A few months ago, I released Episode 27 of the English 2.0 Podcast titled, “How to Use Movies to Study English”. I received a lot of positive feedback on that episode so I wanted to go a little more in depth on how I approach using movies to study English. For the first lesson of Studying English with Movies, let’s take a look at a scene from the action movie, “Man of Steel”.
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Now that you are familiar with the concept of Active Listening from the previous post (Power Conversation Part 3b), we will talk about how to use this concept in your real daily conversations.
The reason I want to give you this powerful, yet simple strategy is because I often make comments to my students about events in my life and I usually receive one of the following responses:
- a confused look on their face
- struggle to say something but nothing really comes out
- a somewhat unnatural and unconfident response
By the end of this post, I want you to have the ability to respond naturally and more important, confidently when you hear a comment from your friend, co-worker, or teacher.
Here’s how to do it
Once we’ve made a strong first impression and started the conversation with confidence, how can we maintain the conversation and make sure that this ends up being a positive experience for both people? We’ll take a look at the following points in depth:
- 3 Keys to Success
- How to be an “Active Listener”
- A Simple and Practical Strategy for Responding Naturally
All right, let’s get to it!
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Here are some of the comments I hear from students everyday:
- “I’m so nervous when I meet someone new, I don’t know what to say.”
- “I don’t know how to start a conversation naturally.”
- “I can introduce myself, but I have no idea how to continue a conversation.”
- “I don’t know what questions to ask.”
Do these questions sound familiar to you? Have you asked them yourself? If so, don’t worry! You are not alone! These are very common feelings and frustrations and I hope to help you make these things a NON-issue after reading this post.
In the second post in this series, we will discuss how to start a conversation with confidence.
So how do we overcome these challenges?
- Start a conversation without fear
- Have more confidence when speaking to someone
- Make a memorable first impression
- Build a lasting relationship
- Be a successful global businessperson
I covered these topics and more in a recent seminar I gave to about 10 hungry Tokyoites looking to “level up” their English conversation and become global businesspeople. Would you like to know what we talked about? Here’s a quick summary.
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“How do you feel about your current English level?”
Are you satisfied? Do you feel like you’ve been at the same level for awhile without any real improvement? Do you feel like you have a lot of knowledge but it’s hard to express what you want to say?
If so, what you may be looking for is how to take your textbook knowledge and convert it to natural English. Here’s how:
“She don’t like to play tennis.”
Is there anything strange to you? Most of you probably immediately can find the easy grammar mistake. Of course, grammatically, it should be:
“She doesn’t like to play tennis.”
So the question is, why is it so easy to see on paper or screen, but so many students have trouble actually saying this correctly? Well, there are a few reasons, but basically the answer is simply:
Knowing does NOT equal Doing.
In high school, we were all taught to remember facts and build our knowledge (INPUT). However, we were not taught how to produce this knowledge in a meaningful way (OUTPUT).
Being a great English speaker requires A LOT of practice and I mean especially, SPEAKING practice. The more you practice converting your knowledge to results, you will become a great speaker.
You have all done STUDY. Now it’s time to PRACTICE and PERFORM!
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