Today is my bad day since I can not play badminton in the evening because my left shoulder has been hurt for 2 weeks. I hate it! Then I just visit every website I often visit, read all news, read a lot of posts in this forum and I noticed this post. Finally, I decided to say something.
I’m a Vietnamese, working in Japan for one and a half years. Badminton is the only one I do love here beside work. Japanese people is very friendly on the way they accept to play with however I can not speak anything about Japanese. But we can communicate by “badminton” language and body language. Giving a big smile when you have a good smash or drive; or saying “I’m sorry (go men ne – Japanese) when I or my partner made any mistake”… Those are the ways we understand each other. And of course, we’ve had a lot of fun and enjoy the games.
It sounds bad that I don’t study Japan since I’ve been here for more than 18 months. Yes, it is bad. Actually, there are a couple reasons that I don’t want to study Japanese (I think I talked about this when first time I joint to this forum last year) because I think my English is still not good, I can not speak smoothly and automatically. And also Japanese is a kind of most difficult language in the world. So I prefer to study and improve English instead.
Improving English is a different story, I’ve tried hard, very hard by joining to any website during searching in internet (by www.google.com as well); subscribing any email letters which I will easily read from my email box sometimes beside work. I keep trying to talk to anyone I meet in office, no matter what I said maybe not correct or used grammar wrongly. The point is I know it incorrect and try to correct myself for next talk. Or I requested the listeners/colleagues that please don’t hesitate to correct for any mistake/misspell of mine. And I think at least it’s working as the way it is. My English has been improved a lot if comparing to last year. But I still need more vocabulary improvement, i think. People says that “they more you read, the more vocabulary you learn” and “the more you talk, the more chances for you to correct your grammar”. I also noticed there are some other rules which suggests me that if I want to improve vocabularies, don’t learn the words individually, need to put it to a context that I can understand and easy to remember; another says for reading, I should read that words again and again… at least 30 to 50 times then I can remember and pronounce correctly; and many many other rules that I could not remember.
Nowadays, when the world is getting smaller in term of the popular of internet, you can connect to any people around the world easily, you can learn any new technology via internet. And I think also easy to study English as well if you have an Internet connection. Please visit www.google.com everyday which is the key for you to enter the world, I think.
I would agree that there is no magic recipes to learn English as “Joao Vazquez” said earlier.
All above is what I want to share my experience about learning English.
It would be considered that I’m trying to test my writing skills for what I want to say. Please don’t hesitate to correct if you find any mistake. I would really appreciate it.
Have a good weekend to everybody! Now is Saturday, Aug 8th, 5pm Japan time.
P/s: after this post, I’ve decided to go to the badminton gym and do some light exercises after a very busy week… haha… what a conflict of mine! And by the way, thank you for your reading until now.
ah, I think I should share these 7 rules I think it’s useful:
[i]***RULE 1: Always Study and Review Phrases, Not Individual Words
***RULE 2: Don’t Study Grammar
***RULE 3: The Most Important Rule-- Listen First
***RULE 4: Slow, Deep Learning Is Best
***RULE 5: Use Point of View Stories for Automatic Grammar
***RULE 6: Only Use Real English Lessons & Materials (Not Textbook English)
***RULE 7: Listen and Answer, not Listen and Repeat
( source: EffortlessEnglishClub.com )[/i]