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  • Speaking English is kind of like writing an essay. Why is speaking in English like writing

  • an essay? That is what this lesson is all about!

  • When I was an undergraduate, I studied at an art university. I studied Fine Art and

  • I specialised in oil painting. Now, Fine Art students don't get many essays to write. And

  • when they do, they complain about it!

  • "I'm an art student, I only want to learn to paint! Why do I have to write essays?",

  • They'll say.

  • And me? Yeah, me too! Every time we had an essay to write, I would complain and I would

  • say the same things. However, unlike my classmates, when we were given an essay to write I would

  • start writing straightaway. They? They would leave it to the last minute. But no, I would

  • start writing straightaway.

  • Now, you may think, "Wow! What a good student. You didn't leave it to the last minute. You

  • started writing immediately, straightaway." But, no, you'd be wrong. You see, the reason

  • I started writing straightaway is simply that I wanted to get the essay finished and done

  • and out of the way really quickly.

  • So, I would head straight to the library. I would get to the library and I would sit

  • down at the computer and I would start to type. But it was painful! I didn't know what

  • to say. I would force myself to write. But the words, they just wouldn't flow. Eventually,

  • I would finish the essay. It would take the whole day and it will be really difficult

  • but I would finish.

  • Do you think I ever got good grades for those essays? No, of course I didn't because those

  • essays were terrible!

  • Then one day, something happened. We were given an essay to write and the topic of the

  • essay was something that I was really interested in. This time, I didn't start to write immediately.

  • Instead, I went to the library and I started to read books. I read many books and many

  • things on this topic.

  • And then I realized I still had to write the essay. So I went to the computer and I sat

  • down to write. But this time, it wasn't painful, it wasn't difficult. The words just flowed

  • through my fingers into the keyboard. I finished the essay really quickly. I handed it in and

  • you know what, I got a really good grade for that essay.

  • The problem with the first essays that I wrote was that I had skipped the initial reading

  • stage. I was trying to output something that I knew nothing about! So of course, it was

  • painful. I had nothing to say. However, with the essay that I was interested in, I spent

  • a lot of time reading first. I put a lot of information about that topic in here.

  • So when it came time to write the essay, I had many things to talk about. So, it wasn't

  • painful. It flowed smoothly. So if you ever have trouble speaking English and you're finding

  • it hard to find the words and things to talk about, try doing the same. Just stop, stop

  • worrying about speaking English and about practicing your speaking and go and read some

  • books.

  • Read books about things that you are interested in. Read magazines, read anything, watch t.v.

  • Read and listen to British stories. Listen to the radio, listen to podcasts. It doesn't

  • matter, anything that you're interested in. Do all those things in English.

  • Put a lot of information and topics in your head so when it comes time to speak English

  • and have a conversation, you will have much information to draw from, many topics to talk

  • about and you will find the conversation will flow much more smoothly.

  • And also like writing, you will also find that the topics you are really interested

  • in are the topics you will use again and again and again. The more you talk about those things,

  • the smoother you will become and the easier and more automatic that it will become.

  • And that is why speaking English is just like writing an essay. So that is it for today's

  • lesson. So my question for you is this, "have you ever had a similar experience? Or time

  • when you just didn't know what to talk about?"

  • If you have, tell us all about it in the comment below this video and I will see you in the

  • next lesson.

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英語を話すことはエッセイを書くようなもの (Speaking English is like Writing an Essay)

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