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Okay, today’s topic is:
How to Double Your Speaking Time in Your Target Language
Today, you’re going to learn:
One: Why it’s hard for many learners to make progress with their speaking skills
And two: How you can double your speaking time
If you’ve always wanted to speak more of your target language, then this episode is for you.
But first, listen up! Here are this month’s new lessons and resources.
First — The “Movies and TV Shows” Cheat Sheet
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Third — 20 Phrases You’ll Need for the Doctor
Learn how to schedule appointments, talk about your symptoms and much more. This 1-minute lesson gives you 20 must-know phrases.
Fourth — Want to be able to handle every-day tasks in your target language--like sending and receiving mail?
Then, this next 1-minute lesson is for you.
You’ll learn most of the words and phrases you’ll need at the post office.
Fifth — Learn how to impress native speakers with this 1-minute lesson.
Learn how to give natural compliments like “the food is delicious” and “this is a beautiful country.”
To get your free resources, click the link in the description below right now. They’re yours to keep forever. Ok, let’s jump into today’s topic:
How to Double Your Speaking Time in Your Target Language
Ok lets get into part one,
Why is real speaking progress so hard to make?
Let’s say you’ve studied the language for a few months. And now, you finally have a chance to practice speaking. Maybe you have a tutor or a native speaker friend who is willing to practice with you.
You start talking and your friend helps you improve bits and pieces of your speaking (like pronunciation and grammar). And maybe you can talk about your day and common topics.
But without proper preparation on both sides--the person learning AND the person teaching--that’s it.
You’re limited to what you can talk about. You don’t know enough of the language to keep going. And they aren’t prepared to help you speak more of the language.
So, if you try to have an open-ended conversation, you’ll fall flat at some point.
You’ll run out of things to say and talk about.
You’ll run out of words and topics.
And this is true outside of language learning. It’s easy for conversations to die when you run out of things to talk about.
A freestyle approach to conversation is nice for advanced learners or people who do serious preparation, but it’s not so great for beginners.
This is one reason it’s hard to make real progress with speaking. You run out of things to say.
But, there is a way to double your speaking time, even if you’re an absolute beginner. Even if you’re low on words and grammar.
And that’s by adding structure that you’ll find in our lessons. Let’s get into that.
Part 2: How you can double your speaking time with our audio and video lessons.
Let’s say you’re having a practice conversation with that same friend. Except this time, both of you have a list of topics to follow. Then, your conversations won’t die out as quickly.
The point is, if you have a structure to follow, like a lesson, there is always something for you to fall back on.
And if you’re already using our audio and video lessons, you get just that.
So here's how you can use our lessons to double your speaking time.
One: Make sure to listen to and review your current audio or video lessons. Why?
Each lesson conversation is based on a certain topic, like talking about the weather, talking about family, ordering food, and so on. So, by simply taking a lesson, you learn a conversation around a certain topic.
Lessons will give you a lot of topics to talk about along with the relevant grammar and vocabulary, which many beginners might not have. Think about it. If you wanted to talk about a vacation, you’d need to know words like “vacation”, “cruise”, and “holiday” in your target language.
You’d also need the right grammar points to help you express ideas. Our audio and video lessons will provide you with all of these.
So listen to the lessons and prepare ahead of time.
Two: Use the dialogue presented in the lesson.
In other words, you can memorize the lines from the lesson dialogue. You’re already learning conversations in the lessons, so you may as well use them for yourself.
And doing this will help prepare you for future conversations. Think about it. We often use lines like “Where are you from?” “What’s your name?” “My name is…” “How was your weekend?” “I went out last weekend.” Once you memorize these expressions, you can--and will--use them over and over.
As an example, imagine you do a few lessons about the weather. You’ll master a few conversations about it. The next time that topic pops up in real life, you’ll be able to talk about it.
And three: Each lesson comes with cultural insights. What does that mean for you? It gives you more things to talk about with a native speaker.
So, if you bring up a cultural point in a conversation with a native speaker, you’ll likely get a good reaction and extend the conversation. Because you’re talking about what they know best: their culture.
So today, you learned
One: Why it’s hard for many learners to make progress with their speaking skills. It’s because we tend to run out of things to say.
And two: How you can double your speaking time! Accomplish this by:
Taking our lessons
Memorizing the dialogues
And using the cultural insights
So, thank you for watching this episode of Monthly Review
Next time, we’ll talk about:
How to Start Conversations: Talking Points for Language Learners
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