Why is it more important than ever to learn English?
In every country, I've ever visited or lived, and I've been in quite a few, the common denominator has always been English.
It’s no wonder why it’s considered the universal language. Funny, we use the word universal rather than global. I suppose if we ever meet alien lifeforms, they too would need to take English classes.
We all know the proportion of people who need to learn English is much higher than that of Native English Speakers that need to learn a different language. If only they would also know the hardships of learning a foreign language. Maybe then the majority of Native English Speakers would be more sensitive towards the types of difficulties foreigners encounter trying to learn English.
Many people have much more personal issues going on, like:
1. Lost and unsure of what they are hearing.
Primarily caused by a lack of familiarity with reduced sounds that exist everywhere within the English Language. Contracted, voiced, and emphasized sounds, to name a few.
Competent teachers have systematic ways of making these sounds become familiar and easily recognized by you. They possess abilities to help show you the way, guide you down your path, and inspire you to practice to the point that it’s easy for you.
Fluency improves as you gain mastery over your listening ability, which naturally influences your motor skills.
For example, when someone says, “Went to,” they should notice how they only need to pronounce the “t” once—a small but beneficial point to becoming fluent.
If I were to put it into a formula, it would look like this:
ability to hear well = ability to speak well, which = a coherent sounding speaker of English.
Sadly many institutions, schools, and teachers don’t recognize the value or are too traditional in their thinking to teach these types of principles.
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2. Insecure about the way they sound when just speaking.
People who sound great in English still often consider their English to be of low quality.
I’ve personally had many people tell me of the embarrassment they felt when called upon to speak.
It’s human nature to critique ourselves. It’s a phenomenon I’ve experienced first hand. I was called to name 3 good things about a speech I had given. I had a hard time naming even one, whereas when they asked me to list things I could have done better, I couldn’t stop talking.
Luckily for me, I had teachers who insisted that I find good things first and that I learn how to think positively about myself. Also, my speech’s potential negative aspects were wisely labeled areas to improve rather than things done incorrectly.
There are much more rewards to improving your listening and motor skills in English like:
There is a natural acquisition to learning any language, and people often neglect the baby steps. Take as many small steps that you need and for as long as it takes until you own it.
There is real value in knowing how to count and separate syllables. How many of you even know or we’re ever taught what a syllable is? It’s time we start exploring different avenues and thinking out of the box when it comes to learning English and teaching it.
If we want a more authentic fluent sounding English, we have to start practicing more on using it and not just focus on things like grammar structures, definitions of vocabulary words, prepositions, and the like.
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