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Say It Right Series

More Natural Speech!

Posted by John June 28, 2007 in the Group General Discussion.

I just wanted to call to everyone's attention that today's Upper Intermediate lesson, Experiencing Agricultural Life, uses an interview as the dialogue. This means that (1) it's all spontaneous, natural speech, rather than being scripted, and (2) it's longer than usual.

We tried this before with the 春节采访 lesson, and everyone liked it. The problem is that it involves a LOT of extra work. This is because we have to record first, then edit, then transcribe (as opposed to just write and record). This kind of lesson tends to be longer for the higher levels because in ordinary speech, people just don't often use a lot of high level vocabulary. For lower levels, natural speech often doesn't work well because it's too fast or unclear (which just ends up being frustrating for the learner).

Anyway, I hope you like today's lesson, and I am open to other ideas along these lines. Talk to me.

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