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September 06, 2004

The Art of English Conversation

Mike Guest's regular column in last Friday's Daily Yomiuri offered Japanese students of English "eight language usage hints on how to influence and improve interactions with non-Japanese." These "interpersonal language habits and skills" are remedies to very common problems seen when Japanese try to actually put the English they have learned in the classroom to use in real communication. They include such things as not overanalyzing your sentence structure and grammar, not worrying about always using full sentences, and not turning a conversation into an interview. And there was the old favorite - avoiding the use of cool slang, except for very advanced speakers. Conversation an art, not a science (link will expire)

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