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    an effective method to improve your English level

    The female speaker says:
    Would you like to know how to improve your English level in 4 days? Today, I will tell you an effective method.

    Source: from a Chinese video titled "Say Good-bye to Dumb English"(the original title is in Chinese)

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    Do the two sentences sound natural in English? Both "English level" and "method" sound odd to me because they not colloquial. I believe native English speakers would express like this:

    Would you like to improve your English in 4 days? Today, I will tell you an effective way.

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    I am not very sure.

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    #2

    Re: an effective method to improve your English level

    Quote Originally Posted by GoodTaste View Post
    The female speaker says:
    Would you like to know how to improve your English level in four days? Today, I will tell you an effective method.

    Source: from a Chinese video titled "Say Good-bye to Dumb English"(the original title is in Chinese)

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    Do the two sentences sound natural in English? Both "English level" and "method" sound odd to me because they are not colloquial. I believe native English speakers would express like this:

    Would you like to improve your English in four days? Today, I will tell you an effective way to do it.

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    I am not very sure.
    You are right that knowing how to do something and doing it are not the same thing.

    (The original is perfectly fine.)
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    #3

    Re: an effective method to improve your English level

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post

    (The original is perfectly fine.)
    Are you saying that the original two sentences ("Would you like to know how to improve your English level in 4 days? Today, I will tell you an effective method.") are fine?

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    #4

    Re: an effective method to improve your English level

    "English level" sounds unnatural to me. I would say "English/English proficiency level".
    I am not a teacher or a native speaker.

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    Re: an effective method to improve your English level

    Being picky, I'd say that improve your English level is not brilliant, though it does sound like something that many native speakers would naturally say. I wouldn't, however, because I don't think 'improve a level' is a good word combination. I can understand why she wanted to include the word level in the sentence, though.

    There's nothing wrong with method in this sense—in fact it's arguably even better than way, since it's more technical. However, 'tell somebody a method' doesn't work any better than 'tell somebody a way'. There are several other verbs to use in place of tell.

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    Re: an effective method to improve your English level

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    There are several other verbs to use in place of tell.
    Name one, please.

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    #7

    Re: an effective method to improve your English level

    Quote Originally Posted by GoodTaste View Post
    Name one, please.
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    Re: an effective method to improve your English level

    I suppose she could have said explain.
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    Re: an effective method to improve your English level

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    I suppose she could have said explain.
    You haven't answered my question in #3 post:

    Are you saying that the original two sentences ("Would you like to know how to improve your English level in 4 days? Today, I will tell you an effective method.") are fine?

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    Re: an effective method to improve your English level

    I suppose it's okay, but I don't like that one much. Try:

    I will explain an effective method to you.
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