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Don't tell me that I can't! 12 myths about learning English
Envy is a strong word.
I'm sure we are all very nice people, but envy is one of the negative emotions we can have when we see someone speak English fluently.
Why are you jealous
Well, because speaking English looks so easy with others!
But you don't need to feel bad. It is normal to feel this way when you are learning English.
As a rule, people are jealous when they feel they are Not can have what someone else has.
The one who can speak fluent English shouldn't make you feel envious - instead, they can be an example or inspiration for your learning experience.
If you're jealous of someone who speaks English well, you should turn that envy into motivation transform.
You too can achieve this with hard work.
You can learn English too!
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Why you can learn English
At some point, you may think to yourself, “I can't learn English.” But I can tell you that you are definitely wrong.
The idea that you - or anyone - can't learn English is a myth.
A myth is something that many believe to be true, but in reality it is Not. Thoughts like “I am not smart enough” and “It is impossible for me to learn English” are myths to be believed.
Why are these myths? They are myths because they are are not true.
It's just obstacles. The good news is that they are obstacles that many non-native English speakers have already overcome. They succeeded and you will too.
We're here to help clear up the most common myths and misconceptions about learning English. Follow our tips and you will be able to overcome any obstacles in your language learning experience.
Obstacles will only get in your way if you let them.
It's time to regain your motivation to learn English!
When someone says, “I can't learn English,” one of the following 12 myths is often used as a reason.
Today we're going to debunk 12 common myths about learning English. I will also give you some tips that will help you overcome the various obstacles that you may face.
Myth 1: I'm not good at foreign languages
The mind is very powerful.
If your mind is convinced that you cannot learn a foreign language, it will be very difficult for you to change that belief.
So do yourself a favor and change your perspective!
It's just not true that you will never understand English just because it's not your first language. Although we develop native language networks in our brains at a young age, our brains can still absorb new knowledge. We collect new information every day. It is no different when you learn a new language.
If you change your mindset, you have the best chance of learning something new.
Top tip: Find blogs, articles, or short stories and rewrite them in English.
Myth 2: I am embarrassed to speak English
The famous writer James Joyce once said: "Mistakes are the gates of discovery". This means that every mistake you make will help you learn something new. This is especially true when learning a new language. You need to see each mistake as an opportunity to learn.
There is no reason to be ashamed if you say the wrong word or phrase. Everyone started once! Accepting that you are still learning will help you not to be too critical of yourself. And it teaches you that making mistakes is allowed during the learning process.
Do you still feel weird when you say the wrong word? Telling people that you are learning English can help relieve the pressure. It's also a great way to find new learning opportunities - others may want to help you learn.
Top tip: Record yourself conducting English conversations. This is a great way to build confidence as you speak. You can also pay attention to things that you can improve on.
Myth 3: I'm too old to learn English
True, younger people learn new languages very easily, but that doesn't mean older people can't learn English. An adult has more experience and focus when it comes to solving problems.
Instead of believing that your age is holding you back, take a closer look at your study habits. What exactly is it that makes it difficult for you to learn English? Is it the content that you are learning? The methods you use? Could it even be the environment or the people in your learning environment?
After identifying the real obstacles, there are a few things you can do to make learning easier and more enjoyable.
Top tip: Write difficult English words on index cards and review them daily. You can see success every day with this simple exercise. It increases your confidence and creates joy when you notice improvements.
Myth 4: I don't have enough time
We know you don't have a lot of time.
We live in fast moving times. Everyone is busy all the time.
We're all so busy and our time is limited.
However, it is wrong to believe that it takes a long time to learn English. You just have to know how to organize your time.
First, think about the best time of day to study. Not the part of the day where you have most of the time or the slightest distraction. We're talking about the time when your brain works best. Where concentration feels easy and learning feels easy. This is the time you should plan to learn the language.
Now plan your day so that you place your study on this part of the day. Even if it's only half an hour, write it down on your calendar or on your to-do list. Be consistent and study at this time of day.
There are little things you can do to make it easier for yourself to stick to your routine. Have your books and study materials ready for quick access, download your videos and audios so you can play them right away. Set up a special learning area so that you can always start learning right away!
Top tips: Fill in the gaps in your day with quick study units. For example, listen to podcasts in English while standing at the checkout in the supermarket. Or use English learning apps while you are on the bus. Make every free moment a learning experience!
Myth 5: I have to visit an English speaking country
In the past, learning a new language was difficult because it was not so easy to travel to other countries. But with the Internet, we can now bring foreign languages into our homes at the push of a button.
To improve your knowledge, you need to actively seek out learning opportunities. Use these opportunities to bring English into your life. Order food from English menus. Read instructions in English and follow English signs. You can find ways to learn and practice English in your everyday life without the need for a plane ticket.
Top tip: Surround yourself with English speakers and just listen. This way you can recreate the experience of traveling to an English speaking country by immersing yourself in conversations of others.
Myth 6: I can't afford it
Money is a common excuse that many use as a reason why they cannot do something. You may think that you don't have enough money to buy textbooks or that an online course is too expensive. Well, I have great news for you: you can learn English for free!
The best learning experiences are the most memorable, not the most expensive. Real interactions are a fantastic way to learn English because they are interesting, relevant, and free! Get involved by talking to people and reading newspapers, magazines, and blogs. With the help of tons of free online English resources, you will be able to improve your English without spending a dollar.
Top tip:Label items in your house. Every time you walk by it, you will turn your household into an English classroom every time!
Myth 7: I'll never get the accent right
Accents are great. They show the differences between people in the world and bring communities together. But just because you don't sound like a native speaker, you shouldn't assume that learning English is impossible.
Accents and pronunciation can help communicate, but you can communicate even if you have an imperfect accent. It takes time to learn difficult sounds. Make sure you create opportunities to hear spoken English. Set realistic learning goals and give yourself enough time for them.
Top tip: Watch English YouTube videos and subscribe to English learning channels. The more spoken English you hear, the better you'll learn the accent and pronunciation. Try it! Remember, even if you can't do it 100%, your statement will most likely still be understood!
Myth 8: Learning English is no fun
Some people give up learning English because they don't find it interesting. You may think that the effort, time, and energy you put in is not worth it. Those who believe this myth are likely to get stuck and give up.
One often loses interest when taking a passive approach to learning. If you find yourself in this situation, it is time to make your learning more active and exciting!
In order to make learning English something you really want, you need to have a proactive attitude about it! This means putting yourself in challenging situations too. Try something new. Do something different and unpredictable. Do something that will force you to use your English skills. This leads to you setting yourself bigger goals - and you will be happy when you achieve them.
You can learn any way you want, so make it fun and interesting!
Top tip: Talk to friends who speak English on the phone. This is a great way to put yourself in situations that challenge your English skills. Video chats are also a fun and challenging way to improve your listening skills, language skills, vocal nuances and body language!
Myth 9: My English skills don't develop naturally
How great it would be if we could learn everything naturally! Our brains would already have all the information and we could easily access it. Imagine how easy it would be to learn!
Unfortunately, we know it's not that easy. Learning English is not easy. But that doesn't mean it's impossible. It just means that it takes a good plan to learn English.
Planning is about making sense of why you are doing something and organizing your goals. When you think about your learning in this way, you can achieve what you want to achieve.
Ask yourself: Why am I learning English? What areas of the English language do I want to learn? What do I have to learn to achieve my goals?
Questions like these will help you understand your motivations, organize your lessons, and learn successfully.
Top tip: Make space in your study plan for activities that include other people. For example, find an English pen pal and exchange emails or letters. This is a great way to stay tuned. These contacts will encourage you to communicate in English on a regular basis.
Myth 10: Learning English is boring
If you think learning English is boring, put your pen down for a moment and look objectively at the situation. The problem is not English, the problem is the learning method that you have chosen.
End boredom by completely redesigning your English lessons! Swap the books for movies, go to the theater instead of practicing with your flashcards and start singing English songs in the shower!
Whatever it is that brings excitement to your learning, do it! Everyone has their own ideas about how learning can be fun, so explore new methods and find out what works for you.
Top tip: Make some friends and play English board games. Read the rules, sit back and enjoy the fun, laughing and learning!
Myth 11: English is very different from my mother tongue
When you learn English as a beginner, you use your native language to interpret and understand new words in your head. As you progress, your brain gets faster at interpreting new words.
However, there is a point where you can no longer rely on your native language. Some people get to this point and believe that their brain can no longer absorb.
But in fact, reaching this point is a sign of great progress! It is a sign that you should stop relying on your mother tongue and learn a new way of thinking from now on.
There will always be some things in the English language that cannot be translated or explained in any other language. Let go of your mother tongue and start thinking in English terms. This will help you understand the English language better.
Top tip: To start thinking in English, change the language settings on your phone. Using English constantly in this way will help you complete new assignments from a native English speaker's perspective.
Myth 12: I'll never be good at English
People often want to know English as well as a native speaker.
But comparing yourself to others is a quick way to lose confidence, motivation, and enjoyment in everything you do in life. And of course, learning English is no exception. If you plan your learning properly and set your goals correctly, be aware that you are doing this for yourself.
We all learn at different speeds and in different ways. You have to stop wishing you were as good as someone else. Start rewarding yourself for each of your achievements. If you focus on yourself in this way, you will increase your skills, knowledge, and happiness dramatically.
The best way to keep track of your personal goals and happiness is to review your learning regularly. Find your weaknesses and focus on improving them. Discover the things that are easy for you and make them more challenging. Think and look at everything you have learned and enjoy everything you have learned - and how far you have come!
Top tip: Carry a small notebook with you to write down new words you hear when you go out. This is a great opportunity to change your perspective from "This person knows so many English words more than I do" to "Great, so many new words to try!"
We all have our good days and bad. Learning English can feel like a roller coaster, but you have more control over your learning than you might think.
You can use FluentU on the website with your computer or tablet or, even better, download the FluentU app from the iTunes store or the Google Play store to achieve your learning goals even faster.
Don't believe the myths you hear because they will only stop you. Believe in yourself, create a joyful learning environment that is in harmony with your learning method and start achieving your goals!
Lucy Brooksis a teacher who loves to invite young students into the amazing world of language. As an avid reader, she can never be seen without a book in hand. She likes to travel the world, but her home will always be Australia.
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