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Suppose I have problems

  • listening and understanding English esp. of non-Indian accent
  • speaking English fluently

How should I tell someone about it using very few words instead of typing a long sentence?

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    Verbal as opposed to written? – mjsqu Apr 24 '14 at 15:30
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    Say you have limited oral fluency, and if they object that this only covers speech (not listening), point out that what you actually said was aural. – FumbleFingers Apr 24 '14 at 15:56
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    "I have difficulty with spoken English." – StoneyB Apr 24 '14 at 19:11
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Consider "nonconversational English."

I'm not a certified teacher, but an American student, and could help with conversational and nonconversational English.

To tell someone you're nonconversational in English, you could say:

I'm not conversational in English, but I can read it and write it without any difficulty.

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You can tell them that you are not proficient when it comes to verbal communication. Or your verbal communication skills are to be improved.

  • does verbal covers listening too? – user49815 Apr 24 '14 at 15:37
  • The word verbose is defined as "spoken rather than written; oral" thus I would not say it "covers listening" but I believe listening plays a huge role in verbal communication. – Archy Will He Apr 24 '14 at 15:39
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    @0arch: that is certainly not what verbose means to me (which is roughly "using too many words"). Did you mean verbal? – Colin Fine Apr 24 '14 at 15:52
  • @ColinFine Yup. Thanks for pointing it out. It was a typo. – Archy Will He Apr 25 '14 at 2:29
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ESL -The acronym is well-used for difficulty in either listening or speech

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