What can i do for my language-learning wish

China
November 22, 2007 10:34pm CST
Having been learning English for some 11 years, i find what i have learnt are no more than thousands of words and some complex sentences.But when i open my mouth i do not know what i can say and how i can, and even sometimes in a discussion i say something in English, my classmates are always confused with what i have said for they can not follow me for my poor pronunciation. So embarrassed! So i wish to improve my spoken english and pronunciation at all times, but unfortunately, i find no matter what i have done for it, my prounciation is still so poor! So is my english listening! What ca i do, and how should i do?
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10 responses
@maryannemax (12170)
• Sweden
23 Nov 07
just by reading your discussion, i say, you are doing really well in english. i grew up in the philippines and since i started talking and understanding things, my parents started teaching me how to speak in english. and so, it had been easy for me to learn english. i have it through all these years. but don't worry. the good thing is, you have passion for learning english. it's not always easy to learn a language. you have to be patient and devote time on it. i migrated here in sweden almost 5 months ago to be with my boyfriend. i wanted to work but i can't since i cannot speak swedish which is sweden's primary language. i cannot understand and read swedish as well. so, just 2 months ago, i started going to a swedish class to learn it. my first week was horrible. i started crying and i was almost surrending. but my boyfriend told me to take it easy. and i did. but still, i devoted a lot of time learning swedish. i go to school and study, i go home and spend some time studying, i try to speak to my boyfriend in swedish, i read swedish subtitles in swedish on television, etc. what i wanna say is, just go on with it. don't worry about committing mistakes. it is just natural to commit errors. it is a part of learning. just go on keep learning. one day, you'll be excellent in english. anne
• China
24 Nov 07
Thank you for your good response ! I admire your perseverance in learning Swedish, and maybe i can learn something from it. I think i should work harder to learn English and persevere in it. Only with perseverance, i may improve my English.
@lucky_witch (2711)
• Philippines
23 Nov 07
Well, learning english takes a lot of time... I guess with your problem in pronunciation, you could practice the basic of pronouncing basic english words... if you are good in it then you could practice more complicated words. You should study one at a time if you really find it hard. That way you would learn it naturally.
@maryannemax (12170)
• Sweden
23 Nov 07
yup. learn it step by step. the thing is, when we wanted to learn something new, we stress ourselves into learning everything at once. reality is, we can't. and by the time we realize that we can't, we feel depressed about it. so, take things slowly. you'll learn everything gradually in time. anne
• China
23 Nov 07
I feel for you, my friend! because after ten years' english learning, I find it difficult to communicate with foreigners fluently,besides, as for some chinese idioms i really have no idea how to translate them. and when foreigners ask me sth about chinese culture, i feel how clumsy i am, i couldn't get the correct tranlation or can't express clearly,thus causing lots of misunderstandings. But there is no better method than keeping learning, not only learning how to overcome our fear when we give a speech or discussion, but also how to grasp the basic grammar and western culture. learning knowledge is difficult, while learning a foreign language is more of a challenge. Good luck!
• China
23 Nov 07
Thank you ! I am agree with your opinion. But it is easier to say than to do. I find i have been encountering the bottleneck to improve my English. And i think it is hard for me to find a good method to do it by myself, and i maybe need some help.
@shakeroo (3990)
• Malaysia
23 Nov 07
the key in learning English or any language for that matter is to practice and practice and keep on practicing. Do not worry if your friends appeared confused or even might laugh at you but if you can take all that, you would be able to master English. You can also listen to more radio broadcasts in English and watch movies and even cartoons. You can also get some comic English comics and read them. These are some of the ways that i can share with you and these are based on my own experiences. All the best to you.
• China
23 Nov 07
Thank you ! What you said gives me something new to improve my English.In the meantime i think the reason why i can not improve my english now is that i always use my mother tongue to comprehend what i am reading and hearing through translation in my mind for i have not form a kind of english thought----directly using English to follow it but not my mother tongue through translation
• Pakistan
30 Nov 07
It is not confine to English. Every language in the world is an ocean and words are like drops of water. None can put an ocean in a water pot or in some vessel. You can get as much as you try, and work. 11 years are a little span of time for learning a complete language. I am reading, trying to speak and write in English about more than 30 years, but I still feel that I now nothing about English. English is not my first language. But I am in practice to write it as well as I can. This is magic of practice. You know practice makes a person perfect.
@KevinIX (47)
• United States
24 Nov 07
Do you live in America or UK? Definitely the best way to become fluent is to live in a country that speaks the language. Every one of my university's language professors have spent 5 or more years in the country of the language they speak. It's extremely hard to learn a second language fluently, but if you can develop it to a point where you can communicate (like your post has done), then I'd say you've already learned English. Now you just have to polish it.
• China
24 Nov 07
the same to you.although i always insist to learning english,i cann't even express myself clearly when i chat with American.how embarrassed it is.absolutely,it is too difficult to understand the real indigenous English. on the other hand,i have to communicate with American because of business.in that case,i prepare for the dialogue as much as i can,such as relative words,sentences and so on.so there are no big problems during our negotiationg. anyway,preparing the coming talking as possible as you can.don't worry.if you do more practice like above,you can do well enough. i hope my tips will be helpful.Good luck.
• Philippines
23 Nov 07
Well, as they say practice makes perfect. If you are already doing this, then practice harder. Try reading English materials. You'll be able to learn a lot from them. You can even improve your sentences. And also, try watching English movies, you can improve your pronunciation by watching English movies. Try to imitate the character's dialogue, it would help you learn on how to pronounce some words correctly and of course, on how to construct simple and complex sentences. And if you don't know the meaning of a certain word, try to look for the meaning of it in the dictionary. You have to understand the words and how they would be used in a sentence, in that way, you'll be able to learn when and how you'll gonna need a certain word in your sentence. Goog luck!
• China
23 Nov 07
Nothing is impossible if you have the strong intention to do it.My native language is not English,too.From 5 years ago,I get up 6:00 each morning to speak some English.It really make sence.
@chrislotz (8203)
• Canada
23 Nov 07
Well being a member here in mylot is a good start. It's a good place for you to practice. I don't think your English is so bad, by the way. You have done a pretty good job with this discussion. But practice makes perfect. So don't give up. Just keep practicing by posting discussions and responses. You'll also find that your spelling and typing skills will also improve greatly. And with that will come the grammer. Give it time and spend a lot of time here. It really will help you.