Are you, or someone you know, struggling to learn English as your second language? Do you (or they) sometimes think that it’s just you or you can’t pick it up like your friends or colleagues? While it may be true that we all learn in different ways and we all have our different strengths and weaknesses, you should never let that keep you from improving how you learn to speak English. The benefits far outweigh the long and difficult journey.
How to Keep Learning English
English might be considered the ‘global language’ for international businesses and commerce, but that is far from the truth when it comes to being the most spoken. With Chinese being far more difficult to learn and Spanish being a little easier to transition, there are many factors in why some people have a harder time than others, when it comes to learning English as a second language.
The older you are, the harder it is to retrain your brain to form sentences, sound out new tones, and write new words. Don’t be afraid of your native tongue accent and don’t apologize for mangling verbage. Instead of saying “I don’t speak English,” you should say “I’m learning to speak English or “I can understand a little.” These habits of throwing up the white flag and preventing yourself from using language in real life situations should be broken, if you are serious about learning English.
Never Give Up
When you are still learning vocabulary, the one thing you shouldn’t do is try to always translate everything word-for-word. The best way to remember things is to get used to listening for context clues and putting two and two together. Even if you don’t know all the words, you can still pick up bits and pieces, the rest is just filler.
As you learn more words, your brain begins to rewire itself, so if you see someone struggling with the language, tell them that even though they may not understand everything they hear, the important part is that they are learning and they get the general idea. No one is perfect in their language, because it has many different forms, from regional to individual, each with their own set of rules or customs. Language is constantly evolving, just like yourself when you learn a new language. Have fun learning English and embrace the mistakes that make us human.