ENGLISH ALL THE TIME 6
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I have been in United Statesfor 1 year and I have been through a lot during this 1 year. Forexample when I came to U.S., everyone speaks English. Fornon-native speakers, we want to improve our English skills throughdifferent kind of ways such as: talk to Native Americans, joinactivities, going to parties, and so on. Are these ways effective?Sometimes it was effective but later I found it made me crazy (Evans,1982). As an international student, I have my own responsibilities tolearn English well but it is easier than done.
When I was a highschool student,my teacher always toldme that if you want to improve your English skills you must focus onspeaking, listening, reading, and writing. These four subjects arethe most important. For speaking, the teacher said that you have totalk to native speakers more often so that your speaking skills willimprove. When it came to listening, the teacher advised me to listento American radio stations every day (Fries, 1945). By doing so, Iwould be able to discern more clearly what is being said as time wentby. Eventually, this would go a long way in improving my listeningskills. When it came to my reading skills, he was of the opinion thatreading newspapers daily would help me learn new vocabulary andunderstand how to use them appropriately. He said that words cannotjust be crammed.
One need to see how they areused and the only way to master a language is to be able to read howother writers manipulate different words and put them together tobring about a different meaning. It was very difficult to understandnew words in the beginning, but his advice was that I should try ashard as possible to keep the reading spirit alive. He believed thatif I kept at it long enough then I would soon get the hang of it(Daif, 2007). The writing part was the trickiest. You can neverseparate being a good writer from being an avid reader. In order tobe able to write a good story, I needed to read several storieswritten by other experienced individuals first. Novels and shortstories were the first place that I should start. Understanding howit is that authors put facts together to give a story is the only waythat I too could become proficient in the same.
I followed each instructionthat I was given by my teacher, read newspapers every day, readnovels and listened to American radio stations so as to get a betterand deeper understanding of the language. I must say, at first, I wasvery passionate about learning English. This is because it is a veryinteresting language and I wanted to be as fluent as everybody elsearound me. I tried my best to study from radio, newspaper and I gavemyself chance to make American friends.
I never listened to theChinese music and haven not even been watching Chinese movies. Thisis because the only thing that I do all day is learn English.Listening to the radio is not even as enjoyable as one would imagineas it is sometimes feels like a chore. I really want to get better atthe language but I wish that there was a better way of learning itwithout having to do it all the time and every day.
There are a few Englishstories and English subjects books on my desk. There are severalpages of English passages in my bed, and there is a TOEFL book in mybed too. If you open my computer, you open the website addresses, youcan see all links are English websites. Such as: 365 online radiostations, and a few movie links (Miller, 1980). There are severalclass syllabus, time schedules on my wall and State newspaperseverywhere. At this moment, I am listening to the Kelly Clarkson’smusic and typing essay on my computer. I think my life is a bit messybecause English makes me crazy.
Can anybody bear English allthe time? Before, I was watching my own language movies, stories, andchatting with Chinese friends. But now, everything has changed.Everything is in English and I kept reading English newspapers,chatting with native friends in English and also go to restaurant weorder food in English. I kept listen English music, radio, and I alsokept divert myself as part of American (Fries, 1945). That means I amgoing to become half American because I did everything that nativepeople did in their daily life. Isn’t it? When I came back toAmerica this July,I feel totally boring, tiresome, frustrated and exhausted aboutEnglish at all! I don’t want to listen to the English radio, Idon’t want to read newspaper, and I don’t want to toucheverything in English! This is the reaction of .
For international students wholike me, have the same job is enhance our English skills. Who hasproper ways to improve our English skills? Reading newspapers everyday? Listen to the radio every day? No, these skills are unable forlong time because after a long time, you will give up English and youwill hate English because you can’t bear it for 3 or 4 months.
English as second language forstudents is very hard because it is getting tiresome to learn Englishall the time (Evans, 1982). It is just the same as working in a newoffice, for example, say you are just a graduate student and you haveworked in a company for just two days. You are kind of unfamiliarwith this company and so you are trying to learn something useful andhelpful, you also have to understand what they say and do you have aswell as knowing exactly how to do it just as everyone else does itall the time. You don’t have extra time to find out what’s goingon or what concepts they are dealing in.
As a result, I would like todeny is the right way to improve our Englishbecause it is easy to get frustrated as well as bored if you are justpracticing the language throughout (Daif, 2007). Some people thinkreading newspapers and watching American movies all the time areeffective ways of improving our language skills but the thing isthese things can only benefit the student if they are actuallygetting some relaxation from it sometimes. Repeating the same thingsthrough out in a bid to understand the language better is verytasking and can easily make one give up on it.
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