Sent: Tuesday, July 10, 2012 11:31 AM
發表於 2012-7-10 13:20
From: james peng
Sent: Thursday, July 12, 2012 12:36 PM
Dear 杨桑, I’m sorry for late reply as I just returned to Taipei from a 12-day tour to the Silk Road in China. You probably will be disappointed as I am not as good as Michael has described. I am here just to offer my own experience in learning English..
We all aim to be a native English speaker, and actually, a sophisticated native speaker. A native speaker with just a high school degree might not be good enough unless she/he continue to learn more stuff. To reach the level we aimed, I think, we need to MAKE SENTENCES ALL THE TIME, until we can ``think’’ in English just like a native speaker. LEARNING ENGLISH BY WRITING is an effective way. If we can write well, when we read some good articles, we can naturally learn from them, and we can easily improve our listening and speaking capability.
Therefore, please write to me next time to introduce yourself in English. Take all the chances to use English. At first, try to translate all your words into English, and gradually, you’ll be able to think in English.
Other ways can help you include:
--READ AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE: As said earlier, if you make the sentences all the time, you’ll find out better ways in making sentences when you read some good articles.
--READ AS QUICKLY AS A NATIVE SPEAKER: Aim to finish reading one Time Magazine (or Bloomberg BusinessWeek) word by word within five hours. You are allowed to look up only one word in the dictionary by reading per page, guessing the meaning of other words you are not familiar with. This way you can absorb information very quickly just like a native speaker. You’ll see many frequently used words that you are still not familiar with, but after seeing them three or four times, looking them up in the dictionary will help you learn the new words quickly.
--JOIN AN ENGLISH-SPEAKING CLUB such as a Foreign Correspondents’ Club (FCC), or a Toastmasters International branch. You’ll meet many native speakers there, and you can talk to them and email them. You said when you studied in the United States, you spoke to Chinese in Mandarin most of the time. That’s the problem. To learn English well, you have to use the language all the time.
--SET A BENCHMARK: Find one in your field with excellent English capability as the benchmark. See the guy as the model you aim to be in one to three years. Once you reach the level, select another one with higher standards as the new benchmark. If you do so, you’ll have confidence and you’ll easily get a big pay raise or upgrade yourself to a new career. Once you are prepared, the new opportunity will arrive before you.
Hope this helps. Let me know if you have questions.
發表於 2012-7-12 12:53
Dear James 桑：
From: james peng
Sent: Thursday, July 12, 2012 1:24 PM
Thanks Michael. The way I mentioned is exactly native English speakers learn their language by repeatedly making sentences. If you mean by using 諧音 of Mandarin to learn English, it could be kind of 頭上安頭, and our pronunciation would be poor.
Actually, making sentences repeatedly could be fun, because after practicing for a while, we'll find out our reading capability improves, and we can listen and speak English better bit by bit. We'll feel good and confident gradually. Moreover, we should read all the magazines and books just like reading novels, concentrating but with a casual attitude. Let's have fun!
發表於 2012-7-12 15:37
我不是說「using 諧音 of Mandarin to learn English」
What I mean is , you know,
even for those 無藥可救的人
This is my 信仰:
but Who來edit ?
If making 不正確的sentences，
How to 進步 ?
From: james peng
Sent: Thursday, July 12, 2012 3:51 PM
Dear Michael, it doesn't matter if we make mistakes when making sentences. As long as we continue making sentences and meanwhile keep on reading, we'll be able to correct ourselves. Of course, if we have teachers available to edit our writing, that will be even better (just like in my case being a reporter -- learning English while getting pay).