How can I learn English well

China
December 9, 2009 7:31am CST
I'm a Chinese..I wanna learn english well..My oral english is not well..One day..an Americnan people want me to help him..He said" Are you strong?" I am very strange..I just said "yeah"..He said "Can you help me move this box downstairs" I just said"Yeah" Then he said"Thank you,man".I just said"U R welcome"..I wanna say more to practice my oral english but I don't know what to say...How can I improve my oral english?
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36 responses
• Malaysia
9 Dec 09
first you must listen to english conversation and speak...Practice when you get the chance. I think we are in the same boat, you want to learn english and I want to learn mandarin...I took mandarin course in university but I still can speak fluently but I understand simple sentence.
• China
9 Dec 09
Dear curiousplay54..Thanx for ur advices.I wanna know which university you have studied in. R u in China now? Maybe,I can help you to learn Chinese,if you want..LOL
• Malaysia
9 Dec 09
I studied in University Science Malaysia and I never been to China yet. If I were in China you will definitely be my mandarin lao shi (^_^)v...
• China
10 Dec 09
Yeah,right..I can be ur Chinese "laoshi" if you want..And I want you to be my English "laoshi" also..O(n_n)O
@kykidd (6818)
• United States
9 Dec 09
The best thing to do is just to keep practicing. I know a lot of Hispanic people who won't hardly speak English, because they are embarrassed. There is no reason to be embarrassed, if anything the American people will be impressed with your effort. Perhaps you can get a friend who will help and practice with you, that wants to learn to speak English as well. Good luck to you!
• China
9 Dec 09
Thanks for your advices..Dear kykidd..Sometimes I don't have the courage and confidence to talk with foreigners..Maybe,I should have more confidence.LOL
@agv0419 (3027)
• Philippines
10 Dec 09
I heard in the news that Chinese improved their English and they going to beat the Filipinos in the future. If thats happens it is hard for the Filipinos to compete with Chinese in employment because right now English speaking Filipinos is in demand in local employment and abroad. Practice makes perfect, always watch English movies or soap operas and read a lot. Like you I'm also struggling to perfect my English and as of now I'm not confident to speak English.
• China
10 Dec 09
Yeah,right..Thanx for your advices.In China,English course is taught in primary school now..In my childhood,I didn't contact with English till my junior high school.It is paid more attentions to,you know..China wanna open its gate and do business with others,English is necessary..But,till now..To get a job is very hard in China,you know..I'm a this year graduate..I know the serious situation..What's the situation in philippines this year?
@pillow08 (97)
• Philippines
10 Dec 09
Some of my colleagues started by reading books out loud, so your tongue would get used to pronouncing English words. Always keep a Chinese-English dictionary handy. Encourage friends to speak English with you, no matter how silly you feel. Never ever be embarrassed if you committed a mistake. I believe no one's English is ever perfect, one is bound to commit an error once in a while. Just practice often, Chen Yun. You will soon find yourself able to express yourself in English. Never mind people if they tell you that your Chinese accent is so heavy. No worries! =)I am trying to improve my Mandarin and Fookien, too. I try to practice with my Parents whenever I have the time. Good luck to the both of us, LOL.
• China
10 Dec 09
Hey,dear pillow08.So you know my Chinese,can I know your name? LOL Are you born in philippines or immigrate there? Maybe,you can understand my situation in China..Speak English as usual,you will be look at a fool.Chances to practice are very few.
• Philippines
10 Dec 09
My Mandarin name is Mei An. I was born here in the Philippines. However, my Chinese accent is still apparent when I speak English even Tagalog, which is the local language here. It really does take some practice. I even worked at a call center just to improve my Skill. I used to have a hard time practicing too because my friends feel silly communicating in a language they aren't used to. It's not just in China but also here in here in Philippines that people can be judgmental when they hear you speak English. They'd laugh at you for making a mistake, for mispronouncing a word, for every little error. Just don't mind them. Let me share you a story that might inspire you, when I was working at a call center here, I worked for a major Telecommunications company in USA, I really didn't expect to be hired because I was insecure of my skill in Oral English. When I got the job, I practised hard and even during the training period, I was always getting commendations from both my colleagues and clients. What I am trying to point is that you just have to say whatever you want to say, talk whenever you want to talk. Never let people discourage you.
• Philippines
10 Dec 09
Buy english books, me what i do is to read Archie's comics. There are many conversational english there because it is a comics. I do watch american films and programs and I repeat what they are saying. I listen to their intunation repeat it and adapt it. And I also do blogging I do write what I learned from Mylot. I read the discussion of pure american here and take note of the new words they used, I used it to my blogs. I try also to speak with my friends through english. We sometimes trip with ourselves and talk in english only. Little by little I practice english.
• China
10 Dec 09
Thanks for you nice advices..Dear grecychunny26..You like Archie's comics,Right?So,I guess you are an optimistic girl.O(n_n)O.I think there are some differences between China and philippines.In China, few people speak English as usual.I'm still a student.In my university,my classmates and roommates are busy at their experiments everyday..We go back to our dormitories,and then, Sleep.No chance to speak Englishand nobady speak English..Maybe,the are shy to speak English.It would be looked at a fool,if you speak English here as usual,you know.O(n_n)O.I think you philippines have many chances to speak English,right?
• Philippines
11 Dec 09
Here in our country, we don't mind if we look like a fool if we talk in English. We just want too and there are many call center here, we do practice speaking American intunation. Buy Archie comics and read it loud. If you want go to safe place or quiet place, be sure you are alone so that you will not look weird. Practice there.
@neelimaravi (1794)
• India
10 Dec 09
hi chenyun... even me too the same.. while talking in english, i will suffer little bit.. i want to talk clearly, what i want to talk..after coming to mylot.. i was better than before. i have learned so much here not only english and i have got so many friends to encourage me and my language also.. practice is main to improve such things. thankyou, have a nice day my friend.
• China
10 Dec 09
Hi,my friends..You guessed my name,right? I feel that mylot helps me alot also..I get so many good friends here just like you.O(n_n)O..let's work hard together to learn English well. Good day!
• India
10 Dec 09
yeah, let's work hard nothing will be heard, when we do with interest. thankyou, have a good day.
• China
9 Dec 09
i am chinese too i also want to improve my english. can i add you ? my english is very poor....
• China
10 Dec 09
Of course..hehe..wo yi jing + ni le.hehe,yi qi +U ba!
• China
11 Dec 09
haha zai zhe li da pinyin ye ting hao wan de`````thank you
@benny128 (3621)
9 Dec 09
practice practice practice, the more english you can surround yourself with the more you will pick up, although its not just english it also the local slang that you need to get used to. I think english is possibly one of the hardest languages to learn because there are so many variations, take where I come from we call a child a bhairn even some people in england haven't a clue what a bhairn is. Just surround yourself with as much english as you can and you will eventually pick bits up. Good luck,
• China
9 Dec 09
Dear benny128.Thanx for your advices.. :) You are right.Every language study need practice.I need practice really..But, in my university,China university of Petroleum,most of the foreign students are from Middle East,Russia or Africa,you know. So,I don't have so many chance to practice my oral English..The only chance is in myLot here and some scientific documents. I have gotten the interview chance of Schlumberger,but because my oral English is not very well,I was refused..T_T..I determined to study my English well.LOL
@sasalove (1710)
• China
11 Dec 09
Dumb English is very popular here and I agree that the more English we practise, the more we can pick up. But I think the communication is not related to the language itself only, but the culture background difference plays a very critical part in it. As Benny said, seldom people will know about bhairn even some people in England as well. If foreigner who would like to learn Chinese is the same, it took quite a long time to learn Chinese for its different tone. And I regconized that a lot of people can speak beautiful English with the local accent, saying Australia, England or USA, but seldom foreigner can immitate with the Chinese accent as the local.
• Indonesia
10 Dec 09
hai chenyun i am from indonesia, my english is not so well too. but i try to more practice. such as follow any discussion at mylot
• China
10 Dec 09
Yeah..Me too.O(n_n)O.I like mylot,it's a nice place to study English.More important,we can make friends with people all over the world.It's very funny and helpful.
• India
10 Dec 09
Knowing a language is an art/ For knowing english you have to study the grammer first and to the pronosation of the words correctly. Next thing is to talk with your friends in english often. At first you will strugle,then afterwards you will find it easier to talk frequently This is the way of learning English.
• China
10 Dec 09
Thank you,Dear nathanmani1946.You are right.each language itself is an art.We should know the artistic conception of each artwork and what the artist want to show us. And then,we can have our own artwork.O(n_n)O
• Philippines
9 Dec 09
for you to improved your oral english you need to have at least a bank of english vocabulary. by having a bank of vocabulary then you can start practicing it here in mylot, by participating discussions. then if you already have bank of vocabulary next thing is to watch a pure english movie at home dont switch your channel to any unless its also english. you will then know the correct pronunciation of those vocabulary you have, copy what they say by also saying the words. if you encounter strange words then bring dictionary with you and check what it means and try to use the words often so you can remember them easily. read english books nor novels and have your dictionary with you. i used to do that when i was a child. my brother gave me a book and a dictionary and i listed some words that i normally hear from movies and check its meaning and i also applied it by talking. Then i also watched english movie, at first i didnt understand what their saying but i always ask my brother what it means and its not easy as they will get irritated explaining so i just write down words i didnt know and check dictionary later about what it means and i keep on using the words everyday till i gather a lot of vocabulary and was able to construct sentences. If you have friends then try to encourage them to speak english too. You can't learn the whole concept of english usage in just a year of studying, it takes years and in school they will only guide you and give you the basic, they will not goin gto gie you everything words by words. your still the one who will widen it. try to pick or write down 5 english words you heard from other people everyday and if you dont know its meaning then check dictionary then next time use the words over and over again. the next day try to pick up another 5 words and do the same the next day till you are confident enough to speak english.
• China
10 Dec 09
Thanx for your real nice advices.Dear homeshoppers..Yeah,right..I need a bank of English vocabulary,first..It's the base of oral English..Myplot is a good place for me to get the real English..I wanna know how did they express themselves and the common slang..LOL..Your experiences shows that you are a hardworking and wise person..I really need to learn from you.
• India
9 Dec 09
hey... i was just like you a few years ago. i felt embarrassed to speak english but then only practice holds the key to get fluent .all i did was to try and learn as much as from my mistakes.i kept expressing myself more and more to people who were good at it. u can check out www.livemocha.com for joining their english language courses.all the best
• China
10 Dec 09
Thank you,Dear neo_matrix,my India friends..It's a good website,you know..O(n_n)O
@borg246 (541)
• Malta
9 Dec 09
As most people say, Practice makes Perfect! I'm pretty sure that you are very good at Chinese, why? how? The same methos applies to the way you can earn english. Verbal communication is very important, so if you have english-speaking friends, try communicate with them and ask questions if you don't know a word. Another good method, is to expand your vocabulary by looking up in the dictionary, reading books or watching english TV programs. But the most important, make sure to try and do english language excercises because as boring and useless as they might seem, they contribute a lot in your learning.
• China
9 Dec 09
Thanks for your advices, dear borg246. Yeah,you are right,my Chinese is very nice.LOL.I have used it 24 years.I used it everyday..But I don't have many chances to talk with an English speaker.So I come here,Mylot..I don't know if this way can help me improve my English..LOL
@egawchua (34)
• Philippines
9 Dec 09
practice, listen and talk with someone who can speak better than you... don't be afraid or ashame to try speakng with them since by doing this you can practice speaking better than just by being silent. fear of doing something cannot help us overcome the things that we need to succeed.
• China
9 Dec 09
Dear egawchua..Agree with you especially the last words..LOL Fear of doing something cannot help us overcome the things that we need to succeed..I will speak out from now on.LOL
@nikky28 (1572)
• India
9 Dec 09
You can read books in order to understand the usage of words and grammar. I suggest reading story books, novels, journals, blogs etc. Another fun way of learning English is to watch english movies, soaps, etc preferably with subtitles. That will help improve your conversational English. And yes, practice is the key. Don't worry about getting embarrassed, frame the sentence in your mind and just say it wherever and whenever you can. And you can talk to the mirror or your hand when you have some privacy too lol.
• China
9 Dec 09
Hello,friend Nikky28..Thanx for ur advices.They're real nice methods.I like US soaps just like THE PRISION BREAK..But the soaps always have Chinese captions and I need this captions.LOL.. If there are no Chinese captions,I can't understand what they said.Maybe, my aural English need more practices..LOL
@sachii315 (489)
• Japan
9 Dec 09
Hi ChenYun1985! What you need is someone whom you can converse English with in that way you can improve your speaking and listening skills as well as building up your vocabulary. You can find english-speaking people at www.italki.com and most of them could teach you English and in the same way you can teach them Chinese. Exchanging languages is a fun way of learning. Another way is to self study. Good luck and have fun!
• China
9 Dec 09
Dear sachii315..I have register in that website..It's a very nice website.LOL.. Exchanging languages is a real fun as you said.We can improve languages what we want to learn and help others..A real nice way..LOL
@E_Cios (1)
• United States
21 Dec 09
I think many people nailed all the points in learning English. In sum, it is important to study correct sentences and then practice what you studied. Many students only study and do not practice. That means they can pass exams, but have a hard time speaking to an English speaker. If you can find someone to speak with regularly, that is the best. If not, then you'll have to find classes or tutors. If you can't afford that or are limited by time, then you'll have to find online resources with audio files. There are several I can recommend. Several of my students mentioned www.talkenglish.com is excellent for speaking as they focus solely on speaking English skills. I took a look and it was good for students who do not have access to English speaking people. Besides the practicing part, I think willing to make mistakes and not being afraid of speaking will hlpe your speed of learning as it will make you speak more often and practice in all different situations. Good luck!
@zeethegr8 (785)
• India
13 Dec 09
Well your english isnt that bad at all. You can improve your english yourself by talking in the mirror of the conversations you might have, reading newspapers in english, small articles or even story books. I hope you agree with me, that childhood is when we learn best because that's when learning is the easiest and the best. So search for english story books and fables. Other way is to join any english speaking tution classes where they'll not only teach you how to talk in english but also write and grammar basics.
@aerous (13461)
• Philippines
11 Dec 09
My suggestion is that always talk to English people and or have always a conversation using the English language. Watch English movies, news, and other relevant topics to boost your skills. But the best is to regularly talk to English man or talk using English in your family...Experience is the best teacher, my friend
@Opal26 (17686)
• United States
11 Dec 09
Hi ChenYun! And Wecome to Mylot! The very best way that you can learn Engish is just by participting in the discussions here! Most of the mylotters that are here are aware that there are plenty of people who come here from all over the globe and are quite patient with them! And I am certainly one of them! So don't be afraid to respond to a discussion even if you don't think that you will be understood! The more you respond, the more English you will learn! And don't worry if you make mistakes because we will all help you along!
@bellis716 (4804)
• United States
10 Dec 09
It seems to me that the best way to learn a language would be to try to think in it. You do need to practice speaking English, but you already know that. When you do not have an English speaking companion with whom to speak, try reading something aloud in English. I think that a work of fiction where there is conversation going on would be best. This will not only build your vocabulary, but it will help you to understand how the words are used.