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    How to study oral English


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    Re: How to study oral English

    Hi!

    I am not a teacher. Here's my two cents.

    #1 Make friends with native English speakers and talk with them as much as possible.

    #2 Watch English movies, TV programmes and imitate how native speakers say.

    #3 As I knew, there're some regular English corners in the campuses of Beijing. Join them.


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    Re: How to study oral English

    What do people do at the 'English Corners' in Beijing, daffodils?

    Unlike written English, oral English cannot be studied but has to be practised, preferably with people who speak good English. This is the problem facing students in non-English speaking countries where they lack the exposure to an English-speaking environment.

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    Re: How to study oral English

    Hi Tedtmc,

    Thanks for your question. I live in Shanghai rather than Beijing. I never go there. But "English corner" is almost same in China.

    " English corner" refers to a group of people gather together in a certain place, mostly on campus or in public parks etc, in a regular time for practising their spoken English. The participants are usually young college students, other English language lovers, and some expats (Some are foreign English teachers). The topic for each time can be certain or be at will. People can find their chatting partners in whom they are interested. It is free and open, no charge and no procedure are required. If you feel dry, you can leave any time. Expats usually steal the limelight because almost every participant would like to practise spoken English with native English speakers.

    Cheers!

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    Re: How to study oral English

    Hi daffodils
    Thank you for the explanation. So, that is some kind of social club in a college/university which meets regularly to have informal chats.
    I wouldn't be surprised some of the teachers in this forums being based in China are among the expats you mentioned.

    In some of the English-speaking western countries and also in Malaysia where I live, there is something similar called the Toastmasters Club which is also a social club formed to promote public speaking(not so much of conversational English) It is a very useful set up for people including professionals, to develop their skills in public speaking. The name has nothing to do with drinking though.

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