Hi guys, hello boys and girls, hello my dear fellow foreign English speakers!
It’s Robby here from EnglishHarmony.com and welcome back to my video blog. Let’s talk about the subject of spoken English self-practice again for the millionth time.
But in case you’re thinking “Robby, come on, you’ve been talking about it in every single video for the last couple of months.” Hold on a second, just bear with me for a momentand you’ll realize that today I’m going to reveal a certain aspect of the whole spoken English self-practice thing that hasn’t been talked about before.
And to be honest with youguys, I didn’t even realize that it existed up until today, when I happened to receive an email from one of my blog readers. And I actually sent him an email a couple of days before that, telling him that spoken English practice, basically speaking is the only way that’s going to develop his fluency, his ability to speak for that matter.
And I didn’t explicitly mention in the email that speaking with himself is one of the options. I only spoke about speaking in general termsand then I went on to give him a few tips and tricks on how to approach the whole speaking thing but I never explicitly mentioned that if you don’t have anyone else to talk to, you can do self-practice in the comfort of your own home. Okay?
Next thing I know that person responds by saying “Listen Robby, it’s not going to work. I can’t, I can’t heed to your advice because I can’t speak. There’s no one for me to speak with!”
How about getting out of your comfort zone and practice your English by calling people you don’t know?
Does that sound scary?
Well – it is! But that’s the thing about real life conversations – they’re always a little bit scary because there’s always a certain amount of stress involved.
And where there’s stress, there’s always the chance you’ll be making some mistakes, start hesitating a bit or maybe you’ll even forget a very simple word in the middle of the conversation.
But it’s alright because guess what?
If you do it by calling random companies, you’ll be speaking with PEOPLE YOU DON’T KNOW so you shouldn’t care of what they think of your English ❗
They may think you’re the worst English speaker out there, but who cares?
The moment you drop the phone, that person is gone from your life!
So, watch this video where I’m showing you how I contact some random company and speak with their sales agent. You may notice that I’m slightly stressed out when speaking and I’m making a few small mistakes here and there, but it’s all part of the game!
You can’t expect to speak fluently with real people in real life if you don’t PRACTICE this skill, and calling some random companies and making inquiries is one of the best ways of doing it!
Hi guys! It’s Robby here from EnglishHarmony.com and welcome back to my video blog! In today’s video we’re going to talk about job seeking and I chose this particular subject because I received an email off of one of my blog readers where he talks about his struggles with job interviews.
And it happens so that I’m actually looking for a job at the moment, right? I attended an IT course for 9 months straight. Now I’m a fully qualified PC technician and I’m trying to kick start my career inIT as a matter of fact.
So now I’m firing off a number of job applications every day and my goal is to attend as many job interviews as possible to find the perfect job. And basically this email is also very good because the person in question has described all the typical fluency issues that most of our foreign English speaking counterparts experience all over the world.
And it ties in withthe whole job seeking aspect. And I have to tell you that most of my blog readers are interested in finding a better job or get the so much wanted promotion in their current job. And obviously by improving spoken English skills that would – that dream would come true, right? So it’s very relevant to all of you guys, right?
Now, let me read the email and I’m going to comment on each section as I see fit. So basically he’s saying that prior to looking for a job there weren’t many situations in his life when he had to communicate in English, only a few occasions and somehow he managed it. And that’s the way it was in my life pretty much, right? I thought that my English skills were decent and those relatively few chats that I had with some random English speaking people went kind of okay. So I thought that my spoken English fluency was just great, right?
Hi my friends. Hello my dear fellow foreign English speakers and welcome back to Robby’s English Harmony video blog. In today’s video we’re going to look at the following sentence starter / disagreement… a phrase, basically a phrase that you can use to disagree, right?
And the phrase in question is: “I can see where you’re coming from on this but…” or there could be a few variations of the same phrase. “I can definitely see where are you’re coming from. However, I think that and so on and so forth.” But basically the main structure, the basic structure of the phrase is comprised of the words, “I can see where you’re coming from.”
And if you translate this sentence quite literally, you would think that I’m saying that I can see where you’re coming from, right? But in reality it’s got nothing to do withthe person coming from somewhere. It’s basically got to do with what that person thinks. And then you’re telling them that you’re actually relating to their opinion, however, you are of quite the opposite opinion for example, right?
Hi guys. Hello boys and girls and welcome back to Robby’s English Harmony video blog. Welcome back to the New Year, 2016. Today is the 6th of January and I hope that you’ve gotten back into the normal rhythm after all the New Year’s festivities and everything.
Now, what I wanted to tell you today is that even though you might be experiencing severe English fluency issues, even though you might feel at this particular moment in timeas if your English is the worst English possible, that your fluency is total crap and that you’re useless as an English speaker, bear in mind that there’s always someone worse off than you!
And please don’t get me wrong. I’m not trying to laugh at people whose English is like really bad, right? All I’m saying is that the very fact of you being aware that you’re not the worst should give you that little bit of confidence boost, that little bit of comfort to carry you throughthose rough patches of your English fluency, so to speak, right?
In this video I’m addressing the following question that I get asked a lot:
Robby, you’re constantly saying we should practice English with ourselves, but it’s really boring… What do you suggest?
Well, it’s true – I keep going on about the effectiveness of spoken English self-practice like a broken record, and let me repeat myself once more – SPOKEN ENGLISH SELF-PRACTICE is HANDS DOWN THE BEST way of improving your fluency, full stop!
As for the BORING part – I don’t buy it.
Seriously – if you’re saying it’s BORING, most likely you haven’t actually realized what such spoken self-practice entails, so please watch the video above and hopefully I’ll be able to explain everything so that you start seeing the true benefits of spoken English self-practice!
Hi guys! Hello boys and girls. Hello my dear fellow foreign English speakers and welcome back to Robby’s English Harmony video blog. And welcome to the year 2016. And I’m pretty sure that a lot of you guys are making new year’s resolutions just like we all do. And also some of you would be making the resolution to study English really hard next year and become fluent in English, right?
But here’s the thing– if you make the resolution to study English hard, it’s actually a double whammywhich means that you’re going to fail on two accounts. First of all, if you decide to study English, studying as such is a method of preparing yourself for exams, tests and the like. That’s the typical academic approach basically where the education is centered aroundassessment, typically a test or an exam. Studying is the crucial part of it. You study for a test or an exam, then you pass it and then you move on to the next one.
But in reality when it comes tospoken English performance, studying for it is not going to make any difference. It’s all about practicing instead. So basically you have to shift your focus awayfrom studying entirely and focus predominantly on practicing your English. And it’s not just about spoken English, right? As a matter of fact, any English-related activity requires loads of practice for you to become good at it. Whether it’s reading or writing or listening or speaking you can only become good at it by doing it!
And you may want tocheck out this blog post that I published earlier last year which is all about you being what you do. And spoken English, written English, English comprehension, reading are no exceptions to the rule. You can only become good at practicing those areas.
But while we’re at it, we may as well look at other interesting articles I’ve published this year, and the next one I want you to read is the 25 English sentence starters. Starting sentences is something that a lot of us, foreigners, are struggling with, so it goes without saying that being able to use a number of sentence starters will come in handy for you you as a foreign English speaker!
Next up – an article from the month of April is about trying to impress other people with your English skillsand how it can quickly turn against you. To be honest with you, I still have to fight the urge to impress others at times, and I know for a fact that plenty of other foreigners are finding themselves in the same situation, so you should definitely read this article – especially if you’re among those having this issue!
Robby I have been in an English country for 4 years. So I could speak English very well. Then I backed to my homeland. So since one year ago I am living on my homeland. But because here is no one to talk with, and no one speaks English here. So I feel that I am forgetting things. Please tell me what to do!
Also, he goes on to ask the following:
Once I read that you know 3 languages fluently how don’t you mix them? Or forget them? I need that technique!
Well, here’s my video response, and I hope that all of you are going to find it useful! 😉
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I’m Robby, and I’m a non-native English speaker. Throughout my entire life I’ve always wanted to speak in English fluently, but because of the way English is taught in schools, I always struggled with my spoken English.
Then, one fine day, after years or constant pursuit for English fluency, I realized the key aspect of spoken English improvement – learning English phrases and word combinations instead of studying grammar rules and trying to construct sentences in your head from scratch!
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