Stop Study and Start Using English Today!!
If you have been studying English all your life and you still don’t speak it, don’t you think that something you are doing wrong? Maybe you should study less and start to really use English.
At The English Language Coach, we will have you speaking it, practicing it, and thinking in the language quickly. No boring classes, no more being treated like you were back in primary school, no being told off for not doing your homework. At The English Language Coach, you will be treated like an adult while still having fun.
What is “studying” English?
Do you think the only way to study a language is by sitting at your computer trying to learn and memorise words? Do you copy them into a notebook, and have endless lists of words, that you don’t know how to pronounce or use in a sentence? Does your language teacher stand in front of the class, instructing you on the minute details of English grammar, without stopping to ask if you understand what they are talking about or giving you the chance to practice the grammar?Do you feel like you are drowning in Grammar and words but still can’t speak or use the language? You are a typical example of someone who has been studying and not using the language, and studying like this doesn’t work for most people.
There is, however, a well-recognized form of studying that exposes you to listening and speaking as much English as possible. While your teacher coaches and helps you complete a lesson that involves you every step of the way. You spend the lesson actively participating in the lesson, by reading, speaking, listening, and answering questions.
The more you speak, read, and listen, the less you’ll have to study from a book.
Learning a language is not like studying History, Geography, or Literature at school, where you memorized huge amounts of information before an exam, dumped it out at the exam so you could answer all the questions, then forgot about it.
Learning English is more like driving a car. You need to learn how to change gears, position the car, control the speed, and generally drive smoothly. To begin with, the driving may be rough and slow, but as you practice and gain confidence with driving, your speed improves, and so does the smoothness of the drive.
Learning a language is like driving, especially when it comes to learning grammar. Many learners tell me that they just want to know the basics of grammar but don’t want to know all the minute details. With a car, most people just want to drive a car but don’t want to know how an engine works. Even if you do know how to build a car engine if you don’t know how to drive, and practice driving, you won’t be able to drive.
Practicing and using a language is the same. You need to train your ears to hear the words, and you need to train your brain to think in the language. You practice speaking, so it becomes normal for your mouth to move in the way it needs to pronounce the English words correctly, and so you get used to hearing yourself speaking in English.
Practice, Practice, Practice.
Yes, you need to do lots of practice going over what you have learned at each level, but that doesn’t mean it has to be boring. Read, speak, and listen to as much information as you can. Make up little games to pick out the tense you are reviewing, or listen for specific words or phrases. MAKE IT FUN. Just because you are an adult, it doesn’t mean learning English has to be dry or boring.
Realise that you won’t learn everything NOW, because you won’t. BUT also realise that you will quite quickly learn enough to have a conversation, and that is when you will really start to feel a sense of achievement. 🙂