In some countries, English is the sole or dominant language. It has that role in the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Ireland. All of these countries are former British colonies. In other countries, English is widely used, particularly among people who have no other language in common, even though it is not the dominant language of the country. For example, English is widely used in Hong Kong, Singapore, Nigeria, the Philippines, and Malaysia. In such countries, it is often used as a means of communication between people who have different native languages.
The way to learn a language is to read literature, newspapers (not the Sun!), lsiten to the radio and the most precious source of all the native speaker ! And spend time in the country.
There are four reasons that it can be hard to understand non-native English speakers whose grammar is good but whose intelligibility is poor:
1. Vowels and consonants are inaccurately pronounced, substituted or entirely omitted.
2. Inappropriate stress is placed on syllables in words.
3. The rhythm and melody of speech (intonation) doesn't match American English intonation patterns.
4. The rate of speech is too fast. A fast rate of speech compromises our understanding no matter who speaks fast.
When we don't understand the speaker because of a heavy foreign accent, we must take the time to understand and offer compassion. The longer we are in a conversation with someone who is difficult to understand the more we begin to tune out and shut down.
1. If needed, ask the speaker to clarify anything you don't understand.
2. Restate what you heard the speaker say.
3. Model good clear speech and proper grammar.
4. Ask him/her to slow down or use different words to convey the meaning when the message isn't getting across.
Choosing materials that are fun, easily accessible and easy to use so that your interest and desire to become better understood continue.
1. Lack of time to practice the lessons.
2. Boring study materials.
3. Insufficient feedback about progress.
More than ten million Japanese visit foreign countries each year, and more than one third visit English-speaking countries. Probably more than half of these people go abroad as part of a tour, and they do not speak English during the visit.
Nowadays many college graduates who work for large corporations will have opportunities to visit foreign countries on business or work in foreign countries.
More Japanese attend international conferences and need to present papers and participate in discussions. Most international conferences are held in English. Many researchers in universities and companies attend international conferences to present the results of their research.
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