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Conversations With ALAN

Conversations With ALAN



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More on conversations with native speakers Today I’d like to tell you more on starting conversations with native speakers when you aretravelling to England, or another English speaking country. Also how to make the conversationmore friendly.Places you can safely start conversations in the country where English is spoken:Hotel reception areas Train station platformsBus stops Tourist information officesIn shopsMuseums/Art Galleries TaxisAirport loungesHairdressersIce cream kiosksNewspaper standsRestaurants/cafesCar boot salesOn the beach I don’t recommend talking to people in the street, unless it’s just to ask for the time ordirections.Of course, speaking with people you don’t know isn’t the ideal way to practice English, but it isoften these places where people who are learning English can have the opportunity to speak it ,as they maybe don’t know any native speakers.So, be careful where you speak and to whom. This is just common sense. If you are a womanalone, then speak to people in public places. It will be surprising that maybe you can start aninteresting conversation and get chance to practice.1.Decide the reason for speaking to somebody. Maybe to find something about a place or just get to know more about what the place is like.2.Ask a small question to start with “Could you tell me?” or “Do you know where/whattime/how etc…?”
3.One the conversation has started, slow down your speech more that you want to, thiswill give you some time to think more about what you want to say and also give theperson you are speaking with the chance to get used to your particular accent.4.Don’t forget to add “please” or “Thank you” where you need to and also nod your heada bit to show that you understand what the other person is saying.5.Ask small questions and if they give you a long answer that you can’t remember (forinstance, with directions) say “Oh, thanks, let me just write that down please”6.If they ask about you, be glad to tell them (but not very personal information)7.Don’t talk about: money, politics, religion unless you get to know the person quite well(say if you are staying in the same hotel for some days)8.Enjoy the conversation – never worry about mistakes – keep the conversation light-hearted and not too detailed.9.When the conversations stops, don’t forget to say something like “it was nice talkingwith you”10.If you want to take a photo for any reason, don’t forget to ask first if the other personminds.
Hello everybody Today I want to talk about attitude to language learning. Having a good attitudeto learning language helps overcome barriers to learning. These barriers maybe personal barriers, or physical barriers.Examples of personal barriersHow we personally feel about our progressOur ability to remember words, phrases, grammar pointsOur feelings about how well we pronounce wordsWhat other people tell us about how we learn Teachers’ comments good or not so goodHow much we feel we need to learn a language wellWhat we think language will give us and what we think it might make harder Examples of physical barriers Time or lack of itOpportunities to speak with other speakers of the language (native speakers inparticular) The place we learn (class or home) The things we have to provide us with language “input”: courses, books, DVD,MP3, Websites All these things (and many more I am sure) affect us in how we learn. It may bea positive effect or not.Some negative effects could be, if we have a bad teacher, this will affect us, if we don’t have enough good learning material, if we don’t have enough time.Some positive effects could be having a good teacher, praise that makes usfeel good, remembering more words that we expect, finding we can pronouncethings well. There are many more things that we can add to this list.

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