Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Four Simple Tips for Learning English as a Foreign Language Where Ever You Live
Where Are You?
If you’re living in a foreign country where English might not be spoken, undoubtedly you’re finding it difficult to learn and practice on a regular basis. Here are four simple tips for helping you to learn English no matter where you may live.
Photo: A Cuna Indian woman selling hand-sewn crafts in Santiago, Panama sips Coca-Cola during a pause in sales
1. Find a study Partner or Group
“Birds of a feather flock together” as the saying goes. Try to find an English language study partner or practice group – even one online. Look and post in forums, EFL teaching sites, chat rooms or just plain advertise for an English language study partner or group, preferably in your area. How about a family member, classmate or someone at a local store, shop, business or institute? Look in the classified of English language magazines too.
2. Learn to Accept Taking Many Small Steps
You’ve heard the expression, “Rome wasn’t built in a day”, haven’t you? Well if you haven’t, you have now. Learn to appreciate making small advances in developing your English language skills. Learning just a couple or even a few words a day will soon add up to a substantially increased vocabulary in almost no time at all. Work on just one verb’s forms this week. Next week move on to another, then another and another, etc.
3. Be Sure to Allow Yourself to Have Fun
You’re absolutely allowed to enjoy learning English too, you know. Play games online in English or find one or more of the numerous “activity books” available worldwide that allow you to practice vocabulary-building, letter or word unscrambles and a myriad of other verbal-linguistic English language skills. Board games will be a great help too. “Sorry”, “Scrabble” or “Monopoly” anyone?
4. Get Help Where ever You Can Find It
Whatever you do, don’t be bashful in looking or accepting help in acquiring English as a second or foreign language. It can be a long and lonely road to learning a foreign language like English, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be. Use as many different activities, exercises, techniques, strategies and methods as you possibly can. If you need more suggestions, further help or just want to practice your English language writing skills a bit, you can always drop me a quick e-mail and ask a question or two. I’m always happy to help.
Don’t Ever Give Up
Finally, don’t ever stop in your quest to acquire your new language. Nobody ever said that learning English, or any other foreign language for that matter, was an easy task. And if someone does tell you that – well, it simply isn’t true. Just keep plugging away and making progressive steps – great and small. You’ll continually improve your English language communicative skills faster and sooner than you might think.
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