The interactive version of Glossika's Mass Sentences Fluency 1. When learning a foreign language it’s best to use full sentences for a number of reasons: 1. Pronunciation: In languages like English, our words undergo a lot of pronunciation and intonation changes when words are strung together in sentences, which has been well analysed in linguistics. This may be easy to learn for European students, but for Asian students it can be really difficult. Likewise it is true with languages like Chinese, where the pronunciations and tones from individual words change once they appear in a sentence. By following the intonation and prosody of a native speaker, it’s much easier to learn to say a whole sentence than trying to string each word together individually. 2. Syntax: the order of words will be different from your own language. Human thought usually occurs in complete ideas. Every society has developed a way to express those ideas linearly by first saying either what happened, or who did it, etc. Paying attention to this will accustom us to the way others speak. 3. Vocabulary: the meanings of words never have just one meaning and their usage is always different. We have to learn words in context and which words they’re paired with. These are called collocations. To “commit a crime” and to “commit to a relationship” use two different verbs in most other languages. Never assume that learning “commit” by itself will give you the answer. After a lifetime in lexicography, Patrick Hanks “reached the alarming conclusion that words don’t have meaning,” but rather that “definitions listed in dictionaries can be regarded as presenting meaning potentials rather than meanings as such.” This is why collocations are so important. 4. Grammar: the changes or morphology in words are always in flux. Memorizing rules will not help you achieve fluency. You have to experience them as a native speaker says the sentences, repeat them as a native speaker would, and through practice come to an innate understanding of the inner workings of a language’s morphology. Most native speakers can’t explain their own grammar. It just happens.