What does it mean to be fluent in a foreign language, what does it mean to be a fluent speaker of English?
Fluent comes from the Latin word “fluere” meaning “flowing”
Fluency is the noun and it means “flow”
- Cambridge Dictionary: when a person is fluent, they can speak a language easily, well, quickly and without many pauses
- Longman Dictionary: fluent means able to speak a language very well
- Oxford Dictionary: fluent means able to speak or write a particular foreign language easily, accurately and articulately
articulate = able to speak fluently and coherently
eloquent = able to express your ideas and opinions well
Whatever your definition of fluent is you need to ask yourself whether you are that thing in your native language
-- are you a fluent speaker of your mother tongue?
-- do you speak your native language easily, well, quickly and without many pauses?
-- are you an eloquent and articulate speaker of your native tongue? do you string together sentences quickly and easily?
it is not possible to be fluent in English, and not be fluent in your native language first. Don't blame the foreign language alone for your lack of fluency, your second language fluency is likely to mirror your first language fluency, eloquence,