Learning a foreign or second language is an adventure which can take a lifetime because you are always learning something new, whether it is about the language or the culture.
In these Episodes, SimplyEnglish will accompany you and help you with ideas for learning, things to make you think and exercises, sometimes from the web, sometimes our own.
As it is a new SimplyEnglish year let’s get started by asking you to think about why you are learning English: for fun, to speak with your friends, to be different, to go shopping, for going to stay in an English speaking country, to watch TV, for work, for your future, as an intellectual exercise….? Try to think of the real reasons you are doing it.
Next time you are in class, ask the other students why they are learning English. Are their reasons the same as yours?
Then, think about this: research suggests that we behave differently when we speak a foreign language. Why should this be, do you believe it?
Now, think about the things you like about learning the language and things you don’t like? Discuss these with your teacher. He or she will be glad to know what you feel and think.
Which is the most difficult, listening, reading, writing or speaking? Why is this? Can you have one without the other? For example, can you speak without listening?
Finally, what about grammar? Can you do without it? Why, what is its role?
English is very idiomatic. What does this mean?
Oh, and my name is Barnes Mackintosh, and I have taught English since the days of dinosaurs!!
For those who like exercises, here is one from the British Council. Try it if you have time: