“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:
I can help you do that.
First, we need to do the most important thing, which is changing your mindset about speaking English. Let me explain…
Most of us have been taught how to read and write English before learning how to speak and listen (including me in my Japanese class). We learned grammar and built our vocabulary but never used the language in a meaningful way; we simply memorized things for an exam.
When we WRITE, we have time to form sentences and we can use our eyes to assist in that process. However, when we need to SPEAK, we use the same process with limited success.
Why is this?
The reason is we don’t have as much time to form sentences and we don’t have our eyes to assist us. But we continue to try and form sentences in our head word by word. In other words, we our ANALYZING the grammar and then CONSTRUCTING sentences how we have been taught to do when writing.
This is very ineffective.
So what is a more effective way to speak with Natural English?
Simply, we need to break the old way of thinking (Analyzing-Constructing) and learn a new approach.
The approach I recommend is first OBSERVING native speech and then PRODUCING English based on your observations (Observing-Producing).
In other words, we put our grammar knowledge to the side (but don’t forget it!) and we listen and note what native speakers are actually saying.
“What is the situation?”
“What expressions did they use?”
“Am I using those words and expressions?”
You don’t need to know how every individual word is working with each other. You need to know how common combinations of words (2-5) are used in certain situations.
Once you begin this way of thinking, you will have the ability and potential to rapidly raise your speaking level!
That is exciting!
Don’t delay! Switch your mindset and take action today!
- Read the article first and look up any unfamiliar vocabulary (this is NOT a vocabulary test!).
- After you understand most of the article, listen to the audio clip and note expressions and phrases (common combinations of 2-5 words).
- Practice reading the article out loud until you can comfortably do it.