Dear MLC Students,


Three things for today: (1) Practice with a native speaker, (2) Sentence of the day, and (3) Some speaking rules.


Practice with a native speaker

We have invited Jordan (male) and Corinne (female), the two Princeton in Asia students to join us for lunch, Friday 28/10/16 from 12:00-1:00pm. Please welcome them and practice English with them.


Sentence of the day for Friday 28/10/16

We 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 are trying an longer one), 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.

Listening and Speaking Exercises for Friday 28/10/16:

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:  Questions and multiple choices

  1. What type of movie is Forrest Gump?
    Comedy2.  Besides watching movies, what does this person like to do?
    Go shopping
    Drinking and partying
    Playing basketball

    3.  What does this person do for exercise?
    Golf once a week
    Basketball on the weekends
    Jogging twice a week
    No exercising

    4.  What is the favorite thing this person likes to do?
    Playing computer games
    Reading books
    Going shopping
    Playing pool

Step 3:  Conversation Dialog
A: “How are you doing?”
B: “I’m doing great.”
A: “What movies have you seen lately?”
B: “I saw Forrest Gump the other day.”
A: “What type of movie is that?”
B: “The movie type is drama.”
A: “I can’t believe you are watching movies. The weather is great. You should be outside.”
B: “I hate the hot weather. I’d rather stay indoors with the air conditioner.”
A: “What else do you like to do besides watching movies?”
B: “I like to play computer games, read books, go shopping, and play pool.”
A: “Out of those what is your favorite?”
B: “My favorite is to play computer games.”
A: “What is your favorite computer game?”
B: “My favorite is Diablo. It used to be Star Craft, but it is getting a little old.”
A: “If you like to play so much, when do you ever exercise?”
B: “Although I hate to exercise, I go jogging at least twice a week.”
A: “That’s pretty good. By the way, what are you doing next Saturday?”
B: “I am going to go to the bookstore.”
A: “I am having a party Saturday night at my house. If you have time, you should come.”
B: “That sounds like fun.”
A: “Great. I’ll see you on Saturday.”
B: “Ok. See you later.”

You should read the Conversation Dialog to help you study after going through the listening lesson. Do not view the Conversation Dialog prior to listening to the audio, or prior to answering all the questions.


At the language table, I urge you to speak English with your mealmates. Try to initiate a topic and start a conversation. 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.

3. Learn and Study Phrases

Many students learn vocabulary and try to put words together to create a proper sentence. But no matter how many words they know, they cannot create a proper sentence. The reason is because they didn’t study phrases. When children learn a language, they learn both words and phrases together. Likewise, you need to study and learn phrases.

If you know 1000 words, you might not be able to say one correct sentence. But if you know 1 phrase, you can make hundreds of correct sentences. If you know 100 phrases, you will be surprised at how many correct sentences you will be able to say. Finally, when you know only a 1000 phrases, you will be almost a fluent English speaker.

So focus on studying phrases instead of individual words, and then you will be closer to English fluency.


(to be continued)