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Studying advice & videos on youtube   

Lately I have often been asked how I study English, which is why I want to share my experience here with you.

First of all you must recognize that there are different types of learners and find out what type you are. It does not mean that a method of studying, which works for someone works for you as well.

Some people learn by listening, some by reading, speaking or writing. When you want to become a very eloquent English speaker, a combination of all that is important, of course, but you must know where to start.

I started to study English by first reading and listening, then writing and at last speaking. I like reading a lot, so for me it was always good to read something and trying to understand it. Then when I heard the new phrases, I have read somewhere, I remembered them. The last step is then to try to use the new word or phrase, which is the most difficult part. I first tried to use new words when writing an essay. When I got used to the usage of the word etc. I gradually tried to use it more often while talking, until it became a part of my repertoire of words.

Reading books is very good to extend your repertoire of words, as well as watching movies, videos on youtube etc. When watching movies in English, I always recommend watching them with English subtitles. The reason for that is, that humans are very lazy creatures. When there are subtitles in your own language, you will gradually tend to pay more attention to the subtitles than to the actual spoken dialogue. This is only natural, since we all only have a limited timeframe that we can stay concentrated, depending on how trained one is.

Another important point is setting a goal. How good do you want to become at speaking a foreign language? Are you happy with just talking to some foreigners you met on the street or do you want to be able to write scientific essays? Depending on your goal, the world fields, on which you should concentrate, differ. Setting a goal will help you to be aware of your progress.

While setting a goal is important, you should not put it to high. It should be reasonable and achievable in a certain amount of time (e.g. set your goal until the end of the week or the month and be realistic about the amount of new words and phrases).

I have already mentioned that humans in general are very lazy creatures. While that laziness can hinder us sometimes, other times it is a good thing, because it stops us from demanding too much from ourselves. So when there is a day that you are too tired to study or you could think of one million things, which are more fun, and you just cannot bring yourself to get up and take your book into your hands - just do not.

Studying should be fun and make you feel happy and proud of yourself. Forcing yourself to do something will not bring you any good. It will make the process of achieving knowledge even harder. Learning a language is a lifelong process. Even in our mother tongue, there certainly still exist some words we have not even heard of. And that is okay.

I think the experience of studying English is also different depending which country you come from. Therefore I highly recommend you watching the video on youtube by Jun & Rachel:

"英語はどうすれば良くなりますか? How I learned English 1"
The guy in the video is married to an American woman and describes his experience of how he was able to improve his English.

I hope I could help you somehow.
Have fun studying!

Denise (Germany)

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by chitchatcafe | 2016-01-22 15:29 | 札幌 英会話 教室 求人 | Comments(0)

Happy New Year everybody!   

And so, it’s the start of a new year and four years after many people believed it would be the end of the world (thankfully, it didn’t happen), we have arrived in 2016. I started the year the same as I usually do, by making a short mental list of New Year’s resolutions that I will succeed in failing to achieve again no doubt. Still, you never know…

Christmas Day was great fun and it was nice seeing Joshua opening his Christmas presents, but it would have been so much better if I hadn’t woken up at 4am with severe toothache. I couldn’t get back to sleep as the pain was so bad, and I was a little concerned as to how the day would progress, but then I said to myself. Hey James! You live in Japan! In England, I doubt that there would be much hope to be seen by a dentist on Christmas Day, but here, it was just a 10 second walk across the road from my house to the nearest dentist.

And so, several needles, drills and some root canal treatment later, I was ready to go home and prepare the Christmas meal. By the time everything was ready, the effects of the anaesthetic had worn off and I could dig in to some roast pork (as there’s no chance of fitting a turkey in our rather small oven). Everything went well and the dentist, my hero for the day, was forgotten.

I hope that you all enjoyed the Christmas and New Year season, without the need for any dentists, and look forward to seeing you soon!
Hopefully you have all recovered from the shock of being back at work by now ;-)

James (UK)

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by chitchatcafe | 2016-01-06 15:03 | 英会話 教師 札幌 | Comments(0)