If you feel learning English seems difficult and you are really worried about your TOEFL scores, fret not! There are several thousands of fresh graduates just like you who all have a common concern – English. Being a non-native English speakers, we Indians already have a few issues with our language. This becomes particularly a concern for those who have not learnt English in their formal schooling or have studied the language as a second language. If you are among them, you are surely going to worry about your communication skills considering the importance associated with this language in the professional world. That being said, there are ways to improve the outcomes of your English language learning and this you can easily do by evaluating the problems you are facing and by devising effective strategies that will help you overcome them.
Common Problems faced by English Learners
Below mentioned are two of the most common problems that most English learners are challenged with. These problems arise from practical usage of the language and that implies the solutions are targeted at improvement of the learners and not to remain a practice merely for the books.
- Dealing with poor vocabulary
Any language has several thousands of words and that is exactly the case with English language. With English vocabulary, things get a tad bit complicated because the words are not always pronounced the way they are written. There are some silent letters and there are cases when a letter is pronounced in a completely different manner. Learning new words, for sure is a significant problem.
Dealing with a poor vocabulary may seem to be a big concern but if you follow a planned strategy, it isn’t really. The basic thing to keep in mind here is that language is learnt by repetition and this applies to learning new words too. So, keep a weekly target. Learn 3 to 5 new words, understand the meanings and now make it a point that you will use these words. Make a deliberate and conscious effort to use the words you have learnt. This will make the new words a part of your regular vocabulary.
- Dealing with poor English speaking skills
The next major problem for English learners is actually to use their knowledge gained in classroom for real life application. In simple words, speaking the language is a big issue. People who are beginners with learning English tend to believe that if they understand the grammar well and learn a few good English words, their public speaking skills would be good too but that is not quite the case. Many people fumble at finding the right words at the right time. This causes them to either stammer or simply use too many fillers such as so, then, etc. in their speech. The best way to overcome this is to listen to English being spoken and this you can do by watching English movies. When you hear the language rather regularly, you tend to get adapt to it. You can also try reading out loud. This will also help as long as you are able to clearly hear your voice.
To be true, if you are able to combat the above two problems, you sure to get a very good start with your English language learning. All the best!