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Harry Qiu began learning English as a young boy in Shanghai, China. Over the years, he became fluent and later came

to the United States for college.

Qiu now attends Dickinson College in the state of Pennsylvania, where he studies international relations.

The meaning of the word 'fluent' is: fluent - adj. able to speak a language easily and very well

Well, do you want to fluent in English like Herry Qiu? He is not the local English speaking before, he is a young boy

in Shanghai, China.

Of course, you are Thai. But what difference between you and Qiu? You have to think that you can do it.

Many thanks, today for Google Translate together with G Grammarly.

 

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Five Tips for Great Language Exchanges

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Five Tips for Great Language Exchanges
 

Harry Qiu began learning English as a young boy in Shanghai, China. Over the years, he became fluent, and later came to the United States for college.

Qiu now attends Dickinson College in the state of Pennsylvania, where he studies international relations.

There, he is learning two more languages – Russian and Japanese. And through the school, he gets to talk one-on-one with native speakers on Skype. For example, when he meets with his Japanese partner, Qiu helps his partner practice English. His partner helps him practice Japanese.

We call this a language exchange.

Such exchanges can be one of the best ways to improve your conversation skills. Qiu says they have given him the chance to experience the difference between real life conversation and classroom learning.

Colleges and universities are not the only places offering language exchanges.

Today, there are many websites and apps designed to connect language learners around the world. Popular sites like Conversation Exchange, Lingo Globe, Easy Language Exchange and The Mixxer offer an almost endless number of partners to choose from.

But doing an exchange without knowing what to expect can sometimes lead to wasted time. So today, we have five tips for how to have a great language exchange.

Tip 1- What to ask yourself

Experts say the first step is ask yourself some important questions.

Todd Bryant is a language technology specialist who runs The Mixxer, a website with more than 35,000 active users. The free service began at Dickinson College. But it is meant for people around the world looking for practice partners.

Bryant says the most important question to ask yourself is why you want to learn the language.

People who have a serious reason for learning a language are usually more dependable exchange partners. These reasons can include, for example, moving to another country or using the language for work. Less serious reasons might be wanting to meet new people or use the language for an overseas vacation.

Another question to ask yourself, Bryant says, is how much free time you really have.

“And then also think about how much time you're willing to spend on this so you can then find a good match. ‘Are you willing to spend an hour or two more per week to do this?’”

In addition, consider your preferences. Are you looking for speaking practice or do you prefer written messages? If you are seeking speaking practice, would you rather have video meetings or meet in person?

Knowing your preferred method will help you choose the right website or app. Some websites, for example, list people’s cities, so you can easily make plans to meet partners in person. Others do not.

Doing a language exchange can be an excellent way to practice the language you want to learn.
Doing a language exchange can be an excellent way to practice the language you want to learn.

 

Tip 2 - Find the right partner

Now, you are ready for tip 2 - finding the right partner.

As I said earlier, many of these websites can have hundreds of partners to choose from in the language you want to learn. So how can you limit your search?

Bryant says, when reading profiles, look for some important signs.

“People who have been on the site and have been active and have a reason to learn the language are much more likely to be good partners than people who have been on the site for a week and don’t really have their profile filled out and haven’t been active and are learning six languages.”

Another thing to keep in mind is that it is better to find at least two exchange partners. People lead busy lives and one person may not be available every week.

Tip 3 - State your expectations

Once you do find a person who seems like a good fit, be clear about what your expectations are in the first email. That’s tip number 3.

Explain to the person things such as how long you’d like meetings to be and how often you’d like to meet. And, for example, if you plan to meet in person, say if you are fine with noisy places or only quieter places.

Bryant says expressing expectations in advance will give the partnership a higher chance of going well. But, he notes, avoid being too rigid. For example, if you’re hoping for Wednesday nights every week, you’ll have better luck if you state other times that also could work for you.

Greg Scott is a Japanese-to-English translator based in Australia. He wrote for Lingualift.com about his early days of learning English . In the story, he noted that it was easier for him to have unplanned Skype meetings with his exchange partner because of his busy work schedule. But this plan was something both partners agreed on.

Tip 4 - Come prepared

Now, let’s say you have secured a partner and your first meeting is in a few days. You are ready for tip 4: prepare ahead of time.

Before each meeting, prepare some questions on a topic of your choice. That will give you the chance to look up related words as well as think about your own answers.

Preparing topics ahead of time will also help you avoid having nothing to say at your meetings, notes Bryant.

“Otherwise, you might find yourself 10 minutes in and you’ve already gone through the ‘What do you do for a living?’ and ‘if you like to travel’ kind of questions and you have nothing else to say.”

Or, you’ll find that you keep talking about the same things at every meeting, which you want to avoid.

If you have the exchange meetings online, it may be a good idea to have a separate Skype account.
If you have the exchange meetings online, it may be a good idea to have a separate Skype account.

 

Tip 5 – Focus on communication

Now we move to tip 5 – focusing on communication.

One thing to keep in mind during meetings is that the main goal is conversation practice. So i t’s important to let your partner speak freely, even if they make mistakes.

Bryant recommends giving only one or two corrections after each piece of dialogue.

Qiu says he corrects a partner only if the person is struggling to think of a word or cannot finish a sentence.

“If they are trying to speak fluently, you don’t really want to disturb that tempo…so you just definitely keep them speaking.”

Qui's advice to people who want to try a language exchange is simple: Don't be afraid to make mistakes!

I’m Alice Bryant.

 

Alice Bryant wrote this story for Learning English. Ashley Thompson was the editor.

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More Tips from Experts

  • Avoid sites that post only profiles of young, attractive people on their homepage. It may be a sign the site is more for meeting people than language practice.
  • Be aware that some websites are free but others charge fees to use their services.
  • If you plan to only have online meetings, you can use a separate Skype or other video account for privacy.
  • Agree in advance on the amount of time you will spend on each language; it is best to split the time equally.
  • Stay in each target language during meetings. For example, if you are practicing Japanese, do not use any other language.
  • Avoid using the meetings as grammar lessons. Do not expect your partner to act like a grammar teacher.

And don't forget to have fun!

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Words in This Story

fluent - adj. able to speak a language easily and very well

practice - v. to do something again and again in order to become better at it

conversation - n. an informal talk involving two people or a small group of people

app - n. a computer program that performs a special function

tip - n. a piece of advice or expert or authoritative information

preference - n. a feeling of liking or wanting one person or thing more than another person or thing

rigid - adj. not willing to change

translator - n. a person who changes words spoken or written in one language into a different language

focus - v. to direct your attention or effort at something specific

dialogue - n. a piece of conversation between two or more people

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6 Minute English

INTERMEDIATE LEVEL

Perfume: what your smell says about you

EPISODE 180503 / 03 MAY 2018

Many people choose to wear perfume or aftershave to make themselves smell good. But do they know the affect the scents have on people around them. Listen to this discussion about smells and learn some useful vocabulary too.

This week's question:

How much is the perfume industry in the UK worth each year?

a) £650 million

b) £970 million

c) £1.3 billion

Listen to the programme to find out the answer.

Vocabulary

odorant
something that smells

trigger/catalyst
something that can make something else happen

give off
send unspoken information

underestimate
don’t take those messages seriously

to mess with someone
not to take someone seriously

Transcript

Note: This is not a word for word transcript

Neil
Hello welcome to 6 Minute English. I'm Neil. 

Dan
And I'm Dan.

Neil
In this programme, we going to hear from someone who smells smells for a living. Although these are very expensive smells - smells that we wear deliberately to make us smell good.

Dan
Ah, you mean scents and perfumes?

Neil
Yes and perfumes are big business. And that is the topic of our quiz in this programme. How much is the perfume industry in the UK worth each year?

a)    £650 million

b)    £970 million

c)    £1.3 billion

Dan
Well, I don't nose this – smell, nose - this is just a guess, but I’ll say £970 million. 

Neil
Well, I’ll let you know the answer a little later in the programme. Now let’s hear from Roja Dove, who is a perfumer. He designs and creates very exclusive and very expensive perfumes. In a recent BBC video he talked about the power of smells. What does he say there is a very deep psychological connection between? 

Roja Dove
…who we are as a personality and the type of smells we like. When we are born, the part of our brain which deals with smell is empty so we learn our response to smell. And then when we smell that odorant again it’s like a trigger or a catalyst that will revive the original associational memory.

Neil
So Dan, what does he say there is a very deep psychological connection between?

Dan
Between our personality and the kind of smells we like. The point he is making is that the smells we experience when we are very young can have a big psychological impact on us even later in life.

Neil
I know that feeling – smell is a very powerful sense. The smell of something can take you right back in time and fill you with emotions.

Dan
Exactly. For example, when I walk through the perfume area of a department store I always feel a bit nostalgic because I can smell the perfume my mum first girlfriend used to wear. It’s a powerful sensation.

Neil
Dove used particular words and expression to describe this, didn’t he?

Dan
Yes, first he used the word odorant to describe the smell. It’s not really a common word. We use it more frequently as part of the word deodorant, which is something we buy to cover up what we think of as the unpleasant natural smell of our bodies. These odorants, he said, can act as the trigger or catalyst for these memories. Both the nouns trigger and catalyst refer to something that causes a particular response. So a particular smell can be a trigger or catalyst for a particular emotion.

Neil
As well as being a trigger for memories, smells can, according to Dove, say a lot about your personality. Here he is again talking about the kind of scent to wear if you want to give a particular impression. What does he say these scents make you appear very strong at?

Roja Dove
The idea of the message you give off with scent I think can’t be underestimated. My suggestion would be to look for very, very woody, mossy, structured scents called Chypres if the message you want to put across is that you are someone not to be messed with, very, very strong in business, or whatever – just not to be messed with.

Neil
So what do the scents he described make you seem strong at?

Dan
Business, they can make you seem very, very strong in business.

Neil
Mmm, and how does he explain that?

Dan
Well, he says that some scents give off a particular message. The phrasal verb give off is often used to describe something that we broadcast about ourselves without saying anything. So he’s saying that our scent, our perfume, can give off a message about the kind of person we are and that we shouldn’t underestimate that. If you underestimate something you don’t give it as much importance as it should have, you don’t take it seriously enough.

Neil
He then goes on to talk about the particular scent that gives off the impression of being very strong in business.

Dan
Yes, it’s a woody, mossy scent which suggests that you are not someone to be messed with.

Neil
Not to be messed with?

Dan
Yes – someone to be taken seriously, someone who is serious who you don’t want to try and trick. 

Neil
Right and talking of tricking – did we trick you with the quiz? I asked - What was the value of the perfume industry in the UK?

Dan
And I said it was £970 million.

Neil
And it was actually option c), which was an incredible £1.3 billion.

Dan
Wow! That is a lot of smelly stuff.

Neil
It is indeed! Right, now, time for vocabulary recap. What words and expressions did we have today?

Dan
Well, first we had odorant – an unusual word for something that smells.

Neil
Then two words with a very similar meaning: a trigger and a catalyst – both of which refer to something that can make something else happen. In this case it was a particular smell making us remember something from the past. So scents can sends us to the past. But they can also say something about our personality.

Dan
Yes, they can send unspoken information -  or give off messages. And these messages should not be underestimated. If you do underestimate the importance of smell, it means that you don’t take those messages seriously.

Neil
And finally we heard the phrase to mess with someoneTo mess with someone means that you don’t take them seriously, you cause them trouble and that may cause you trouble.

Dan
Well I certainly wouldn’t want to mess with you! Judging by the messages you’re giving off.

Neil
Ah you mean my aftershave? Makes me seem powerful?

Dan
I was thinking more of the egg sandwich you had for lunch. I really wouldn’t underestimate the power of that.

Neil
Ah! On that note, I think it’s time to end the programme. For more, find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube pages, and of course our website bbclearningenglish.com! Goodbye!

Dan
Goodbye!

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Improvement seen in Bangkok air quality

Jan 14. 2020

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The air quality in Bangkok is getting better while it remains unsafe in parts of the North, according to a report by the Pollution Control Department. 

The level of particulate matter less than 2.5 micrograms in diameter (PM2.5) per cubic metre in the air in Bangkok and surrounding areas averaged 27-57 micrograms per cubic metre on Tuesday (January 14).

The air quality standard guideline of Thailand’s Pollution Control Department stipulates that PM2.5 should not exceed 50mcg per cubic metre. The World Health Organisation prescribes that particulate matter should not exceed 25mcg per cubic metre in a 24-hour mean.

Seven areas in the capital have PM2.5 dust particle levels slightly above the safety standard of 50mcg per cubic metre. They are: Bang Khen, Phra Nakhon, Wang Thonglang, Bang Kho Laem, Khlong Toei, Khlong San, and Lak Si.

Meanwhile, in the northern region, PM2.5 averaged 26-90mcg per cubic metre, exceeding the 50mcg per cubic metre air quality standard in eight areas: Mae Sot district in Tak province, Muang district in Phayao province, Mae Moh and Muang districts in Lampang province, Muang district in Lamphun province, Mae Sai district in Chiang Rai province, Muang district in Chiang Mai province, and Muang district in Phrae province.

Government planning stronger measures to deal with pollution: Varawut

Jan 14. 2020

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Natural Resources and Environment Minister Varawut Silpa-archa has said the government is preparing stronger measures to tackle the dust and air pollution problem.
 

He said the government was looking at adopting the South Korean model of not allowing car use in the city.

Varawut added that the weather also played a part in the problem as there was a low-pressure cover over the area at the beginning of the year, which will get weaker in the middle of the year allowing the dust particles to be blown away.

He said the deputy PM had directed traffic police to closely monitor and arrest cars releasing black smoke.

 

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 FINISHED

January 15, 2020

 



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