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I think you already know that if you want to improve your English speaking skills,
you have to practice, right? You have to speak. Studying grammar will never improve your speaking.
Listening to English alone will never improve your speaking.
You have to actually speak.
But what if you don't have someone to talk to in English? How can you practice then?
Well, there's a technique that allows you to learn to speak English by yourself.
No speaking partner is required. This technique can help improve many aspects of your spoken english:
your sentence structure, your grammar, your vocabulary
and most importantly, your ability to express your thoughts and ideas effectively.
So what is this technique?
Well, here's what it is...
Learning to speak English through imitation.
When I say imitation, I'm not talking about repeating after native speakers
using the exact same words to improve your pronunciation.
I'm talking about something a little more advanced than that.
Here's how it works: you listen to a conversation, a story, or some kind of speech
and then try to deliver that speech in your own words.
Let's see this technique in action:
When I was a child
When he was a child
my parents liked to pretend, like many other parents
his parents liked to pretend, like many other parents
that Santa Claus would bring us presents at Christmas.
His parents liked to pretend that Santa Claus would bring them presents at Christmas.
So when my siblings and I would wake up on Christmas morning
So when he and his siblings would wake up on Christmas morning
there'd be a bunch of presents, from supposedly Santa Claus, sitting in front of the fireplace.
there'd be a bunch of presents, from supposedly Santa Claus, sitting in front of the fireplace.
So that's how it works. But that's just one way to do it. There're other ways too.
For example, instead of imitating very small portions of speech like phrases and short sentences,
you can imitate larger portions of speech. So in this case, you wait until the speaker
completes a thought or an idea, then pause and try to express that idea yourself.
Another approach is to simply listen to the whole speech
and then try to deliver that entire speech yourself.
So there are several ways to go about it, but what I recommend is to combine them all
together, and I call this approach easy-to-hard imitation.
Easy-to-hard imitation is based on the concept of progressive training. The idea is that
you start with something easy and then increase the difficulty of the activity, forcing yourself
to get better. A number of studies have found this kind of training to be very effective.
Here's how you can apply this concept: start by imitating small portions of speech first
like phrases and short sentences, then move on to imitating larger portions of speech
like long sentences or even groups of sentences, and finally, try to deliver the entire speech
on your own.
This technique offers many benefits. You get to listen and imitate correct English, which
helps you learn to form sentences properly.
You get to learn idioms, expressions, and other speaking patterns that are used in day-to-day conversations.
you get to learn grammar. When you imitate other people, you're learning grammar through
a process called implicit learning. This is the process where the learning happens without
your awareness. This is how babies and children learn the grammar rules of their first language.
When you imitate, you don't think about grammar. You're not trying to understand why the present
perfect tense is used in this situation or in that situation. Instead, you're focused
on communication — on understanding and expressing ideas. You're still learning grammar
but you're not aware that it's happening. This is one of the proper ways to learn grammar.
OK, that concludes this video. To help you get started, I've put together a step-by-step
tutorial on this technique. If you're interested, click here to go to that tutorial.
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【口說技巧】如何提高你的英語口語能力 (How to improve your English speaking skills (by yourself))

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稲葉白兎 發佈於 2018 年 2 月 1 日   Chih-Chun Lin 翻譯   Ludan Zheng 審核

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相信大家都知道光背單字、學文法是無法加強口說能力的,但平常又沒有對象可以練習「說」英文,到底該怎麼辦呢?影片中和大家分享了實用的小撇步,讓你在一個人時,也能練習英文口說!快來看看吧~

1effectively 0:46
形容詞 effective 是指「有效的」,因此副詞 effectively 就是「有效地」,表示某事物或方法有達到其成效、目的,偏重「結果」。
From this lesson, you'll learn how to use body language more effectively.
從這堂課當中,你將學到如何更有效地運用肢體語言。

Take note if you decide to use a spray. They take several coats to effectively cover your skin.
如果要使用防曬噴霧,請記住這點,你需要塗上不少層才能有效地保護皮膚。


很容易跟 effectively 搞混的就是 efficiently,它的意思是「有效率地」,代表在做事的過程中運用很少的時間或金錢,就能達到目的,偏重「過程」。
Can you find a way to do this assignment faster and more efficiently?
你可以找到更快、更有效率的方法來完成這項作業嗎?

We all know that sleeping is necessary to function efficiently and productively.
我們都知道,想要有效率且具生產力地工作,睡眠絕對是不可或缺的。


2siblings1:40
這個單字的意思是「兄弟姊妹」,也就是 bothers and sisters。
It's really important to respect and love your siblings because at the end of the day, no one can give you that love, respect and honesty as much as your family.
關愛並尊重你的手足很重要,因為到頭來沒有人會像家人一樣給予你愛、尊重與真誠。


有個蠻常見的相關用法叫做 sibling rivalry,是指「手足間的競爭、矛盾」。
Sibling rivalry has been common in this family.
在這個家裡,兄弟姊妹間發生鬥爭是一件很常見的事。


3day-to-day 3:32
這個形容詞是指「日復一日的、日常的」,等同於 daily, 所以很常聽到的片語像是 on daily basis 就可以說 on day-to-day basis
I'm going to show you the makeup that you can wear on the day-to-day basis.
我接下來要示範的是你每天都可以化的那種簡單的妝。

So that's it for today. I hope you can start to use some of these tips in your day-to-day conversations!
今天課程就到這,我希望你們都能開始將這些小撇步用在日常對話中!


*同場加映:
人們越有錢越無情?Does money make you mean?


4implicit 3:41
這個形容詞由 im- 開頭,是指「內隱的、含蓄的」。相反地,如果是由 ex- 開頭,就有「往外」的意思,像是 exit (出口)、exterior (對外的) ,所以 explicit 就是指「外顯的;清楚明確的;詳細的」。
People interpreted the celebrity's remark as an implicit criticism of the government.
人們將那個名人的言論解讀為對政府的含蓄批評。

The doctor gave me explicit instructions on when and how to take the medicine.
醫生詳細地告訴我該何時服藥以及如何服藥。


*同場加映:
歐巴馬演說 (Will the Afghanistan War Ever End? U.S. Withdrawal: Obama-Karzai Press Conference)


透過模仿來「換句話說」,不僅可以學到母語人士日常對話的用語,久而久之,也能訓練自己說話的邏輯,以後沒有夥伴練英文時,就試試這招吧!

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