Basic Spoken English 《基础英语口语》

Basic Spoken English is now ready for download. Check it out!

I wrote this textbook last week for Chinese students wishing to improve their spoken English (英语口语), but English teachers in China may also find this a useful resource in the classroom.

The first lesson includes a breakdown of all the basic sounds of the English language. I have recorded both a male and female version of the mp3 which students can practice. The rest of the lessons are made up of short dialogues for students to listen to and role-play. You can find translations into Chinese of the key vocabulary in the Basic Spoken English PDF.



Link to the American English Edition of Basic Spoken English.



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Lesson 1: Female
Lesson 1: Male
Lesson 2: Striking up a conversation
Lesson 3: Making a hotel reservation
Lesson 4: Making a call to a friend
Lesson 5: Asking for directions
Lesson 6: Dining out Part 1
Lesson 7: Dining out Part 2
Lesson 8: Asking a favour
Lesson 9: Catching up with an old friend
Lesson 10: Visiting a sick friend
Lesson 11: Late for a meeting
Lesson 12: Returning an item to a shop
Lesson 13: A visit from an old friend
Lesson 14: Discussing a crush
Lesson 15: Asking someone out on a date
Lesson 16: Going out on a date
Lesson 17: Encounter with a nosy stranger
Lesson 18: Ringing to change an appointment time
Lesson 19: At a party
Lesson 20: At the emergency room Part 1
Lesson 21: At the emergency room Part 2
Lesson 22: In a bad mood
Lesson 23: Making an enquiry at the visitors centre
Lesson 24: Bumping into someone

4 Comments to "Basic Spoken English 《基础英语口语》"

  1. Gerelchimeg's Gravatar Gerelchimeg
    16/03/2015 - 11:09 pm | Permalink

    I downloaded all of them, and have already skimmed once. It’s not so long, but seems really helpful, so I decided to transfer them into my phone and study all one by one using one week’s time. Thank you and Good luck!

  2. Victoria's Gravatar Victoria
    17/03/2015 - 5:51 am | Permalink

    Thanks, I will check this out

  3. K's Gravatar K
    17/05/2015 - 6:44 pm | Permalink


  4. Nate's Gravatar Nate
    04/09/2015 - 1:48 am | Permalink

    First of all it is pretty impressive that you did this over a weekend, and I really like blog
    and wish you would post more often.
    I’m not sure how interested you are in doing any more with this, but here is some unsolicited nit
    picky stuff, if you aren’t interested you might as well stop reading here.

    How do you pronounce this word?
    这个词怎么发音? can 发音 be a verb?
    I usually hear people say “这个字怎么读?”

    Some topics might need more expanded vocabulary possibly in the form of more dialogues to be
    really useful, particularly with the directions lesson. Basic things like, in, on, under, above, behind, in front of,
    near, over there, that way etc. Then there are more complicated things like: around the corner, turn around
    or just before, not to mention alternative ways of saying things. When I was teaching adults,
    it seemed that the entire concept of giving detailed directions (more then ‘that way’) needed some

    I guess that is it really, you put a lot of good stuff in to 24 dialogues.

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