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Myths about learning to speak english
www.auroracs.lk Realistic approach - Part 2Learning EnglishFacts, Myths & Reality by Nalaka Gamage
I want to learn English, but….. Myths Facts Reality
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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
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
English grammar is extremelysimple. Only few rules that you needto learn. Rules are clear andunambiguous than most of otherlanguages.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.).
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.
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.
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.
“Use English as a useful tool and not as a petty weapon or ornament.”