First and foremost, you need to have the right frame of mind or mindset in order to attain English mastery.This is a harsh reality, by virtue of the fact that English is our global lingua franca today. As a matter of fact, it’s the Language of the 21st Century!
Putting this mindset into tactical terms, this means that you have got to integrate your learning of English into your everyday lifestyle.
In other words, you must not confine your learning of English to the spending of prescribed hours you are studying or learning in a classroom.
It is important for you to understand that English mastery also involves the acquisition of five critical skills sets:
as applied in your everyday experiences of the real world!
Seek every opportunity in your daily activities to learn and master English
◉ Reading an English story book regularly, or the daily English newspaper
◉ Watching an English movie without subtitles [you can always ‘Pause” and/or “Playback” to recap/review useful dialogues, words and phrases]
◉ Listening to pod-casts in English, or the English news broadcasts, like the BBC, or VOA
◉ Using your smartphone, fully loaded with “Learning English” applications, so that you can apply “just-in-time” learning or “learning on the go”
◉ Using FaceTime or Skype to converse with international friends who speak English
◉ Writing to international English-speaking pen-pals
◉ Calling up customer service of any MNC’s, and pretending to enquire about a new product or service, or put forward your complaint, in English of course
◉ Finding one daily news article in your native language, and translating it into English to the best of your ability; this is absolutely good practice to perfect your thinking and writing in English
◉ Watching YouTube video clips in English, and pausing in between to repeat what you have just heard; this is to practise your listening skills
Singing in the shower with English songs, to practise your pronunciation;
To seek opportunities to speak English (^ ^)/
Let’s study “Do” today.
Many will say “learn enough words and implement those in your conversations”. But it is easier said than done. You don’t need to learn all the words. You should just try to converse at your current level only. New words will automatically add up in your mind dictionary.
Do / did / done ☆
🔴 “Do” as auxiliary
◉ Do you like tennis?
◉ Yes, I do.
◉ How about her?
◉ She doesn’t play well.
◉ Did they like the film?
◉ Yes, they did.
◉ But Joe didn’t see it.
🔵 What are you doing?
“Do” as a general verb…
◉ What do you do to relax?
→ I listen to music.
◉ Don’t do that ,Mike!
◉ What are the people in the picture doing?
→ They’re dancing.
What do you do?
・What do you do = What is your job?
・What does your wife do? = What’s your wife’s job?
Do + task ☆
・do the housework
・do the gardening
・do the washing
・do your homework
・do some exercises
・do your best
◉ Did you do the washing this morning?
→ No, I’m going to do it later.
◉ Our company does a lot of business with the USA.
※ Make a note of any expressions with “do” that you find when you are reading in English
🔴 Write questions and answers about the people in the picture
(What are they doing?)
(Ask her job)
《 Answers 》
1. What is the boy doing?
→ He is eating an ice-cream.
2. What is the woman doing?
→ She is reading a book.
3. What are they doing?
→ They are playing tennis.
4. What is the dog doing?
→ It’s sleeping.
5. What does she do?
→ She is a doctor.
🔴 Correct the mistakes in this dialogue
A: Where did you went on your holidays? To London?
B: No, we don’t go to London this year. We went to Paris.
A: Do your grandmother lives in Japan?
B: No, she don’t but my uncle do.
《 Answer 》
A: Where did you go on your holidays? Yao London?
B: No, we didn’t go to London this year. We went to Paris.
A: Does your grandmother live in Japan?
B: No, she doesn’t but my uncle does.