Learning English requires dedication to learn almost like any other language but having fun learning it changes the ball game and it doesn’t matter how, where, or when you learn it just let yourself consume the language. It may feel like you’re not learning anything because you’re just hearing thousands of words you don’t understand, but trust me, your brain is subliminally integrating English into your mind. I’ve lived in Thailand for five years and never took one single lesson to learn Thai but could understand a lot and speak quite well to fit in with the locals.
Just like English you can learn it as you go with as little as a notebook and a pen. My Thai grew stronger with the implementation of words and phrases that I jotted down in my notebook and continued to utilise them when needed perhaps when ordering food, asking for directions or asking for advice. Language development takes time and effort and can be great fun if you try not to take it to seriously.
As a TEFL teacher my teacher trainer from Canada, Karmita once told me one day that every step we take towards our native language is a step backwards in English language development. Honestly, this is one of the best pieces of advice about language assimilation I’ve ever heard. Spending more time on English consistently speaking it with friends and family or work colleagues will get you into a more advanced speaking role and makes you confident in a group or with another person speaking English with ease and much more confidently. It is true that each time your speaking in your own language you’re going back trying to progress in English. Make it a habit to talk to people that speak English most of the time which will help you learn at a faster pace. Let’s face it taking time off from your native tongue won’t harm your future but will enhance you ability to communicate in English really well.
At the beginning of learning English with word sounds you can feel uncomfortable trying to mimic the correct tongue position, but that just means breaking incorrect habits that cause incorrect pronunciation overall. Try to vary the way you move your mouth until you figure out what works best to let you make various sounds. Practising the pronunciation of words in the mirror is a great method to learn words that you struggle with. Watch movies and see how actors use the words and the facial expressions used to deliver the language.
Try not to take learning and speaking English to seriously or work too hard to speak it as it should come more natural to you the more time you spend in an English-speaking environment. Practice makes perfect as they say and the one thing that you need to understand as a foreigner is that you may never be able to visualise, understand, or even speak English the way the native people do but you never have to worry as English people are at most always polite when in the company of a foreigner that works hard at learning English for whatever reason and won’t comment or say hard words to make you embarrassed.
Native speakers have been speaking the language ever since they were toddlers. They have had the time to understand it in depth in what needs to be said and what’s not. They can afford to speak English casually because they have a wide variety of contexts, situations, and experiences that tells them when, where, and how to use their language. There are many different accents in England too, making it even more tricky as to what the different English speaking words sound like in different counties or provinces but given a bit of time you’ll be fine in understanding the sounds of words from various counties in England or the United kingdom.
Incorporate your English language learning with fun and even your hobby If you try to learn something you don’t like, you will always have a hard time so make it a part of your life when your finding and making great things happen and enjoy yourself. Since you will be living in an English-speaking country at some point, you have no choice but to learn, and love, its language. But it’s always easier if you can relate it to something you are passionate about.
You may love writing and reading poems and singing so much that you can devour any knowledge related to singing or pet writing in enormous portions. You will always find it’s easy to read about vocal terms and theory and find it a great way to learn English while devouring a topic you truly love. Whenever you start reading an article related to a loved subject, you may always do so out of pure passion and hunger for knowledge. I can assure you nothing is more rewarding than educating yourself about your own favourite topics of interest in a foreign language, especially English if your learning it.