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xunhuan_2002 Before we talk about your "poor oral English" as you put it, although your English is pretty good, I would like to ask you a few warm-up questions.|
1.What are the key differences between written Chinese and spoken Chinese in terms of sentences, words, the structures of paragraphs, etc.?
2. What are the key differences between written English and spoken English in terms of sentences, words, the structures of paragraphs, etc.?
3. What are the key differences between business/work reports in Chinese and stories/novels in Chinese in terms of sentences, words, the structures of paragraphs, etc.?
4. What are the key differences between business/work reports in English and stories/novels in English in terms of sentences, words, the structures of paragraphs, etc.?
OK, let us do two experiments together.
Experiment number one.
1. You are going to recite your own post #19, and read it out loud over and over until you are able to say it fluently without looking at your own script.
2. Imaging I were there with you, repeating your post #19 to me in English, and observing your audience (this is me, in this case) to see if I can understand what you are talking about.
3. Surprisingly, your listener will have hard times to follow you, he/she may not understand your talk fully. Why? Because you are reciting the sentences with the style of the typical written English, not spoken English.
Experiment number two.
1.Revisit your own post #19, extract the meanings of it. I am sure you can do it.
2.Rather than recite it word by word, you are going to rephrase it in a way your audience can grasp easily.
3. Imaging I were there with you, you will talk to me, like talking to a school boy, naturally, you will come up with the words and sentences that are vivid and straightforward and casual and easy to be understood. In this way, your messages will get across to the listeners, and well received and digested.
I'd say, small words and simple sentences are the heart of spoken/oral English. Take some time to think about what I said. You can do it.