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企业家进课堂 | 如何快速突破英语学习的障碍 English Hacks and Work-arounds

2019-09-25

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虽然我们大多数人都有数年学英语的经历,但如何学有所成依然困扰着我们。幸运的是上周六,Terence Egan教授受谷征老师邀请,走进商务英语课堂,就如何突破英语学习的障碍给我们上了生动而富有意义的一节课。他在以下几个学习痛点上都给出了自己的独到体会和方法:


1.如何快速提高英语写作能力

研究人员发现,在写作中使用更高级的动词,会使得文章得分大大提高。因而他建议用高级动词词汇取代简单动词。


2.如何避免文化差异带来的邮件中的错误

首先,邮件要直奔主题。不要使用冗长的介绍语,不要过度的赞美和夸耀对方,要直接点名写邮件的目的。

第二,避免使用太长和复杂的句子。一般来说,17个字是一个句子是较为合适的长度,太长的一句可以分成几句。


3.如何富有感染力的高效演讲

首先,要把结构理清楚。一篇完整的演讲稿,结构上应该包括开场、主题介绍、提纲、主要内容和结束语。

其次,演讲中要使用提示语和连接词,使得演讲的逻辑更加清楚,也能让观众即使偶尔走神,也能听出来现在讲到了哪里,快速跟上。


4.关上头脑中过多的“APP”

通常在写作时我们的头脑中会同时打开很多的APP,如“思考APP”“第一句话APP”“语调APP”“词汇APP”“拼写APP”,这只会导致我们花费了大量时间来写邮件,但写出的文章却不尽如人意。而应该采取的方法是一次打开一个APP。首先构思主要内容,然后进行逻辑组织并快速写作,最后进行语法和词汇的检查。


5.如何提前为1000个面试问题做好准备

首先我们要知道面试官最看重的品质和技能是什么。Terence Egan为我们列出了十大最重要技能和十大最重要品质。在面试前,我们要准备几个自己真实的励志的而有趣的故事,每个故事可以体现出上述的一种或几种技能和品质,例如曾经过努力最终成功的故事,解决一个棘手的难题的故事。当面试官提问不同的问题时,其实都是在考察以上的技能和品质,同一个故事只要讲的角度不同,其实可以用在很多不同的问题上。提前准备好故事并灵活的运用就能使你在面试中获得更多机会,从而更容易成功。


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Though English is a language we learned for years, but how to learn it well is still a headache for most of us. Luckily last Saturday we spent a meaningful night by enjoying the lecture given by Terence Egan about English Hacks and Work-arounds, which brings many short-cuts and methods that have been proved very helpful. He proposed many original and witty suggestions in the following aspect:


1.How to improve your English writing fast

Research has shown articles using higher level verbs scored considerably higher (with Professors) than those that didn’t. So the suggestion is to replace these low-level verbs, which will power your writing to the next level.


2.How to easily avoid cultural communication errors in Email

Firstly, always get to the point. Remember to get to the purpose quickly, no long introductions and rambling stories, no ‘flattery’ or excessive praise.

Secondly, split long and complex sentences into shorter ones. 17 words is the best length for one sentence.


3.How to make effective and engaging presentations

Firstly, make the structure clear. A complete structure contains the opening, topic introduction, outline, content and ending.


Secondly, use signposts and bridges to make your presentation more effective.  Signposts can alert the audience that a sub-topic has ended, while bridges will guide the audience to the next sub-topic.


4.Turn off your APPS for better writing

Usually we turned on too many APPS in our writing, such as Thinking APP, First sentence APP, Tone APP, Vocabulary APP, Spelling APP, only result in a poorly structured, illogical, unpersuasive email that took far too long to write. The alternative is to take one APP at a time. Think and make notes first, then organize notes in logical order and fast writing. The last is to check grammar and vocabulary.


5.How to be prepared to answer 1000 job interview questions

Terence Egan listed the top 10 Model Skills and top 10 Model Qualities that interviewers valued most. Before the interview we shall prepare some our real and interesting stories from our past that demonstrate some of the above skills and qualities, such as a success that you worked hard for, or a difficult problem you overcame. Depending on the focus and priority, every one story could be the answer of different questions. A flexible stories preparation will bring you more success and opportunity in an interview.



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