Wouldn’t it be great if English was spoken just like how it’s written?
I think that woud make both teachers and students very happy.
Unfortunately, it’s not. Being able to read and write English is very different than being able to understand and use the spoken language. In fact, when most people say they want better English skills, they’re usually referring to speaking.
In today’s interview, I talk with Misako Yoke about her first experience abroad when she discovered real English for the first time. She gives her own very entertaining solution to the problem, and what she thinks is most important about improving spoken English.
Listen to the full interview below. Misako is an English teacher and author with numerous projects–take a look here.
Better English Can Be Found in Your ‘Sock Drawer’
Imagination. The secret ingredient to finding low tech solutions for better English speaking. Tweet This
Many English learners struggle with speaking English because they spend too much time in study mode, and not enough time in practice mode.
Misako tells us a lot of great tips in this conversation, but one of the most important is how she found a practice mode that helped her speak English more. All I will say is, she found her practice mode in a sock drawer!
It wasn’t until she found a practice mode that worked for her that she got over her fear of speaking and communicating with real English that native speakers were using.
While Misako’s practice mode was found in a sock drawer, yours might be somewhere else. The point is, without taking a break from study mode and using a little imagination, it’s very hard for people to get in the mindset to practice English.
English practice doesn’t need to be high-tech or expensive. It might be right in front of you.
Start looking for your ‘sock drawer’ today, and discover a creative practice mode that works for you!
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