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Hi there.
Do you kind of have a hard
time speaking English?

So maybe you've studied English in your hometown,
or at a school, or online at www.engvid.com,

and you think that your grammar's pretty good, and...
You're just shy. And maybe you live in a country

and you don't have English speakers around you,
and you don't know how to practice speaking.

So, there's one really wonderful resource-it's
not a textbook, it's not a webpage, and it's

not on YouTube-it might be living in your
house. It could be beside you, it could be

next door, or it could be in the park.
Do you know what this is?

It's a child, or children,
and we like to say "kids". So, I'm going to
teach you how to improve your speaking without

really doing too much or
spending a lot of money.

This is the trick: Talk to kids. They are
amazing. Kids will always want to talk to

you, because they are fun, amazing guys. So,
it's really easy to talk to kids, because

first of all, they choose the topic.
You maybe are:

"I don't know what I'm going
to say to this person",

so if you... If you see an adult, or someone
who goes to your school, and think:

"I don't... What...? What am I going to talk about?
I... I... I don't... I don't... I don't know."

Kids just choose the topic, they just talk to
you about whatever they want, so that's cool.

Another thing about kids is if they're learning
English, if you're in Canada or an English-speaking

country, luckily enough, children are learning
vocabulary and they're learning grammar. Now,

their brains are like sponges. They learn,
the teacher corrects them. Their grammar is

absolutely perfect, with a couple exceptions.
They will learn and they will be able to correct

themselves. So, their grammar
and vocabulary is amazing.

It might be a little bit better than mine.
A little bit, not that much.

And the last thing is children know, this
says: "a lot of slang". If you look at a lot

of new videos or music, kids listen to this
music, and that's where we get slang from;

we get it from performers who make new words.
So, kids know a lot of slang, and to you,

they know new words. One of the big problems
that a lot of people have when they come to

an English-speaking country is that they've
learned older words. Maybe they learned from

an older person, or they have old textbooks.
What happens is we don't use those old words

anymore, and when we do, the person
kind of looks at you weird because

that's a really old word.
So, what you want to do is you want to find
a child. Oh! Where could I find a kid?

Here's a kid now. Hah. Huh.
What's your name?

Mohamed: Mohamed.
Ronnie: Oh, hi, Mohamed.
Where are you from?

Mohamed: Libya.
Ronnie: Wow. I've never been to Libya.
How is it?

Mohamed: It's pretty sunny, and it's pretty
extremely hot there. Like, it's pretty hot.

Like, you can go to the
beach every single day.

Ronnie: No way.
Mohamed: It is actually
possible, if you want.

Ronnie: How's the beach?
Mohamed: It's, like, I can swim there
for 25 hours, and I will be tired.

Ronnie: 25 hours, that's a lot. And
what about the water? Is it clean?

Mohamed: Yes.
Ronnie: It's really clean?
Mohamed: Yeah.
Ronnie: Yeah? Mohamed, if somebody talked
to you and they said: "Oh, hi, how are you?

How are you? How are you?"
How do you feel about that?

Mohamed: That's annoying.
Ronnie: Oh, oh, okay. I'm sorry. And... And
what if somebody told you what to do, like:

"Hey, you, sit down. Stand up. What are you doing?"
How do you feel if someone said that to you?

Mohamed: That means they're just
bossy people that want attention.

Ronnie: Oh, that's a good point, yeah.
Do you like people like that?

Mohamed: No.
Ronnie: No. Would you
want to talk to them?

Mohamed: No.
Ronnie: Okay.
Mohamed: I would like to have better
friends that actually do good things.

Ronnie: Yeah, that's a good idea. Do
you know people that do good things?

Mohamed: Yeah. Like, pretty much all
of my friends, and mostly my mom.

Ronnie: Oh, your mom
does good things?

Mohamed: Yeah.
Ronnie: Aww.
Mohamed: Yeah, she does
a lot of things to me.

Ronnie: Yeah? That's awesome. Mohamed,
what's your favourite colour?

Mohamed: My favourite colour
is phosphoric orange.

Ronnie: Glow-in-the-dark,
florescent orange?

Mohamed: Yeah.
Ronnie: Like your shoes?
Mohamed: Yeah.
Ronnie: Cool. You got
some cool shoes.

Mohamed: Thank you.
Ronnie: They're kind of like my shoes. And
what's your favourite sport? Do you like sports?

Mohamed: Yeah. My favourite... I have... I like
a bunch of sports. They're mostly baseball,

basketball, soccer, and sometimes football.
Like, maybe.

Ronnie: Why sometimes?
Mohamed: Yeah.
Ronnie: Why sometimes?
Mohamed: Because it's... Like, I
think it's a pretty rough sport.

Ronnie: Mm, you don't
want to get hurt.

Mohamed: Yeah.
Ronnie: Right. Who's your
favourite baseball team?

Mohamed: The Blue Jays.
Ronnie: Oh, good choice, good choice. Toronto!
Do you know the Toronto Blue Jays' song?

You know what they sing?
Mohamed: Yeah.
Ronnie: What is it?
Mohamed: It's... It goes like this:
"Let's play ball." That's in the end.

Ronnie: Oh. Do you
know the beginning?

Mohamed: So: "Blue Jays!
Blue Jays!"

Ronnie: Yeah, it sounds like that.
That's good.

Mohamed: Yeah.
Ronnie: And who's your
favourite baseball player?

Mohamed: I forgot his... It starts,
like, with an "R" or something.

Ronnie: Ra-ra-ra-ra?
Mohamed: No.
Ronnie: Oh, not Ra-ra-ra-ra. I don't know.
I know Bautista.

Mohamed: Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.
I... When I was in childcare, a bunch of,

like, months ago, they were watching
the baseball game, and they're like:

"I'm cheering for Bautista."
Ronnie: Yeah, that guy's good. And who's
the guy that hits really long...?

Or hits really well? Joe...
Joseph, Josh... Josh...

Mohamed: Yeah, Joseph Josh.
Ronnie: Joseph Josh. [Laughs]
That's our favourite guy.

Mohamed: Or whatever his name.
Ronnie: We don't remember. Good. Okay.
Mohamed, what do you like to do for fun?

Mohamed: I like... I sometimes, if I'm, like,
tired and I go home, I sometimes want to play

video games for like 30 minutes or sometimes,
like, one hour. And then I get off.

Ronnie: Ah, what kind of video
games do you like to play?

Mohamed: I play, like, those video games
that have a bunch of guns in them.

Ronnie: Cool. Bang, bang, bang.
Bang, bang, bang.

Do you...? Do you have a favourite
video game that you play?

Mohamed: GTA V.
Ronnie: GTA V. And do you
have a YouTube channel?

Mohamed: Yes, I do.
Ronnie: No way. What is it?
Mohamed: It is:
"Mohamedgta5gamerahmed_bay96".

Ronnie: Awesome, Mohamed. Check out Mohamed's
YouTube channel, check out my YouTube channel.

We'll see you again soon. Bye.
Mohamed: Bye.
Ronnie: I do caution you: There's one thing that
I've forgotten to tell you that's quite important.

The first one is that not all children like
when adults talk to them. Some kids are

shy. Now, Mohamed, jump up here. He's
not shy. He likes to talk to people.

Mohamed: Yeah.
Ronnie: But you have to be careful. So, some
kids don't want to talk to you. So, we're

going to go over some things that you shouldn't
do when you talk to a child. The first one

is: Don't talk to them in a baby voice. So,
a baby voice is... Would be how you talk to

a baby or a dog: "Hi. How are you? What
are you doing? Oh, you're so cute."

Mohamed: Please stop.
Ronnie: [Laughs] Sorry. Okay.
The other one is: Don't talk down to them.
Now, they might

be shorter than you, but we don't want to
make them feel bad or you don't want to make

them feel like they're not very good people.
So, if you tell kids what to do all the time,

you want them to feel comfortable. You
don't want to tell them what to do.

Go get me some Coke.
Mohamed: No, I'm not.
Ronnie: Oh.
Mohamed: Please do
your own things.

Ronnie: Okay. I will. And the last one is:
We have to respect people's personal space.

It doesn't matter if it's a child or an adult.
You have to be careful not to touch children,

and I mean that in a lot of ways. But there's
a thing we have called personal space, so

even adults, kids, they don't like it when you
touch their head, or: Oh, you're so cute.

This might happen. You don't want
this to happen on the subway. Okay?

So be careful. And we're gone.
Okay. Bye.

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