Hi. Today I will tell you about Megdelio-- and Rule
Number 6 for speaking English easily.
**How To Understand Native Speakers
Megdelio studied English for 5 years in Venezuela.
Teachers said he was an advanced student. Megdelio
always did well on the tests at school.
When he came to the USA, therefore, he felt good.
He thought he would easily talk with Americans.
He was excited to meet Americans. He was ready.
But when he met his first American, everything changed.
The man shook his hand and said, "Howya Doin".
Megdelio was confused. He said, "Pardon me?" The man
said, "Howya Doin". Megdelio was still confused.
He felt embarrassed.
During the next few weeks, this happened many times.
In his first English class, Megdelio had learned that
Americans say, "How are you?" when they meet.
But no Americans said that. They said,
"Whassup" or "Whatcha doin" or "Hey" or "Howzit goin".
The schools and textbooks in Venezuela never taught him
these phrases. He was confused.
**Textbook English Is Not Real English
Textbooks and schools do not use real English.
In textbooks everyone says, "How are you? I'm fine, and
you?". In English school, the teacher pronounces every
word separately and clearly.
But in real life, English speakers do not do this.
English speakers never pronounce words separately.
And they do not use textbook English. Americans never
say, "I'm fine, and you?"
If you learn from textbooks and English schools, you
will have a big problem when you speak to native
speakers. You willnot understand them.
This happens to my students in San Francisco. They
come here. They think they know English. But they do
not know real English. They only know textbook English.
Because of this, they cannot have a simple conversation
with an American. They become very embarrassed and
upset. Some of them go home. Some stay in their
apartments and never make American friends.
**You Must Learn Real English
When he joined Effortless English, Megdelio was very
upset. He didn't know what to do.
I told him to throw away his textbooks. I taught him to
use only real English materials. "Real" materials are
made for native speakers, not English students.
I told Megdelio to learn only from real English books,
movies, TV shows, comic books, audio books, articles,
newspapers, magazines, and podcasts. This is the only
way to learn the real English that native speakers use.
You must listen to what they listen to. You must watch
what they watch. You must read what they read.
Megdelio listened to my articles and my stories. He
also read American children's books. I told him to
watch a children's TV show called "Blues Clues" everyday.
After 2 months, he could easily understand. He then
listened more difficult things.
He also listened to my movie lessons- using the movie
"Hitch". Everyday he listened to the lessons.
Every week, he watched the movie.
After 6 months, he could speak easily with any native
speaker. He was not embarrassed. He was relaxed and
powerful when speaking English.
**Only Use Real English Materials
You must only use real English materials if you want to
understand and speak easily. No textbooks.
Start by using children's TV shows and children's books.
Find children's books on CD. Listen everyday. Then
listen to adolescent books on CD (for ages 10-14).
Next, find books on CD for High School age native
speakers. Watch popular TV shows such as "Lost".
In the beginning, use the subtitles. Watch the same
episode many times. Many, many times.
And finally, watch English language movies. Watch each
scene many times... first with subtitles, later without
Stories, TV shows, and Movies use the real vocabulary
and the real pronunciation that native speakers use.
By using only real English materials, not textbooks,
you can understand native speakers easily... and speak
**The Final Rule
In the next email, I will tell you the final rule.
I'll teach you how to speak 2-3 times faster.
Save these emails. Share them. Follow my advice.
Use all of the rules. I guarantee you will succeed.
Good luck with your English learning,
Founder and Director