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I'm Vanessa, from SpeakEnglishWithVanessa.com.
Do I speak slowly?
Let's talk about it.
So, I get a lot of e-mails from students telling me, "Vanessa, I'm so glad!"
"I can understand everything you say."
"But then I turn on an English TV show, and I can't understand anything?"
"Does this mean that you're speaking slowly?"
So, I wanted to talk about this today because it's a great question.
I want to make sure that you know exactly the truth, and find out what's the next step.
First of all, when I'm explaining something, like today, in these short videos, I want to make sure that you can understand everything.
So my pronunciation isn't unnatural.
I'm not talking like that, but I am talking clearly, and a little bit reduced.
A little bit slower because I want to make sure that you can understand everything.
And I'm also talking to a camera.
I know that you are watching, but on my side, I see a camera, so it's a little bit difficult to have a natural conversation when someone's not there.
So, the reason why I wanted to tell you this is because I have a lot of videos on my YouTube channel with other English-speakers.
There's videos with people through Skype.
There's videos with people in my house, around my city... and I think this is a really good way to take your English listening to the next level.
Start with these videos, more slower explanations, and then watch videos with my voice ... you already understand my voice ... plus one other person.
I'll make sure that in the description and at the end of this video, I link to some of those videos so that you can check them out.
And then the next step is to watch a TV show, or another YouTube video with someone who's not me, Someone who you don't completely understand already.
I think those are good steps, starting with these explanation videos, then watching a conversation video that I've had, and then going to someone else.
That way you can test your skills and grow them step-by-step.
Because my goal is to prepare you for the real world, kind of like a parent who's raising a child and the goal is to send them out as an adult and prepare them for the real world, my goal for you is so that you can understand anyone, and really communicate in any situation - not just with me.
I think that this three-step plan, start with these basic videos, then go to conversation videos with me, and then go to conversations with other people who have a completely different style of speaking ... that's gonna really help you.
And this is something that I integrate into the course "The Fearless Fluency Club."
Each month, we have a conversation with me and another English-speaker, sometimes two other speakers.
And that way, you can hear how this natural conversation sounds.
It's usually pretty fast, but you already understand my voice, so it's gonna help you to increase step-by-step.
So now, I have a question for you.
I want to know, when you study English, do you mainly focus on English learning materials, like this kind of video, or do you mainly focus on English TV shows or movies, some bigger content that's meant for native speakers?
I think it's good to start with more basic content, and then move to those more challenging things, but I want to know for you.
What do you mainly enjoy as you're studying English?
Let us know in the comments below, and I can't wait to see what you have to say.
Thanks so much, and I'll see you the next time.
The next step is to download my free e-book, "Five Steps to Becoming a Confident English Speaker."
I want to help you master English and speak fluently.
Feel free to subscribe so that you don't miss new English lessons.
Thanks so much for learning with me.
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Do I speak slowly? [How to understand native English speakers]

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Taka published on December 19, 2019
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