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Aya

Thank you for the very first comment from you which helps me realize the beauty of "Ondoku" even more clearly and empirically. The data you provided is very intriguing in a sense that the effect and efficacy of doing "Ondoku" practice do exist.
Yes, "code-switching" issue is serious, but can be addressed. After having implemented the Ondoku practice for all these years, I'm very much convinced that it works regardless of learners' pre-existing knowledge and proficiency. Any learner can take something from this Ondoku thing. I do take many things from my daily speech practice as well.

Finally, let me tell you one thing: I'm still good at doing "that" if I ever want to. ;-)

I look forward to your future visits. Thanks again for your informative comment.

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Beauty of "Ondoku"

Seriously, I'm not a kind of English language learner who's provocative or vocal in terms of publicly announcing one's affections or preferences toward certain training methods or materials knowing full well that "different people, different strokes" is also applicable to English language learning in most of the cases. But there's only one thing that I could endorse and recommend to any English language learner except those who are pathetically chronic quitters or never start doing anything even though they easily go like “Yeah, I respect you. I want to be like you. I’ll do whatever you’ve told me to!" I'm convinced without any scientific research, but based on my personal experiences and experiments all these years that "Ondoku" - reading English passages aloud is quite effective a way to improve reading accuracy and fluency, speaking fluency, and vocabulary building. I'll go into the beauty of "Ondoku" in details in the following paragraphs. Enjoy my rendition if you're ever interested.

Reading Comprehension- Accuracy and Fluency
When reading passages in English, a certain reading speed is necessary. Focusing on each word and paying the same-level attention to every word in the sentence regardless of its value or significance will slow down your reading pace or speed, and it eventually makes you forget what you've read in the beginning of the sentence or in the previous one. "More-attention-on-content-word-and-less-attention-on-function-word" policy is highly recommended here. If you have less trouble in retaining what you've read, you'll be able to read with more accuracy. If you read more accurately, you'll eventually enhance your reading fluency. I believe reading accuracy and reading fluency are closely intertwined.

When reading passages in English with a certain level of fluency, you'll never be allowed to translate each word into your first language. The thing is, it's not easy to fend off the intervention or interference of your mother tongue. One of the reasons for this is obvious - your dominant medium of all the mental activities has always been your first language. You'll never be able to switch the pre-existing language medium into another as if you quickly turned on and off an air-conditioner unless you're a genuine bilingual (it's widely recognized that there rarely exists a perfect-balanced bilingual, though). To be able to accomplish this hard job of "code-switching", Ondoku is ideal. It forces you to soak yourself into the other language by the act of following the text, reading it aloud, and monitoring your verbal output. There'd be no room for your first language to kick into. Try it.


Speaking Fluency
I don't have much to say regarding the effect of Ondoku on speaking fluency. You'll never be good at anything unless you practice doing it. Take picking up hot girls/guys at a bar for instance. See? (Irrelevant analogy for visitors? Oh, then, sorry!) The point that you'll have to keep in mind is that it might take some time to shift your consciousness on what you're reading from how you're sounding, i.e. how you pronounce the words. It might take some effort to ignore the quality of your utterance, but please try focusing on the content that you're reading as much as possible. Through persistently repeated practice of the same material (stick to the same material until you realize you've conquered it), the time will come when you read the passage aloud while comprehending the content with a certain speaking fluency. Speaking fluency and intelligible pronunciation could be refined gradually by self-monitoring and focused practice. Try it.

Vocabulary Building
In the very initial phase of vocabulary building, it might be efficient to memorize an extensive list of words that you’d like to remember, which I don't recommend very eagerly. Alternatively, you can build up your vocabulary by verbally reading a passage containing the words that you want to memorize. When trying to read a passage aloud, you'll need to encounter every, literally every word in it. You'll never be able to detour the word that you don't know or can't pronounce. That's the key. Familiarize yourself with each word in the passage that you're going to read aloud in terms of the meaning and pronunciation. A bunch of used-to-be unfamiliar words keep coming back to you every time you read the passage aloud. In this regard, if you work on gaining scores on TOEIC, the ideal Ondoku material should be anything from "The Official Book vol. 2, 3, and 4". Try it.


My morning speech practice is about 30minutes long with several passages containing 3000-4000 words. Recently I'd feel it "unsanitary for my English language learning health condition" if I ever skip this speech practice. See? I've already transformed this Ondoku thing into a brushing-my-teeth-level daily routine. Join our camp.


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Aya

Thank you for the very first comment from you which helps me realize the beauty of "Ondoku" even more clearly and empirically. The data you provided is very intriguing in a sense that the effect and efficacy of doing "Ondoku" practice do exist.
Yes, "code-switching" issue is serious, but can be addressed. After having implemented the Ondoku practice for all these years, I'm very much convinced that it works regardless of learners' pre-existing knowledge and proficiency. Any learner can take something from this Ondoku thing. I do take many things from my daily speech practice as well.

Finally, let me tell you one thing: I'm still good at doing "that" if I ever want to. ;-)

I look forward to your future visits. Thanks again for your informative comment.

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