Today you are going to learn tips on speaking English
like a native from studying how babies
learn to speak English.
I ’ ve been teaching English for over
10 years, but it ’ s only
in the past year that I ’ ve
had the chance to watch my son start to pick up language.
He’s 20 months and his language skills areexploding.
I ’ m going to give you three tricks to
help you study the language the way he is working on it.
Are you ready to go to play yard Stoney?
Are you ready to go?
Are you sure? Uh-oh!
What did you drop?
When a baby is first experimenting with language,
it ’ s babble, la, la, la,
ba, ba, ba.
Stoney had almost no sounds developed.
他会说元音ah 啊 会说m音 妈妈
He had an AH vowel, and he had m, mama,
and a B, baba, baba.
What he seemed to be imitating and playing with more than sounds was stress.
So many students get hung up on the sounds.
I actually think stress is more important.
Stress relates to rhythm and intonation.
These make up the feeling of English more than the sounds do. Somehow,
I don ’ t know how,
he got obsessed with the song ‘ Mambo Italiano ’.
副歌部分是这么唱的 嘿 曼波 意大利的曼波
The chorus goes like this: Hey mambo, mamboItaliano.
这个时候 他有点学会说 嘿曼波 这句歌词了
At this point, he can kind of say ‘hey mambo’.
But he cannot say ‘mambo italiano’.
所以他还是用类似 嘿曼波 嘛嘛嘛嘛嘛嘛嘛的话代替
Instead he says something like “Hey Mambo…..”
He really gets the intonation and stress down.
It matches the song perfectly.
The sounds aren’t there.
But the feeling is there.
It’s the feeling of the sentence.
As he gets better with sounds,
as he learns them, he ’ ll go back and fill them
in if he’s still singing this song.
但是现在 他只会唱 嘿曼波嘛嘛嘛嘛嘛嘛嘛
But for now, it’s”Hey Mambo!”
Pretty amazing. A year and a half
and he’s matching the pitch and the stress.
This is something I encourage my studentsto do.
Think about not just the individual sounds but also think
about the overall feeling of the sentence.
How are you?
How are you.
感觉就像所有音都连在一起 音高平稳过度 啊～
The feeling is, everything connected, pitch changes smoothly, uuhhh,
scooping up then down. Uuuhhh.
How are you?
Practicing sentences this way helps you practice the feeling. Uh,
how are you?
你愿意只用 啊 来练习短语吗
Uuuhhh Are you willing to practice phrases that are just on ‘ uh ’?
Babies are laying a foundation of the feeling
of English for months before they put in all the details,
the finer pieces of the tonguemovements and the sounds.
I think you should also be practicing English this way. Sometimes,
有时候 仅仅是练习句子的感觉 啊～
just practice the feeling of a sentence. Uuhhhh.
How are you? Uuhhhh.
How are you?
小贴士2 当我抱着Stoney 他的脸离我很近 就在这儿
Tip #2: When I’m holding Stoney in my arm and his face is very close to me, it’s right here,
I’ve noticed something. He looks at me like this.
Total concentration, focused in.He’s staring right at my mouth.
My mom noticed this too.
She said, he watches my mouth so closely when I speak.
He ’ s curious, he wants the combination of the visual information
along with what he ’ s hearing.
I think it can be incredibly helpful to
study native speaker ’ s mouths when learning.
Every one of my sound videos has close ups
of the mouth in slow motion,
and lots of my other videos do too,
like one I did on linking with the TH.
I’ll put links to those videos in the description.
Sometimes I tell students to watch themselves
in a mirror or make a video and watch that.
One of my students
in my online school just posted a video to our Facebook group where
there was very little mouth movement happening.
And it ’ s hard for your English
to be natural and clear when you ’
re hardly moving your mouth at all.
When she went back and looked at it, she saw,
啊 是的 我明白了
oh yeah, I understand, I ’ m cheating the
mouth position of some
of the sounds that use more jaw drop or lip rounding.
So focus in on the mouth of native speakers
and then pay attention to your own mouth positions as you’re practicing sounds.
Tip #3: What do toddlers do that is incredibly annoying?
They say and do the same thing over and over and over.
In the park by our house,
there ’ s a play structure with a fake raccoon face carved into a tree.
我儿子把他叫做 aa-coon 然后不停的想玩
Stoney calls it ‘aa-coon’ and asks forit constantly.
There are times where he probably says the word 20 times in a row.
Any parent or caregiver out there knows how much children repeat themselves.
This is part of learning, of building musclememory,
building mastery, developing the fine and subtle changes in mouth position
native for speaking a language.
Repetition can not only help adults speak better English,
but I would say it ’ s essential.
Let’s say your pronunciation isn’t very good.
You can learn how to pronounce something better,
or how something should be pronounced.
For example, by watching videos on my channel.
But knowing something does nothing to change your body and your habit.
You already have strong muscle memory establishedas an adult.
Creating a sound that you don ’ t have
in your native language, or creating a new
feeling of English is impossible without repetition.
Before I started teaching English, I sang opera.
In practicing, it would make no sense
to sing the song from start to finish over and over.
You work in sections.
You pick out specific lines that are tricky,
and you do them over and over and over.
Maybe you take the text away from the music and you practice that separately.
Just sing out loud.
The point is, you break it down,
and you work with it over and over and over.
You take a break, you sleep, and your body,
your mind, does something with that.
It saves it.
And then the next day you come back and you work again.
So be like a toddler and practice the same thing over and over.
假设 舒服 这个词对你来说很难
Let’s say’comfortable’ is a tricky word for you. First,
learn how to pronounce it.
I have a video on that.
Then play it and say it,
play it and say it over and over again.
You can use a site like forvo.com,
where native speakers have uploaded word pronunciations.
Play the native speaker, say it out loud.
Play the native speaker, say it out loud.
Do this 10, 20 times in row.
Once it gets really good, don’t stop.
That’s when you need to keep going!
To solidify the correct, natural way of doing it.
This repetition will help you get better.
So as a teacher of language, I
realize I have so much to learn about
teaching a language by watching my son,
a native speaker, learn from the beginning.
At one point in this video, I mentioned myonline school.
It’s called Rachel’s English Academy,
and I have thousands
of audio files broken up and slowed down
so that my students can practice little bits
of conversation with the play it, say it method.
I ’ ll watch a student doing this,
and I don ’ t even have to tell him what to fix.
Just by playing it and saying it
over and over without stopping,
subtle changes happen, and it starts to sound so good.
If you ’ re interested in learning more
about the school, please visit RachelsEnglishAcademy.com