As a learner, the first question that comes to mind when we start to learn a new language is “how much time should I devote to study the subject?”
Some are very enthusiastic in the beginning and dedicate almost an hour every day to “study” English. They sit down and mug up grammar rules – just like you would study for any other test. But gradually they lose interest.
The reason behind this is quite simple – the method they choose to learn English is wrong. I’ll tell you the right way to do it.
How to “study” English
Merriam-Webster’s Learner’s Dictionary defines study as
“to read, memorize facts, attend school, etc., in order to learn about a subject”.
You need to study subjects like Math, Science, Geography and so on – those that are based on facts.
This is not so when it comes to English.
Yes, there are rules, but these rules come with practice, not from books.
How should you learn English?
The answer lies in the very question: you need to learn English not study it!
Merriam-Webster’s Learner’s Dictionary defines learn as
“to gain knowledge or skill by studying, practicing, being taught, or experiencing something”
English can be learnt only and only by practicing. There is no other formula or magic potion that will work in this case.
You can learn English the way you learnt your mother tongue. It was taught in school, no doubt, but you knew the language even before you joined school!
Surprising right? That’s because you did not worry so much about rules or whether you were right or wrong. You just heard your elders speak and imitated the same!
Why should English language be any different then?
Do not study the rules, apply them! Whenever you learn a new concept, look up some examples and practice them – use them in your next conversation.
To practice is the best and most sure shot way of learning English.
Just remember, learn English – do not study it!
Find out some fun ways of learning English: http://www.genlish.com/learn-english/articles/interactive-ways-learn-english/