What will you do if you meet a girl/boy you fall in love with on street?
Step forward her/him and ask to make friends with her/him
But what will you ask to make friends with her/him? Most of us don’t know what we should talk about when we’re in this situation, then our chance to make friends with her/him will pass.
We let this chance pass because we don’t know what to talk about. It’s the same in English, if you don’t know what to talk about when you meet someone, then you’ll never speak English naturally and fluently though how long you spend on learning English. It means you must learn how to create content for speaking.
How to create content for speaking? It’s simple, you can learn it by the Rule Q-A
Learn this rule from the structure:
Duc: Hello! How are you?
Mary: I’m fine! Thank you, and you?
These are two opening sentences for communication and they’re also 2 most important sentences for learning communication. Because these 2 sentences contain a great rule to help you practice and get proficiency in communication anywhere and anytime. It’s called “Rule Question – Answer”.
Rule Question – Answer (Rule Q-A):
In fact, communication is a process of questions and answers between two or more people together. A person asks and another answers, and versa.
No matter what you talk about, it’s also a series of questions and answers. No matter which situation you’re in, you also talk by asking questions or giving answers.
If you don’t know what to talk when you face with a native English speaker, this is the best rule for the best start because this rule will show you a method to create interesting content for your communication.
Why is the Rule Q-A?
When you communicate with someone in English, your native language or any other languages, the main purpose of the communication is to gather or share information and there’s no way to do that better than using the “Rule Q-A”.
Example: I want to practice speaking English with foreigners. I decide to go to a park, then I see a foreigner sitting for sightseeing. I nervously step forward him and our conversation occurs as follows:
Me : Hello! How are you?
Foreigner: I’m fine! Thank you!
Me : Can I seat here?
Foreigner: Of course!
Me : Are you a tourist?
Foreigner: Yes, I’m.
Me : Oh! Where are you from?
Foreigner: I’m from the United States.
Me : It’s very far! Do you like Vietnam?
Foreigner: Ah! Yes. It’s a beautiful country.
Me : Thanks! Where did you visit in Vietnam?
In this situation, I communicate English with a foreign tourist by asking questions and giving answers each others.
For purpose of communication, we’ll have 4 types of speaking:
You’ve already prepared content for speaking
You haven’t prepared content for speaking yet
You’re encouraging someone to talk about something
You’re attracting someone into your story
No matter what you talk about, you’re also in one of these types of speaking. And if you want to speak English naturally and fluently, you must learn to speak English effectively in these situations.
In English, there are 2 basic types of questions:
What : What’s your name?
Which: Which one do you like, red or green apple?
Who : Who are you?
W-H question Where: Where are you from?
When : When is your birthday?
Why : Why do you learn English?
How : How are you?
Yes – No question: Are you a student?
If you know how to ask suitable questions or give suitable answers to suitable situations, it means you master English speaking completely.
Exercise 1: Imagine that you’re meeting an old friend in the internet, what will you talk with him? (talk by asking at least 10 questions):
Exercise 2: Imagine that you’re meeting a foreign tourist for sightseeing in a park. In this situation, what will you talk to make friend with him/her? (talk by asking at least 10 questions):
Exercise 1: Meeting an old friend as a student in the internet, I’ll ask:
1/ Long time no see! How are you?
2/ How is your studying?
3/ Do you learn English?
4/ Your English is good or not?
5/ Have you got girlfriend yet?
6/ Where do you live now?
7/ Your life is good or not?
8/ What do you do in free time?
9/ Do you have part time job?
10/ How much do you spend for a month?
Exercise 2: Meeting a foreign tourist for sightseeing in a park, I’ll ask:
1/ Hi! How are you?
2/ Are you a tourist?
3/ Where are you from?
4/ Where did you visit in Vietnam?
5/ Where will you visit next in Vietnam?
6/ Do you go alone or go with someone?
7/ Do you have any friend in Vietnam?
8/ How do you think about Vietnam?
9/ How do you think about people in Vietnam?
10/ How many days have you been in Vietnam?
Do you feel it difficult to ask a question for communication? Don’t underestimate yourself if you can’t ask a question easily, it’s because you never learn how to create content for communication, it means you don’t know what to talk about.
If you don’t know what to talk about, you can hardly talk something with someone even in your native language. But if you know how to create content for communication and combine it with Rule Q-A, you’ll be easy to master English or any language within 3 months.
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