Can I Ever Master the English Language?

For peo­ple that do not speak the lan­guage, Eng­lish is a myr­iad of com­plex nuances. If you speak the lan­guage then every­thing will come nat­u­rally. This arti­cle looks at some of the ways in which you can mas­ter English.

How to mas­ter the Eng­lish language?

There is no point in study­ing Eng­lish from a the­o­ret­i­cal point of view alone. This is a liv­ing lan­guage that requires prac­ti­cal appli­ca­tion. You need to ensure that you trans­late your mother-tongue into Eng­lish at every oppor­tu­nity. That will give you a chance to prac­tice some of the sim­ple struc­tures that you have learned in class.

In addi­tion you need to con­sider the fol­low­ing things

1. Do not get caught up in nuances: You will only become nuanced when you are at the top of the game in the lan­guage. There are cer­tain ironic facets to the lan­guage which you will never grasp. The lan­guage is vast and there­fore you should start with the direct ele­ments. If you later feel con­fi­dent enough, then you can tackle com­plex­i­ties such as irony and understatement.

2. Movies and car­toons are your friends: The Swedish model has been very suc­cess­ful in teach­ing the lan­guage due to the trans­lated films on national tele­vi­sion. You can buy Eng­lish movies and car­toons with sub­ti­tles. You will learn how to pro­nounce the sounds cor­rectly. The mean­ing will get to you in due course. At the same time you will fun while learn­ing the language.

3. Read­ing: There are some really bril­liant nov­els with vary­ing lev­els of com­plex­ity. You do not have to stick to the clas­sics or else you might end up talk­ing like Charles Dick­ens. Look out for the dia­logue and read out aloud. If you find a word that is beyond your skills then you should use the the­saurus. You will build a for­mi­da­ble vocab­u­lary that will help you in the advanced stages of your learn­ing process.

4. Have some group dis­cus­sions: When you share infor­ma­tion and chal­lenges, it is likely that you will learn more about the Lan­guage that you are try­ing to study. Make sure that you join a group that is inter­ested in lan­guages so that you can attend their dis­cus­sions. You will pick up inter­est­ing tips along the way. Mis­takes are com­mon and you should not be embar­rassed about them.

5. Look at mean­ing before gram­mar: Eng­lish gram­mar is very com­plex espe­cially if you come from the Latin tra­di­tion. First ensure that you have a grip on the mean­ing before you worry about the dimen­sions of the gram­mar. You can get very frus­trated if you are always wor­ried about gram­mar instead of mean­ing. At the same time you should try to learn the lan­guage cor­rectly. Some dialects are just not accept­able in a busi­ness context.

Although a bla­tantly for­mi­da­ble lan­guage, Eng­lish can be con­quered if you are sys­tem­atic in your approach. Make sure that you make friends with Eng­lish speak­ers so that they can help you learn how to use the prac­ti­cal ele­ments of the lan­guage. You might also take the oppor­tu­nity to visit England.

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