Friday, February 13, 2004, 19:31 GMT
I’m a Chinese living in Australia and I’ve been living here since I was 4. It has
But my grammar and vocabulary are really bad. You might have already noticed a lot
How and where should I start to improve my english ? especially vocabulary.
Jim, I’ve read a a lot of topics that you have replied and I can tell you’re perfessional
Thanks alot mate
Friday, February 13, 2004, 19:32 GMT
Jim is the Australian that I’m referring to
Friday, February 13, 2004, 19:59 GMT
I have the same problem like you. So, I can tell you, don’t give up and read more
I recommend reading those books: Who moved my cheese, Making it happen. They are
Good luck my friend. I’m in Canada where people speak frensh.
Nice to read you again
Friday, February 13, 2004, 20:10 GMT
This is strange, what have you been doing all that time if you’re still not fluent?
Saturday, February 14, 2004, 08:29 GMT
Thanks Tsama, I’ll definitely give those books a try.
Jarec, I’ve been hanging around with Chinese friends the whole time. I think thats
Monday, February 16, 2004, 04:53 GMT
I am also an English learner. I posted here several months ago that the best way
to learn English in the English-speaking countries. And I really want to go there
in order to improve my English, but it takes a lot of money, of course…:-(.
How you can’t speak English fluently after living there for so many years? I think
Could you tell me why you feel that you can’t speak English fluently? Thank you.
Tuesday, February 17, 2004, 15:15 GMT
Hi Guy (KKK makes me nervous)
Can you give us a few usage or meaning questions and we will give you the answers
that you need.
I am from Canada, from the area that doesn’t speak much french.
I have Chinese friends who have the grammar down pat, but have difficulty with accent.
Your grammar is probably easier to fix than their accent.
Regards, Paul V.
Tuesday, February 17, 2004, 15:17 GMT
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Thursday, February 19, 2004, 17:58 GMT
I have been living in London for 18 years, but I could not speak or write properly
in English. As I have lack of language knowledge I can not be able to find a job
related with my skills. I am scared to face an interview even if I know the work
what I am appling for. I was not selected for couple of jobs because of my English.
I have been trying to learn from various sources for many years but I could not improve
it. I was told by my friends that my pronounciation was not good and difficult to
understand what I am trying to say. I did not spend much time at the beginning to
listen and speak with those who can only speak English or can speak fluently. I
would be thankful if anyone help me to improve my english.
Thursday, February 19, 2004, 19:25 GMT
Hey KK, your case is really an interesting phenomenon. You don’t have a chinese accent
but you can’t speak fluently?! Do you mean that you can’t express your idea effectively
Give us some examples of what you mean by “can’t speak fluently”. That will be helpful.
Friday, February 20, 2004, 08:06 GMT
I think the KK speaks own language at the home and probably he stays more with his
chinese people . I guess that is very natural that he can not speak fluently the
english language. Also living in an english country no means that you have to speak
fluently, that depends from your willingness to learn it. I do not live in any english
country and I never been there but I can speak it since I was 12 years old. In other
side I used to live in france for 5 years but I had a lot of difficult expresing
in french language. What I want to say is that only love for a foreinge language
can make you to speak it prefect.
Saturday, February 21, 2004, 14:39 GMT
I think everyone got me wrong.
I can speak fluent english like native Australian even with the strong accent.
But my problem is my written grammar and use of vocabulary is really crap…
Sunday, February 22, 2004, 22:47 GMT
I guess you have a false impression about your grammar usage and vocabulary. You
are almost perfect at both imho. Why not write an essay on a specific topic in order
to help native speakers to identify where you are basically at weak.