Learning English for the beginner
The very first place to start is with the alphabet. If you don’t
have a basic understanding of the alphabet learning the words will be tough. Learn how to pronounce each sound that each letter makes.Then learn how to combine several letters together and how the sounds work.
Once you have a solid understanding of the alphabet it is time to
move on to vocabulary words. Learning vocabulary words and what each word means is the easiest part of learning the English language. Start off with just words and five to ten words daily. It is important to carry the words with you wherever you go
and study them when you have free time.
After you have learned some words it is time to start in on the
grammar of the English language. Grammar takes time to learn, so do not rush it. Start off by learning what types of words there are and what they do. For instance it will be important to learn what nouns, verbs, and adverbs are. You will also learn about subjects and other parts of speech that make the English language fun to learn.
Speak without Fear
The biggest problem most people face in learning a new language is their own fear. They worry that they won’t say things correctly or that they will look stupid so they don’t talk at all. Don’t do this. The fastest way to learn anything is to do it – again and again until you get it right. Like anything, learning English requires practice. Don’t let a little fear stop you from getting what you want.
Use all of your Resources
Even if you study English at a language school it doesn’t mean you can’t learn outside of class. Using as many different sources, methods and tools as possible, will allow you to learn faster. There are many different ways you can improve your English, so don’t limit yourself to only one or two. The internet is a fantastic resource for virtually anything, but for the language learner it's perfect.
Surround Yourself with English
The absolute best way to learn English is to surround yourself with it. Take notes in English, put English books around your room, listen to English language radio broadcasts, watch English news, movies and television. Speak English with your friends whenever you can. The more English material that you have around you, the faster you will learn and the more likely it is that you will begin “thinking in English.”
Study As Often As Possible!
Only by studying things like grammar and vocabulary and doing exercises, can you really improve your knowledge of any language.
Nobody likes to hear their own voice on tape but like tests, it is good to compare your tapes from time to time. You may be so
impressed with the progress you are making that you may not mind
the sound of your voice as much.
It gives me great pleasure to share with you some of my experience at David’s English Center. Having studied English on my own and at school, I always found the classes to be exceptionally boring and progress to be painfully slow. So, needless to say, when I enrolled at David’s I was expecting more of the same. Fortunately, David’s offered something different. The classes were dynamic and interesting. For the first time, I actually found myself enjoying English class – even looking forward to it. So, this is a first time I have had a positive feeling toward learning English. Part of this is surely because of the useful class materials, but for the most part, I think it’s because I am now encouraged to study harder. These changes have come as a pleasant surprise! Only three months ago, I was afraid of conversing with foreigner customers as I could barely comprehend what they were saying. But now, I relish the opportunity to engage in conversation. I’m still a little nervous responding, but I'm confident that in time I will overcome this as well. Honestly, I was a little confused before, because I heard the best way of learning English was through memorization. I asked my X1’s teacher Lucia, she answered me “It should be better using a natural way.” I was surprised a little bit at that moment and afterwards I tried to follow her advice. What about now? Well, I am getting better at comprehension and listening. Now I just react using short sentences when replying to questions or making comments. So, I thank Lucia so much. I really appreciate her guidance and professional advice. Then I started the next level of classes. I continued learning in X2 with Joe. In this casual conversation based-course, I’ve found something amazing has happened. My speaking has improved! I never thought that I would have such a kind and funny teacher as him. I truly feel fortunate to have found this class. I realized that David’s class was quite clever and the relaxed atmosphere aids student interest in learning English. The stories, questions and articles are interesting and motivate students to participate. Wow! “So lucky"