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2020.06.04 22:44

A strategy for helping with you with conversations in English



A conversation with a native speaker can be scary and stressful. We worry about making mistakes, embarrassing ourselves, speaking too slowly, not understanding, and not having much to say. 

I think a good strategy is to imagine ourselves having a conversation. It sounds silly but by imagining, we can visualise the types of conversations that me might typically have. 

Conversations are often nothing more than questions and answers. So, what are some typical questions:

How old are you? 
Where are you from?
Where do you live? 

These questions usually have a very simple and short answer. 

I want to focus on a different set of common questions: 

What do you do for a living? 
What did you do today? 
What are your plans for today/the rest of the week? 
What are you doing this weekend? 
What did you do last weekend? 
What have you done this week? 

Do these sound familiar? 

These questions will almost always come up in a conversation. I can almost guarantee it. So if you know that these type of questions will come up, it could be really useful to practice different answers: 

Let's look at: 'What did you do today? 

One answer could be: 

I didn't do much. It was a pretty average day. We have a quarantine at the moment so we can't really go out much. I have been watching some Netflix. I took the dog for a walk and have been practicing some English. What about you? 

The point of the exercise is not to memorise words, but to practice responding to some of these questions in different ways.

Write out different answers to the same question.

Check with native speakers on HelloTalk or use online sites like DeepL, or Google Translate (just be careful, sometimes they're not 100% accurate)  and once they're correct grammatically etc, practice reading them out until they become natural for you to say.

Just be patient and kind with yourself. Nobody is perfect.  

Hope it helps. 
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  • Cristian González 2020.06.04 22:48

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    Thanks for the recomendación 🙌🏻 I’m really want to improve my English and always use this type of question and answer. I know that I make many mistakes but if don’t try, I couldn’t learn.
  • Sean 2020.06.04 22:48

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    It is very helpful for me!
  • Grey 2020.06.04 22:49

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    Very helpful. Thanks!
  • Chahd 2020.06.04 22:50

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    Very useful thank you 🙏
  • Imad 2020.06.04 22:51

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    Thanks man✌🏼
  • Ariel 아리엘 2020.06.04 22:56

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    yes, you are the best.👍thank you.I will
  • Jerry 2020.06.04 22:59

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    Totally agree, not in vain it is said that if you can imagine it you can do it.
  • Grace 2020.06.04 23:33

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    👍👍👍 so nice
  • Diego Ruiz Zuñiga 2020.06.04 23:53

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    With the mandatory lockdown in my country I think that speak with yourself in English all day is a so good method to be fluent in English and enter into the madness ... Just kidding 😁. Actually your tip is so useful
  • Selen 2020.06.05 00:01

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    Thank you for sharing this 😃🙏
  • Ed 2020.06.05 01:51

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    I think that this message is so important; I've been trying to talk to people here, and send a lot of invitations but I've spoken with only one persone; and I think that it is because people feel scary and stresful as you say. But all of us are learning, and that it why we are here. Great message! Thank you!
  • Diana 2020.06.18 06:53

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    Gracias ! Muy buenos consejos ! 🤓
  • Pegui 2020.06.27 01:51

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    You are very kind, thanks for those suggestions.
  • Elias 2020.06.27 01:51

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    @Pegui no problem😊
  • Elias 2020.06.27 05:28

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    @Cristian González That's great! I wish you the best😊
  • Esperanzza Cellis 2020.06.29 04:26

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    Gracias
  • Elias 2020.06.29 04:36

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    @Esperanzza Cellis Con mucho gusto
  • Esperanzza Cellis 2020.06.29 04:46

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    @Elias 🙏
  • luz 2020.07.15 03:28

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    Help me with my english,please

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