A few months ago I recorded an audio post in which I talked about how I want to improve my English and become fluent. I also told that I was recording these audio posts in a way to practice my speaking but, as you can see, I just uploaded two audio posts so, I’m not the best blogger of the world, I didn’t upload too much, and I also wasn’t too motivated to study. I don’t know why I just didn’t upload so much. But even though I wasn’t studying too much my English improved very well. As you can probably have realized, in the other two audio posts, I was reading the text that I wrote in the blog, and in this one I’m just talking to the microphone, I’m not reading anything but the topics that I wrote, that I wanted to talk about in this audio post.
The other thing that I told in these audio posts was that I wasn’t using any free resources and I would stay that way until I get stuck in a level that I wouldn’t improve using just free resources, and what happened was one week after I uploaded this audio post my wife gave me a paid course, and kind of my words went down, but I wasn’t sad about that, in fact I was really happy because this course, which is an app called ABA English, is very nice and you can practice writing, speaking, listening, and the way that you practice speaking in this app is using a technique that is very nice and it’s called shadowing. Shadowing is, you take an audio and you mimic the native speaker, and you mimic the way that he or she talks, the tone of voice that they have and everything, the pauses, everything that they do you do, and this helped me a lot to improve my speaking.
So I’m still making a lot of pronunciation mistakes and grammar mistakes. People tell me to not be ashamed of making these mistakes because everyone does, even natives. But despite not being ashamed of making these mistakes you have to work to avoid these mistakes. So at the beginning of August I found this teacher, she is the teacher of one of my bosses, and he told me that she is a very nice teacher and I booked some classes with her and it is in fact very nice. ABA English doesn’t have face to face conversation with the teachers, you can email the teacher, and the teacher answer you very fast but there’s no conversation between the teacher, and teacher that I booked the classes, she have conversational classes and it’s very nice because you have one hour of conversation with her and she correct your mistakes and she explain what you can do or you can’t do in a conversation and she uses the phrases that come out of your mouth to explain what you have to do or don’t have to do.
So she is helping me a lot to improve my English and have a more perfect English, and she gives me a lot of homework that are helping me a lot and I gained new experiences with my English. In July I went to a conference and I’ll probably talk more about this conference in another post, and in this conference there was these foreign guys and the only way that I was able to talk to them was using English because they don’t speak Portuguese and I only speak Portuguese, which is my mother language and English, which is the language that I’m learning, and I don’t know any other foreign languages. So the only way was able to talk to them was using English, and the conversation was very nice and I understood everything that they said (and I hope that they understood everything that I said because they didn’t ask me to repeat myself any time so I hope that they understood me). It was very nice, a very cool experience to add in this year.
The other thing that I’m realizing is when I’m listening to my favorite songs, I’m not reading the lyrics, and I’m understanding more the lyrics even though I didn’t read the lyrics any time. I kind of told a little bit about it in the second audio post that I recorded. I’m more capable to understand what native English speakers are saying. If you’re listening to this and are studying English I hope you are becoming fluent as I am. I hope that one day we meet and talk in English and have some fun.
I don’t want to make these audio posts a journey of my English learning. I want to be free to about everything in my blog but if I have some news to tell about my English learning I will probably make another post about that. So see you next time.