轻松英语：学会像一个由A.J.Hoge的本地人一样说英语Effortless English: Learn To Speak English Like A Native by A.J. Hoge
Chapter 1: A Better Way to Learn English
Chapter 2: The Problem with Schools
Chapter 3: Psychology Is More Important Than Grammar and Vocabulary
Chapter 4: Your Beliefs Determine Your English Success
Chapter 5: English Is A Physical Sport
Chapter 6: Use Big Real World Goals To Motivate Yourself For Success
Chapter 7: Program Your Brain For English Success
Chapter 8: Babies Learn Best — The Effortless English™ Engine
Chapter 9: The First Rule – Learn Phrases Not Words
Chapter 10: The Second Rule: Grammar Study Kills Your English Speaking
Chapter 11: The Third Rule: Learn With Your Ears, Not With Your Eyes
Chapter 12: The Fourth Rule – Repetition Is The Key To Spoken Mastery
Chapter 13: The Fifth Rule: Learn Grammar Intuitively And Unconsciously
Chapter 14: The Sixth Rule: Learn Real English And Trash Your Textbooks
Chapter 15: The Seventh Rule: Learn English With Compelling Stories
Chapter 16: Your Daily English Learning Plan
Chapter 17: The Power of Pleasure Reading
Chapter 18: The Secret To Good English Writing
Chapter 19: Why You Should Not Practice Speaking
Chapter 20: English Is The Language Of International Business
Chapter 21: How To Give Powerful English Presentations
Chapter 22: English Connects You With The World
Chapter 23: The Effortless English Code and Mission
About The Author
A.J. Hoge is the founder and director of Effortless English LLC, and co-founder of
Learn Real English and Business English Conversations. He has been described as
“the world’s #1 English teacher” and is famous as the host of The Effortless English
Show, with over 41,000,000 downloads worldwide. He has a master’s degree in
TESOL and has been teaching English since 1996. A.J. teaches seminars around the
world on the topics of English, public speaking, effective training methods, career
development, and online marketing.
A.J.Hoge是Effortless English LLC的创始人和董事，也是
A Better Way to Learn English
If you’ve picked up this book, chances are you’ve wanted to speak English for a
while. Maybe you’ve even taken classes. You probably need English to improve
your career. Maybe you want to travel internationally or study abroad. You know
that English is the key to international business and international travel. So let me
ask you something.
Do you feel nervous or shy when you try to speak English? Do you still struggle
to understand what someone is saying to you despite years of study? Are you
embarrassed about your pronunciation or worried you speak too slowly? Are you
frustrated that despite all the time you’ve invested in learning English you still can’t
speak it? Despite your goals, is it difficult for you to actually use English in your
job, travels, or studies? Do you sometimes feel that you’ll never master spoken
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you’re not alone. In fact, you’re
fairly typical. Most English students feel this way. Most adult English learners are
stressed and frustrated about their speaking ability. Some feel completely hopeless
and feel they’ll never be able to speak English powerfully. Not because they’re bad
at languages, but because, like you, they’ve been taught using the wrong methods.
The good thing is that it doesn’t have to be like this. There is nothing wrong with
you. You can learn to speak English naturally and with ease. You can use English
effectively in your job, travels, and studies. You can feel relaxed and confident
every time you speak English. In fact, as a long-time English teacher, I’ve helped
thousands of students all over the world become fluent and powerful English
How did I do it? I did it using a teaching method I developed called Effortless
English™. Effortless English™ enables you to learn English naturally and
automatically – the way children learn before they enter school. Too often, English
classes get so focused on tests, textbooks, grades and “levels,
” students forget why
they’re there in the first place. They forget about the real world goals of a more
successful career and exciting international travel. With Effortless English™ you
never lose sight of the fact that the ultimate goal of learning a language is
communication. Instead, you learn to speak English both quickly and with more
英语™. 轻松学习英语™ 使你能自然地学习英语
Effortless?I understand if you’re skeptical – particularly if you’ve been trying to learn English
the traditional way. You’ve put in the hours: memorizing vocabulary lists, doing
grammar drills, reading boring textbooks. “How?” you’re thinking,
English possibly be effortless?”
Believe me, I feel your pain.
Back when I started teaching 15 years ago, my students were all excited to begin
conversing in English. And I was excited to help them. At that time, I taught in the
usual way. I used textbooks and I focused on teaching grammar. I thought this was
the best way to teach, and none of my students complained.
I still remember one particularly intelligent student of mine from Venezuela
named Gladys. Gladys was determined to speak English well. Talk about effort!
Gladys attended every one of my classes. She always sat in the center of the front
row. I can still picture her eager and smiling face. She took detailed notes. She
listened to every word I said. She also studied at home. Every day Gladys studied
her English textbooks for four hours or more. She also tried to learn 50 new
vocabulary words by memorizing word lists. Gladys was my star student and I, too,
was sure she would succeed.
Six months later, however, she still could barely speak English. Her speech was
hesitant and unnatural. She constantly made grammar mistakes with even the
simplest sentences. Her pronunciation was difficult to understand. She still thought
in Spanish and tried to translate to and from English when she spoke. Worst of all,
Gladys felt nervous every time she tried to speak English. Speaking English was a
painful experience for her.
Gladys was extremely frustrated. After so much effort, she had barely improved.
As her teacher, I too was frustrated. I was sure Gladys would improve quickly and
couldn’t understand why she had not. I followed all of the traditional teaching
methods. I used the standard textbooks and the standard classroom activities. Gladys
was intelligent, disciplined and consistent, and yet her English speaking barely
Sadly, I realized that Gladys wasn’t the only one who had not improved. Her
classmates also had barely improved. It was frustrating, and I felt like a complete
failure as a teacher. But when I asked my colleagues for help, it turned out they had
the same problem – very few of their students were improving either! At that point,
I realized something was wrong – something is wrong with standard methods for
teaching English. The worst part for me was that everyone accepted this situation as
“normal.” The other teachers didn’t seem to be concerned about their students’ lack
of progress. All the teachers were using the same methods and getting the same
In most parts of the world, students study English in school for years. Yet, the vast
majority of them never learn to speak English well. After years of study, they still
have trouble with real English conversations. They still feel nervous and shy about
A few years after my experience with Gladys, I got a job as an English teaching
assistant in Japan. I was excited and eager to help these young students learn my
language. I still remember my first day. I was sitting at the front of the class next to
the main teacher, who was Japanese. As the students came into the room, they saw
me and giggled nervously. They sat down and continued to shyly glance up at me.
They were sweet and curious.
Then the class started. The main teacher wrote an English sentence on the board. I
don’t remember the exact sentence, but it was something like,
“The little girl goes to
school.” The teacher pointed to the sentence and began to talk in Japanese.
The students all grabbed their notebooks and began writing. Everyone was very serious.
Next, the teacher circled the word “goes.” She pointed at the word and continued
speaking in Japanese. She talked and talked and talked, in Japanese. The students
wrote quickly, filling their notebooks with information. Finally, the teacher drew a
line from the word “goes” to the word “girl.” And then she talked more, on and on
and on, in Japanese.
This continued for the entire class. The teacher drew lines, circles, and squares.
She used different colored chalk. And she continued speaking Japanese.
I was totally confused. I am a native speaker of English, and I was sitting in a
beginning English class. Yet I could not understand anything in the class (except for
that one sentence). I was thinking to myself,
“What could this teacher possibly be
talking about so much?
It’s just one sentence.” Yet the teacher spent an entire hour
analyzing, explaining, and dissecting that one simple sentence. Finally, at the end of
the class, the teacher asked me to read the sentence aloud “for pronunciation.” I read
the sentence a couple of times, and that was the only real English input the students
got that day.
Sadly, this same pattern repeated every day. Day by day, I watched the students’
enthusiasm and curiosity disappear. They became bored. They became stressed and
confused. Every day they wrote pages of notes, mostly in Japanese. Every day the
teacher talked and talked and talked, mostly in Japanese. I couldn’t understand why
an English class was being taught mostly in Japanese. During the average class, the
students were listening to Japanese 90% of the time or more. They heard very little
English. No wonder they never learned to speak! No wonder they were frustrated
Honestly, it broke my heart to watch as the school crushed these students’ natural
love of learning. It was terrible to watch them grow bored, frustrated, and stressed.
And six months later, none of the students could speak to me at all, not even the
simplest conversation. This kind of situation is repeated in English classes all over
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