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OK today, what am I going to talk about?
Today I'm going to talk about how to improve your English speaking skills.
Ok? How to improve your English speaking skills. Now, this is something which I think is very important
and I'm going to tell you how I honestly think all people leaning English
or in fact learning Japanese or learning any language whatsoever.
How all people should learn to speak their language.
It's very very simple. Don't think.
Just speak. That's it. Don't think, just speak.
Now, I learned to speak Japanese from, basically from zero, to a very fluent conversational
level in a very short amount of time. I mean, certainly not a year. Six months,
seven months, eight months. A very short amount of time.
And, I've been learning Japanese for a few years now but 90% of that time was spent learning
to read or write Japanese Kanji, or learning formal Japanese or Japanese for academic or
presentation. Really the base, the main speaking part, I
learnt very very quickly. I'm not saying this to boast or to say "Wow,
look at me I'm so great! I learnt so fast!" or anything like that, I'm saying it because
I honestly think all people yes, all people, you can learn to speak English or any language
very very fast and very very easily I think people tend to make speaking English
seem too difficult. They make it seem too hard.
But it's not hard. It's very very easy. Just don't think. Just
do it. Just speak. And I think that is all there is to it.
Fluency before accuracy. Don't think about what you're saying. Just
say it. Now, I guess the problem comes from learning
English at school .And certainly in Japan, I don't know about other countries, I've only
ever taught English at schools in Japan. But certainly in Japanese schools English is still
taught kind of as "grammar". You know, you learn grammar rules and sentences. It's grammar
and sentences and translating sentences from Japanese into English or from English into
Japanese. And, how are these sentences graded? Of course, by accuracy. If you translate a
perfect sentence you get a really great score, if you make mistakes with your grammar you
don't get a good score. But, well, I guess that's ok for school, personally I don't like
that kind of grammar and translation based teaching.
I guess it's OK for school, but it's not real. This is real life. This is not school. In
real life accuracy is just not important COMPARED TO FLUENCY.
Just forget about accuracy. Never worry about accuracy. Just concentrate on your fluency
see, the thing is, when you want to say something in English, for example, you want to know
where the station is, and if you're thinking about it too much what's happening is in
your head you've got the Japanese thing you want to say or whatever language you speak
- I guess many many people all over the world are watching my videos so whatever your native
language is, but here I'm going to say Japanese in your head your thinking in Japanese. You
want to know where the station is your thinking, OK, 駅はどこですか駅はどこですか
So, OK I've got 駅はどこですか ah, 駅 "the station"
The station ... 駅 the station
駅は ... Ah, "is"
"The station is" 駅はどこですか
The station is ... ah, どこ "where"
"The station is where?"
Ah, but the order is wrong.
So I've gotta rearrange that into English.
So... "where" comes in the front...
What comes after where? Oh, yeah after "where" "is"
"Where is the station?"
Got it!
Where is the station?
Now, that just takes too long! This is a very very simple example, and I guess not so many
people need to try so hard to say "where is the station?" But, as an example you can see
what I mean.
Even if you produce a perfect sentence that is going to REALLY annoy the person who is
listening to you. I guess in some cultures, and particularly in Japanese culture, well,
I always heard, silence is not really considered a bad thing in conversation if somebody becomes
silent it's not really considered so bad people don't feel so uncomfortable.
However in western cultures and particularly, well, I only really know about England, but
in the UK, silence in conversation is kind of very uncomfortable.
If you're having a conversation and you're talking and the other person suddenly stops
talking it's kind of considered quite bad. and it's very uncomfortable, and if your spend
this much time thinking about how you're going to say what you want to say, that is going
to make the person you're talking to very uncomfortable, I think.
So in contrast making a sentence which is maybe grammatically incorrect is maybe not
such a bad thing. I mean, nobody really speaks perfect English.
Native speaks DO NOT use perfect English. I mean, if you look at the English I'm speaking
now and compare that to a grammar dictionary, my English has lots of mistakes. But that's
how we speak.
Humans by nature are NOT perfect. Nobody speaks a language perfect, and neither should they.
Then we would sound just like robots.
So don't worry about accuracy so much.
Actually, I read, quite a long time ago now, I forget the author, but I read a very interesting
book. The books title is "You can be happy", I forget the author, but I'll put a link in
with the transcript to this video. The book is called "you can be happy" and
basically that book is about our thinking, and our thoughts. And the author talks about
how our thoughts are not reality. They are only thoughts. So if I'm having a conversation,
for example in Japanese or maybe I'm a non-native English speaker and I'm having a conversation
in English, and I make a mistake. It's very easy to think "ah!! I made a mistake; he must
think I'm so stupid!!"... "Ah, it's so embarrassing! He must think I'm a terrible
English speaker."
But that's just a thought. It's not reality.
The chances are, the person you speaking to, the person you're talking to didn't even notice
your mistake. And if he did notice he probably doesn't care. Thoughts are not reality. It
may feel embarrassing, it make seem like people will laugh at us
But they won't. It's not true.
So don't worry about it.
Fluency before accuracy.
And you will find that in the beginning you accuracy will quite poor which is completely
natural. When I first started to speak Japanese and have conversations with people, to be
honest I don't really think they understood what I was talking about most of the time.
But it doesn't matter. Because that's how we learn. We learn by making mistakes. It's
TRIAL AND ERROR. For example I say something and the person I'm speaking to goes "hmm?",
and then I know "ah, he didn't understand." So I say it again with different words in
a different way. And this time he understand and he responds.
So next time I know, "I say this like this". We become better over time. Accuracy comes
You can't really control that anyway
Because if you try too hard to speak very accurately then you think too much and you
lose fluency and if you lose fluency you become confused and
You know, things get more and more difficult.
Fluency before accuracy.
OK, I think that is about it for today!
So yeah, in summary that is my number 1 tip for improving your English speaking!
Don't think, just speak.
As always any questions, any comments, any feedback
Or if there's some topic you would like me to talk about in a future video
Leave me a comment, leave me a message
On my website or no YouTube
Anywhere is fine!
And I will transcribe this video, I will type it out
And I will put a copy on my website, so if it's hard to listen to the English, check
that out, and you can read along with my voice.
OK, until next time!


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