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How Do You Deliver A Good Vocabulary With A Punch? At Home? At Work? With Friends? Good Advice From English Tang

“As I appear on the stage and start to pour my effective vocabulary and punches into the audience, the good show begins,” said English Tang (鄧英敏), one of the most celebrated masters of ceremonies in Hong Kong. He continued, “Speaking well requires skill and an eye for detail. It is composed of 4 elements: substance, reasonableness, orderliness and vividness. If your words do not live up to any good substance, they will be dismissed as poppycock! The points expressed must be reasonable. When they are not, nobody would place any faith in what you said. Controlling a conversation properly is also important and so you need a list of orderly points to be presented. Somewhere, things must be attractive and vivid while you convey in words. There are no un-interesting things, only un-interesting people.”

Tang, after graduating from high school, worked in Hong Kong Television Broadcast as an actor in 1974. He said, “I did not act too well at that time but I was very well-spoken, smart and funny. Both my boss and tutor told me I should be a master of ceremonies. I listened to them and became the host of TV shows. That changed my life. Now, I am an old broom which still sweeps clean. Its incredible! I have been doing the job for more than 40 years.”

I asked, “I know you wrote books on the art of using language with fluency and aptness. I wonder if you could provide some practical tips for us in our day-to-day life?” English was very ready, “Firstly, let me tell you what to do in a workplace. Always be sweet but not too sweet. You have to talk warmly, supportively and responsibly. Responsibly means being honest and helpful. The truth may sometimes disturb your superior or colleague but you still have to communicate sincerely. In the long run, you may not gain their full liking but surely their respect and trust.”

I looked into more, “How about at home?” English chortled, “Getting along with family members and handling relatives do not need a good speech. One should convert his speech ideas into caring behaviours. Let them feel that you are always ‘staying-in-the-loop’, ‘ready-to-talk’ and ‘willing-to-help’. My mother-in-law is in her 90s. She used to live in Kowloon City with a domestic helper. I did not really talk to her on a daily basis. She recently fell sick and I immediately invited her to live with our family. She has limited mobility and I push her in a wheelchair to catch some rays in the balcony. She did not utter a word of strong affection but simply shows a smile of appreciation of kindness.”

I was amazed, “How do you talk well to friends?” English paused a while, “There are 2 types of friends: friends and business friends. Someone suggested this: a friendship founded on business is better than a business founded on friendship. Pure friendship is for fun and not for any ulterior motive. If you make friends for a concealed reason like monetary exploitation, you will be a traitor. Be easy with friends. You talk as much or as little as they want you to. You should not discuss religion, politics or personal life unless your friend is totally comfortable. When you talk to someone and the conversation often dies down, it may imply you are not cheerful enough.  For business friends, the gist is not sweet talk but sincerely helping each other”

True eloquence consists of saying all that should be said will be effectively said, without irrelevance or long-windedness. Do not be afraid to lose a friend if your talking does not work. Some ‘friends’ will forgive your clumsy style and accept you provided that you fit their expectations. The great meaning of conversation is communication and not communality—it is sometimes wonderful to shut yourself down and stop talking to anyone for days, at least not talking just to please a friend or secure a relationship.


【English Tang’s talk show - Acknowledgement: Cupid Producer】

【Interview of Mr. Chow Yung Fat by English Tang - Acknowledgement: friend of Mr. Tang】

【Interview of Teresa Teng by English Tang - Acknowledgement: TVB】

【English Tang’s music video - Acknowledgement: Double One Production Co. Ltd】

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Walt Whitman
and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body.
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My partner doesn’t speak English as a first language and I do. I am also a master’s student who has learnt to value a particular kind of speech complexity, and as a result he finds it significantly easier than I do to understand and be understood by other people whose first language isn’t English (wherever they are from).

That encompasses the majority of both of our colleagues and mutual friends, and I consider him to have a kind of fluency that is important and that I lack, at the same time as I have a kind of fluency that he can’t replicate (not least because he hasn’t spent 8 years reading variously jargon-fuelled (often translated) sociology (etc.) texts). He has a kind of fluency that is particularly important to me as I intend to work support migrants in the UK and I can’t quickly learn all languages.

If fluency is about communicating clearly, then mine is situational. The language flows in different ways.


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The best way to tell if you’re fluent in a different language is to find a YouTuber who YouTubes in that language and watch their videos. If you understand what’s going on, great, you’re fluent! If you catch one in every three words, you need to watch a lot more YouTube.

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whumpoktóber dayy 21: infection

i.. don’t have any context or elaboration for this, sorry. just what i first thought of when i saw these prompt.

vince is essentially wearing haggars cloak with the spoopy robo eye and larmina’s outfit is a mix of her uniform in eps 1-2 pseudo merged with vf cossack (drule commander who shows up every now and then)’s uniform.

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Hi there! I'm a native English speaker and I started learning Italian by doing Duolingo about a year ago. It's nice but I know it won't get me to fluency, but I'm not sure what should I focus on studying next? Verb forms/conjunctions? Memorizing vocab? Listening? Other grammar stuff like direct objects? I don't have anyone to practice talking with so where would you suggest I start working on my own? -@ettasschoolstuff (my studyblr)

Disclaimer: I don’t know what the Italian Duolingo course is made up of.

To reach fluency in a language you need to convert the skills and knowledge you already have acquired in actual competence.

Identify what your weak spots are and work on fortifying your mastery of new vocabulary and grammar, be it verb conjugations or using different tenses in the same sentence. If you think it’d be helpful to strengthen parts of Italian grammar such as personal pronouns or verb conjugations that are still grey for you, then do so.

The way it works for me is by exposing myself in some way to my target language, either by reading in said language or, in case you can’t talk to natives, by listening to native speakers interact with each (for example in films or YouTube videos). That way you get to be aware of what your strengths and limits   are. For instance, if you realise your listening skills are better or better trained than your speaking and writing skills, then work on them, although sometimes even natives might be better at one thing than the other. If you see you lack most basic vocabulary but your grammar mostly fine, then strengthen that.

An approach to obtain fluency is to use your target language regularly in both your personal life (which deals with the world of emotions, your family, friends and yourself) and in shared environments, in which you have to use your target language to communicate with people at shops, parks, on the bus, etc.

I think books and films/videos are super useful because even though you don’t live in your target language country, you’re still able to see actual natives interact in those situations. It’s not the same as doing it first-hand, but it’s something. Hope this helps :)

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Anyone who aims to improve their French this year can profit from this video, in which Laura Maliszewska lays out her structured goals and implementation plans for improving her French. She is a native Pole, who is fluent in English (to degree level) and understands at least 5 other languages besides. Advancing in French has been her goal for a while now, and she has a far more organised method for improving than I do, to be quite honest. Great video. 

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Genderfluency/Genderfluence: someone whose gender is easily able to flow (change or fluctuate) freely; a gender moving along or out steadily and continuously in a current or stream; when genders go from one place to another in a steady stream, typically in large numbers; the amplusian combination of genderfree and genderfluid (genderflux or genderflow).

Using neutrois in the middle mixed with genderfluid flag. Genderfluent is the adjective, could be also called freefluid or fluidfree (just as fluidflux). [Image: 5 stripes of pink, white, green, black and blue] - Ap

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