擅用驚嘆語氣,大聲說美語! Using the Exclamation Point: Give a Shout and Yell it out!

2017/06/21
擅用驚嘆語氣,大聲說美語,讓你覺得英文口說超容易!
巨匠美語專任講師:Matthew
擅用驚嘆語氣,大聲說美語!

 
回憶大學時期,有一個朋友告訴我有關他自行車遭竊的故事。故事是這樣的:有一天上完一整天的課之後;走在要去牽自行車的路上。在離車大約50公尺的時候,他眼睜睜看著小偷正在破壞車鎖;接著跳上車就這樣揚長而去,他追了過去並且竭盡所能的大叫:不!那是我的車誰來幫忙叫警察"

這是個大家皆可感同深受的情境;相信你應該不難想像當看到自己的自行車遭竊時;竭盡所能的吊嗓大叫;心跳瞬間變快且心急如焚的追著小偷跑的情景吧?現在我們來看看以上這些粗體字,並特別注意每個句子結束時連接的"驚嘆號" 。這些句子皆為驚嘆語氣(英文動詞to exclaim就是呼喊;大叫的意思) 。一般來說;作者常用驚嘆號來告知讀者文中主角的情緒是激動的;充滿情感的;大聲喊叫的;或者是用來強調及加重語氣的。

在寫作的過程中;多數的作者皆會記得使用驚嘆號來加強讀者的印象。不過當美語學習者將文章念出時;往往會忘記轉換語氣;提高聲調。忽略了這個看似渺小的步驟;說出來的美語往往皆生硬不自然!以下有我提供的三個美語朗讀的小技巧…

首先,在朗讀文章前,先花點時間將整篇文章看過。是否每句都以驚嘆號結束呢?如果是;記得在句子結束的時候提高你的聲調。(這個技巧也適用在疑問句或者練習新單字的時候喔!)

第二,第一次閱讀之後;一定要確認自己是否清楚了解文章的內容及語氣。嘗試問問自己這幾個問題:"文章內容是甚麼?誰是主角?是否能打動人心呢"

最後,再次朗讀文章,並且試著在每個驚嘆句皆拉高你的音調,改變你說話的語氣!

擅用以上小撇步,相信你一定可以將驚嘆語氣發揮的淋漓盡致,大聲自然說美語!
Using the Exclamation Point: Give a Shout and Yell it out!
When I was in college, I had a friend tell a story about how his bicycle was stolen. He was walking back to his bike after a long day at school, and was about 50 meters from it, when he saw a thief break his bike lock, jump on the bike, and then pedal off. He ran after the thief, and as loud as he could, he screamed "Hey! No! That's my bike! Somebody stop him! Call the police!"

It was easy to understand that this was a very emotional situation for my friend. If this were you, could you imagine your voice rising, your heart beating faster, and running towards your bike as fast as your can? Sure, we all can. Now, take another look at the above quote in bold. Notice the "!" marks after each statement. These are called exclamation points (the verb "to exclaim" means to say something loudly) and we use them in writing to tell the reader that the speaker is excited, emotional, speaking loudly, or making an important point.

This is pretty easy rule to remember when writing; however, when reading aloud (or telling a story), many students forget raise their voice. This often makes the English sound weak, unnatural, and robotic. As a teacher, I have a few tips about how to correct this:

1.Before reading a loud, take a moment to look at what you're going to read. Do any of the sentences end in an exclamation point? If so, then you'll know to raise your voice when you read that sentence. (Note: this tip also works well for question marks and new practicing new vocabulary words)

2.After reading for the first time, make sure you understand the context of what you have read. What is being said? Who's saying it? And is it emotional?

3.Finally, read it one more time and practice raising your voice when you get to a sentence with an exclamation point.

Following these three easy steps should help you make your English sound more natural for your audience.

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