Five Mistakes That Most of the English Learners Make

By: Jims Varkey

Meet Mr. English Learner. He has been learning English for the past six five but still he can't speak good English. So what is wrong with him?

Well to begin with, he just tries to translate English to his native tongue. This is the stupidest thing that anyone can do. Mark my words: English cannot be learnt in your mother tongue(or your father tongue). English has to be learnt in English only. You ask me why? Since English can be said only in English! English has many peculiarities that cannot be understood in other languages. Take the case of English pronunciation. Most of the sounds in English like "a" sound in "shirt" is absent in languages like Hindi.

Secondly, the English Learner tries to just mug up English phrases. Now, this to may not work, since such phrases wont come to your mind at the right moment. Such phrases simply fail you when they are used in a real life situation.

Thirdly, the English learner will try to use learn English through English language CDs and DVDs. Some others even try to listen to movies. Such things may work to an extent. But again it has the same problem that exist with commit-to-memory-without-thinking strategy. It doesn't work in a real life situation.

Next he tries the speak-English with other learners strategy. A variation of this can be seen in the thousands of English only public schools across Asia. What will happen to this English Learner? Well he first begins to speak in broken English, and then he improves to broken English, and then again he improves to broken English. That's what happens when you speak to your buddy who also doesn't know any more English than you do.

Finally Mr. English Learner will just hang up his boots and say, "I quit".

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