help..what is the best way to teach english..
March 6, 2007 9:52am CST
my chinese friend seldom speaks english and she wanted to learn more english. how can i teach her? she was in china and i am in Philippines. we only talk thru chat and we got along but still she's not confident on her english terms. which is the best way, by talking to her on the phone more often? or chat which is thru writing?
6 Mar 07
If you want some serious advice and really want to teach your Chinese friend English I would suggest you to use both Chatting and Talking over phone. Conversation in english will improve her skill quickly so talking is a must atleast for daily half an hour on any pre-defined topic. Like : Shopping, T-Shirt, Jewlery and so on. Writing will make her grammatically correct. But it must focus on a particular topic. Tell het to buy a Chinese-Eng-Chinese Dictionary first. It will save both of your time. Also be creative to show her few pictures, like mountains and flowers and tell the English name. Anyway, it is the task of a professional person and if you have any doubt about your knowledge or expertise in English I'll request you not to try teaching her. Just stay in touch with her, chat or talk freely. This way she will improve also but slowly.
6 Mar 07
hi, thank you but i think we dont need to go for the basics. as she can communicate already but needs more improvement. by chatting or talking to her freely , maybe this will help. and yes, by focussing to one topic or discussion maybe it'll be more help. thanks!
6 Mar 07
The easiest known way to learn a language is through vulgarities. Don't smack me, it's true! But hey, we don't want your friend learning the wrong words.. so... try songs. Choose English songs for her to listen too. It's an easy way to be introduced to the language. Another way would be for her to listen to the news - from reputable stations like CNN or BBC. She can catch them on the radio or the TV if she has access. Unless you want to progress deeper in your relationship, don't spend your good time to chat with her over the ohone each day. And she must first be clear what she wants to learn - to SPEAK English or WRITE English.
6 Mar 07
hi, she wants it both, speak & writing english. the first time I saw her last december, it was really hard to communicate with her as she never really speaks english. she had a dictionary with her for me to understand her. she is really into it, desperate to learn so i tried to communicate with her more often by chatting. talking to her is hard on my part as i can't understand even her diction or the way she pronounce the words. thanks for your advise, i will ask her to watch news and listen more english songs then as it could also help.
• Hong Kong
7 Mar 07
Living in hk, i am always asked by chinese friends and colleagues on how they can improve their english. Actually they know the meaning of most english words and can construct english sentences with acceptable grammar. They did have english classes in university after all. The difficulty they have is using and understanding idioms. So, my advise to them is to watch dvd using chinese audio with english subtitle, then watch it again this time using english audio with chinese subtitles. This helps a lot as idioms are translated in equivalent chinese idioms. I also ask them to read comics and juvenile novels. This helps them to use conversational and slang english. Confidence indeed plays a role too. Most of them are just too shy hearing themselves speak in another language that they babble. So just encourage them, do not laugh or criticize if they make mistake, but do correct them so they will remember it next time. Talk to her more on phone as talking definitely boost confidence more.
• United States
6 Mar 07
As English is my one and only language I really don't know but my parents adopted 2 Bolivian girls who didn't speak any English and had to learn when they came to the US. Our mother just worked with them, over and over, until they had a little language then they went to a tutor how taught them the most. Guess I'm not much help, sorry.