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  • So, I have a question for you.

  • You have been studying English for a long time?

  • Have you?

  • Or a short time?

  • I don't know, how long have you been studying English for?

  • Wow, yeah?

  • Good, awesome.

  • So, up until this point, maybe you've realized something.

  • You've realized that you can read English, maybe through watching TV you have a very

  • good ability to understand when people are talking, so your listening skills are very good.

  • Your grammar's pretty solid.

  • You know how to use past - sometimes you mess that up, that's fine.

  • Nobody's perfect, we all make mistakes.

  • I make them all the time.

  • You have a pretty good vocabulary.

  • You know some idioms.

  • You're getting to know some phrasal verbs, or maybe you're just beginning to learn English.

  • So, we have a problem.

  • And I've had this problem too.

  • It's not only you.

  • The problem is that we learn a language but we never actually are taught how to speak.

  • So, let me tell you two stories.

  • The first one is the very first - second - the first language I learned was English.

  • But, the second language that I learned pretty much faithfully was Japanese.

  • So, if you guys have ever studied Japanese before, you would understand that's completely

  • different.

  • There's a different alphabet, everything.

  • I did not pick up one single grammar book or textbook to learn this language.

  • No, I'm not a genius.

  • I'm not a super-whiz at languages.

  • The way that I learned Japanese is by talking to people.

  • Luckily, I was in Japan, and I could actually absorb the language by listening to people,

  • writing down words - Oh, what does that word mean?

  • And by the end of four years, I could have a conversation with people, hahaha!

  • Now, I'm not going to lie to you, drinking beer helped a lot.

  • Thank you, Guinness.

  • Actually, Guinness, send me some money or some free beer.

  • But then I tried to learn Portuguese and I thought, "Okay, I can do this".

  • So, I grab my phone, my imaginary phone.

  • I downloaded some apps - DuoLingo, other ones.

  • Oh cool, look at these words!

  • Okay, wow.

  • This is similar to Spanish, okay, this is fun, good, good, good.

  • So, I "learned" Portuguese.

  • Then I went to Brazil and people talked to me.

  • And I don't know Portuguese!

  • I don't know listening.

  • I can't speak to the people.

  • As I get better, I can understand people because - Oh, I know that word, you're saying that

  • word, I remember that word on my app.

  • But I still can't speak fluently.

  • Why?

  • I know the language, I know the grammar, I know the vocabulary, wow.

  • But I can't speak, and the reason why is that I don't have anyone to practice with.

  • How can I learn something if I don't practice?

  • So, question to you.

  • You're going to say to yourself, "Oh, do you know what?

  • Why can't I speak English fluently?

  • You know, I've done this stuff.

  • I've studied, I've written grammar tests in school, I got an A." Congratulations, so you

  • know grammar, but you cannot speak.

  • So, the first thing I want you to ask yourself is how?

  • How are you learning English, okay?

  • Is there an app that you have?

  • Is there a textbook that you like?

  • Not to make that face about textbooks or nothing but - are you watching videos?

  • I know you are, don't lie, I know you're watching videos.

  • Do you go to a school?

  • Cool.

  • Is it boring?

  • Oh.

  • For me, so boring.

  • You have to sit in a classroom, oh, I want to go home!

  • I want to play with my friends, I want to hang out, but you're in a school.

  • Or, are you actually having lessons online or in person by non-native English speakers,

  • or English teachers?

  • All of these techniques will help you, 100%.

  • They will help you learn vocabulary, grammar, idioms - which mean expressions in English,

  • and depending on what you're doing, you can definitely have some help or insight into

  • listening.

  • But these techniques and these apps and these textbooks do not teach you how to speak, because

  • you can't practice.

  • You can talk in the shower, you can record your voice, but there's one thing that's very,

  • very important when you're learning a language, and it's called live feedback.

  • This means if you say a word wrong, or you say a sentence wrong grammatically, you use

  • a wrong vocabulary word, you don't know.

  • Because nobody tells you.

  • So, even if you are a teacher but you're not a native English teacher, guess what?

  • Your pronunciation could be wrong.

  • It's not your fault, it's just because you haven't learned the language from when you

  • were inside your Mama's tummy.

  • So, what you have to do.

  • How, how, how can you even figure this out?

  • How can you become fluent, okay?

  • The answer is - take online classes with me, okay?

  • So, what I will do is I will help you learn pronunciation.

  • I always tell people, if you learn vocabulary, that's great.

  • But if you can't even say the word properly, it doesn't even help you.

  • It's useless to know the word.

  • Oh, I know this word, this word is "chaos".

  • So, you go to someone and go, "Wow, the world is in 'chiaos' right now."

  • You go, "Ronnie, what the hell are you talking about?

  • What's 'chiaos'?"

  • "You know, chaos, chaios."

  • "Oh, you mean chaos, the world's in chaos!

  • Okay."

  • Even though you know the word, you know the definition, you know it's an adjective, you

  • know it's a verb, but if you can't say the word properly, nobody's going to understand you.

  • Then you're going to get embarrassed and then you're not going to want to talk to anyone.

  • Then you're going to get discouraged and you give up.

  • You're like, do you know what?

  • I give up on learning this English.

  • But there's hope.

  • The essential thing to help you with English is error corrections.

  • This means, if you make a mistake, somebody - a native speaker, hopefully - will tell

  • you, "Hey, do you know what?

  • This is wrong and this is the right answer."

  • But then, we get into the problem of why is it wrong?

  • So, let's say that you have a friend who is a native speaker, awesome.

  • Perfect, talk to them, practice with them.

  • But you go, "Hey, hey hey hey hey, Bob, you know that sentence I said?

  • Why is it wrong?"

  • And Bob's like, "Ah, do you know what?

  • I don't know."

  • Because Bob's not a teacher.

  • Bob knows the language - awesome.

  • Bob's a native speaker, but Bob can't explain to you why.

  • And then what happens?

  • You get discouraged and you just stop learning.

  • Speaking naturally.

  • This is a huge problem too, especially with non-native speakers.

  • We have learned textbook English.

  • So, textbook English is completely different from real life English.

  • If I open any textbook teaching me any language and then I go to that country, it's a completely

  • different language.

  • And I'm like, "This is what?

  • No, this isn't the same.

  • What did you say?

  • That's not in my textbook.

  • You didn't say 'Hello, how are you today?'

  • You didn't ask me about the weather.

  • You said, 'Yo, what's up?'

  • And I'm like, I don't know what's up."

  • So, you have to be very careful about speaking naturally.

  • Using slang, but using it appropriately.

  • Because you don't want to sound - if you're an older person, you don't want to walk into

  • a store and go, "Yo yo yo bros, what's up?"

  • People are like, "What is this person talking about?"

  • You have to be careful, the things that you're learning.

  • You want to have real conversations with people about interesting topics.

  • You don't care about how to cook a salmon.

  • When are you going to use that?

  • Also, in a textbook, they say okay, do you know what?

  • Let's roleplay, okay?

  • You are a person in a store, and you are the customer, okay.

  • So, roleplay, you're going to return something.

  • These are the phrases.

  • Yeah.

  • Guess what?

  • In real life, nobody gives you a book and says, "Hello, I'm at the store now.

  • I would like to return this."

  • This is a good basis, but real life doesn't function like that.

  • You cannot take things from a textbook and put them into real life, because we change

  • them.

  • So, what I want you guys to do is look at how you're learning English.

  • And I want you keep on studying.

  • Never give up.

  • Use these, but I also want you to take a look at my website: www.EnglishWithRonnie.com . I've

  • got online live feedback.

  • You talk to me, not anyone else, only me.

  • We have some nice conversations, I teach you some things, we have fun.

  • We have giggles, oh, it's so fun!

  • I teach you what you need.

  • I teach you what you want, and I correct you.

  • So, by the end of it, your fluency is amazing.

  • You are like, "Oh my God, I got this!

  • I can speak English!

  • Yes, thanks, Ronnie!"

  • And I'll be like, "You know what?

  • You're welcome."

  • Here's to fluency!

So, I have a question for you.

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