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2. Learn and study phrases ~


Many students learn vocabulary and try to put many words together to create a proper sentence. It sometimes amazes me just how many words some of my students know, but they still 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. Similarly, you need to study and learn phrases ~ it is the most natural way!

Even if you know 1,000 words, you still 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 1,000 phrases or so, you will almost be a fluent English speaker ~ that doesn’t mean you have to know 1,000 phrases but learning phrases makes it much easier to communicate with people.

Also, don't translate

When you want to create an English sentence, do not translate word-for-word from Japanese into English. The word-order is very 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. Practice as much as possible and then all will become automatic.

Again, you need to study and learn phrases ~ it is the most natural way!

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