There is no denying the fact that English is one language that will set you apart. Yes, if you know English, you can really survive in almost any part of the world. A global language that is spoken in almost all countries that have made their presence felt, English is definitely universal. That being said, it may be important or rather, very important for non-native English speakers to learn to speak fluent English. For Indians too, speaking fluent, flawless English is still a skill that many don’t possess. While it may sound easy, the fact is that learning a new language, particularly a language like English where rules change with every drop of hat, can be really overwhelming!
Many a times, people who are beginning to learn to communicate in English flawlessly often end up feeling bored and uninterested after their initial few classes. Learning a language calls for constant repetition and for many, this would become too monotonous. But making English language learning less boring isn’t really difficult. There are a plenty of things you can do to not just enjoy your learning but also ensure that you are learning the language right. Now, isn’t that the real fun?
Making English learning fun
Language learning can be some serious business. Yes, it does require a lot of effort, time and of course, hard work. For those who come from a basic or zero English background, this learning could be a lot more time consuming too. Some people tend to lose patience while there may be others who simply become frustrated when they still can’t be fluent enough even after weeks or even months of learning. Here are some fun ways to make this learning more enjoyable and eventful –
1.Watch English Movies, preferably without sub-titles:
Most English language teachers would advise this. Watching English movies help the learners develop good listening skills as they would hear people speaking at a normal, standard pace. Also, this gives them a sort-of real-time understanding of how they can communicate. Sometimes, beginners may find it difficult to understand the dialogues. This is particularly the case when actors have heavy accents or they use a lot of idioms and phrases in their conversations. In this case, you may want to have the sub-titles. Though, this should be avoided, if you really need, make sure you are choosing to use the English sub-titles.
For those who may not find enough time to watch a movie, watching an English TV series episode can be just as good. One thing to keep in mind here is to watch movie or TV series that you enjoy. Don’t force yourself because when you do that, the fun element is lost again.
2.Imitation because imitation is the best form of flattery!
This may sound a little too childish but the truth is that we all learn by imitation. This is a wonderful way to learn English. In this case, you may want to try imitating advertisements or the characters shown on television. This practice is great for developing your intonation and speech rhythm. What more, you can record yourself and hear your own ‘English’ voice. This will help you evaluate yourself.
3.Singing, reading and actually doing it!
Not everyone is a singer and that is true. Not everyone may like singing and that is true as well. But, it is also true that when there is a certain tone that is catchy enough to hold your attention, you tend to start singing the song, at least in your mind. When you sing, you develop fluency so it is important. Next comes reading. This is when you may need a dictionary to understand the meanings of the difficult words that you see. Lastly, motivate yourself to start communicating in English because unless you really do it, you wouldn’t really know where your problem areas are.
Make some English speaking friends. They can be a great help when you want to try any of the above. English learning can be fun. You only have to look at it that way!