18.5.12

The Best Way of Learning English


Living Far East,in the third largest English speaking country in the world,there are a lot of things that amaze me when it comes to languages, and how we cross cut barriers to transcend global echos and constructive negotiations. Being a Filipino, we started learning the abc's way back in our primary years, from the moment we set our bare foot in the threshold of institutional knowledge and development. Today, alongside 110 million Filipinos who are willing to speak for global unity, language became our strongest arm towards pushing for effective legal repercussions and getting heard in the international platform. 

 There are a lot of ways to learn English, but I think the best among the rest is to live with it daily.Take the case of overseas workers who have lived interacting with people and speaking conversational English everyday, to be able to make a living. Through the years, they have mastered speaking English and by 2-3 years, they'll sound proficiently in pace that you would even think that the global language is their mother tongue. But that's not really exclusive to them. 

Being in an ESL country, I am exposed in classrooms where discussion atmosphere is moderated in English medium. Even on simple administrative functions in offices or normal transactions like buying train tickets, all these things require comprehension of English. So really, learning is something you encounter everyday. It's not secluded in classrooms, but becoming more efficient is a brunt of discretion.

I myself have been an exchange student twice, the first is in Japan and the second is in US. The most interesting among these trips is the fact that I have to adjust to the language that they use. Technically, I almost got lost in Tokyo when I've loosened grip of my host mom's hand in a busy subway. I don't know how to read all the signs because they were all in Japanese. Just for my luck, my dad got me and I've made my way out from the problem. I use translation books so that we understand each other but they do understand a bit of English so we utilize the words that they know.                                               
In US, the challenge is to understand different levels of English accent, like the North do have some phrases Southerners don't usually use and vis a vis (For example,saying "How are ya'll?". And those from Florida do have a bit of accent compared to those people from Ohio. The great thing about English is it becomes the melting pot of languages. It sets out the differences, and facilitates understanding and cultural assimilation. But if I'll be really given a chance to go somewhere to learn English, I'd definitely go to UK. It's not about the Olympics, and the Royal Family, I really believe that UK is an awesome country with great architecture and high level of creativity coming from people. I've already been to US so I would obviously want to go somewhere I've never been yet. But I've never been to West, most particularly to San Francisco.

I'm more of a music person than into movies, that's why I'm gonna be a bit of an exception to what the amazing infographic is saying. I have just seen episode cuts of Harry Potter. But I do believe that music and movies, are both very helpful in improving the language skills of a person. A person who listens to music everyday,is likelier to find the meanings of the words that he's saying. Yet all in all, just the pure comprehension of English would already work. 

I believe in the advocacy of Kaplan. Spreading the word of this infographic can actually help those people who are doing English-teaching in underdeveloped communities at least be more strategical in modifying their approaches. After all, you can make learning more fun and engaging. You just need to profile what best suits the interest of the students, and that's where you will step on the great beginnings.
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