In this article, we’ll prove that it’s possible to make learning English easy. Such an affirmation may seem very presumptuous, especially when thinking about all those around us who find it extremely difficult to learn English. Indeed, we often hear about how such and such is bad in English, or that someone failed English at school. However, we don’t tend to hear that often about people who have managed to learn it. Why not? Well, it would make a person look very boastful if they were to affirm they encountered no problems when learning English. Yet, saying that learning English is difficult is a myth that is reinforced by school, which, to say the least, is plain wrong. Because of this, we’re not just going to explain you why English is easy to learn, but also how to make it so!
How to Make Learning English Easy And Fun
Is English difficult?
The general perception is that it is, in fact, very difficult. Yet, it’s not such a hard language! Some aspects of it are puzzling, such as its pronunciation or its many idioms. Nonetheless, there are little-known aspects about the English language that make English easy. Or at least easier than you think!
- Easy grammar compared to Romance languages (no masculine/feminine objects or places, little conjugation, etc.)
- Many similar words to Romance languages and German, making it easy to learn
- An international language which has been simplified in its spoken form
It is actually detrimental to believe that English is an easy or hard language to learn, as it can give you inaccurate expectations when you start to learn it. Really, it’s all about the method you use to learn the language. Before we tell you about a great method for learning English, why not find out what your current English skills are like? Take our quiz to find out what your English level is:
English is Easy, But Not at School!
For most of us, English is but an unpleasant memory from school. When having to learn arid grammar rules (list of irregular verbs = nightmare) and exercises with useless phrases that don’t make any sense, we quickly lose interest. It’s not surprising that many of us have the impression that English is hard.
However, there are numerous people who have mastered Shakespeare’s language without having studied the language for years on end. How did they do it? Are they gifted with language? Not at all! Their learning experience was simply very different from the one we are acquainted with, which, unless proven otherwise, has helped very few people. And when we learn how these people approach this task, we can only feel incomprehension at the way school teaches languages. Let’s take a closer look…
A Simple And Efficient Method to Make Learning English Easy
It’s all about the method! Approaching it the correct way is the best tool you can have when learning something new—especially a foreign language. People who find learning English easy follow a particular method. There are plenty of methods out there, but they all share a few essential principles:
Why do you want to learn English? Answering this simple question could be the keystone to learning English successfully. Is it just to have good grades? I hope not! It is of utmost importance to highlight what motivates you to start this task, and to never forget about this motivation. Maybe you want to travel, change your career, live and work abroad… (in this article, you’ll find other ideas). Your reasons to learn should stay the focus point for learning, because it is thanks to them that you’ll want to carry on and improve in the language. This will also allow you to concentrate on the essentials of what will be useful according to your reasons for learning. If you only want to be able to communicate during your trips, don’t waste your time learning how to write!
Another problem with traditional learning methods is the importance given to writing, especially at the beginning. If we take the example of your mother tongue, did you really start by learning how to write? Did you start by asking grammar questions? Of course not! You simply started by listening, understanding and talking! To make learning English easy, how you set out learning it shouldn’t be much different. Especially as being able to speak and understand is much more useful when speaking to a native speaker than being able to read and correct a text on open innovation in SMEs… Whatever happens, it’s better to avoid this type of practice if you truly want to progress 🙂
This aspect is based on the knowledge of the human brain and its ability to remember by building habits. Indeed, it is difficult for us to concentrate on any given subject for more than twenty minutes in a row, never mind an hour… A language is acquired with the help of revisions, which is why it is more important to be regular than having long learning sessions. The memorization process is more sensitive to a piece of information that has been repeated over and over again. In short, it’s better to do a bit every day. You’ll be surprised to see the speed you can accumulate knowledge with this technique!
Still related to the logic of habits; nowadays, it is also possible to immerse yourself in the English language. Indeed, we can easily watch a film and TV series in their original version, or even watch TV shows in English. All this is available online for free. We can even follow our interests in English, if we wish, making what is useful become pleasant! Like post-match comments or gardening tutorials? Watch them in English! This way, it’s very easy to keep your motivation levels high to carry on learning. The best thing about this is that doing this helps us improve, and we do so without even realizing it! Done this way, immersions makes learning English easy.
Commitment and a specific time frame
One last point to make sure you have enough motivation is the personal engagement invested when learning English. We’ve already said that to make learning English fun, it must be meaningful to you. So, after having expressed the reasons why you wish to do it, it is also beneficial to have concrete milestones, along with a time frame to reach them. Of course, giving yourself the milestone of being able to hold a conversation with a native speaker within a month might not be feasible, and this would only frustrate you. Nevertheless, you could easily commit to understanding a conversation in English within this time frame, or to read a book in a month. A clear and precise goal will show you the steps to take.
Tools for Learning and Making Language Progress
Next we’ll go over the elements that will help you build a personalized method that will make learning English easy and pleasant! First, let’s see how Luca, none other than our co-founder and a self-taught polyglot, explains tips and tools he used for learning the English language:
There are countless numbers of tools that could help you in your task. However, choosing correctly isn’t a given. Fortunately, we live in an era blessed with technology, something which wasn’t available a few years back. Here’s a quick review of what technology can offer us to make learning English easy.
Our Apps Will Help You With Motivation And Regularity
The MosaLingua apps for English, Business English, TOEIC, or TOEFL are geared towards optimizing your memorization, and obtaining the best results with the least work possible. Indeed, the Spaced Repetition System (SRS) makes sure you review words and expressions right before your brain forgets them. The time spent for revisions thus becomes regular and minimal, helping you to obtain quick results. Working regularly has never been this easy!
Movies And Series in Their Original Version Will Allow You to Make Learning English Easy And Fun by Immersing You in The Language
We can also enjoy passive learning by submerging ourselves in the English language. Movies and series in their original version are ideal for this, as there are no different from the activities we already enjoy doing. Watching films in their original version will allow you to learn without making you lose your patience or go out of your comfort zone. It helps improve listening comprehension and even reinforces vocabulary you wouldn’t be able to learn unless you were in an English-speaking country. Online platforms, such as the MosaLingua Premium video library and MosaSeries, can help you reach a higher level and give you full support when learning English.
Communicate And Exchange With a Native English Speaker
As already seen, speaking is a crucial aspect of language learning, something which is not included in many traditional learning methods. Additionally, not all of us have the money to invest in English lessons or the opportunity to meet native English speakers. That’s even more true if you live far from a big town/city. The internet brings people closer! It is now possible to join communities of learners and to find native English speakers eager to learn French or other languages (see the video below to see why communicating with native speakers is preferable). This can relieve you from anxiety if you find it stressful to speak in English, as your language partner will be understanding and will help you to progress simply because they’re in the very same boat! Services such as Tandem or HelloTalk make the search for language partners very easy. You can improve your speaking skills in the comfort of your own home, or while out and about by using your tablet or smartphone. What a way to make learning English easy, right?
This is just a simple overview of existing resources on how to learn English online. There are many more available that are used by people all over the world. Learning English has never been so easy and accessible to all. Forget about old, ineffective methods! Develop your own fast and entertaining methods, and finally see improvement. You just need to start. Make learning English easy for you!
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