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YQ17 | Which is better to improve SPEAKING? LISTENING or READING?

Listening or Reading? Which is better to improve Speaking?

Listening or Reading? Which is better to improve Speaking?

On the 17th episode of Your Question, we handle the following question:

Q: Which is better to improve speaking? Listening or reading?

Here are my thoughts and suggestions:

Of course both are important for developing knowledge and fluency in a foreign language. Both reading and listening have advantages and disadvantages. Since listening is related to speaking in terms of their aural qualities, listening can help you with pronunciation, intonation, and pacing. On the other hand, reading can help you build vocabulary and phrases that you can use. If I have to choose only one, which one would I choose? Watch this episode and find out!

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Pronunciation Point 27 – Click here

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Free Pronunciation Course – Click Here
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SS8 | Giving Opinions

On the 8th episode of Speaking Skills, we learn how to develop this skill:

Giving Opinions

Everyone has opinions but I feel that some people are sometimes afraid to share them or don’t know how to in English. In this lesson, I will show you how you can give an opinion and share your ideas with the world!

Basically, there are 2 types of opinions:

1. Your Personal Preferences
2. Opinions that contain and affect Other People

Here are a few phrases you can use to help give your opinion:

I think…
I don’t think…
In my opinion,…

Mentioned in this episode:

Blog Post – How to Give Your Opinion in 3 Easy Steps
Blog Post – How to Give Your Opinion 2.0

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Speaking Skills 6 | Making Offers

On the 6th episode of Speaking Skills, we learn how to develop this skill:

Making Offers

Basically, there are two types of offers.

1. Offering a thing
Would you like…?
Do you want…?

2. Offering with an action
Would you like me to…?
Do you want me to…?

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Speaking Skills 2: Making Requests – Link

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How to Give Your Opinion: Version 2.0

What's Your Opinion

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A few years ago, I wrote a blog post called, “How to Give Your Opinion” which showed the basics of sharing your thoughts with others.

However, the post was mainly written for a Japanese audience and was just an introduction to the topic of giving opinions.

Today, I’d like to update that post to show some new examples and introduce some other ways that you can give your opinion. This is, “How to Give Your Opinion Version 2.0”.
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PP27 | EYES vs. EARS: The Battle Inside Your Mind

On the 27th episode of the Pronunciation Point, we examine a helpful mindset when it comes to English pronunciation.

Eyes vs. Ears

Which one should win?
Al takes a look at this battle going on inside your head and the winner may surprise you!

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YQ13 | Where Should I Start?

On the 13th episode of Your Question, we handle the following question:

Q: I want to speak English better, but I don’t know…Where should I start?

Things to think about:

1. What is the GOAL?
2. What is your current level?
3. What do you enjoy doing?

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Speaking Skills 4 |Introducing Yourself and Others

On the 4th episode of Speaking Skills, we learn how to develop this skill:

Introducing Yourself and Others

Additional Practice – How to Meet for the First Time

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YQ11 | In a Conversation, How Do I Think of a Good Question to Ask?

On the 11th episode of Your Question, we handle the following question:

Q: In a conversation, how do I think of a good question to ask?

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Mentioned on this episode:

Episode 21 – 5 Tips for Making Small Talk

Episode 26 – 3 Words to Help You Master Any Conversation

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Speaking Skills 3 | Making Suggestions

On the 3rd episode of Speaking Skills, we learn how to develop this skill:

Making Suggestions

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Speaking Skills 2 | Making Requests

On the 2nd episode of Speaking Skills, we learn how to develop this skill:

Making Requests

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