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Learn English in Simple Way
I’ve hated English, because…
- A) It is not my mother tongue
- B) I was scared of it.
So today, I am going to tell you how a Kid who was scared of speaking in English even in front of her friends went on to represent India at America, in an ‘English’ Public Speaking Competition. Trust me, it is not that difficult.
Now, there are 4 ways to learn English.
4 Simple Ways to Learn English
Today I am going to tell you how these 4 methods have helped me learn English.
One is by listening.
Two, by reading
Third, by writing
And fourth, is by speaking.
Now, the first book that I started reading, ‘voluntarily’ was called, ‘Tinkle’. Just look at these colorful comic characters. Reading it is so much fun. Thank God for Tinkle, otherwise, I would not have started reading at all! After Tinkle, I picked up a couple of simple books that are easy to read. like Goosebumps, Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys. They use simple English, plus they are mystery novels. So you cannot put them down, because you want to know what happens in the end. This is a great way to learn English because this ensures that you do not put a full-stop to your reading journey.
if you don’t want to read books, then just pick up a newspaper and start reading it every day. Start with the headlines and then move on to reading the entire article.
The second way to learn English is by listening and this is the best part. In my college, everybody started watching F.R.I.E.N.D.S. And I started watching it too because I wanted to feel included in the conversations. There was just one problem. I could not understand, what they were saying. But thanks to technology, we have subtitles. See, it just makes it easier. Now that you are listening, you are learning how to form sentences and you are learning their pronunciations as well. If you want to start watching TV series, I would recommend the classics, which is F.R.I.E.N.D.S, How I Met Your Mother, Big Bang Theory. You can also watch movies with subtitles. I would recommend Finding Nemo, Wall-E, Shawshank Redemption Pursuit of Happiness, Harry Potter Series, Star Wars, Jungle Book!
Basically, pick a movie that is,
a) Not boring and
b) Is according to your current English Level.
Don’t pick up Romeo and Juliet right away because that Shakespearian English is difficult to understand even for experts.
Writing is an excellent way to learn English. Here are a few things that you can do to begin writing. go to Youtube, find that movie’s trailer and comment and tell them in 2-3 sentences how and why you have liked that movie or disliked it. So whenever you send a message, please use full sentences.
- ‘Whr u?’ can be ‘Where are you?’
- ‘Wknd Plans’ can be ‘What are your plans this weekend?’
- ‘IDK. U tell me.’ can be ‘I don’t know yet. What about you?’
Now speaking in English is the scariest thing to do. But we have to do it. So here are 3 things that you can do to speak English confidently. try repeating those dialogues in front of a mirror whenever you are alone. I used to repeat dialogues from F.R.I.E.N.D.S all the time. For example, ‘You had rambled on, for 18 pages’ Because, if I hang out with my Hyderabadi friends, I will only speak in Hyderabadi. But if my group has someone from UP, Karnataka, Chennai then all of us have to speak in English. And that is how we will learn together. I know it is shit scary to speak English first, forget ‘Public’ Speaking in English. But trust me, once you speak in English on a stage even if it’s in front of 4-8 people then you will get over your fear of speaking in English once and for all. And that’s all it takes to learn English.
I did not join any Spoken English classes because I truly believe that nobody can teach you how to speak English in 30 days. Only you can teach yourself how to speak English by practicing it every day.
But before you go, here is your first English Assignment. Comment below and let me know in 2-3 sentences, which method will you start using first and why? Don’t worry about grammar, Don’t worry about punctuation. Just write. Because that is how we will start learning. I will be waiting to read your comments. I am going to see you again next week, until then, Keep fighting, The Urban Fight to be Fit.