Host: Hello, this month's Mind Your Language comes in Audio form for you to download. I'm your host Yu Dazhi.
We are for the next ten minutes going to explore the difficulties in learning a language and particularly English. My question today is about improving speaking.
I would like to introduce two English Learners that I have guests with me today. One is Leo, an IT graduate from Beijing. His ambition is to work for in the area of telecommunications, particularly Mobile Phones. My other guest today is Han Yanhui(David). David is going to study at the Institute of Education, University of London as a Chevening Scholar, which is a UK government scholarship program organised by the Foreign Office and the British Council.
Host: Welcome gentlemen!
Leo : Good Afternoon
Host: So as you know, learning a language is not an easy thing to do, in fact many learners still struggle with language, in particular speaking. I know that from speaking to users on www.in2english.com.cn, that users are particularly interested in getting more speaking practice. Do you have any advice for our listeners for improving your speaking?
David: Yes, well let me see. I think that the following points are important.
1.Don't be shy –you need to have confidence to speak with foreigners. We as learners are far too afraid to make mistakes.
2.Get some foreign friends. This is not as easy as it sounds, but by joining clubs that interest you, you might find that there are foreigners who have similar interests, and so, through common bond you will also be able to practise your speaking skills!
3.Listening is good speaking. Take time to try and watch foreign TV shows on DVD and then pick out a few expressions to try on foreign friends. Films tend to be too long and demotivating.
Host: That's really good advice David, thanks. So how about you Leo. Do you have any speaking tips for our listeners?
Leo: Yes, here is what I think.
Firstly, we must look at pronunciation. I know that foreigners who have bad Chinese pronunciation sound terrible. Yes, I know they are speaking, but they should learn to say it properly.
The next thing is that we need to find different ways to say the same thing. We can do this by building our vocabulary. I recommend people to listen to the radio on the internet. A good example is BBC Radio 5. It's a talk radio station and I improved my English by listening to it everyday.
Host; Yes, what a great idea Leo, that's really a good thing to do. I think that wraps it up for today. Stay tuned for next week when we will talk about suffixes and prefixes and how they help expand your vocabulary.
Everyone: Bye for now!