Please understand this: We only do the publishing. We do not provide any coaching or instruction — in class or by post or through any other mode. The Fluentzy system does not depend on coaching or instruction by a teacher. Fluency is a skill that depends entirely on self-effort. And the Fluentzy books make this a joy to do.
You see, Prof. Nair knows what sort
of difficulties a self-study learner is likely to
run into — while learning from his Fluentzy
books. He has found them out from his experience with
thousands of self-study learners since as far back
Through statistical studies, Prof.
Nair has found out the points where a learner might
run into difficulties. And he’s identified the doubts
that a learner might come to have, and the queries
and questions that a learner might like to get answered.
And he’s paid particular attention to get his Fluentzy
books to deal with all those difficulties, doubts,
queries and questions thoroughly and completely.
learner's difficulties are of a unique kind
Now, there's something
important that you must understand here: Suppose that
you're learning a subject like mathematics, computer
programming or machine repair. Then you'll often run
into difficulties that may need the help of an instructor.
But you see, you won't normally run into difficulties
of that sort while you're learning the fluency
Of course, if someone doesn't know
English and is trying to learn it, then they'll
have difficulties of the same sort as learners trying
to learn a subject like mathematics, computer programming
or machine repair. But fluency learners are
people who've already learnt English. And while trying
to learn the fluency skill, they're not actually trying
to gain more knowledge of English. They're actually
trying to learn the techniques of orally manipulating
the English they know in a skillful way - and of making
it work in the way they want it to. So the difficulties
they run into are of a different type.
You see, in theory,
there are 4 reasons that can cause fluency learners
to run into difficulty:
don't have enough knowledge of the 'subject'
or 'branch of study' - that is, 'English'.
don't have enough understanding or knowledge of
the topic - that is, the topic they're
don't know much about fluency techniques
or how to process speech in their mind on the
spot - by applying fluency techniques
don't understand certain points while
reading some of the Lessons.
Now let's look at
these 4 types of difficulties in detail.
Type 1: Knowledge of English
You see, Fluentzy
users are not likely to run into any difficulty of
this sort. No, they're not. This is because of two
First, the Fluentzy
books are meant for people who already know reasonable
English, and not for beginners. (Here's something
you should note: Whether you're a college graduate
or not, if your knowledge of English is equal to that
of a college graduate or above, you can be sure that
you've already learnt more English than is
necessary to speak English fluently. Let us ask you:
Have you been able to read these pages and understand
their contents easily? Then you know enough English
to learn from the Fluentzy books).
Second, even though the Fluentzy
books are meant for people who already know reasonable
English, they (the Fluentzy books) deal with
English production vocabulary and fluency-related
grammar extensively and thoroughly. And the Fluentzy
books make a special effort to convert their knowledge
of core words into a good command, so that
they can use those words freely and fluently.
If fluency learners have any difficulty
with the meaning or usage of a word or a point of
grammar, that is not something that needs help from
a fluency instructor. No. The learners themselves
can quickly sort out any such difficulty by referring
to a modern dictionary — on the spot. The Fluentzy
books tell them about the dictionaries that'll be
of the greatest help here.
Type 2: Knowledge of topic
You see, the topic of your conversational
speech and other types of spontaneous speech can take
numerous forms. For example, you may speak about a
film you saw last night or a road accident you saw
last week or some other personal experience. Or you
may speak about a subject like modern art or graffiti.
The point is, the topic you happen to speak about
can be anything under the sun. And the author of a
book or a teacher can have no control over the topic
that you choose to speak about on a given occasion.
Obviously, nobody will be able to
help you specifically with any topic-related
difficulty (while you’re composing your speech and
speaking at the same time; that is, while you’re in
the process of speaking). But still, the Fluentzy
Lessons give you general tips on how you can speak
spontaneously about almost any topic.
Type 3: Knowledge of fluency
This is the
area that the Fluentzy system concentrates
on. The Fluentzy books describe and explain
each aspect of each fluency technique thoroughly and
completely — in the simplest English you can imagine.
Every effort has been made to make sure that you learn
from them easily and quickly. And every effort has
been made to make sure that you retain whatever you've
learnt - and that you don't forget those things in
a few days after you've learnt them.
Several techniques have been used
to make sure that the things you learn and retain
do not remain merely at a verbal level, but get absorbed
into the deeper levels of your mind, into your whole
system, so that they spring to your help whenever
you need them. Several techniques have also been used
to make sure that it becomes second nature to you
to apply the things you learn from the Fluentzy
books to real-life situations. You begin doing this
instinctively, almost without thinking. And you become
skilled at doing whatever needs to be done to process
speech in your head, and to produce it smoothly and
continuously. Several techniques have been used to
make these skills become easy to you.
The aim of training you in this way
is to get you into a state of readiness to deal effectively
with speech-processing difficulties and speech-production
difficulties - on the spot, while speaking spontaneously.
You see, you put the fluency techniques to practical
use in real-life situations when you speak spontaneously
in those situations. When you speak spontaneously,
you convey your ideas in a way that is possible,
and not in a preplanned way. So you're free to adapt
everything you say to frameworks that you find possible.
Now if you find some difficulty while doing this,
as you speak on, you have to deal with it on the
You see, these are not difficulties
that only learners have. Even fluent
speakers face these speech-planning and speech-production
difficulties. That too, every time they speak spontaneously.
Yes, every one of them, without exception. The difference
between a non-fluent speaker and a fluent speaker
is this: Fluent speakers know fluency techniques,
and they're good at dealing with these difficulties
on the spot - by applying fluency techniques.
In this way, they're able to prevent their speech
from breaking up, and when they do this, their speech
gives the impression of a smooth flow. But someone
who has not learnt fluency techniques does not know
how to do this, and so they falter, and can't speak
fluently. In fact, the whole thrust of fluency training
is to get you to understand what sort of difficulties
these are and how you can deal with them as you speak
on - on the spot.
The whole point is this: The difficulties
that you may have while speaking in a real-life
situation are difficulties that an instructor
cannot help you deal with. They're difficulties that
you yourself will have to deal with - on the spot.
Type 4: Difficulty studying
You see, the course of study
you do with the Fluentzy books is a self-study
programme. And so the Fluentzy books are meant
primarily for people who are willing to study
on their own — without being instructed by someone
else. And the Fluentzy books make this quite
easy to do.
It's almost impossible that Fluentzy
users may have any difficulty understanding things
from the Fluentzy books. Here are the reasons:
- The Fluentzy books don't
use language that is unclear or confusing or that
can be understood in more than one way. The Fluentzy
books tell you things in the most direct language.
The Fluentzy books use words that are the
simplest that can carry the ideas conveyed, and
grammatical structures that are the clearest and
most direct possible. The Fluentzy books
use English that is plain and clear, and they convey
ideas from the instructor's mind to your mind quickly,
easily and accurately.
- The topics the Fluentzy
books deal with are well-planned and well-organized,
so that they are clear and sensible, and all their
parts fit well together.
- The Fluentzy books don't
tell you things in a hurry. They explain everything
slowly and patiently, taking their time doing it.
The Fluentzy books say enough about each
little point, so that it gets firmly into your mind.
The Fluentzy books give you plenty of examples
at every step and make it quite easy for you to
understand everything. Plenty of examples — a very
large number of them. And when they explain a point,
they give you all the information you need.
- The Fluentzy books anticipate
the sort of difficulties you may run into while
learning from them, and the sort of queries and
questions you may like to get answered. And the
Fluentzy books deal with these difficulties,
and answer all these queries and questions thoroughly
and completely. And so, while learning from the
Fluentzy books, you're not likely
to get a feeling that you're not certain whether
your understanding about some points is correct
or not. And we don't think at all that you may get
a feeling that you've not understood any points
The point is this: Anybody
who can follow simple directions in simple English
is not likely to face any difficulty while
learning from the Fluentzy books. And even
if they do, the Fluentzy books s themselves
take care of them.
learners' difficulties, not similar to the
difficulties of other learners
As we've seen, the
type of difficulties that a fluency learner may normally
run into is of Type 3 (and occasionally, of Type 4).
But how about learners of other subjects like
mathematics, computer programming or machine repair?
You see, the type of difficulties those other learners
may normally run into are not of Type 3, but
of Types 1 and 2 (and occasionally, of Type 4). This
will be clear from the following facts:
Type 1 difficulties:
English fluency learners
are not trying to learn the 'subject' (or 'branch
of knowledge') English - that is, the particular language
system used by the people of English-speaking countries.
Fluency learners have already learnt that 'subject'
- that is, they already know English. But learners
of a subject like mathematics, computer programming
or machine repair are trying to learn the 'subject'
mathematics, computer programming or machine repair.
So you can see that learners of these other subjects
may run into difficulties of Type 1 (because they
don't have enough knowledge of the subjects or branches
of study concerned - that is, of mathematics, computer
programming and machine repair). And so, learners
of these subjects would need the help of an instructor
frequently. But learners of fluency won't run into
difficulties of this Type, because they're people
who already have enough knowledge of the 'subject'
or 'branch of study' English. So they won't need the
help of an instructor to sort out any difficulty of
Type 2 difficulties:
Fluency learners are
not trying to learn the topics that they have
to speak about in various situations in life. In any
case, they don't buy the Fluentzy books in
order to learn about topics of various types. And
so, learners of fluency won't run into difficulties
of Type 2. But as far as learners of subjects like
mathematics, computer programming or machine repair
are concerned, they enroll on a course in order to
learn not only about the subject mathematics, computer
programming or machine repair, but also about mathematical,
logical, and machine-related problems. So the problems
they'll be asked to study and work out are not problems
that need logical thought or mathematical procedures
to solve them. And so, they may need the help of an
instructor to help them. So, learners of these subjects
can often run into difficulties of Type 2.
So, learners of other subjects
normally run into difficulties of Types 1 & 2.
And they frequently need the help of an instructor
to straighten these out. From this, many people tend
to conclude that learners of fluency will also
run into difficulties of a similar nature. But I'm
sure you've understood by now that they don't. You
must also have understood by now that they don't normally
run into difficulties of a sort that need an instructor's
help - in the same way as learners of other subjects.
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