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Siyu
SOS!! My speaking English and my TOEFL test!!! I always watch Friends, The Big Bang Theory, and a lot of Opera's talk show. I can remember every Chandler's lame jokes and I watched every movie in which Brad Pitt stared. But my speaking English still suck, and when people talk fast, I cannot understand. SOS: What should I do?
Oct 30, 2012 1:28 AM
Comments · 5

Are you looking for a teacher, or just someone to chat with?   I have recently returned to US from China, where I taught university-level Oral English, and I am now accepting new, online students.

 

If you only want to be a free language partner with other students, that’s OK.  When you want some professional help, let me know.

November 6, 2012

Don't try to say the things you heard on those shows.  They are scripted, not natural.  You need practice speaking from your heart and creating simple sentences.

 

November 6, 2012

Why don't you try reading some books?

You can enjoy the book and at the same time get comfortable with sentence structures and grammar.

I find that reading is more effective than listening because you see the words on paper and your brain remembers it better.

I'm currently learning Korean and speaking is tough. I find myself improve when I read books or textbooks.

Hope I helped? ^^

 

If you need someone to talk to/to help you with your English, you're free to message me!(:

November 5, 2012

You could try writing down what you hear from the shows in Chinese and translate what you can into English. Then you can practice speaking them daily^^

That might also help you with your reading and writing^^

November 3, 2012
I think the only way is more practice listening. remember that in these movies and TV shows, very conversational and 'fast' english is used, so it may be discouraging to try to learn from. First you must build a good foundation, even though your listening comprehension is not good enough to listen to fast English. When the foundation is better, you can more quickly improve your listening comprehension, because you'll be able to more rapidly parse the different words and phrases. so, try to find some easier movies or tv shows where they are speaking more slowly, or find some which you can rewind and analyze in more detail. also, maybe speaking with native speakers can help you, because you can stop them and ask them to explain in a different way if you didn't understand. good luck!
October 30, 2012
Siyu
Language Skills
Chinese (Mandarin), English
Learning Language
English