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Tips for Speaking

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Re: Tips for Speaking

Postby Sabrina » Tue Sep 17, 2013 2:22 am

Hi,

I'm new to this forum, and I'm a non native English speaker, trying to improve spoken English

Firstly, thank you so much for all the ideas. I learnt so much.

Question to everyone - How much do you think grammar is important when learning to speak English? I think that thinking too much about grammar will slow your fluency. I want to hear what others think {-:

I'm looking for a spoken English program where I can speak with natives - not learn grammar or words but just speak as much as I can. Do you know any such program on the internet?

Thanks!
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Re: Tips for Speaking

Postby Sabrina » Thu Sep 26, 2013 11:52 am

I found two websites that provide spoken english practice with native speakers.

One is called Spoken English Practice. http://www.spokenenglishpractice.com Looking at the site, they seem to have been in business for sometime now.

The other one is English 1 on 1. wwww.eng1on1.com

Pls share if you have had past experience with these sites.
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Re: Tips for Speaking

Postby TrietLe » Fri Jun 13, 2014 5:06 am

Sabrina wrote:Hi,
Question to everyone - How much do you think grammar is important when learning to speak English? I think that thinking too much about grammar will slow your fluency. I want to hear what others think {-:
Thanks!


Hi Sabrina,

I cannot agree more with you. Focusing too much on grammar
at the start will definitely slow down your speaking progress.


Maybe you could glimpse some insights from my students' stories:

All my students, aged between 10 to 16, are excellent at grammar because
that's what they are being drilled at schools.

However, when I first started teaching them, speaking was their nightmare. They
could not utter a decent sentence. I think they were too afraid of making
the wrong sentence structure.

As soon as I forced them to speak English in any ways they want, words
flowed out their mouth. It's not perfect, but at least, they could communicate.

In the beginning, I didn't focus too much on grammar. Over time, when they made
grammatical mistakes in their speech, I fixed them.

Interestingly, at that point, it wasn't that difficult for them make the change.


So, in general, grammar is undoubtedly crucial for clear English communication, but
I don't think it should be your priority when you first learn to speak.

Good luck.
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