How To Pass English Part 2
This is the second post on how to pass your English class. Some of the tips and techniques mentioned here can also be applied to other languages as well. If you haven’t done so already, I’d invite you to read the first post in this series entitled how to pass English.
In the first part, we covered reading, the issue of communication and what we called the two P:s, namely patience and perseverance. In this part, let us instead of discussing the prerequisites of learning the language, give some practical advice on how to go about learning English.
1. Daily schedule
Begin by making your very own daily reading schedule. Each week, pick out a different book that you want to finish reading within that week. In the beginning, the books that you will be reading will not be comprehensive but that’s OK; when it comes to languages, we begin from scratch and work our way up. You should be making progress every week that passes by. A good way to keep track of your progress is by making a simple chart where you track your development as it goes.
When listening to someone speaking English and he or she used a word or phrase that you are not familiar with, make sure you ask the person what that word meant. If you leave it to the future, chances are that you won’t ever learn it. Once you’ve acquired a new word make sure you try to use it yourself in a dialogue with someone else. By practicing using new words, you will remember them easily in the future.
Don’t be afraid to commit mistakes when you’re speaking the language, it’s entirely normal. Also, don’t settle for speaking adequately if you can learn to speak fluently. There are lots of people who have learnt this language in their later years and have managed to comprehend it’s grammar and pronounce the words correctly, why not do the same?
If you are speaking to someone and you can see them react when you say a word in a particular fashion do ask them what – if anything – you did wrong in pronouncing that word. Sometimes people might feel shy or rude to correct you but in reality it is also somewhat rude to leave you thinking that you’re doing something right when you’re in fact doing it wrong. I’d rather be corrected (and I commit a lot of mistakes, that’s for sure) than to be left thinking that I was correct even though that wasn’t the case.