Learning the English language is a complicated process, not necessarily because of the many complexities of the language itself, but more because the numerous learning methods you have to put up with and the numerous inexact myths that surround it. This is why we created the do’s and don’ts section on Gotmesh.org, in order to shine a strong light on the good things and inform you on what you shouldn’t waste your time on.
English Learning Do’s
Always Be Flexible
This is a key part of the learning process. Regardless of how well you think you’re doing in your class or with your tape and notebook you should always be opened to new methods of learning. Make sure you try to combine as many alternative learning techniques with your conventional approach in order to get the best possible experience, both in terms of education and when it comes to the overall fun you can have.
Always try to speak the English language. In class and while you practice at home you will certainly get your full reading and writing. But these two aren’t the same thing with speaking the language. The insight and experience you’ll get can’t be learned from a textbook. Ideally you should find a native speaking friend, either in your social circle or online and simply chat. If you can’t, don’t refrain from doing it on your own. Learn and recite poetry, try to hold speeches or simple enounce what you’re doing while you’re doing it, anything works really as long as you talk and improve your accent and flow.
Always Double Check Your Sources
Consult your teachers, advanced students or native speakers about your learning material. The damage you would do by learning from a poor quality textbook or from inexact and out of date sources is far greater than the effort to do some simple research.
English Learning Don’ts
Don’t Focus Only On Some Aspects Of The Learning Process
You should always try to advance at an equal rate with all aspects of the English language. Don’t focus simply on grammar or vocabulary as it will only make you lose time when you have to go back and learn material you should already know by heart. You should always test yourself at regular intervals and see what part of the learning process requires more of your time and effort and where you’re excelling.
Don’t Take Long Breaks From Studying
Never take long breaks from your studies. Anything longer than a week will make you lose your pace, lose focus and even forget some of the material you already should have down. Regardless of what your situation is and how busy your schedule may get at the very least try to maintain your current level. Take tests aimed at your level and review former courses. This shouldn’t take you more than half an hour and will allow you to pick up exactly where you left off when you find time for your English studies.
Don’t Take On More Than You Can Actually Achieve
Never take on too much, particularly when it comes to learning a second language. You will only be able to do a second rate job, and lose a lot of time when you have to relearn certain chapters. Focus on learning everything just right from the first go and then set a pace that works for you, without rushing your process.