How to learn a foreign language(English) well?

April 23, 2008 12:40am CST
Hi all. I 'm a new comer here from China.I start this discussion for i wonder how to learn a foreign languange(English) well. I have learnt English for almost ten years,but i do feelthat my English's poor.That's,i can communicate with English speakers in simple sentences,i can read and understand short articles,i can get the main ideas that the writer's talking about,but,i just can't express myself clearly and fluently.Always,i can't find the appropriate words and expressions to discribe my thoughts.Always,there are so many mistakes in my English...... I'm now studying New Concept English which is considered as one of the best English books for non-English speakers by myself,hoping to improve my English. So,what are your experiences and advice on English study? I'd be obliged if you share them with me.
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@irdsm1 (288)
• United States
23 Apr 08
Hello! Welcome to mylot. I have a similar situation as you. I am an English speaker trying to learn Chinese, although I am no where near dedicated as you. I can't get much past Fei chung hao (very good) and Ni hao (hello) lol. Your English isn't as bad as some Americans I know ;) I wish you luck! Dan
• Ethiopia
23 Apr 08
Thanks for you encouragement,and good luck to you!
@shizuoka (352)
• United States
23 Apr 08
Hi Nan, I think that in order to learn a language very well you have to use it. Watching television and movies helps you to get used to the rhythm and sound of a language, too. Take what you've learned so far, and a dictionary if you like, and head out into the English-speaking public. Places like beauty salons, supermarket lines and bars are great. Visit a dog park if you have a dog, or join a class at the community center. Just get out there, be brave, and talk your head off. It doesn't matter if you make a mistake-everyone does at first. Anyone who laughs probably hasn't had to learn a second language.