1 Important Tip To Help You Learn English
Do it Everywhere
There is one very important suggestion that we can give to you that will help you to learn English.
Very simply, it is to study English absolutely everywhere.
Swami Vivekananda, an Indian Hindu monk, is well known for having introduced various Indian philosophies to the western world. He popularized a verse, from a traditional story called Katha Upanishad, which is beautiful in its simplicity.
“Arise, awake and stop not till the goal is reached.”
And as with any goal in life, this philosophy can be certainly applied to your English learning objectives. With the technology that we now have available at our fingertips, the English language has the capability to follow you absolutely everywhere. Every minute you have free is an opportunity to listen to news podcasts, review vocabulary flashcards, play an English memory game, read a dialogue from one of your language textbooks, complete some grammar exercises, and more. Think of the time you spend waiting for the train; sitting in the train on your commute to the office. Consider the drive to work and the time spent still in traffic. Think of the wait at the doctor’s office or at the city hall. These are all moments that are valuable and can contribute to ensuring that your language goals are reached.
Another thing to keep in mind is just how affluent the English language has become in Belgium. Once this is made apparent, it’s clear that places you never thought of before could allow you an admirable exposure to the English language.
In a 2007 study conducted by Philippe Van Parijs, the spread of the English language in the small country is described as explosive:
“The knowledge of English, as measured, jumped from 24% to 59%, not at all as a result of unbridled procreation in the British Isles, but because the number of Europeans who learn English ‘well’ or ‘very well’ as a second or third language has risen from 10% to over 50%, compared a rise from 7% to 11% for French. This process will not slow down; on the contrary it will accelerate as a result of a very simple cumulative mechanism: the greater the number of other people who speak a language, the more motivation and opportunities we have to learn it; and the better we learn it, for these reasons, ourselves, the more others are motivated to learn it, and the more opportunities they have to practice it.”
Fast forward 5 years and Pascal Smet is insisting that English become the official language of Brussels.
“If Brussels wants to be an international city, it should make English the city’s official language …. English will remain the dominant language for the next twenty years: it is the language of politics, diplomacy and the tourism sector.” (translated)
Now, keeping this in mind, the next time you find yourself in the heart of Brussels in a shop or at a restaurant try speaking in English. It may seem unnatural to converse with a fellow French speaker in a foreign language, but what else can it bring to both parties other than a fantastic opportunity for natural language study!
Lastly, before any of us have a chance to use lack of time as an excuse not to study English, here are another 5 ideal moments to shut out the world and practice your vocabulary and grammar.
5 Ideal Moments You Can Use to Learn English
1. At the airport
Taking a flight, whether it be international or local, has got to be one of the largest time wasters out there. Between slowly shuffling through the security lines and waiting at the gate for boarding, a traveller surely has a decent amount of idle time. So, just before plopping your smartphone in the grey bin for the procedural scanning, open up a vocabulary list or check into what’s happening at CNN.
2. When jogging
What’s more motivating than hearing a podcast from Bloomberg Business?
3. While you’re waiting for the water to boil
As you’re cooking, keep your tablet propped up next to the stove and play an English video or some key phrases from a language app.
4. When you’re getting your haircut
Your hands are completely free. Ignore the salon gossip and take this 30-60 minutes to do something effective.
5. While cleaning
Anyone can scrub a sink while simultaneously listening to a podcast.
Let us know how you make the moment perfect for English study.