could you give me some advices?

August 19, 2010 7:44pm CST
I am a student from a non-english speaking country. people around me, including me, study english just for passing tests and in our daily life, we communicate with each other in native language, which restrict our english level. But now I find english is very important because it is good for my career and i am very confused about how to improve my english, especially writing and listening. could you give me some advices. How can i study it efficiently.
17 responses
@smacksman (6074)
20 Aug 10
I understand exactly what you are trying to say. Well done! May I be so bold as to edit your post? I am a student from a non-english speaking country. People around me, including me, study english just for passing tests, but in our daily life, we communicate with each other in our native language, which restricts our english level. But now I find english is very important because it is good for my career and I am very confused about how to improve my english, especially writing and listening. Could you give me some advice. How can I study it efficiently?
• United States
20 Aug 10
Hi smacksman - I was thinking of doing the same thing. I was going to offer to edit some posts. You did a great job and it is a good teaching tool.
21 Aug 10
Thank you very much. You are the fisrt man that points out the mistakes in my description. From your words I can know that you are a scrupulous man, which I must learn from you. One great man of my coutry once said, we can learn from every one around us, and you are a very good teacher I meet here.
@smacksman (6074)
21 Aug 10
High praise indeed but I am far from perfect. I see that I missed a question mark on the second to last sentence - Could you give me some advice? - as you were asking a question.
• China
20 Aug 10
Are you still a student now?what is your major? I think your situation is the same as mine,but what about your English now?Have you found any good and efficient way to improve your English level?For a long time,I have been seeking a suitable way to develop my oral English,just as you said above:Speaking English fluently will be helpful to the career.That first replier's answer is good,comprehensive and practial.Mylot can also help you to learn much more English words.Now I plan to participate a oral course to practice my oral English.
• China
20 Aug 10
I listen to the VOA special English every morning(maybe a little ridiculous),for me,a English major,should listen to the standard English,but my radio can not receive the signal of standard broadcast,so pity!However,I feel no matter what you listen to will be helpful to the English.Good luck.
25 Aug 10
I was a student of Chinese medicine profession and have graduated from school this summer. Like what others said, the best and most efficient way to improve our english is just keep using this language as possible as you can. One of my friend recommended me a listening material--listen to this--which suit for us, you can download it from the internet.
• United States
20 Aug 10
From your posted discussion I have to say you are on the right path, so keep it up. English and any language takes time, consistency and usage. The more you use the more the brain adapts, so onward friend you are doing great.
20 Aug 10
I deeply agree with you.Skill comes from practice.Hardworkinggurl,would you mind helping me improving my writing?
• United States
20 Aug 10
Absolutey keep posting quality discussions and I am more than happy to help and reply. Happy myLotting.
@hbsztsyx (85)
• China
20 Aug 10
Congratulations,you are getting a good start now. Keep writing 2~3 discussions about your thoughts or your life everyday. You should always look up dictionary to guarantee you use the right context. Either,you could write diary everyday to improve your writing! As for listening, I suggest you find a good website containing lots of listening materials,then keep listening everyday for at least 1 hour. You should also look up the dictionary to make sure you completely understand what are you listening. Most important thing is Keeping your affection and passion. Good Luck.
20 Aug 10
Thanks for your advice. One of my friend recommended me a material for improve my listening recently. Now i am try my best to keep listening it everyday.The most difficult thing i face is writing.As you know, people in our coutry are deeply affected by our native language--chinese. Every time when I want to write something, i do not know how to write what i am thinking. How do you overcome it.
@jedpaul (31)
• Philippines
21 Aug 10
May i ask what country are you from? Your name sounds like chinese..China?Taiwan?Korea? As i can asssess. You have a good start in improving your english. Most basic thing to do to improve is to PRACTICE it. We cant be good at something in just a overnight study, writing and reading. Goodluck and i believe you can do better in your english!^^
22 Aug 10
Yes you are right, I am from China. My name derives from a very famous handwriting.Thanks for your kindhearted advices and encouragements. In addition I want you tell you that people from Taiwan are also Chinese, wether you adimit it or not, because we have the same ancestor and culture.
@ptower76 (1618)
• United States
20 Aug 10
Language is a part of culture. It is a part of our identity. Who we are. An old college professor of mine once told me that if you want to learn a language, any language, you have to make it a part of your personality. Joining MyLot is a step in the right direction. Here you will get a chance to discuss issues with people from all over the world in english. It will give you a good chance to read and write. As far as listening, perhaps you can find an English language television show weekly or daily and try to get into it. The best i think is to find English speakers to talk to so you can hear the language first hand. Remember, when you learn English, you will be positively changing your identity. You will add another language to your personal repetoire. If you only knew one language before, you will then become bilingual.
@ladynetz (968)
• Canada
20 Aug 10
Your English is already good - keep writing in this forum.You'll get your English exercise and some fund on top of that.tell your friends to join here under you and you'll get something extra everytime they join a conversation.
@ladynetz (968)
• Canada
20 Aug 10
Your English is already good - keep writing in this forum.You'll get your English exercise and some fund on top of that.tell your friends to join here under you and you'll get something extra everytime they join a conversation.
• India
20 Aug 10
Its good to be outspoken. mylot wil improve your english vocabulary. just keep on posting discussions and reply for the same daily. go through a standard news paper or magazine daily. if possible go for THE HINDU which will improve your english skills. learn atleast five new words daily. try to communicate in english among your friends.
@tedifa (1235)
• Indonesia
20 Aug 10
student always has own ways to study about their lesson.My own way to get study efficiently is do not just read your book,try to make little discuss with your friend about anything you're like or try to watch the movie and learn about their speaking.Don't give up and Good Luck.
@Catana (736)
• United States
20 Aug 10
You can study all you want, and that will help. But the only way you can really learn a language is to use it. If you and your friends would spend some time speaking in English, you'd all learn it a lot faster. If you can find someone who is either a native speaker of English or very expert in it, that would be even better. Someone who really knows English could correct you when you're wrong, and explain the right way.
@pogi253 (1587)
• Philippines
20 Aug 10
English plays an important role in modern society. English is an international language. Wherever you go, you hear English spoken by many people. Learning English is learning how to learn to swim or play ball. Main problem is that we have approached the study of language from the wrong end. The way to learn English is almost the same way you learned your native language. You must listen and repeat and repeat until you can easily change the language. In other words you must rely on the use of English.
• India
20 Aug 10
Well posting quality discussions and having chat with other countries people would really help you a lot in improving your english. I'm too from a country where English is not the first language.But as i've studied it in school, so it really helped me in improving my written english. But still, i lack something in english, that my spoken English. In our country, we mostly communicate in our native language. So, my spoken English is bad. I would myself rate my spoken english 3 or 4 out of 10. So, for written english, read novels, books and discussions in english and try to answer them in english.Also English movies and songs would help you lot (like in my case ). So start reading english books,listening to english speeches and music and posting quality discussion on mylot.
• India
20 Aug 10
First of all you must start to communicate with others in English.Ya i know you will do mistakes while speaking just do don't care about it.Who Don't do mistakes?? If You start speaking with others in English then it will automatically reflect in your listening,reading and writing skills.That's all you have to do "Just Don't hesitate to speak in English with others especially your friends and teacher.Don't worry about mistakes.Try to rectify those mistakes next time,then you will be a successful learner". Please really Don't Hestiate to talk English with others.
• Philippines
20 Aug 10
Here are some advices I could give you. Stay at mylot. I think answering discussions and starting discussions could help improve your writing in English. As for reading, read books for children, or books that interests you, it doesn't have to be think. Read it aloud, not just by your eyes. Keep an English dictionary by your side, in case you did not understand one word, you could look at it in the dictionary. As for speaking, I suggest that you talk to English speaking people. Encourage your classmates and talk to them in English too. Encourage your parents too, you not only helped yourself but your parents too. Goodluck in studying English. It's nice to know your interested with it. I'm studying Japanese now. This would be the third language that I know. It's nice knowing different languages.
@jadmari (125)
• Philippines
20 Aug 10
hello there. Keep on writing here on mylot and you're writing skills will improve. As for the speaking skills, keep on watching english programs or movies and observe how the english words are spoken by the english speakers. Then from time to time, practice speaking in english at home. It would really help you a lot.
@gloryacam (5546)
• Philippines
20 Aug 10
Find someone you could speak English with on a daily basis. If not, you could learn a lot from the internet. I also recommend watching movies in English without a subtitle. In our country, majority of the people speak English, even if most of has haven't finished school. However, we are a country who loves anything foreign (American, especially). So a lot of people watch American movies and TV shows. And I guess it helps them learn the language more because unlike other Asian countries, American movies are shown here without subtitles. Of course, you have to read English books. I think you can move on to reading novels and the like because based on your post, your grammar is okay.