Hi. Today I want to tell you about a Japanese girl named
Miyuki did very well on grammar tests. She knew all of
the grammar rules. She knew English verb tenses.
She had the best grammar score in her class.
But Miyuki had a problem. She couldn't actually use the
grammar in a real conversation. She could explain the
simple past tense, but when speaking, she would say
"Yesterday I go to school".
Miyuki was confused. How could her grammar test scores
be so good, but her speaking be so bad?
I taught her the answer: You don't need to "know"grammar,
you need to "feel" grammar.
**Michael Jordan Didn't Learn From Books
Micheal Jordan was the greatest basketball player ever.
How did he learn to play so well? Did he study books
about basketball? Did he memorize the rule book?
Did he focus on explaining basketball?
Of course not. Jordan learned by doing. He learned
by watching great players and copying them. He learned
by using his basketball skills. And he learned by
focusing on the most important skills--the basic skills.
In an interview, Jordan said that he still practiced
free throws every day.
Free throws are the easiest shot in basketball.
Why would the greatest player in the world still
practice them? Because Jordan knew that basic skills
were the most important. He never stopped practicing
Michael Jordan wasn't good at studying basketball,
he was good at playing basketball.
He didn't "know" basketball, he had a deep and powerful
"feel" for playing it.
**Miyuki Changed To The Michael Jordan Method
After joining Effortless English, Miyuki changed her
study methods. She stopped studying grammar rules.
Instead, she focused on the most important basic grammar
skills. I taught her to focus on only the most common
verb tenses: the simple past, the present, the perfect
tenses, and the future.
80% of English speech uses these tenses.
They are the most important.
**Miyuki Did Not Memorize
Miyuki learned this basic grammar using stories. How?
First I gave her a short story in the present tense.
She listened to it everyday. Once she understood it
easily and automatically, I gave her the exact same
story-- but this time it started with "10 years ago...."
She learned to "feel" the past tense by listening to
this story. She never studied rules.
Next, I gave her the exact same story.
This time, it started with "Since 2004..."
Miyuki learned to feel the perfect tenses by listening
to this story. She never studied or memorized grammar
rules. She just listened to each version of the story
2-3 times every day.
Finally, I gave her the exact same story... beginning
with "Next year". She learned to "feel" the future
tense simply by listening to this story many times.
***Point Of View Mini-Stories
I call these story versions "Point Of View Mini-Stories".
They are the most powerful way to get a feel for English
grammar-- and to use correct grammar automatically.
You must learn grammar by listening to real English.
The best way is to listen to the exact same story...
told in different times (points of view).
**How You Can Do This
How can you do this? First, find a short simple story
in the present tense. Then ask a native speaker to
write the story again, using different beginning phrases:
"10 years ago...."
Next, ask your friend to read these stories and record
Listen to each version everyday. 2-3 times everyday.
Continue to listen until you "feel" each story version.
Continue to listen everyday until the phrases and
grammar go deep.
Then you will be able to use English grammar when
speaking. Then you will be able to use English grammar
automatically when you speak.
**How To Learn Real English
In the next email, I will tell you how to avoid textbooks
and learn only real English. I'll tell you how to learn
the English that we really speak-- not what you find in
books and schools.
Save these emails. Follow my advice.
If you use the Effortless English system, I guarantee
you will succeed.
Good luck with your English learning,
Founder and Director
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