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Speak English fluently: rule 2 (A.J. Hoge)
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Improve your speaking with some excellent advice.

This teacher offers us 7 rules to help you speak English fluently. This lesson explains rule number 2:

Do not study grammar rules.

Here are the 7 rules to learn fluent English effortlessly:

RULE 1      RULE 2      RULE 3      RULE 4     

RULE 5      RULE 6      RULE 7

 

Hi! This is A.J. Hoge again, the director of "Effortless English" and today we're gonna learn about Rule Number 2. Now, rule number two is a surprise for many people. Rule number two is simple: do not study grammar rules. Do not do it!. Now, I know this is a tough rule for some people, because most of your life learning English you have been told to learn grammar rules. In Middle School, in High School, in University, in language schools, everywhere in the world: grammar, grammar, grammar, grammar, grammar.

So my first question to you is: did it work? Was it successful? If you're watching this video you have studied English before, in school, somewhere, and probably you focused a lot on grammar rules. So my question is: Can you speak English easily, quickly and automatically right now? If the answer's no, why not? Because you have studied English for many years already.

Why can't you speak quickly, easily and automatically? Why not? Well, it's not your fault, actually. The reason, the answer for most people is that you studied grammar rules too much, you focused on grammar rules. Why? Because your teachers told you to. 

Why is it bad to study grammar rules? Well, because when you study grammar rules, when you focus on grammar rules, you focus on analysing English. In other words, you think about English, you think about the past tense, the present tense, the future, the present perfect, the past perfect. Now, for writing English, errr... that's OK. Why? Because when you write English you have time. You can go slowly, you can write very slowly, you can think about it, you can erase your mistake... it's ok. You don't need to write fast.

But for speaking there's no time. You do not have time to think about the rules for the present perfect tense in English when you're listening and speaking. There's no time. Someone asked you a question, and you must answer immediately. You have no time to think about prepositions, you have no time to think about verb tenses, possessives, all the stuff you learned. There's no time.

How do native speakers learn grammar? Well, I'm an English native speaker and I can tell you I never studied grammar rules. Not until high school, and we studied grammar rules for writing. In college native speakers study grammar rules again. Why? For writing. But for speaking, we don't. So how do we learn grammar rules? Well, we learn through listening, through hearing correct grammar, again and again and again and again. A lot of correct grammar. So the best way to learn English grammar is through input. In other words, English coming in, mostly through your ears but reading is also ok, but don't read text books, don't read grammar books, just read easy English books, easy novels. But most of all you'll be listening.

Now, in the next e-mails that you get, I'll tell you exactly how to learn grammar in an easy way, in an effortless way, without studying rules. So keep getting those e-mails, read the next e-mails because in later e-mails I'll tell you exactly how to learn English grammar so you can use it quickly and very fast when you're speaking, not just writing. But for now, for today, the, the number two rule I want you to remember is: do not study grammar rules. If you focus on grammar rules it will hurt your speaking. You'll speak more slowly, you'll understand more slowly.

So if you have grammar books throw 'em away, put 'em in the trash, good-bye grammar books. If you want you can burn them, you know... put 'em on fire, because they're useless, they will not help you with your English speaking or your English learning and listening. So good-bye grammar books, no more grammar rules. Yeeeh! That should make you happy.

Ok, good enough. This is the second rule for learning to speak excellent English. Tomorrow you'll get the next rule, rule number three tomorrow. So I hope you enjoyed this e-mail course and these videos and I'll see you next time. Bye-bye.

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