Lesson Transcript


Becky: Want to perfect your speaking skills? Here’s how you do it!
Becky: Welcome to Innovative Language Sunday News! I'm Becky and I'll be your host. My co-host today is the founder of Innovative Language... Peter Galante!
Peter: Hi everyone! Peter here.
Becky: In this Sunday News, we’re covering 3 ways you can speak better, faster, and without making pronunciation mistakes.
Peter: And one of them includes our awesome new Premium PLUS feature!
Peter: Okay, listeners. Have you ever noticed that most learners can read and write well...
Becky: ...but when it comes to speaking in their target language...
Peter: ...they freeze up? They need to stop and think. And sometimes they’re scared to speak.
Becky: Why is that?
Peter: We’ll tell you why that happens...
Becky: ...Plus the 3 ways you can improve and perfect your speaking skills, in just a bit.
Peter: But before we do that, we have a few quick things to announce.
Becky: First, there’s a brand new feature out for Premium PLUS. You can now get your speaking skills checked, corrected and perfected by a native teacher...
Peter: ...simply by recording yourself! You’ll find this feature inside Premium PLUS My Teacher.
Becky: We’ll tell you how you can take advantage of this feature and how it works, soon.
Peter: Second - Thanksgiving is right around the corner.
Becky: So listeners, we have prepared a FREE gift to thank you for your support...
Peter: ... and for being part of the Innovative Language family.
Becky: But, you’ll have to wait until next time to find out what this gift is....
Peter: Becky and I will tell you how to get it in the next Sunday News!
Becky: Okay, Peter. Why are most beginners not good at speaking?
Peter: That’s a very good question, Becky. It’s actually because of how most people start learning a language.
Becky: What do you mean?
Peter: Well, you’re studying Japanese, right Becky? What were your first steps?
Becky: Hmm… I learned some phrases from articles online, and then got a beginner textbook.
Peter: So you started reading first, right?
Becky: Yeah, that’s right.
Peter: But reading doesn’t help you with speaking much. So because most beginners focus on reading, grammar and writing first...
Becky: ... that's what they get good at..
Peter: ...but their speaking doesn’t improve. Because they dedicate more time to everything...
Becky: ... except speaking. That makes sense!
Peter: Right. So, listeners, this is where we’ll go into the 3 ways you can perfect your speaking...
Becky: ...using our learning system.
Peter: Alright. Let’s get into the first way: Shadowing... also known as repeating the conversations that you hear.
Becky: Professional interpreters are trained in this method, and listeners....
Peter: ...this is one method you can use right now! When you’re listening to a lesson...
Becky: ...try to repeat the conversations you hear. And if it’s too challenging, read along first with the line-by-line dialogue.
Peter: But the magic here is that you master pronunciation and improve your reaction speed.
Becky: ..meaning you can speak quickly without thinking.
Peter: Listeners, be sure to try shadowing the conversations in our lessons.
Becky: The second way is to record yourself and compare yourself with native speakers.
Peter: Right. Being able to hear your pronunciation and theirs side-by-side is very useful.
Becky: You can instantly hear the difference and correct yourself.
Peter: By the way, you can do this easily with our Voice Recording Tool, which you’ll find in the Line-by-Line dialogues.
Becky: So, you can record the lines you hear in the conversations...
Peter: ...hear the native version...
Becky: And adjust until you’re perfect!
Peter: You’ll find the Line-by-Line dialogue and the recorder on every lesson in our learning system!
Becky: And the third way includes our brand new feature for Premium PLUS.
Peter: That’s right. It’s having an actual teacher listen to you and correct your speech!
Becky: So with Premium PLUS My Teacher, you can record yourself...
Peter: ...for example, doing a self-introduction, reading out a shopping list, making a speech — or anything else you want, up to 2 minutes in length...
Becky: ...and send it over to your teacher. He or she will analyze it and tell you how to improve.
Peter: Which means you have an actual native speaker telling you how to talk like a native speaker!
Becky: And your teacher can send a perfect example for you to shadow.
Peter: So listeners, if you want to put these methods to use with all of our best lessons...
Becky: ..and also unlock study tools like the voice recorder, the line-by-line dialogue...
Peter: ...OR get your own teacher and access to the new Premium PLUS My Teacher...
Becky: Here’s a quick 20% discount on Premium and Premium PLUS.
Peter: Get 20% OFF Premium or Premium PLUS ‘til Wednesday.
Becky: Premium gives you unlimited access to all lessons, apps, and study tools...
Peter: And Premium PLUS comes with unlimited access PLUS your very own teacher...
Becky: ...and access to the new Premium PLUS My Teacher tool.
Peter: Just use coupon code SUNDAYNEWS5
Becky: Or, as always, click on the link in the lesson description to get 20% OFF Premium or Premium PLUS!


Becky: Well, that’s going to do it for this edition of Innovative Language Sunday news!*
Peter: Bye everyone!*
Becky: Thanks for listening, and we’ll see you all next time.*


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November 9th, 2014 at 06:30 PM
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What tactics do you use to improve your Japanese speaking skills?

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November 12th, 2014 at 06:55 PM
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Zak san, ショーン san and エリック san


Thank you for sharing your experiences and opinions.

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November 10th, 2014 at 02:17 PM
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Speaking is definitely my most underdeveloped skill set when it comes to Japanese. My reading and writing are good for my level of fluency, but my speaking is quite poor. Whenever I try to converse with spoken Japanese, I freeze up, and become anxious and uncomfortable. I do this because I don't have a whole lot of experience speaking the language, whereas I have a lot of experience reading and writing it.

I become discouraged at times, but this lesson has inspired me to try new things. I had previously always read the lesson transcripts, but it never occurred to me to repeat the conversations I hear aloud. I'm definitely going to give this a try!

November 10th, 2014 at 01:41 PM
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Quietly moving my mouth to imitate a dialogue while it's playing (but without sound so I can still hear the actual dialogue). I do this to train my mind and mouth to keep up with the speed of the dialogue.

This is a precursor to practicing speaking out loud later, but until then it's a good way to practice while in a public place so others around you don't hear your "ni hon go."

November 10th, 2014 at 08:19 AM
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I started with speaking :)