How to Go From Intermediate to Advanced English Level

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hi there I'm your English coach Kristina

and welcome to speak English with

Kristina where you'll learn American

culture and business know how to become

confident in English you know what's

frustrating when you learn a language

when you reach the point where you feel

like you're not improving it's like

you're blocked like you really want to

improve and you know you need to but you

just can't move to the next level how do

you get from intermediate to advanced

we'll see how today let's go a big part

of improving is to practice speaking but

with a structured program designed to

improve your fluency and next week the

conversation theme in my faster fluency

conversation Club is how to set goals

and improve yourself watch this episode

to see how to set your goals and improve

to an advanced level and then join us in

the fluency Club to apply what you learn

and make real progress there's a link in

the notes below but first here's what

you need to know about why you're stuck

at intermediate level today

and don't worry it's normal


here's some news which will either

reassure you or make you go ah the

better you are at English the harder it

is to improve it's unfair I know but

it's actually a real concept called the

intermediate plateau and I did an entire

episode about it that I suggest you

watch to feel better about why you're


it's normal but there's hope another bit

of news that is both yay and ah

linguists estimate that in order to


95% of everyday texts you only need 3000

words it's not very many in reality but

the average native speaker has the

ability to use 20,000 words 3,000 20,000

that's a big difference so you can

survive well with 3000 words but to get

to those higher levels well we're gonna

have to work on your vocabulary and

speaking of vocabulary


students tell me this all the time I

don't have enough vocabulary and they're

right often it is the lack of vocabulary

that keeps you at your intermediate

level so you need to build your

vocabulary okay you know that already

but what you may not know is that the

key to sounding more advanced is to

speak with the chunks idioms phrasal

verbs and collocations that native and

advanced speakers use this is much more

efficient than learning individual words

because chunks and expressions these are

the true building blocks of fluid

conversations they make you sound more

natural but how do you learn chunks well

you have to be like a detective and to

notice the expressions in the English

that you read or hear and every time you

hear or see an expression and think oh

so that's how they say it in English or

hmm I don't understand this expression


maybe you found a chunk congratulations

and you can then search for it on Google

with quotes around it and see if it is

indeed a common chunk and a good place

to start learning some of these chunks

will be with past episodes like American

corporate jargon understanding the

cashier at the supermarket or five

everyday idioms in real American English

and after you notice these expressions

it's time to practice


when you start noticing vocabulary and

chunks the next thing that you have to

do is practice using it in conversations

on that topic

to really integrate it into your English

and that's why in my faster fluency

conversation Club each week you have one

designated conversation theme exercises

and activities to learn vocabulary about

that theme and then three conversation

sessions that week to talk about the

theme and to use all of your new

vocabulary like next week the fluency

club conversation theme is goals and

productivity so Club members are going

to get some activities this weekend to

help them to get vocabulary on that

theme and then next week on Monday

Tuesday and Friday they'll practice

talking about the theme using their new

vocabulary and the key here is not just

to practice speaking about many

different random things know it's

structured focused practice to move you

closer to that advanced level

step-by-step and it's not the quantity

of practice that you do it's the quality

of your practice that makes all the



so here's what you need to remember

about getting from intermediate to

advanced level of English first just

know that it's normal to be stuck on the

intermediate plateau it happens to even

the best students then focus on

increasing chunks expressions and idioms

in your vocabulary to sound more natural

and to do that it's important to notice

them note them and practice using them

and for this structured focused

conversation practice is the key to

integrating them into your English like

with the faster fluency conversation



now what about you what tips do you have

for reaching your goals in English what

practices work best for you share your

tips with us in the comments and let's

all help each other become better in

English and if you want to apply the

techniques that you learned in this

episode join my faster fluency

conversation Club next week like I said

the discussion topic is productivity and

goal-setting so it's perfect for

determined motivated students like you

and you'll get activities to help you

increase your vocabulary and live

speaking practice with other motivated

members of the speak English with

Christina community and our fluency Club

leaders Cara and Trisha and you can get

all of the details on how to join with

the link below so thank you for learning

with speak English with Christina and

I'll see you next time