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Go to bizeigojutsu.com/freebizenglishlesson for the text lesson that goes with this podcast. Improve your business English through listening and shadowing practice. Join our business English weekend seminars on business presentation, global diversity, cross-cultural communications, teleconferencing / videoconferencing skills, or speaking with confidence.
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Special Lesson How to learn English through shadowing
As you know, we are big advocates, or supporters, of shadowing in order to improve a number of communication skills such as intonation, pronunciation, speaking smoothness, response time, memory, and so on. We previously posted an article on our skills blog that breaks down the method and benefits of shadowing in detail. You can find that link here in the notes.So for this week's free business English lesson, we decided it would be helpful for many to review the shadowing technique.About shadowing1. When shadowing, you are not listening and repeating. Instead you are trying to speak at the same time as the speaker. Of course perfect shadowing is impossible, but over time you will get better and better at the technique and your English fluency will increase dramatically.2. Focus on mimicking the native speaker's voice. This means that you should be focusing on intonation, speaking speed, rhythm, and pronunciation.3. Don't worry if you can't hear or say every word. In the beginning you may miss or skip many words. However, keep at it and you'll get better with practice.4. All of our free lessons are recorded in a format for shadowing. Step-by-step1. Listen to it!Our company will be holding a year-end party in December to commemorate another successful year.2. Check it!A year-end party = a party held in December = 忘年会To commemorate = to celebrate= 記念する／祝する3. Shadow it!Our company will be holding a year-end party in December to commemorate another successful year.A Year-end PartyMs. Jones: Mr. Okamoto, do you have a moment?Mr. Okamoto: Sure. What's on your mind?Ms. Jones: The year-end party is approaching and we still have a few details to work out.Mr. Okamoto: You're right. It's already December! Geez, time really does fly doesn't it!Ms. Jones: It sure does! So, the venue has already been decided, and most of the employees have turned in their RSVPs.Mr. Okamoto: Well, what else needs to be done?Ms. Jones: First of all, we need to decide who will give the opening speech and the kampai, or cheers.