Definition of non-fluent in English:



  • Not able to speak or write a particular foreign language easily and accurately.

    ‘non-fluent speakers of English’
    • ‘Often when nonfluent readers read aloud, their reading is interrupted not only by their own pauses but by other students who tell them the word that is causing the pause.’
    • ‘The community as a whole shares certain norms for interacting, whether in fluent Gaelic, non-fluent Gaelic, or English.’
    • ‘Non-fluent English speakers would fail to recognise the negative connotations of the word.’
    • ‘A child has an increased likelihood of being referred to special education if he or she is listed as non-fluent in his or her native and second language.’
    • ‘Non-native, non-fluent readers put German into their own syntactic rules for word placement.’
    broken, disjointed, faltering, halting, hesitant, rudimentary, limited, deficient
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