Ways To Learn To Speak English

By Adriana Noton

Learning a language is difficult. It doesn't matter if it's your native language or second one, it's hard. And to learn to speak English is difficult, too. Many people worldwide, however, have the misconception that learning English is easy. This is a mistake and those who study it a while eventually realize how difficult English really is.

For starters, it's easy to understand how people might think English is easy. It's because English is easy to pick up. It's everywhere. It's the native language of many countries. There are many accents and kinds of pronunciations. People in non-English-speaking countries study it. Because so many people use it, many others commit the error of thinking that English is easy.

Next, English grammar and sentence structure contain many rules. Yet, so many of these have exceptions to them that it's not easy to learn and remember them all. Further, when and how most of the rules can be enforced are not consistent because there is a lot flexibility. Because of these issues, rote memorization of English is ineffective.

Third, English pronunciation is not consistent. In fact, it's so fluid that changes abound from region to region even in countries where English is the native tongue. Yet, learning English pronunciation is one of the most important aspects of mastering the language. There is no simple or easy way to master English pronunciation, either, regardless of what you've been told. It takes work. It takes practice. And then it takes more work and practice.

A fourth difficulty is recognizing the correct structure, grammar, and vocabulary usage, even when what is correct doesn't necessarily sound right. An example is split infinitives. It is taught in English class not use split infinitives, yet split infinitives are common in spoken English. This is because they're often used for emphasis or because it's thought to sound better.

A fifth difficulty is being able to distinguish when to use proper English and when to use colloquial English. This is not always easy because many celebrities use proper English inappropriately. Many learners pick up on this and try to emulate. Conversely, there are many academics or professionals who have no idea how to speak colloquially or use slang.

A sixth problem when studying English is the language "masters" out there claiming that theirs is the best method for learning English fast. This is false, regardless of what scientific facts they present showing how effective their curriculum is. Don't listen to these charlatans. Learning English, as with learning any language, is not easy and learning it properly takes time, patience, practice, and good teaching.

English is a wonderful language. Because most native speakers are used to hearing a variety of accents, even from native speakers, hearing non-native speakers isn't too difficult. Therefore, if you really want to learn English, just a minimal effort will enable you to communicate on even a basic level.

On the other hand, if you want your skills to progress, it will require what all things require in order to master them. A stable base of the rudimentary, daily pronunciation practice, acquisition of new vocabulary every day, and not being afraid of making mistakes. Remember, though, learning to speak English is not simple. However, it can seem easy if you work hard. - 30683

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