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BBC六分钟英语听力精选: Learning English 学习英语

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大家好,欢迎收听BBC六分钟英语听力精选,我们将会给你带来各种各样的消息新闻,今天要说的是需要多少时间学习英语的话题。
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你要多长时来学习英语呢?

你会用多少时间来学习英语呢?

答案取决于很多因素,例如你的积极性、你的年龄等。但是你从不会因为年龄过大的原因而不能通过一些技巧来加快你的学习效率。

今天跟随Rob和Finn在这档6分钟英语节目里学习一些技巧,并且了解我们新的BBC英语学习课程。

本周问题:

根据2011年英国的人口普查所得数据显示,在英国不是以英语为第一母语的人数概率是多少呢?

a) 1.7%

b) 7.7%

c) 14.7%

听力内容:

Learning English

NB: This is not a word-for-word transcript

Rob: Hello I'm Rob. Welcome to 6 Minute English. I'm joined today by Finn. Hi Finn.

Finn: Hello Rob.

Rob: Today we're talking about something we have some expertise in or knowledge about. That's teaching English.

Finn: That's right Rob. We work on the BBC's Learning English website - hopefully giving people around the world a helping hand in learning a language that isn't the one they usually use.

Rob: Well hopefully we're about to make that learning journey a bit easier as we launch a brand new online course. But how long does it take someone to become a fluent speaker of English?

Finn: A good question Rob and one we'll try to answer today. We'll also be discussing some general ways to make learning English easier and explaining some learning-related vocabulary along the way. So let's get started Rob.

Rob: Hold your horses Finn – not so fast! I have a question to ask you first. According the last UK census taken in 2011, what percentage of the British population speaks a first language that is not English?

a) 1.7%

b) 7.7%

c) 14.7%

Finn: That's an interesting one. My first guess is c) 14.7%.

Rob: We'll find out if you are right or wrong later. So now we can discuss how learning English is getting easier. Of course there are a huge number of publications – books, leaflets and magazines – that can help teach you but there are those people who say that you can't beat the real thing – a teacher. Someone who can explain a language to you face-to-face.

Finn: Yes but that comes at a cost and isn't always practical – you might not have a school nearby. That's why in the 21st Century, online seems to be the main method of learning. Technology is allowing the English language to come to you!

Rob: That's true and that's why we've launched a brand new English course that's available on a computer, tablet or mobile phone. It's aimed at intermediate learners and charts a pathway through the various aspects of the language.

Finn: We hope that by committing around 15 minutes a day to using it, a learner will see a real improvement in their English knowledge and skill. But as well as using the resources available online, how else can someone help themselves to get a better grasp – a better understanding - of English?

Rob: Well if someone wants to become a confident speaker of English, trainer Richard Hallows has some tips. Have a listen and see if you can hear what are the two main aspects of English that you need.

INSERT

Richard Hallows – trainer in speaking English

I think there are lots of things, but most importantly, you've got to have a good range of vocabulary and grammar. You need to know lots of words, the more words you know the better, obviously, and similarly with grammar, the more grammar you have the better you can explain yourself. We also need to think about pronunciation - learners of English often worry about speaking like a native speaker… it's not necessary to have a native accent.

Rob: OK, so Richard says you need a good range – or a wide variety - of vocabulary and grammar. The more words you know the more you can say – and the more grammar you know, the better you can say it…

Finn: Or even write it! One other tip is don't try to sound like a native – so someone who speaks English as a first language. All these are things we aim to cover in our new course.

Rob: Our new course might be a big help to you if you need English for your work, or if you're studying in English, or if you're planning to visit or even live in the UK. The British government expects immigrants to reach ESOL Entry 3 or B1 level, before they can be granted citizenship. It's equivalent to being able to hold a reasonably confident basic conversation.

Finn: Well in the UK it's estimated that you need around 360 hours of study to get to that stage from not knowing any English at all. But this depends on a number of factors such as motivation – how much you want to learn.

Rob: And age can be a factor. Some experts say it's common for children under the age of 11 to be very immersed and be fluent in English in about six months.

But why should someone choose to learn English? This is something we've been asking you on our Facebook page.

Finn: Oussama says: "It's like my passport. You need it wherever you go."

Rob: Suzuki says: "It is an international communication tool."

Finn: Ha thinks it's: "The key to getting a good job with a high salary."

Rob: And Denis says: "It's the language that opens doors overseas." Thanks for all of your messages.

Finn: But now Rob, I need to know if I got today's question right.

Rob: Yes. I asked you, according the last UK census taken in 2011, what percentage of the British population speaks a first language that is not English?

Finn: I said 14.7%.

Rob: You were wrong. The census found 7.7% per cent of people in the UK have a first language that is not English. That's 4.2 million people. Now Finn, could you remind us of some of the learning-related vocabulary that we've heard today.

Finn: Yes, we heard:

expertise

a helping hand

fluent

face-to-face

pathway

resources

grasp

native

motivation

immersed

Rob: Thanks. That's it for today. We hope you've enjoyed today's programme. Don't forget to check our new website at bbclearningenglish.com. We'll be back with another 6 Minute English next week. Happy learning!

Both: Bye.

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