Hi there you are listening to Adept English
and this is a listen and learn podcast. My name is Hillary and I created this listen
and learn method. To help you speak English fluently. Every week we give you two English
lessons in the form of podcasts so listen to Adept English. You’ll be on your way to
speaking fluent English in no time. Hi there and welcome to the latest podcast
from Adept English. We’re here to help you with your English language learning. We provide
you with lots of listening materials – with explanations of the difficult parts – so
that you can learn to understand spoken English, while hearing about interesting topics. If you’ld like some English conversation
practice, you will find our Adept English Course One really useful. There are lots of
recordings about various topics – and after each one, you can listen to me run through
the vocabulary, rather like I do on the podcasts. But in a lot more depth. These vocabulary
recordings are really useful. It’s like having a one-to-one session with a private
tutor, your own teacher and you will learn a lot from these lessons. But what’s different from the podcasts is
that on Course One, we have English conversations between two different people, not just me
speaking, so you get real English conversation practice. And each recorded conversation has
with it another recording which runs through and explains the vocabulary used in the conversation.
So with Course One, you can listen to the conversation, but probably not understand
it first of all. Then you listen to the vocabulary explanation, which will give you more understanding.
And then you listen again a few more times to the recorded conversations. This means
that what at first, seemed almost impossible to understand, becomes entirely understandable,
with repeat listening. This type of English conversation practice
is superb! It’s wonderful for building your confidence. It’s quite satisfying to be
able to listen to a recording, which perhaps at first you could hardly understand at all,
and once you’ve put a little work in, you can understand everything. It’s better than
real conversation, for building your confidence, ‘cause you can rewind and have another go.
You can play it again. And when you learn like this, part of the learning is conscious.
The word ‘conscious’, C-O-N-S-C-I-O-U-S means that there’s learning which you know
you are doing, learning which you are aware of. But really importantly, you’re also
using unconscious learning. ‘Unconscious’ means that you are unaware of the process,
you don’t know it’s happening (or you’re not conscious of it) but it is happening,
nevertheless. When you ride a bike or you swim, your brain is using its unconscious
learning. You aren’t riding your bike, thinking about all the calculations that your brain
is making, which way to turn your wheel to maintain your balance. None of this is conscious.
You do it without thinking about it – because you’ve practised. Riding a bike is now a
skill which you use unconsciously. You’ve probably worked hard for it, you’ve probably
fallen off your bike many times. But now it’s there, in your brain, safely in your unconscious.
There are lots of ways in which your brain, the machine inside your head, learns unconsciously.
And unconscious learning is really, really important when you learn a language. It’s
important because it takes you away from that enemy of fluency! I’m not exaggerating there
– the enemy of fluency – which is translation. Translating is when you step, word by word
through a language, possibly with your dictionary in your hand. Translating is a very conscious
activity – you have to think about every word. You’re conscious of the grammar and
the spelling. Translating is fine, if this is what you’re asked to do as an exercise,
as a piece of homework for your English course. And I’m not saying that you don’t learn
by translating. But if you want to become fluent in a language, if you want to speak
it fluently, then translating is not the way to go. No matter how clever you are, no matter
how intelligent you are, your brain cannot consciously translate words quickly enough
to keep up with a real conversation. Even if you could have Google Translate somehow
installed inside your brain, it wouldn’t be as good speaking a language automatically.
You wouldn’t pick up the subtle things, it wouldn’t be as satisfying. And anyway
– technology hasn’t got that far – you can’t have Google Translate installed in
your brain. Not yet, anyway. So for fluency, you have to be able to ‘think’ in the
language that you’re learning. So understanding the words is automatic, no translation necessary,
because the English words have become part of you, part of your brain, part of your normal
vocabulary, just like your own language. You don’t have to think about them – they’re
just there, it’s automatic. So this type of English conversation practice is the most
valuable. You can rewind it and listen again. If you listen repeatedly to this type of English
conversation practice – with an explanation given verbally, spoken to you in your ears,
then this encourages the unconscious, automatic part of learning. There’s lots of material
you can use for this. If your level of understanding is quite high, then films or TV with English
subtitles is a good way of learning. If that’s too difficult, sometimes children’s programmes
with English subtitles are quite good. But if you find that your English isn’t quite
up to the level, if films are too difficult and you don’t want to watch children’s
programmes, have a look at the courses we offer. Between the conversations on Course
One, the articles on Course One – and our podcasts, Adept English tries to provide you
with suitable listening material, so that you can practise. And this way of learning
languages is what your brain is already designed to do. You’ve learned at least one language
this way – your own language. And you may already be fluent in several languages. If
so, your brain definitely knows how to do this. But the point is, your brain knows how
to learn in this way, you just have to give it the opportunity, the right input, the right
conditions and it’ll do the rest! So have a look at Course One. If you think
that it might be too difficult for you, then have a look at our 500 Most Common Words Course.
This is a whole listening course made out of only 500 words. The vocabulary on the whole
course is limited to the 500 Most Common Words in English. The idea of this course is that
you can actually do very well speaking English, quite a reasonable level, if you know the
most common 500 words well enough to use them. So if you find the podcasts quite difficult,
if the podcasts are a lot of work, and [they] have you translating, then this course may
help you raise your level. If you learn the most common English words first of all – what
a good use of your time! And on the 500 Most Common Words Course, there are stories and
articles, but there is also some English conversation practice too. It’s never too soon, to start
listening to English conversation – and your automatic understanding, your move away
from translation will happen much more quickly! Anyway, enough for now. Have a lovely day.
Speak to you again soon. Goodbye. That’s the end of this podcast. Don’t forget
to visit our website for other podcasts, interesting articles and transcripts. That’s the written
version of this podcast in PDF format. You can sign up for our free seven day of course.
And if you’re really serious about learning English. Course one is ready for you to buy
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