1 Simple Trick to Become Fluent in English – the JAM Technique – How to Be a Confident Speaker

Hi and welcome back. In this video, I’m going to teach you one
simple trick that you can use to become a fluent English speaker by spending just 10
minutes a day. The best part about this is that you don’t
need a partner – you can do this by yourself. This is a technique that has worked for many
of my students and if you do what I tell you in this video, I guarantee that you will become
more fluent in English. So what is this trick? Well, it’s a technique known as JAM. Uh, no, not that kind of jam. This is actually a little fluency game based
on a show that airs on BBC radio. The reason it’s called JAM is because it’s
short for Just A Minute. This game has three stages. So here’s how you play it: You’re going
to talk about a topic for one minute. That is, you’re going to give a speech without
any preparation. So you just pick a topic – you can either
take general topics like sports, hobbies, friends, books etc. or you can choose a question. For example, what is your favorite mode of
transport? And once you have a topic, you speak. Now when you do, there are some rules: The
first rule is that you cannot stop speaking. You must talk for the full minute. If you have to pause to catch your breath,
it’s OK, but you cannot pause for more than three seconds. Even if you say nonsense or you say something
unrelated to the topic it doesn’t matter. You’re just going to keep talking. So that’s rule number one. Rule number two is you cannot repeat the same
ideas. That means you can’t just say the same things
over and over and over again – this isn’t pronunciation practice – it’s fluency
development, so no repetition of the same ideas. And rule number three is no writing – you
cannot make any notes while you are speaking, you must only concentrate on speaking. These are just the three rules. So to begin, you need a timer, this can be
on your smartphone for example. You start stage one by starting the timer
and you speak until the one minute is reached. I’m going to give you an example of how
to do this. I’m going to take this question: “What
is your favorite mode of transport?” and I’m going to speak for a minute on this
topic. Now I haven’t done any preparation, so let’s
see how I do. OK, so what’s my favorite mode of transport? I would have to say that it’s the train. That’s because um, actually, you get to
see a lot of nice scenery, beautiful landscapes and things like that. And you know, train journeys generally tend
to be longer than other types of, or rather, other modes of transport. You can see I’m really struggling for ideas
but I can’t stop, I have to keep going so I’m saying whatever comes to mind, that’s
no problem. But back to the topic at hand, yeah, train
journeys because they’re longer, they’re more relaxing. And one last thing I want to mention is that
I’ve had the opportunity to meet interesting people and make friends on many train journeys. As a kid I used to ride the train a lot with
my family. We used to go to lots of places by train and
it’s actually something that I really enjoyed. Phew! That was hard. But that’s OK. That’s the whole point of this exercise. That was stage one. Now we’re going to move on to stage two. Here’s where we’re really going to start
building our fluency. The first part of stage two is making notes
– so you can use a paper and pen now. And you’re going to think back to the speech
that you just gave, and collect ideas you came up with. In my speech, I remember that I had three
ideas: The first was that on train journeys, you get to see a lot of beautiful scenery. The second idea was that train journeys are
longer, so they’re more relaxing. The third idea was that you get to meet interesting
people and make friends. So once you have these ideas down, you’re
going to repeat the exercise. That means, you’re going to set your timer
for one minute and you’re going to speak again on the same topic, but now, you can
use your notes to guide you. You will notice that this time, you are actually
able to speak more fluently because you have some good ideas on paper, and you will be
able to expand on your ideas and give more information. Once the timer hits one minute, you stop. And we move on to stage three. Just like in stage two, you’re going to
go to paper and pen, but this time, you’re going to add more ideas to your notes based
on your second speech. I added some ideas like this. So now – for one final time, you’re going
to speak again. This is your final speech. So you set your timer for one minute, you
use your notes and speak. I’m going to give you my final speech based
on my notes so you can see the difference. So here we go: My favorite mode of transport
is actually the train. I love train travel for two or three reasons. The first is that the journey is usually longer
than when you fly on a plane, or even when you travel by car or bus. So, as a result, it’s very relaxing. Another big advantage is that you get to see
a lot of scenery when you ride a train. Now if you’re riding the subway and your
train is going through a tunnel the whole time, then obviously you won’t see any natural
beauty but if you’re lucky enough to ride a train through the countryside, I’ll tell
you, that’s an incredible experience. But for me, personally, the best part about
trains is that you get to meet people and make friends, especially on some of the longer
journeys. Even if you don’t take each other’s phone
numbers or become best buddies, you still get to have great conversations and meet some
really interesting people. So those are the three reasons why I enjoy
train travel so much. Alright, I know that was a little over a minute
but that’s OK. If you are in the flow, you don’t have to
stop at one minute. You can keep going. As your fluency improves, you can challenge
yourself by setting your timer for two, three or even five minutes. But did you notice how much better my second
speech was? I actually improved my fluency on this topic
over the three stages. Now I know I said that there are three stages
to this exercise but there’s a bonus stage if you’re really serious about improving
your English. That stage is: record yourself. Once you have finished speaking for the third
time, you can give your speech once again, but now, you speak into your cell phone or
a voice recorder. This is fantastic for two reasons: because
first, you can then listen back to the recording and you can identify what areas you need to
improve, particularly your pronunciation. But also, if you keep your recordings on your
phone or save them to your computer, you can come back after a few weeks or a few months
and listen to them and see how much you have improved since that time. I know that many of us hate listening to our
own voices – we feel really shy and embarrassed but trust me this is a very powerful way to
improve your speaking: recording and listening to yourself. Of course, if you don’t want to do that
you can just do JAM – the three stages and that will help you to improve your fluency. And it takes only ten minutes. I suggest that you make this your daily fluency
workout – do it at least once a day. Practice doing JAM on many different topics. And if you do, I guarantee you, you will become
more fluent, just practicing by yourself. Alright, if you liked this lesson, give it
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lesson soon.

Stephen Childs


  1. Hey there, I hope you enjoyed this lesson. Let me know if you have any questions. Also check out:
    50 Words You are Pronouncing WRONG: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdtUjWb0O9w&list=PLmwr9polMHwtOrZVwGuiN8xLup5elPE6f
    Most Common MISTAKES in English & How to Avoid Them: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Dax90QyXgI&list=PLmwr9polMHwsR35rD9spEhjFUFa7QblF9
    POWER Writing – Write ANYTHING in English Easily (Essays, Emails, Letters Etc.): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dT_D68RJ5T8&list=PLmwr9polMHwtPulG3q4SrSNIZzlJl2gXf
    100 English Sentences You Can Use in Conversation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8dRuy1VLCiQ&list=PLmwr9polMHwsI6vWZkm3W_VE7cWtYVjix
    ➜ Learn TELEPHONE English – 100 Sentences You Can Use on the Phone: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkppeSjRj0E&list=PLmwr9polMHwsI6vWZkm3W_VE7cWtYVjix
    ➜ Speak English FLUENTLY like a NATIVE SPEAKER with just 10 words: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8KU2eobDMqs&list=PLmwr9polMHwsI6vWZkm3W_VE7cWtYVjix
    ➜ All GRAMMAR lessons: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLmwr9polMHwsR35rD9spEhjFUFa7QblF9
    ➜ All MODAL VERBS Lessons (Could, Would, Should, May, Might, Must etc.): https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLmwr9polMHwvGTssgSU9KWEm2T4WiWaTj
    ➜ All PARTS OF SPEECH lessons: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLmwr9polMHwsQmAjoAxtFvwk_PaqQeS68
    ➜ All ARTICLES (a, an, the) lessons: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLmwr9polMHwsbkqz6kU5e6MgpvaYrpKfX
    ➜ All PRONUNCIATION lessons: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLmwr9polMHwtOrZVwGuiN8xLup5elPE6f
    ➜ All TENSES lessons: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLmwr9polMHwsRNZW607CtVZhg_SzsbiJw

  2. Dear sir, I'm your new student i'm very bad at English. I can't speak English fluency. I also interested to speak English fluency how can i improve my self?
    From Bangladesh 😍

  3. sir, your approach is excellent. As i am teacher, i suggest your technique to our students to improve their fluency. Thanks a lot for your service.

  4. this way needs a talkative person who used to speak a lot in his mother tongue . Is there any other solution because I used to be quiet and not to speak unless someone asked or needed to ask something from others . I tried to try this method in both English and my tongue language without reaching even 20 seconds .

  5. U r simply amazing in teaching sir, u r from which place sir? U have any institute in Hyderabad?

  6. Thanks and be blessed. Your presentation is so much better than so many of those Englishmen hogging the limelight.

  7. Thank you for sharinh this technique! Really amazing!I will start to use it starting today. I'm sure it will help me to talk with more confidence.

  8. Thanks man it really helped me a lot and my confidence is improved very much.

  9. That's an interesting exercise to bring fluency in our language i really appreciate it.

  10. Hi Sir, Where are you from?
    I want to learn English fluently and pronouncing the words correctly, please help me sir 🙏

  11. It was one of the excellent video which I have seen so far. Thanks for uploading this video. Cheers to your thought !!!! .

  12. Good to know that you are honest…you have accepted that you too got stuck with the lack of ideas.. loved it brother…. I wish you get more and more subscriber..

  13. i really enjoyrd this video. its so simple and well explained.

  14. Words does not come quickly as I am in my mother tongue how to develop that skill
    Also I have to frame the sentence in my mother tongue and convert this to English leads to spending. more time what I have to do?

  15. Sir which technology.elements use making your vedioes..

  16. Thank god, its really important to improve my english fluent sirr, god will bless you 🌟

  17. Best channel I ever found on YouTube. I have already amassed so many skills by watching your lessons.

  18. Oh my goodness! This is so amazing. Totally loved it. I'm so going to try it. Thank you so much!!

  19. I'm a fan at english and I am very, fond of speaking as well. I may be Filipino but my dad has taught me how to read and write ever since I was little . Soooo umm….. I have about 205 topics to talk about especially Gacha and chibies. LOL😂

  20. I am just curious to know how do we measure fluency in english, Is there any parameters on which some one will give ratings.

  21. Good evening sir,
    Can u upload or provide earlier viedo for Basics of grammar.

  22. thank you sir , you taught me a lot. your explanation is very clear easy to understand. more power!

  23. Thank you very much sir for making this type of useful videos.very useful

  24. So impressive …I think this is best way to enhance your communication and confidence.

  25. Sir ur videos are amazing and we will increase ur speed but sir how we know that we are speaking correctly with good grammer?

  26. Thank you so much, I have been following your lessons for a long time, and I say that they really changed me.

  27. innovative idea to flourish speaking spontaneously as well .. thanks sir .

  28. Reminds me of the time before I took my IELTS test. Had I watched your videos back then, I would've scored a perfect 9 instead of 8! Nonetheless, I've subscribed to further improve my speaking especially the pronunciation and strengthen the rules of this beautiful language! Cheers.

  29. Dear sir,
    I love the way u teach us…thanks a lot sir …and do more and more topics you can…it fills confidence .

  30. Hello sir. You're exceptional….I wanna learn speaking in English, I can understand English I can write in English but I can't speak accurately fluently and coincidently….Please help me I want to take ielts for going abroad….Please help me in my query

  31. Your recording idea is spot on! I do that quite often and try to hone myself. I feel that I am improved much better. It will also help everyone to listen to their pronunciation of words and correct wherever it is necessary. Cheers!

  32. Exactly.. Hats off to this extraordinarily effective and useful idea..

  33. Sir I'm prepared for ilets exam and you are only one who give a way to success and help me to do better and acheive more band . I'm really thankful for you . If we met somewhere this is to better.

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  35. I loved the way you explained everything and I also use this JAM method 👍👍👍👍👍👍👍

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