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Painless Speaking (Barron's Painless) [Illustrated] [Paperback]

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series Inc.,U.S. (25 April 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764121472
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764121470
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 15.4 x 22.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,284,449 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Designed for use in secondary, as well as at home, books in this series transform subjects that are normally dreaded by many students into challenging fun activities. Painless books take light-hearted approaches to their subjects, while addressing topics that classroom texts never get to. Painless Speaking explores the uniquely human act of oral communication, including elements in our culture that shape the way we speak. It explores finding one's voice, understanding the basic unit of speech communication, (an utterance), learning the art of conversation, reading aloud from fiction and nonfiction texts, and instruction in public speaking, which entails composing, practicing, and delivering a speech. Students will find guidelines for self-evaluation of a public speech.

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By edrm
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Painless Speaking is written for public speeches or dramas rather than improving communication skill, if you ask me. So the content itself is pretty advanced, but too advanced for non-native speakers. Certainly, you need to change the way you talk according to the person you are talking to or the situation you are in. That's a fundamental art of conversation. I must admit this book shows us that clearly. However, I'm afraid it's going to be painFUL for non-native speakers if they deal with this first. Of course, again, it is quite useful for theater plays, musicals, and speech contests to get your message across to the audience.
Therefore, for beginners it may be literally better to start with Painless English for Speakers of Other Languages. In other words, you shouldn't deal with Painless Speaking as a textbook for English conversation classes.
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Painless Speaking is written for public speeches or dramas rather than improving communication skill, if you ask me. So the content itself is pretty advanced, but too advanced for non-native speakers. Certainly, you need to change the way you talk according to the person you are talking to or the situation you are in. That's a fundamental art of conversation. I must admit this book shows us that clearly. However, I'm afraid it's going to be painFUL for non-native speakers if they deal with this first. Of course, again, it is quite useful for theater plays, musicals, and speech contests to get your message across to the audience.
Therefore, for beginners it may be literally better to start with Painless English for Speakers of Other Languages. In other words, you shouldn't deal with Painless Speaking as a textbook for English conversation classes.
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