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English Fluency in...Ten Days?? Seriously??!

日本語バージョンはこちらをクリック Some people today are claiming that they can make their students speak English fluently in just a matter of 10 days. You can be fluent in English in 10 days? This is baloney.  First, what is fluency? Fluency means having a high level of language proficiency. This is how Wikipedia defines fluency: "Fluency is a speech language pathology term that means the smoothness or flow with which sounds, syllables, words and phrases are joined together when speaking quickly."  A very exact definition, indeed. Proficiency involves competence and a high level of skills.   This involves how smooth a speaker is with the flow  of the sounds, syllables, words and phrases when speaking quickly.   Are there native English speakers who are not fluent in English? Of course there are, and this is shocking to you now, right? Native English speakers with narrow vocabularies, limited discourse strategies and have inaccurate usage of words are strictly considered inarti