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"The April rain, the April rain,
Comes slanting down in fitful showers,
Then from the furrow shoots the grain,
And banks are fledged with nestling flowers;
And in grey shawl and woodland bowers
The cuckoo through the April rain
Calls once again."

Mathilde Blind, April Rain
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Mini-story is a very powerful technique for people who want learn English and make their speech perfect. There are many sources of information that will help people to use this method published by such authors as Dr. Tony Robbins, Dr. Brenda Murphy, James Asher, Dr. Stephen Krashen, Dr.Blaine Ray, and Ashley Hastings. Moreover, in this system there are no strict rules and any person can improve his speech with the help of personally created mini-stories. This method promotes to you understand language and make your English more powerful than before. Person can develop his listening skill and improve his speaking speed by the way of answering to simple questions and repeating them as quickly as possible, considering usage the mini-story lessons frequently almost every day. In addition, it helps you to learn new words and expand your vocabulary also cases of the use these specific word ligaments and phrases that are directly related to daily life.
The essence of this method can be explained in the example of A. J Hoge’s lesson. He creates a story by asking many questions which person answer quickly without concentrating on grammar. The majority of questions are need only one or two word answers. There is no need to answer using a full sentence. Advantage of the questions is that person gets a lot of repetition. The most important moment is that you can hear the main sentences and grammar structures many times. Repetition of the questions and answers on them cause person to learn faster and to remember forever. Research based on this technique shows that students who use mini-story lessons as a result learn faster and remember more than students who use normal lessons.
Another significant advantage of such a system is the absence of any load in the form of writing rules and phrases. The learning process takes place in a cheerful and relaxed atmosphere, so that a person without any stress gets the practice of English speaking skill.
Furthermore, there is one more explanation given by Karen Saxby an experienced Cambridge English Language Assessment consultant who conducted her own research. She found that such a successful result is connected to our feelings. During reading, we want to find out what happens next and what the main characters do and what they say to each other. We may have any sense or feel of excited, sad, afraid, angry or really happy. This is because the experience of reading or listening to a story is much more likely to make us 'feel' that we are part of the story, too. Just like in our 'real' lives, we might love or hate different characters in the story.
Because of this natural empathy with the characters, our brains process the reading of stories differently from the way we read factual information. Our brains don't always recognize the difference between an imagined situation and a real one because of this the characters become 'alive' to us. What they say and do is therefore more meaningful. This is why the words and structures that relate a story's events, descriptions and conversations are processed in this deeper way.
Encouraging yourself to read or listen to mini-stories should therefore help you not only to learn English but also speak this language fluently in a way that is fun and memorable.


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