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    P.D.C. Principle to master spoken English

    There is a Chinese guy on TikTok of Chinese version answering a question about spoken English:

    Question: Why does my head appear to become empty every time I try to answer questions in spoken English?

    The guy explains: Good question. It is not because spoken English is hard to learn, but because you don't know the right way to express in English. Remember, folks, you don't know how to organize the language. Because you don't know the logic by which a foreigner speaks. As a teacher, I will tell you in my cariculum a universal formula called P.D.C. Principle to organize the language. That is, you should at once summarize the vital Point when a foreigner asks you a question; and then, understand some Detail; finally, give the Conclusion.

    Okay now. In this class, this formula can be used in all topics and any problems will be solved.

    Source: The original source is in Chinese. I translated it into English.

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    Your comment on this P.D.C. Principle will be appreciated.
    Last edited by GoodTaste; 12-Jul-2020 at 09:07.

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    Re: P.D.C. Principle to master spoken English

    Quote Originally Posted by GoodTaste View Post
    you don't know the right way to express in English.
    That "guy" doesn't sound like a native/proficient speaker of English, so I don't know what kind of qualification he has to call himself a teacher.

    Quote Originally Posted by GoodTaste View Post
    Your comment on this P.D.C. Principle will be appreciated.
    I've never heard of it.

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    Re: P.D.C. Principle to master spoken English

    It's a meaningless attempt to construct some jargon that sounds impressive. I'd leave this one off your playlist.

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    Re: P.D.C. Principle to master spoken English

    It sounds like a rehash of instruction that I remember from courses on interviewing techique.
    Retired magazine editor and native British English speaker - not a teacher

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    Re: P.D.C. Principle to master spoken English

    He's describing what works for him. It won't necessarily help anyone else. We all think differently. (Except at Apple, where they think different.)
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    #6

    Re: P.D.C. Principle to master spoken English

    NOT A TEACHER


    GoodTaste, maybe that gentleman is giving the advice that is somewhat similar to what language teachers tell us when watching a foreign-language movie: Do not listen for every little detail. Try to get the main point.

    Foreign visitor (stops you on the street in Beijing): "Excuse me, I'm visiting from the United States, and I'm visiting your lovely country for a month. I'm having trouble understanding my guidebook. How do I get to the Forbidden City?"

    You should not try to remember all the details that he gave you. Just concentrate on "get to the Forbidden City." So you could say something like: "Take the No. 4 bus." And being the kind person that you are, add: "I will show you where the bus stop is. Please follow me."

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