasal Verbs
Phrasal verbs are a huge part of conversational English. Theyre groups of two or more words, usually a verb
and a preposition, that express a more complicated verb in a simple way.
They can be quite difficult for learners because they can have meanings which arent obvious like idioms
and slang and each phrasal verb can have multiple meanings.
Here are a few examples you can begin using in your conversations today:
to get off to dismount He got off the horse/bicycle/motorcycle.
to make out to kiss passionately The newlyweds made out for two straight hours.
to tune out to ignore The boy tunes out his mom when she tells him to do his homework.
There are thousands of phrasal verbs, but they can all be mastered quickly if you use three simple steps
How to Learn and Remember Phrasal Verbs
First, you must learn them visually, ideally through videos or physical demonstrations.
All verbs should be learned visually, but visual learning is especially important with phrasal verbs because
youre combining verbs with other words to form specific visual ideas.
When you see phrasal verbs happening in visual examples, you understand them automatically in English
(no translation needed!), and remember them easily.
Second, you need to master the many meanings of core verbs.
As an example, the core verb in the phrasal verb run off is run.
In English lessons, you probably learned about the kind of running you do with your legs. If you dont go
deeper to learn the other meanings of run which can be checked easily with an online English-English
dictionary you wont know that run can also describe flowing water, the movement of time, the operation
of a business and much more.
The more core meanings of a verb you know, the more youll be able to understand the phrasal verbs they
appear in.
Finally, you must learn phrasal verbs in order of simple to complex.
Only after you master the simple phrasal verbs built from a core verb should you try to learn the more

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complex ones.
These steps are all used to help you master hundreds of phrasal verbs in our Visual Guide to Phrasal Verbs
video course, but Ill give you a brief example of how they work right here:
Well begin by examining a group of related phrasal verbs. Notice how they all share the same core verb:
turn.
turn on to activate
turn off to deactivate
turn up to increase
turn down to decrease
The basic meaning of turn is to spin or rotate, but it can also mean change, pass and much more.
Well just focus on the idea of rotation for the following examples, though:
Imagine an old TV or radio. (Really see the image in your mind so youre not translating anything from your
native language into English using words alone.)
You gave power to many older electronics by turning their channel dials rather than pushing power buttons.
These expressions are still with us today even though actions have changed. This is why we turn on a TV
and turn it off rather than pressing a TV on or off.
If you think about hanging up a phone to end a call which no one physically does anymore this
expression comes from old phones that used to be hung on walls. When you finished talking, you would
hang the phones receiver back up on the wall.
Returning to our old TV or radio, the volume controls were also small dials or knobs youd turn. We use digital
sliders and buttons on most smartphones and touch screens nowadays, but older electronics would have
dials that could be turned up or turned down to raise or lower the volume. And these expressions are still
with us today.
Like slang and idioms, phrasal verbs all have some practical origin, even if its a bit hard to see at first. Study
the meanings of core verbs, then learn phrasal verbs visually, and in simple steps, and youll create an
enormous vocabulary of them very quickly!

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3. Expressions, Proverbs and Sayings
This category of vocabulary is the longest, but the easiest to remember as each saying or expression is really
just a very short story you can master and use confidently in conversations easily with a simple trick.
How to Learn and Remember Expressions, Proverbs and Sayings
Begin by visualizing the story behind an expression, and find a way to connect it with your own life.
Then, shorten the expression to use it in conversations the same way native speakers do by expressing the
idea of the story without saying the whole thing.
Here are three expressions you can begin using in your conversations today:
If at first you dont succeed, try, try again.
The idea here is to never quit, at least within reason.
I used to be a horrible writer. I spelled things badly all the time and got really bad grades in school. But I
persisted, trying and trying again, until I finally learned how to write well. Now, I give this same advice to
others. If at first you dont succeed
A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
This means that its better to have a certainty like a bird, or other prize youre already holding than to
chase a less certain but potentially better prize.
I remember playing a game many years ago at a carnival where you could keep $5, or risk it to get $20. I
would always risk the $5 and then go home with nothing. A bird in the hand
When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.
This means that you choose how you see life. Something may look bad, but you have the opportunity to see
it in a positive way.
I broke my leg as a child, but instead of getting angry about it, I used the time to learn how to draw. When
life gives you lemons
Think you can master at least one of each kind of these words or expressions each day? If you understand
how to think and shrink like a native English speaker, you most certainly can!

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Your Next Step...
What youve learned in this valuable guide is just one piece of the complete fluency puzzle. In addition
to learning the conversational vocabulary of native English speakers so you can understand spoken
English and speak naturally, you also need to be understood, learn to use grammar without thinking and
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