We’re all aware that in today’s day and age, English is the language of the world. We need to be able to read it, write it and speak it in order to do business internationally or to travel/live abroad. In fact, it is mandatory to clear the IELTS if you want to study or immigrate to countries like UK, Canada, Australia or New Zealand.
Here are a few tips to help you with your command over this language:
- Surround yourself with English –
One of the best things you can do to learn and love this language is to surround yourself with it. Watch English shows, news, videos, debates and everything that gives you a glimpse of how it’s spoken and try to follow and mimic the speech during the initial learning phase. Notice what medium works best for you, AV (audio and visual) – be it movies, shows or just audio – listening to podcasts, or reading – articles, books or playing fun games that help you learn English. Whatever the medium, get hooked on to it for a few months and keep practising.
- Be a speaker, not a learner –
In order to truly transition from being a learner to a speaker of the language, you have to believe that you can speak it and no longer look at yourself as just a learner. Start incorporating the new phrases that you’ve learnt in your sentences. There is no point of learning a language if you don’t speak it! So start sooner than later. Don’t be afraid of making mistakes as the more you speak, the more you’ll learn!
- Increase your vocab and take notes –
Once you start speaking, there will be times when you’ll fumble and be lost for words. The only way to overcome this obstacle is by increasing your vocabulary and taking notes of the new words that you come across. Carry a notebook to jot down the new phrases and try to use them in your daily life. Repeat the situation when you’re alone and have a conversation with yourself without fumbling for right words. Give it some time and you’ll see that words will start coming naturally to you.
- Understand that English is a funny language –
Once on the learning curve, you’ll see that there are no set patterns in English. We just have to accept it for what it is. For example, the tomb is pronounced “toom” and womb as “woom” but bomb isn’t pronounced as “boom.”
- Stay Hungry Stay Foolish –
Follow the Apple tagline when it comes to your curiosity with the English language and it can take you leaps and bounds ahead of your contemporaries. Try to understand the gist of a video or podcast and repeat it on your own using simple words. Don’t let setbacks or difficult situations discourage you.
Having a basic knowledge of this language is vital if you wish to be successful globally. However, it is not the be all and end all of anything and a person’s command over this language should certainly not be used to judge his/her talent and worth. For many, English is simply not their first language and hence, they struggle to effectively communicate their thoughts and ideas in it. Someone’s accent or English proficiency can never be a measure of their intelligence.
We encourage you to be genuinely supportive towards those learning this language and help them with pronunciation and grammar. Share with us some tips and tricks you used to learn this language and instances where you found English to actually be the funny language it is.
Wishing you luck in all your endeavours!