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Quick Write 082211 “It only takes you”

When I was reading a book called “英会話の正体” given by a book editor that I came to know of a while ago, I found the impressive sentence. Here is the quote: It takes two to have a conversation. It only takes you to practice speaking.

When you think of brushing up on your English speaking skill without going overseas, one of your initial thoughts should be going to an English conversation class, in most cases of which a native speaker of English is your instructor. Attending those classes and having a conversation with the instructor and classmates can be fun and exciting, and also motivational for you to keep pushing yourself on your long, lonely journey of learning English. But as the author of the book, Dai Yamamoto suggests, merely putting yourself in a situation where English is spoken won’t lead to your improved English speaking ability. Having conversations with native speaking teachers is like putting what you’ve learned “on your own” into practice and found out what you could do and couldn’t do. I worked for a so-called “Eikaiwa” school for about 10 years and saw many types of learners there. Some learners significantly improved their speaking skill, and others didn’t. What those who enhanced their speaking ability had in common was that they regularly practiced speaking on their own. Unfortunately, those self-regulated learners didn’t outnumber the learners who just came to class and did nothing outside the classroom, which always made me sad.

If you would really like to speak English fluently, nothing is more important than self-practice. And here is good news. “It takes two to have a conversation. It only takes you to practice speaking.” You don’t need a partner to practice speaking. You just learn lots of useful phrases and memorize them for future use. You might think it’s lonely work to do, but learning itself is a really lonely business. Writing practice may help you speak fluently as well. Use this Quick Write Forum to practice writing. You don’t have to write a gigantic passage or a didactic essay. Write as if you’re speaking to your conversation partner, may it be your former English teacher or an English-fluent colleague from another country, and read those sentences and expressions aloud for memorization. Those words just came out of you, so it shouldn’t be so tough for you to memorize them. Yes, here’s another good news for you. "It takes two to have a conversation. It only takes you to practice writing." Start self-practice today.

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