Dear MLC Students,


We continue the LISTENING and SPEAKING exercises: 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 the basic), 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 Wednesday 26/10/16 is:

Listening and Speaking Exercises:

Step 1:  Listen to Dialog

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

Step 2:  Quiz – Questions and multiple choices

  1. What is the topic of discussion?
    Sports2.  What class did he really like?
    Economy 101

    3.  What was his favorite class?
    Business communication

    4.  What word did he use to describe his favorite class?

Step 3:  Conversation Dialog
A: “Hey Jack. How were your classes this semester?”
B: “They were not too bad. I really liked my poli-sci class.”
A: “Would you consider it your favorite class?”
B: “I don’t know if I would call it my favorite, but it ranks up there.”
A: “What class was your favorite then?”
B: “I took a business communication class last year and it was terrific.”
A: “I never took that yet. If that was your favorite, I think I will check it out.”


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 your goal: Speak the language fluently.


See some speaking rules below.


Have a good day!

Master Xu


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


  1. Don’t translateWhen you want to create an English sentence, do not translate the words from your Mother tongue. The order of words is probably completely different and you will be both slow and incorrect by doing this. Instead, learn phrases and sentences so you don’t have to think about the words you are saying. It should be automatic.

    Another problem with translating is that you will be trying to incorporate grammar rules that you have learned. Translating and thinking about the grammar to create English sentences is incorrect and should be avoided.


(to be continued)