Why Stories Are Powerful

Ocak 14, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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Today I’m going to talk about stories, and why they are a powerful tool for improving your English. First, here are a couple of comments from Effortless English members:

Manh writes:
I feel relaxed when I hear the Mini-story. Now, i feel more confident and energetic in my communication.

And Lena writes:

Hi AJ. How are you? I hope you are fine. Thank you for the lesson set. But I noticed a funny thing;) That you always say: “tell the story” and then you correct yourself and say:”ask the story”:) Why? Thanks again.

You are welcome!

Regarding the feeling of relaxation while listening to stories– this is one of the great benefits of using stories. Let’s be honest. Studying grammar books and taking tests is both stressful and boring. That’s very bad, because research shows that stress blocks learning. That’s right- you learn much more slowly when you are feeling stressed.

On the other hand, when you feel relaxed your brain works better. Research shows that you learn more and remember more when you feel relaxed. Stories are a very relaxed (and fun) way to learn.

Of course, Effortless English stories are designed to make that learning very powerful which brings me to the second comment.

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Why do I usually say that I “ask the story”?

This is a very important point– a very important technique that I use for teaching. “Telling a story” means that I just make statements… and you listen passively.

However, when I “ask the story” it means I use a huge amount of easy questions to create the story. This is a very important difference. Questions cause you to be an ACTIVE learner. Your brain must constantly respond to my questions.

Because of this, you learn much faster. Another value of “asking the story” is that I can repeat important phrases many times. You hear those phrases in both statements AND questions. This repetition helps you learn and remember effortlessly.

I always say that my Mini-Story Lessons are the most powerful lessons in each of my lesson sets. Some students don’t understand this– because these lessons seem so easy and funny. They feel easy because you learn unconsciously… and you are relaxed and laughing while you learn. It feels easy– but it’s super powerful.

So… whenever possible use stories to learn English. Of course you can get my lessons and use my Mini-Stories. You can also use audio-books and easy videos. Don’t study textbooks… use natural English stories instead!

Enjoy your English learning,
Effortless English Club

PS: A friend of mine named Aaron is also using stories to teach English.  His technique is different than mine, but he’s a very good teacher.   Learn more about Aaron and his stories at his website: English Conversations


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Rule 6: Only Use Real English Conversations

Ekim 26, 2009 by · 2 Comments
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We want you to think about something today:  You have studied English for more than 4 years-  why do you still have trouble understanding native speakers?

Nothing is wrong with you.  Something is wrong with the schools you went to, and the textbooks you used.  English textbooks and audio tapes are horrible.

You never learned real conversational English.  You never learned casual English- the kind of English we use in normal conversations. You learned TEXTBOOK English.

“Your teaching is excellent! I´m very grateful to you. Thank you!”
Milan Hodac, Czech Republic

**How To Understand Native Speakers
Megdelio studied English for 5 years in Venezuela.  Teachers said he was an advanced student.  When he came to the USA he felt good. He was excited to meet Americans. He was ready.  He wrote:

One day I tried to talk to an American woman and everything changed.  The woman started talking– and I couldn’t understand her.  Not at all! Her pronunciation was totally different than the textbook tapes and CDs I listened to.  She used idioms, slang, and many casual phrases. I was totally confused.  That’s when I realized I needed to learn real English!

**You Must Learn Casual Conversational English
We taught Megdelio to learn with real English conversations– learning the English we use everyday in conversations, books, movies, TV shows, comic books, audio books, articles, newspapers, magazines, and podcasts.

**Stop Learning Textbook English

If you want to understand native speakers, you must stop learning English from textbook tapes and CDs. To learn real English, you must listen to real English conversations… not to actors reading.  You listen to native speakers speaking real English.  You must study real conversations.

Listen only to English conversations
Listen only to English conversations
Listen only to English conversations

How do you learn casual English? It’s easy.  Stop using textbooks.  Instead, listen only to English conversations, movies, TV shows, audio books,  audio articles, stories, and talk radio shows.  Use real English conversations.

After 6 months of real English, Megdelio could speak easily.  He could understand English from real native speakers.   You will too.

“I’m very glad to get your Lessons. I was probably like many of your students – good at tests but hopeless at speaking. I wish I had known your method earlier!”
–Barbara Sitko

**RULE 6:  Only Use Real English Conversations & Materials

You learn casual conversational English if you want to understand native speakers and speak easily.  Use real conversations, magazines, audio articles, TV shows, movies, radio talk shows, and audio books.

Learn Real English, Not Textbook English
Learn Real English, Not Textbook English

**The Final Rule
In the next post, we will tell you the final rule. we’ll teach you how to speak 2-3 times faster. Until then, have a great day and enjoy learning English!

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