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How To Learn Sign Language


So you’re watching this because you
can’t find a speaking partner, you can’t find a native, and it seems like no one
wants to talk to you to help you practice your English. Well, I’m going to
show you some tips today to help you practice your speaking skills without
the need for a native or a speaking partner. Before we get started though,
hello and welcome back to my channel Pronunciation with Emma. If you’re new
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new video or I go live. So anyway, you’ve clicked on this video, you can’t find a
speaking partner blah blah blah let’s get started with the first thing, so the
first thing you can do is practice singing songs. Now this sounds really
obvious but it really really works. So you find a song that you like, find the
lyrics, listen, get used to the song, get used to the lyrics, start reading them,
follow the lyrics and then start singing. This will help so much with your
speaking confidence, with your fluency because you’ll have to sing quickly in
order to keep up with the song, and it will also help with your pronunciation,
because if you’re mispronouncing things or not pronouncing words correctly,
then it’s not gonna sound the same as the singer. So you can listen, you can
follow what they’re saying, and you can copy and sing along. Doing this will also
help with grammar and vocabulary so you are killing many birds with one stone,
I maybe shouldn’t say that because, yeah, I don’t even eat animals. The second thing you can do is practice with dialogues so you’re probably thinking
“but Emma where do I find dialogues?” well, you’ve got access to YouTube and
you’ve got access to the Internet, hence how you’re watching this video, so
go on YouTube, have a looks some speakers that you like the the sound of, I mean,
you like their accent, you like the way that they talk, try and find some
dialogues if you can and pretend to be one of the people in that dialogue. So
let’s say you choose a TV show, let’s say you choose, I don’t know, Breaking Bad.
Okay, you choose Breaking Bad and you find a very short scene between two of
the characters. Put the subtitles on and basically let them speak. Listen to that
scene, then go back to the beginning, play it again, and then pretend that you are
the other person. So before the next person speaks, let person A speak, okay,
then when it’s person B, you play the part of person B, so you pretend to speak
and you read the subtitles and you pretend to be that person, then you play,
then person A speaks again, after that, you pause, and you read the lines of
person B, so it’s almost like you’re having a kind of dialogue with someone
in the TV series, if that makes sense, but it will help a lot with just getting
used to that turn taking, which is, it’s quite difficult to have when you are
alone, you can’t practice turn-taking and you can’t practice speaking with someone
so this is one way that you can practice that. What you can also do if you want to
go real hardcore, is play person one speaking, then don’t pause it, but just
mute the second person, okay, just mute them and then you need to try and speak
at the same speed as the second person does before person A speaks again. So
you’re not pausing and giving yourself time, you’re actually just muting it so
you can’t hear that second person, but you’ve got to speak quickly or you’ve
got to speak the same speed as person B, otherwise person A is gonna
start talking already. So it will also help you develop that fluency as well.
The final thing I’m going to suggest is role plays, now you don’t need to find
anyone to do role plays with, if you’re not familiar with what a role play is,
it’s basically where you’re just acting out a little scene, you’re pretending that
you are in a certain situation. Typically, you would do a role play with another
person or different people, but you don’t have anyone to practice with so you’re
gonna have to role play with yourself. So how do you do that? Well, you have the
most powerful thing in the world, maybe not in the world, but you have a prettyful
pretty pretty prettyful? You have a pretty powerful thing in your head and
that is your brain, so you can imagine situations. What you can do is imagine
that you are speaking to someone, so you can sit down, just imagine you can do
this literally anywhere, you don’t have to speak out loud if you don’t want to, this
will just simply help you organise sentences and thoughts and it will help
you, help you, what am I thinking of? It will help you learn how to think in
English, if that makes any sense. What I’m trying to say is it will help you start
thinking in English. That’s what I mean. So, as you’re imagining these role plays,
you’re maybe imagining, okay, I’m going to imagine that I’m in a cafe, I’m gonna ask
for a coffee, okay, so I imagine I’m in the cafe and I say “hello may I have a
coffee?” and the waiter or waitress says “yes” okay great
“anything else?” “no thank you” I’m imagining this in my head, okay. Then later I think
hmm “how would I ask if they do soya milk?” so
maybe I don’t know the word for “soya milk”, so I quickly check soya milk,
what is that in English? of course you’ll be thinking in your own language, but
check “what is soya milk?”, okay, so I could then start practicing that sentence “do
you have any soya milk?” or “can I have a coffee with soya milk,
please?” and you start to practice thinking in English and you start to
learn new vocabulary, you’re practicing it in a role play situation but it’s all
in your head, you don’t even really need technology, you don’t need someone else
to do it, you just need to literally practise in
your head. Now I used to do this a lot, especially in very quiet situations like
when I was in the shower, I’d be washing my hair then I’d be
imagining situations like in the bakery and I used to think to myself like okay
“barra de pan” (Spanish for “baguette”) okay I need to think “barra de pan”, okay, I to “barra” and I would
literally be washing my hair thinking about “barra” “barra” and then I would speak because
I wanted to practice that R sound sound and so on. So it really really helped me
organise things in my head, it helped me kind of structure and have a kind of a
transcript, like a template, for when I went into those situations, so I knew
what to expect I knew what to ask for and it really really helped. So those
are all my tips for today, I hope they’ve been helpful. Do let me know what you do
to practice your speaking skills, especially if you don’t have a partner
and you don’t have a native to talk to. Remember, you do not need a native
speaker to talk to you, I keep saying this all the time when I see people
online asking “are there any native speakers here to practice with?”. You don’t need a native speaker, you just need someone else who also wants to practice
and you can practice together, statistically speaking, you are more
likely to speak to a non-native speaker in English then you are a native speaker,
so would it not be more logical for you to speak with a non-native or start
practicing with a non-native speaker than it would be a native? Of course you
could argue “yeah, but, Emma, the pronunciation, oh but they’re less
likely to make mistakes, they’re a native I’ll pick up the accent blah blah blah”.
It’s not true. I’ve had students and friends for many years who I speak to
nearly every day, they speak to me because they want to practice their
English, well, hopefully because they like me as
well, but they speak to me in English because they want to practice their
English, yet their accent is still really strong or they have problems with
understanding the humour, they have problems with understanding sarcasm,
things like that. So having a native speaker doesn’t mean that you’re going
to absorb all these thing. Breathing the same air as a native speaker is not
going to make you fluent. It’s not going to make you fluent faster, that is the
biggest misconception there is. So I’m just gonna say that and leave that there.
It’s just some food for thought. I hope you have a wonderful day and I will see
you next week for another lesson. Bye bye. or you’re just a big fan of the British
language… of the British language?

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