This book is specially written for beginners of English and those who want to learn English well again
When I was planning to write this book, I had in my mind a summer day in 1966 when I was determined to learn English.
At that time, I just graduated from high school and went to university. I didn’t know how to face the challenges of college life in the next four years. Fortunately, with the encouragement of my classmate Cao Jinxi, I vowed to learn English well.
Cao got 98 points in the college entrance examination. Since he was five years old, he has been in contact with American families, and he has become so fluent that even foreigners can’t hear English with a foreign accent.
He is my example! In order to learn English as well as him, I asked him the secret of learning English. He said the following:
“If you want to learn English well, you must first know how to speak mang language, that is, you must think of yourself as a newborn and learn to speak from the beginning.”
After listening to what he said, I have no doubt, because we can speak and write Chinese fluently today. Didn’t we learn to speak from our infancy?
Today’s teaching system pays too much attention to examinations and grammar, so that students in Taiwan are forced to read boring English articles every day. Even though they have studied English for six years in middle schools, they are dumb and unable to speak a word when they meet foreigners.
I visited Egypt a few years ago. Almost all the local children can talk to me in English.
The reason why they can speak English is that the school English education pays attention to listening and speaking skills.
After learning the basic spoken language, these children make use of their holidays to do hawker business with tourists. After a long time, their English ability will naturally improve by leaps and bounds. My personal learning process of oral English is roughly the same, that is, speaking frequently, speaking frequently!
On that Midsummer Day in 1966, accompanied by my classmate Cao, I went to a bookstore on Chongqing South Road in Taipei City and bought a copy of the five week conversation between China and the United States.
This book is a very simple English conversation book. There are only three or four dialogues in each lesson.
At that time, I was poor in English, but I could understand the conversation. After I bought the book, I chewed it.
When I am familiar with the basic sentence patterns, I will recite them anytime and anywhere. When I go out on Sundays, I look everywhere for places where foreigners come and go (such as churches, American communities, etc.), and when I see foreigners, I take the initiative to chat up with them.
It’s common for foreigners to say wrong words and use wrong words, but I’m not shy and I don’t shrink back.
In this way, I have more and more opportunities to speak English, and also give me more opportunities to use the basic conversational sentence patterns in the book. Of course, the progress of my English ability is predictable.
A few years later, I can pass the TOEFL test with high scores and go to the United States to study at public expense, which is the foundation laid by this period.
Today, 33 years later, I am a teacher of English.
Looking back on my English learning process, I can’t help but write a basic conversation book for those who want to learn English from the beginning. I hope to encourage these people to go through the learning process I have experienced, lay a solid foundation in English, and lead to the palace of mastering English.
Inspired by this mood, my Ivy colleagues and I planned to write this book.
This book has the following features:
1. The content is simple and practical;
2. Complete annotation, eliminate all blind spots, and learn to understand by heart;
3. Examples should be attached to words and sentence patterns to help readers get familiar with the usage of words;
4. There are exercises in each class to match the text.
The compilation of this book is extremely time-consuming, thanks to the cooperation of all Ivy editors Zhou Ren, especially the support of Carlos Souza, a foreign consultant, who carried out the editing of Huang Wenling and the drawing of the art editor. Without their contributions, the book would not have been so well proofread.
About the author: Professor Lai Shixiong, male, was born in Nanjing in 1948. His ancestral home is Yongchun, Guangxi. His highest degree is a master’s degree in mass communication and English teaching, as well as a doctoral program in the University of Minnesota.
He has been an international interpreter and translator for many times. In 1998, he founded Ivy League Analytical English magazine and published professional English learning magazines and books. He has been a lecturer of English teaching programs in more than ten well-known radio stations.
In March 2003, the Lai Shixiong intelligent network cultural and educational institution was founded, which is committed to the research and development of children’s American language teaching materials, expanding the cause of children’s American language teaching franchise, with a view to taking root in English education since childhood.
On October 31, 2003, China Book Business Daily selected Lai Shixiong as one of the top ten English teachers in China.
Lai Shixiong’s American English from scratch series is a series of audio textbooks specially compiled for zero basic English learners and English lovers who want to learn English from scratch. This book breaks the traditional teaching mode and starts with sound, so that learners can easily enter the palace of English learning.
Data features: the content is simple, easy to learn, fresh and interesting. Designed for beginners who want to learn daily conversation well, so that you can speak simple daily English in the shortest time.
The course is well designed and the dialogue is simple and practical.
There are 60 dialogues in the book, which are used in daily life. The content is gradual and easy to learn.
Abandon dogmatic grammar explanation: instead of dogmatic grammar explanation, explain the sentence structure of the article one by one, and abandon the previous way of memorizing, which is helpful to understand and absorb easily. Examples are attached to important words.
Important words are attached with examples, through which we can use words and phrases flexibly to improve our writing ability.