Dear MLC Students,


We are going to continue the LISTENING and SPEAKING exercises. Still three steps: First you listen to the materials by clicking on “listen to dialog”. Then do the multiple choices to see if you can understand the dialogue (we start with simple ones), and finally practice (speak) the dialogue by yourself, or with your PARTNER from the English Study Group.  Let me know if the materials are too easy or too complicated for you. You can write e-mail to me directly.


Sentence of the day for Tuesday 25/10/16 is:

Listening and Speaking Exercises:

Step 1:  Listen to Dialog

Do not view the questions  below until after you have listened to the audio file. Reading the questions first will not help you improve your English listening skills.

Step 2:  View Questions and answer them

  1. What types of movies does this person like?
    Action and drama
    Drama and science fiction
    Suspense and horror
    Western and horror2.  Choose one type of movie this person dislikes?

    3.  Why does this person not like horror movies?
    Too scary
    Too boring
    Stupid and childish
    Predictable and obvious

    4.  How does the person asking the questions think about horror movies?

Step 3:  View the Conversation Dialog


A: “What type of movies do you like?”
B: “I like all sorts of movies, primarily drama and science fiction.”
A: “That’s an interesting combination. How about western movies?”
B: “Western and horror are the two types of movies I don’t care for.”
A: “Why don’t you like horror? They’re entertaining.”
B: “Some are entertaining, but I find most of them stupid and childish. For example, I don’t understand why a person always goes into the house alone when something is suspicious.”
A: “Ha ha. I know what you mean. But it’s just a movie. They need for the characters to do that.”


While at the language table, I urge you to speak English with your mealmates. Try to initiate a topic and start a conversation in English. This is the only way for you to improve your English and reach the goal: Speak the language fluently. See the speaking rules below.


Have a good day!

Master Xu


Some speaking rules for you to become a fluent speaker of English.


  1. Don’t study the grammar too much

This rule might sound strange to you, but it is one of the most important rules. If you want to pass examinations, then study grammar. But if you want to become fluent in English, then you should try to learn English without studying the grammar.

Studying grammar will only slow you down and confuse you. You will think about the rules when creating sentences instead of naturally saying a sentence like a native. Remember that only a small fraction of English speakers know the grammar rules. But they all speak fluent English. However, many non-native speaking speakers know more grammar than native speakers. But they don’t speak the language fluently. The secret, focus on what you want to say rather than thinking about the grammar before you speak.

Now do you want to be able to recite the definition of a causative verb, or do you want to be able to speak English fluently? The answer is up to you.


(to be continued)