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Post time 2013-11-8 12:49:52 |Display all floors
cheney0211 Post time: 2013-10-18 18:40
To my mind,practice works.The more you speak to the foreigners the better your English will be.In an ...

sorry have been away a long while,
To do well in any language, you have to fill as much of your day as possible with english. you can't hold a conversation unless you can speak clearly, listen well, and comprehend what is being said.
As i said reading is very good, it helps you to think in english (vital) practice reading out loud too, record it, you can help yourself this way, but, will need feedback from others too. with feedback you can learn to express, intonate, etc
when we speak it is important to say the words together that belong together, otherwise you are confusing to listen to, especially when you have a lot to say.
Listening needs a source to listen to, and in the absence of a native speaker, movies and tv shows are great, they give you a variety of voices to practice with, documentaries are good to begin with as there is just one person to hear, who is usually more easy to understand.
You can learn in a classroom, but you cannot learn to be excellent unless you make english your priority, in that, speak and think in english all the time , unless you specifically need chinese. on the way to get a bus, or shopping, doing things at home or in the dorm, think about all this in english if you can, and, when you can't, write it down in Chinese and check it later.
The bottom line is, the more you use it the better  and faster you will learn it.
Ever had the experience of being in a conversation, and suddenly forgetting some words ? this is because you probably have not used them enough in context, have not thought enough about them.
you can't just recite a vocabulary, you gotta use it. even if you make up stories about it.
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Post time 2013-11-20 14:12:29 |Display all floors
I'll post the same reply here as I gave in the other forum section:

Watch a lot of films - but do not watch them with Chinese subtitles (initially).

You may find you understand very little, but films are much better than cartoons because you can see true emotion in the faces of the actors and their body language to aid you understanding of the film.

Then watch it a again - each time you will understand a little more. After watching it a couple of times, you can then watch with the subtitles to see how much you really understood. After which you can turn off the subtitles again and try again.

Doing this with Chinese films has provided me with the most improvement for listening to and learning  Chinese. Not only that, but it is much more fun than listening to News or reading textbooks.

But if you view with subtitles in your own language, you will naturally shut out most of the audio and be lazy - just enjoying the film and not really learning anything except perhaps the occasional word. Without subtitles forces you to listen and intently watch.

Cartoons or animation I find almost impossible to understand without subtitles. It is almost easier to understand without even looking at the screen - only listening.

The good things about films or TV series, is that they contain a lot of "fairly common" everyday dialog. Whereas News often contains lots of specialised terms, very formal language or lots of names of people and places.

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Post time 2013-11-27 09:02:47 |Display all floors
To learn any language, you must use it every day, think about things in that language as you go to the subway, the shops, the bus stop etc, if you do not know the words, write them down in chinese to look up later. read books, if your vocabulary is not great, start with book for a younger age to train your brain in the basic grammar, when those books are easy, read more personally enjoyable subjects, reading helps you in many ways, it teaches you to think in that language, it makes grammar more natural and automatic for you, also teaching you a variety of correct grammar. it increases your vocabulary and comprehension. movies or tv shows are great for listening, you need to be able to listen to a variety of speaking types, we're not all the same. you can even watch a movie more than once, each time you will hear more accurately ( i do this with chinese). learning a new language cannot be done well just from an english course, you need to live it, you need to train your brain in it, get your brain used to a new language. if listening is very difficult for you, try documentaries, the narrators talking on those are very good speakers, an easy beginning.
you also need some contact with native speakers of course, the more the merrier.
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Post time 2013-11-27 09:05:10 |Display all floors
WayneVeritas Post time: 2013-4-26 08:18
The best way to learn is practice, practice, practice. On my trips to China, I have found that the C ...

you can also go to QT, a few good places to practice and improve, and its free
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Post time 2013-12-11 21:20:10 |Display all floors
speak and speak again

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Post time 2013-12-12 15:41:53 |Display all floors
Ever tried learning English through Music?
http://blog.chinadaily.com.cn/fo ... amp;fromuid=1249177

Have fun

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Post time 2014-3-11 04:20:18 |Display all floors
I have the same problem as  you  ,  I wish that one day  i can communicate with  others by english just we say chinese  everyday .. everytime  . AND I think the biggest trouble we faced is we are so shy to speak english loudly , my friends from us say that we should often speak english  if we want to improve our english level

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