A warning to me: my English is not as good as I expect! 糟了！英語不夠用none
In the past, although I knew my English was not good, there was no difficulties in daily conversation with foreigners. Until I started my new work, I wanted to improve my English especially in listening so as to adopt to the enviroment. A week ago, I wrote a post introducing VoiceTube, an excellent English learning website for Chinese and I started to watch one video a day.
I started with beginner video and soon found it’s not challenging for me soon. So today, I tried to watch a BBC lifestyle video and see how much I can get it. Holy shit! When I first watched the video without any subtitles, I could only get 30% and had no idea what the video is talking about in general! My listening skill is much worse than what I expected! It is the link and you can try it also: 為什麼萬聖節要刻南瓜？ (Halloween: How did we fall in love with pumpkins? – BBC News) – VoiceTube《看影片學英語》
一開始我看的都是初階英語，很快就覺得沒有挑戰性了，所以今天我嘗試看一條BBC的生活類影片，看看我到底懂多勳。但當我第一次看沒有字幕的版本時，糟了！我只能聽懂30%的內容，整個影片的大意我完全拿不準！原來我的聆聽能力比我想像還要差！這是我看的影片，你也來試一下吧： 為什麼萬聖節要刻南瓜？ (Halloween: How did we fall in love with pumpkins? – BBC News) – VoiceTube《看影片學英語》
Then I watch the video with subtitles and found that I knew 95% of the words. The only problem is the British accent! I am strange to British accent and that’s why I can’t understand the video! Then I searched for the web to see how to practise listening more efficiently. The only conclusion is keep listen and listen…..
I found an article of Tang Wei, a famous Chinese actress. She studied in UK for half year without knowing any English. She put herself in a complete English environment and keep listening English during transport, preparing meal, brushing teeth, and even sleeping. After half year, she became a fluent Eng speaker.
Tang Wei 湯唯
So I believe I can do the same thing. Although I can’t practice 24 hours, I can try to watch and watch Eng video in bus, in MTR, at home…etc. It’s now my first target and please support me!
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