When acquiring any second language, not just the English language any student must know that there are as many do’s as there are don’ts in the learning process. This means that even the best intentions and work ethic can lead to disastrous results if a wise, well balanced and carefully prepared research isn’t made before starting the actual learning process.

There are numerous cases where people have been stuck at the same basic level for years because they didn’t know how to exercise more than one aspect of the language at the same time. These cases generally happen when people take the process lightly thinking that they will breeze through it and don’t do any proper research. Most students that have this problem are good learners which have excelled in other fields but have not mastered a new language yet. They try to learn everything at the same time and get crushed by the amount of information. The worst case scenario for these students is that they generally end up quitting the whole learning process and can even be discouraged in other academic work due to their failure.

Definitely DO Some Research Before Starting

So without doubt the most important part when it comes to learning a new language, any language not just English is to do your research. This means that you should look at how other people that chose your learning technique (be it with a private teacher, with a group or by yourself) are doing and learn from their process and their mistakes. Make a plan that best suits you and your situation and start from there. Make sure you adjust along the way and don’t become too rigid in your learning techniques.

DO Reach Out For Help

If you find that you are struggling with a certain aspect for longer than you should have, be it grammar, vocabulary pronunciation or anything else; don’t try to fool yourself into thinking that more time spent on the same approach will do any good. The best way to solve a problem is to admit that you have a problem. So make sure you know when things aren’t working out that you can reach out for help or try a different learning technique. There is no shame or failure that comes with admitting you’re having some difficulties as every single person who has ever learned a new language has gone through this.

DON’T Look For Shortcuts

Learning the English language will take exactly as much time as is needed. There is no fixed schedule or set time limit. Every individual student will have his or her own schedule and will progress differently. This can often become frustrating, particularly if your peers are progressing faster than you. The most important thing here is to not go for any shortcuts. Don’t blow over chapters, or try some learning gimmick that will make you lose even more time. Reevaluate what you’re doing, maybe try a new approach, diversify your learning material and ask for help but don’t become superficial with your learning just because you want to finish faster or meet some self-imposed time limit.

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