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People have been asking me how to improve conversational skill.  The reason I see for not able to continue a conversation or engage in a conversation is the lack of vocabulary and knowledge of the subject in discussion.

 

If you have limited vocabulary, you might struggle with words for expressions.  If you know very little of the subject in discussion, you might have trouble jumping right into the subject and providing your point of view.  To conquer both issues and improve your conversational skill, you need to read more. 

 

Watching TVs and movies is another way to improve your conversational skill.  I would recommend watching sitcoms, such as Friends, Frasier, etc.  I don’t watch TVs much, so I don’t know what is on the air now.  In addition, I don’t know what is broadcasted in Taiwan either.  Anyway, you get the idea of the type of sitcoms I recommended.  I do not recommend CSI as the situations are too remote for everyday conversations, unless you are into discussing crimes.

By the way, I found a good website (6 minute English) for learning everyday conversation. 
http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/general/sixminute/ 

"Talk About English" seems another good one.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/tae

Since they are BBC programs, it will be
英式英文, not 美式英文.  I don't really see a huge difference between 美式英文 and 英式英文.

However, if you having problems understanding the British accent, you can try listening to: National Public radio -
http://www.npr.org

You might ask what you should read.  My answer would be whatever your heart desires.  No matter what you read, you will definitely increase your vocabulary unless the book is too easy for you.  You should find books neither too easy nor too hard to start with. 

Since everyone's English skill varies, I cannot recommend books that fit everyone's need.  However, if you are interested, here are some books I recommended reading and some of my book reviews.  You can then decide whether it is to your liking.

http://elisaenglish.pixnet.net/blog/category/37907 

http://elisaenglish.pixnet.net/blog/category/37892

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  • Sebastian X
  • Dear Elisa,

    "lack of vocabulary and knowledge of the subject in discussion."

    I totally agree with you!

    Tons of things I know how to express in chinese, but can't say them in english, because i don't know the vocabularies and knowledge of the subjects. This is so awkward !

    And I believe reading as much as you can is the best way to increase vocabulary! I recommend Mitch Albom (the five people you meet in the heaven, for one more day) He writes in simple english!

    And I think what i really need right now is to brush up on my poor eng. comprehension. So I try to watch some American telenovela, like Friends, Lost, smallvile..., it really helps a lot!

    But i really can't stand british english, i mean its accent!! it seems like another foreigner language, it's totally greeks to me! HAHA!

    Thanks for sharing your excellent skill^^

    One more thing, sometimes I read a piece of online news and rewrite it in my own way of eng. But Mostly I'm not sure what i write is right or wrong haha~

    Do you think this way works? (rewrite article in my own way)
  • It is better to mimic what others wrote first. That would help you to improve your English ability dramatically.

    elisaenglish 於 2009/09/22 16:03 回覆

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