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Okay, today’s topic is:
How to Improve Your Language Through Preparation &Speak More.
Do you think possible to speak more of your target language… by preparing lines ahead of time?
Today, you’re going to learn:
One: Why you should prepare for conversations ahead of time
And two: How you can prepare for conversations in your target language.
If you’ve always wanted to speak more of your target language, but didn’t know how, this tactic will give you more to talk about.
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How to Improve Your Language Through Preparation &Speak More.
Ok, let's get into part one: Why you should prepare for conversations ahead of time.
If you're a beginner, you can probably relate to this. When it comes to speaking, you tend to run out of things to say. And that’s because you don't know enough of the language to express yourself.
And that's where preparation comes in.
You may think that the conversations we have in our daily lives are spontaneous. That you can't prepare for them. You're right to an extent.
But imagine meeting someone for the first time. Both of you will go through some common questions and phrases. Like, "What's your name?" "My name is…" "Where are you from?" and "How long have you been studying the language?" As a language learner, you will have these kinds of conversations with almost every native you meet… guaranteed. They'll always ask you about how long and how you've been learning.
And even with your friends, some conversations start the same way. For example, you'd say things like, "Hey, how are you? How are things? How was your weekend? My weekend was good, and you?"
And let's say you went to a restaurant this weekend, and now you want to talk about it. Well, that allows you to prepare and learn some phrases like "I went to a restaurant." "The restaurant had delicious food."
The point is, some questions and phrases come up often in conversations, so it makes total sense to master them ahead of time. And you can always plan ahead and prepare for things you want to talk about.
When it comes time to speak, you know what to say, how to respond, and you don't run out of talking points as quickly.
So, how do you prepare?
Let's jump into part 2.
The first thing you can do to prepare is, check out our 25 Questions You Need to Know Lesson Series. This series is specifically designed to help you with the first-time conversations you’d have with native speakers. You'll learn the most 25 common questions and answers used in conversations. Just listen to the lessons. Repeat out loud. Then, put what you learn to use.
These will serve as talking points so you can keep your conversations going.
Number two: Print out the Curriculum for this lesson series so you can review all of the lessons at once.
The Curriculum gives you the lines and vocabulary used in all lessons upfront.
So, as you're talking, you can take a glance and know what to talk about next. This will allow you to control conversations and ask questions instead of just having the native speaker ask you all the questions.
In other words, you will sound like a fluid, confident, and experienced speaker.
Number three: Check out our printable conversation cheat sheets. This is another free resource that gives you lines and words for all kinds of topics — for example, talking about hobbies, your family, and much more.
Number four: Ask yourself: What do you want to talk about? Come up with some topics. And for each topic, write out potential questions and phrases that would come up in a conversation. For example, if you want to talk about restaurants, you can have lines like, "My favorite restaurant is…" "My favorite food is…." What's your favorite restaurant?" and then run these lines through a translation app. It won't be perfect, but it'll give you lines to use, that you can correct later.
Number five: Look for lessons that are related to your topics… with our lesson library. On our site, we have hundreds of lessons that teach you conversations. So, if you're looking for lessons related to restaurants and food, you'll get all kinds of conversations that you can use for yourself.
And number six: If you're a Premium PLUS user, get in touch with your teacher via My Teacher and try a conversation with them. They will help you every step of the way, correct your writing, and give you the lines to use in a conversation.
That way, you can prepare ahead of time, and when it comes time to speak, you'll know what to say.
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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