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In each lesson of this 25-part series, you'll encounter a common question that English learners come across, and then learn how to answer like a native speaker. You'll learn how these key phrases works by breaking them down into each component. Then, through repetition and new vocabulary, you'll expand your understanding of the question, its answers, and any variations.
In this lesson, you'll learn how to respond to the common question “Do you speak English?”.
Eric: Do you speak English?
Becky: The first word in the question is..
Eric: do
Becky: meaning “to perform the action of” in English.
Eric: (Slow, by syllable) do
Becky: Listen again and repeat.
Eric: do
{Pause}
Becky: This pattern of first introducing a word at natural speed, providing the translation, breaking it down, and then giving it again at natural speed will be repeated throughout the series. Try to speak aloud as often as possible. The next word in the question is..
Eric: you
Becky: meaning “the person you're talking to.”
Eric: (Slow, by syllable) you
Becky: Now repeat.
Eric: you
Becky: Listen to the first two words of the question and repeat.
Eric: do you
{pause}
The next word is..
Eric: speak
Becky: meaning “to talk to another person or other people.”
Eric: (Slow, by syllable) speak
Becky: Now repeat.
Eric: speak
Becky: Listen to the first two words of the question and repeat.
Eric: do you speak
{pause}
Becky: And next is
Eric: English
Becky: which, in this case, means “the English language.”
Eric: (Slow, by syllable) English
Becky: Now repeat.
Eric: English
{Pause}
Becky: Listen to the entire question and repeat.
Eric: Do you speak English?
{pause}
Becky: Master the following pattern and responses to the question “Do you speak English?”
Eric: Yes, I speak a little.
Becky: "Yes, I speak a little.” Listen to the phrase again, slowly. Repeat the phrase.
Eric: (Slow) Yes, I speak a little.
{pause}
Becky: Let's break it down from the beginning. The first word is
Eric: Yes
Becky: This is an adverb to express agreement.
Eric: (Slow, by syllable) Yes
Becky: Now repeat.
Eric: Yes
{Pause}
Becky: And next is
Eric: I
Becky: This is a singular pronoun used by the person speaking.
Eric: (Slow, by syllable) I
Becky: Now repeat.
Eric: I
{Pause}
Becky: And next,
Eric: speak
Becky: meaning “to talk to another person or other people.”
Eric: (Slow, by syllable) speak
Becky: Now repeat.
Eric: speak
{Pause}
Becky: And last is
Eric: a little
Becky: meaning “small amount.”
Eric: (Slow, by syllable) a little
Becky: Now repeat.
Eric: a little
Becky: Listen to the speaker say “Yes, I speak a little” and then repeat.
Eric: Yes, I speak a little.
Becky: To use a different phrase, let’s replace “a little” with “pretty well.”
Eric: pretty well
Becky: It means “quite well”
Eric: (slow) pretty well (regular) pretty well
Becky: Listen to the phrase again, this time with “pretty well.”
Eric: Yes, I speak pretty well.
Becky: It mostly stays the same, we just replace “a little” with “pretty well.” Now say, “Yes, I speak pretty well.”
Eric: Yes, I speak pretty well.
Becky: For more practice, replace “pretty well” with “fluently.”
Eric: fluently
Becky: It means “easily” or “naturally”
Eric: (slow) fluently (regular) fluently
Becky: Listen to the phrase again, this time with “fluently.”
Eric: Yes, I speak fluently.
Becky: Again, it’s almost the same; just replace “pretty well” with “fluently.” Now say, “Yes, I speak fluently.”
Eric: Yes, I speak fluently.
Becky: Now let’s replace “fluently” with “well enough.”
Eric: well enough
Becky: “well enough” means “without major problems”
Eric: (slow) well enough (regular) well enough
Becky: Listen to the phrase again, this time with “well enough.”
Eric: Yes, I speak well enough.
Becky: Here we simply replaced “fluently” with “well enough.” Now say, “Yes, I speak well enough.”
Eric: Yes, I speak well enough.
Becky: To say "no" in a simple way, just say
Eric: No I don’t.
Becky: Let's hear it slowly.
Eric: (Slowly) No I don’t.
Becky: And one more time at normal speed.
Eric: No I don’t.
Becky: Now it's time for a quiz. Imagine you are visiting the United States and someone asks you if you speak English. You want to answer that you speak a little. Respond to the question.
Eric: Do you speak English? (five seconds) Yes, I speak a little.
Becky: Now you want to answer that you speak pretty well. How would you answer?
Eric: Do you speak English? (five seconds) Yes, I speak pretty well.
Becky: You want to answer that you speak fluently. Answer the speaker's question.
Eric: Do you speak English? (five seconds) Yes, I speak fluently.
Becky: Now you want to answer that you speak well enough. How would you respond?
Eric: Do you speak English? (five seconds) Yes, I speak well enough.
Becky: Now you want to ask someone if they speak English. Ask the question.
(5 seconds)
Eric: Do you speak English?
Becky: Now it's time to answer the question with actual information about yourself.
Eric: Do you speak English?
Becky: This is the end of Lesson 5.

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Yes, I speak a little bit.

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