Language Education – Learn English the Easy Way
How do you learn a language? Most people, if they are learning a language without a tutor, memorize words of the language. Unfortunately, that proves to be insufficient. Words themselves do not make up a language. However, how they are used does. So, how can you learn to speak in English without memorizing words? Here are the three ways that accelerate your English learning while removing the need for tedious memorizing
When you were little and did not know any language, how did you learn your mother tongue? You learned it by hearing it from the mouths of many different people. You picked up on words, you heard how they were to be put together, and you heard how they were pronounced. The important word here is ‘you heard’.
It happens with many non-native English speakers that they pronounce words differently than native speakers. They may know the grammar, the spellings and the sentence structure, but the only thing missing is listening. They have limited access to native English speakers. Thanks to technology (the Internet), we do not face this problem anymore. You have plenty of videos and audios by native English speakers that we can listen to.
What to do: Listen to native English speakers speak (even if you don’t understand what they’re saying)
Even if you know half a dozen words of English, say them aloud. When it’s raining, say ‘rain’. When you are going to the market, use the word ‘market’. Feel free to fill the rest of the sentence with your native language. When you begin to use English words in your everyday life, you start to identify objects and situations with those words. After repeated use of the same word for the same thing, you develop a new vocabulary. After a while, your brain will suggest to you the English word ‘market’ when you want to say market. And that’s learning, not memorizing.
What to do: Speak words and phrases in English even if it makes an incomplete sentence
The uniqueness about learning a language is that we do not think about language. We think in it. In other words, we use language to identify objects and to make connections. Since we think when using a language, adult English language learners (ELLs) can use thinking itself to learn English.
What to do: Even when you are not speaking, think in English. Use isolated words or phrases if you cannot make a sentence.
These techniques of English learning rely on usage and practice more than studying. Even if you learn one new word a day, it is important to use it in thinking, speaking and listening. The more you are exposed to a word or a group of words, the faster you will make connections between them and real life.
Since most ELLs do not have access to native English speakers around them, they have to depend upon remote resources. The Internet has many resources, both paid and free, where you can communicate with native English speakers. Some of these resources are: Go Speaky, Lingoglobe, Verbling, Meetup, Coeffee, Fluent in 3 Months, Conversation Exchange, Busuu and Toastmasters.[i]
To interact with other English speakers, you can also use resources such as forums, chat, social media and English learning websites where other people interact in English. You can create a separate profile on social media platforms and begin interacting in English with your contacts.
For listening, watch YouTube videos on whatever interests you. If you recently learned about having conversations with a stranger (introducing yourself and asking questions), pick videos where a native English speaker meets new people and makes introductions. That will help you to see how the words you have learned are to be used in real life.
The best way to learn English is to make it fun. Interacting with new people in a new language is one way to make your learning journey exciting. By using the language trinity of listen, talk and think, you will develop fluency in English sooner than you imagine.