I think you already know that if you wantto improve your English speaking skills, you have to practice, right?
You have to speak.Studying grammar will never improve your speaking. Listening to English alone will never improveyour speaking. You have to actually speak. But what if you don’t have someone to talkto in English? How can you practice then?
Well, there’s a technique that allows youto learn to speak English by yourself. No speaking partner is required. This techniquecan help improve many aspects of your spoken English: your sentence structure, your grammar,your vocabulary, and most importantly, your ability to express your thoughts and ideaseffectively.
So what is this technique? Well, here’s what it is… Learning to speak English through imitation. When I say imitation, I’m not talking aboutrepeating after native speakers using the exact same words to improve your pronunciation.I’m talking about something a little more advanced than that. Here’s how it works: you listen to a conversation,a story, or some kind of speech, and then try to deliver that speech in your own words.
Let’s see this technique in action: When I was a child When he was a child my parents liked to pretend, like many otherparents his parents liked to pretend, like many otherparents that Santa Claus would bring us presents atChristmas. His parents liked to pretend that Santa Clauswould bring them presents at Christmas.
So when my siblings and I would wake up onChristmas morning So when he and his siblings would wake upon Christmas morning there’d be a bunch of presents, from supposedlySanta Claus, sitting in front of the fireplace. there’d be a bunch of presents, from supposedlySanta Claus, sitting in front of the fireplace. So that’s how it works. But that’s just oneway to do it. There’re other ways too.
For example, instead of imitating small portionsof speech like phrases and short sentences, you can imitate larger portions of speech.So in this case, you wait until the speaker completes a thought or an idea, then pauseand try to express that idea yourself. Another approach is to simply listen to the wholespeech and then try to deliver that entire speech yourself. So there are several ways to go about it,but what I recommend is to combine them all together, and I call this approach easy-to-hardimitation. Easy-to-hard imitation is based on the conceptof progressive training. The idea is that you start with something easy and then increasethe difficulty of the activity, forcing yourself to get better.
A number of studies have foundthis kind of training to be very effective. Here’s how you can apply this concept: startby imitating small portions of speech first like phrases and short sentences, then moveon to imitating larger portions of speech like long sentences or even groups of sentences,and finally, try to deliver the entire speech on your own. This technique offers many benefits. You getto listen and imitate correct English, which helps you learn to form sentences properly. You get to learn idioms, expressions, andother speaking patterns that are used in day-to-day conversations. you get to learn grammar.
When you imitateother people, you’re learning grammar through a process called implicit learning. This isthe process where the learning happens without your awareness. This is how babies and childrenlearn the grammar rules of their first language.
When you imitate, you don’t think about grammar.You’re not trying to understand why the present perfect tense is used in this situation orin that situation. Instead, you’re focused on communication — on understanding andexpressing ideas.
You’re still learning grammar but you’re not aware that it’s happening.This is one of the proper ways to learn grammar. OK, that concludes this video. To help youget started, I’ve put together a step-by-step tutorial on this technique. If you’re interested,click here to go to that tutorial.