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#20: How to speak -4

    The phrase "Repeat after me" is sometimes said by English teacher, and this repeating practice is useful for not only the improvement of our accent, rhythm, and intonation, but also our pronunciation. In this sense, I guess Repeating practice is superior to the Shadowing practice.
    I have been doing this practice. Especially I like repeating short sentences and words. Maybe I will write about how to increase our vocabulary but repeating words list one by one is one of my vocabulary building method.
    Repeating practice is useful especially for pronunciation practice like using IPA because being different for shadowing practice, we can make sure our voice. But we should remember one thing. We never start to speak our second language, no matter how much we repeat the language. Like shadowing, repeating practice is just a voice training. In other words this is something like a passive speaking I think. If we want to start speaking, we need active speaking training.

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    I agree with you on this point. And the point is that in our second language learning we cannot memorize things consciously as the long-term memory. In my opinion, we cannot deal with the long-term memory of our own will. And this is why "repetition is absolutely incapable of accounting for learning". Maybe we should not try to memorize something in our second language learning.

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    I agree with you on this point. If we consult a dictionary when we see someone dancing on the stage and try to say to the person "お尻振って~!! in English", we can find the English equivalent of "尻" is "buttock" or "hip". So most of us Japanese who are studying English may say to the dancing person "Shake your buttock!" or "Shake your hip!"
    However, maybe these expressions are unnatural, aren't they? Maybe we should say "Shake your butt!" or "Shake your hips!"
    But I have not heard someone saying "Shake your butt!" or "Shake your hips!". I have heard something like this. "Shake your booty!!" So I feel that the expression "Shake your booty!!" is more natural than the others.
    By the way, even if we consult a dictionary for the word "尻", it is diffi…

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