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    1. 1. Realistic approach - Part 2Learning EnglishFacts, Myths & Reality by Nalaka Gamage
    2. 2. I want to learn English, but….. Myths Facts Reality
    3. 3.  There are lots of myths preventing people from learning and using English language effectively. Once you know the facts, you will identify those myths that prevent you from being a confident English user. The reality is much simpler and easier than what you think.
    4. 4.  “English is difficult” is the biggestmyth among students. This has been spread by thosewho have acquired only Englishspeaking skill and feared of loosingtheir undue social status iftalented others learn it.
    5. 5.  There is hardly any differencebetween spoken & written English ! In fact easier and naturalsequence is to begin quietly withreading and writing and then startspeaking in English.
    6. 6. It is a myth spread by peoplehaving colonial underdog mindset.  They are slaves of English culture than using English as a communication tool.  They use this myth to discourage others from learning English.
    7. 7.  English is no longer an ornament. It is just another important tool in your competency tool box. If one is just a fool who only knows of using English language, now he has wider audience to show off his idiocy.  i.e. Using his mother tongue & English
    8. 8.  English alphabet is much simplerthan the alphabet of most of theEastern languages.  Only 26 letters used in English. All letters are used only in simpleform only.  No combined letters or variations
    9. 9.  English grammar is extremelysimple. Only few rules that you needto learn. Rules are clear andunambiguous than most of otherlanguages.
    10. 10.  There is hardly any differencebetween spoken and writtenEnglish. Therefore, effort for learningEnglish is less than learning alanguages that has big variationsin spoken and written form.
    11. 11.  Majority use English as their second language. There are more English speaking people in China or India alone than in UK or USA. Understanding English books and other contents like web pages are much easier than you think.  Content publishers are aware of the nature of target audience.
    12. 12.  English is now dominantly used as an international language. English speaking international community accept, acknowledge and even appreciate accents of different geographical and cultural communities.
    13. 13.  Yes, English language has thousands or words. But commonly used word are only a small portion of it. Do not get afraid by seeing big dictionaries. Dictionary (Just like a directory) is for references and not to learn all the words.
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    15. 15.  English is easy to learn. When you speak or use English asa second language, no one expectyou to be perfect.  Unless you are talking to an idiot ! There are plenty of resourcesavailable to learn English.
    16. 16.  You speak English according to your natural accent,  Unless one of your ancestor has crossed with an Englishman!!  Or you are talking to an arrogant Englishman. Billions of English speaking people all over the world from German to India and Brazil to China happily speak with their own accent in self confident manner.
    17. 17.  First learn common and frequently used words. Then get familiar with the words in the domain that you are going to use the language (eg: Engineering, Accounting, etc.).
    18. 18.  As long as you can comprehend the context, be brave to start reading content published in English despite you find few unknown words. Use common sense for guessing. If the word is frequently appearing get the dictionary and learn it and add it to your vocabulary.
    19. 19.  When you talk, you can confidently use what ever simple words you know. Because listener has no way of knowing the words that you do not know.  Just make sure your grammar is fairly sound. Here you are speaking in English now.
    20. 20.  Get out of common myths. Put up initial learning effort.  Learn the grammar well.  Learn the words necessary for your common use. Proud of your own native accent or use neutral accent.  Never mimic western accent which is natural only for those live in cold climate. Use common sense and guessing to be effective.
    21. 21. “Use English as a useful tool and not as a petty weapon or ornament.”
    22. 22. LearningAurora Computer StudiesSummerset College, English -3rd Floor, Facts, MythsDFCC Building, & Reality135, Highlevel Road,Maharagama,Sri Lanka.