Keys to Excellent Speaking

FEV 22, 2011 BY LUIGI ALMEIDA NO COMMENTS POSTED UNDER: DICAS DE APRENDIZADO, IN ENGLISH
Listening Is The Key

To get English fluency, you must have a lot of understandable repetitive listening. That is the
ONLY way. To be a FANTASTIC English speaker, you must learn English with your ears, not with
your eyes. In other words, you must listen. Your ears are the key to excellent speaking. [CORTAR]
What kind of listening is best? Well, it must be understandable and must be repetitive. Both of
those words are important– Understandable and Repetitive.

If you don’t understand, you learn nothing. You will not improve. That’s why listening to English TV
does not help you. You don’t understand most of it. It is too difficult. It is too fast.
Its obvious right? If you do not understand, you will not improve. So, the best listening material is
EASY. That’s right, you should listen mostly to easy English. Most students listen to English that is
much too difficult. They don’t understand enough, and so they learn slowly. Listen to easier English,
and your speaking will improve faster!

Understanding is Only Half The Formula.
Understanding is not enough. You must also have a lot of repetition. If you hear a new word only
once, you will soon forget it. If you hear it 5 times, you will still probably forget it!
You must hear new words and new grammar many times before you will understand them
instantly.

How many times is necessary? Most people must hear a new word 30 times to remember it forever.
To know a word and instantly understand it, you probably need to hear it 50-100 times!
KRISTIN DODDS, JOE WEISS AND A. J. HOGE

Colaboração: Professor José Maria de Oliveira

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