We all know that English is an international language and that it is extremely important for your career path nowadays. Have you ever wondered why? On this blog post, we will show you the importance of learning English, and we will also provide you with key elements that will help you improve every single aspect of this beautiful language.
As we mentioned before, English is an international language. It is currently the third most spoken language in the world, and the most common second language world-wide. This means that speaking English fluently will open many doors for you, not only in terms of employment opportunities, but also to meet people, make friends, and learn a lot about other cultures and places.
Even though learning English can be very challenging for some people, the effort will be worth it, since speaking English will increase your chances of getting a well-paid job and expanding your education. So, how can you do it?
Analyze your options
There are different ways to learn English. For example, you can go to a language school or even register for an intensive course. If you have the opportunity to do so, don’t waste your chance, because organized weekly exposure and guided learning can be very helpful. A language course is not only about attending class and completing homework. You also need to focus on learning and practicing every day. Remember that practice makes perfect and this could be the start of a great and successful future.
But, what if you’re not able to pay for an English course? Don’t get discouraged! You may be surprised at the amount of people who have learned English through entertainment and hobbies, such as video games, movies, cartoons, and TV shows. Just start with things that you enjoy paying attention to, like a good movie, your favorite English-singing artist, or a great book. It will be difficult at first, but it will get easier as long as you keep trying. Remember that it is just a matter of discipline and full effort.
Improve your skills
In order for you to improve your English, you must take four important aspects of the language into consideration: Grammar, Pronunciation, Vocabulary, and Fluency. How can you do it?
Learn basic grammar rules. Learning English grammar rules is very important; this will allow you to understand how English works and will help you structure phrases that you can use in conversation.
Don’t equate it to you native language! Learning a second language should be like learning how to listen, read, and speak once again, like the time when you were a child, so don’t translate directly from your native language. Each language is different and not all phrases and idioms can be directly translated. You need to prepare your mind so it can switch to a new language. This will prevent you from mixing your native grammar, pronunciation, and vocabulary with your target language.
Focus a lot on vocabulary. Along with grammar, you will start learning a lot of vocabulary. Please remember that vocabulary is something you will never really stop learning. In addition, the more you learn, the easier it will be for you to understand what you hear and react to it properly.
Learning new vocabulary doesn’t only involve searching for the meaning of English words you encounter; it is also dependent on discovering the English equivalent of words and phrases you use in your native language. Don’t translate word-by-word, find the English equivalent! In addition, for each new word you add to your vocabulary bank, you need to learn three things: what the word means so you know how to use it in the right context, how to pronounce it so you know how to use it in spoken English, and how to spell it so you can use it in writing.
Improve your pronunciation: One of the trickiest parts of learning English is that you need to get used to the fact that there is no connection between English pronunciation and spelling. How can you overcome this challenge?
- Learn how to listen. When you are watching a movie or listening to a song, it is important to pay close attention to the intonation that every single word has; this will allow you to get used to the right pronunciation and start practicing.
- Focus on articulation. Remember that speaking fast won’t make you sound fluent if the other person is not understanding what you are saying. Do take your time to pronounce the words correctly. It is not a matter of speed, it is a matter of how natural and clear you sound.
- Be careful with ending sounds. Ending sounds can have a huge impact on verb conjugation, singular and plural, possessives, and other aspects of the language. A missed or mispronounced ending sound can influence people’s perception of your grammar. Please ensure you take your time to pronounce ending sounds correctly and avoid omitting them.
- Practice in front of a mirror. You may think that just because you don’t have anybody to practice with, you will never be able to improve your pronunciation, but this not true. You can practice on your own in front of a mirror or using your cellphone camera. This will allow you to see if your lips and mouth are moving the right way in order to produce sounds correctly.
Build up you confidence. It’s okay to be nervous when you are speaking with someone who, you may think, has a better English level than you do. If you let this thought scare and freeze you, you will not be able to shine and demonstrate what your actual English level is.
Believe in the hard work that you have been doing to improve your English. If you sound confident, you will also sound fluent and eager to learn. It’s normal to make mistakes, remember that even native speakers make mistakes in their own language. What matters the most is doing something about the mistakes we make in order to correct them and start improving the way we speak.
Don’t let anything prevent you from accomplishing your dreams, and set your goals today so you can seize the best opportunities and have a really bright future!