“I want to learn English.”
Many of our queries begin with that statement. Sometimes we also hear: “I’ve been studying English for 2 years, but I’m still not able to speak in English.”
Setting the right expectations while learning a second language is half the battle.
Here are some common expectations we’ve heard from our learners.
Expectation: Ram has been able to speak English in 3 months. I can also do it.
Reality: People learn at different speeds. Some learners have a natural aptitude for languages and are able to learn them easily and quickly.
Expectation: I’ll do what Priya did to learn English.
Reality: Every learner has a different style of learning. Some people can learn through an online program without any support, some others need support and guidance. If you want to learn, it’s important to pick a style that works for you.
Expectation: I have learned so many new words. I can speak in English fluently now.
Reality: Just learning new words will not translate to better English. You must understand their context, sentence structure and grammatical rules too!
Expectation: I have learned all the grammatical rules. I should be able to speak English well now.
Reality: Oh no! Just knowing the grammar rules isn’t going to help you. You’ll have to try them out several times before you develop an instinct to use them correctly. Just knowing theory does not make you an expert.
Expectation: All I need to do is spend 30 minutes learning English every day. I’ll become proficient.
Reality: Not really! What you do in that 30 minutes is to learn the theory. You’ll have to spend the rest of your waking time to practice what you learnt if you really want to learn!
Expectation: If I buy this course, I’ll be better at English in 3 months.
Reality: This is like buying materials to build a house and expecting a house to construct itself. Without the hard work, neither is the house going to be built nor will you learn English. If you pay attention and complete the course, you can be better in English. If you get disheartened and leave it midway, no matter how much you pay for the course, there can be no learning.
If you want to learn another language, you need interest, commitment and a genuine love for the language. It’s easy to get lazy when language learning gets difficult. You need a STRONG reason to learn the language. Something as flimsy as make new friends, get a promotion won’t help you stick to your goal of learning. Having a strong reason can help you fight your laziness.
Remember, learning a language means doing something for a lifetime. Keep your expectations real, and you won’t be disappointed.
* These comics were created on www.makebeliefscomix.com
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