Saturday, April 25, 2009

How to Learn English

Many Asians today clamor to learn English, why? English is the most widely spoken language for business and education around the world, that's why. Demand is high, and many schools are available as well as online sources for instruction. What is the best way to learn English?
There are probably as many answers as teachers and students. Joking aside, English is a difficult language to learn if you are an Asian. There are some fundamental differences in the way western or Latin based languages approach grammar, syntax, and pronunciation.

The best way to learn any language is to immerse yourself in its total experience. this is called a holistic approach. simply put, surround yourself with English speaking native speakers. One way to accomplish this is to live in America, the UK, or Australia. Live there fro a year study and speak English everyday. Obviously, we all can't do this. It is simply not feasible for us to interrupt our lives and go live in an English speaking country.

Thankfully there are economical alternatives to going to the U.S. The Philippines offers a great opportunity to study in Asia, in an English speaking country with an abundance of qualified native speakers available. Here you can surround yourself with people speaking English everyday. One can practice their English just by going shopping or taking a taxi. In addition, the Philippines offers many tourist venues and boasts a tropical climate to make a stay here like a working vacation.

Learning English is a practiced art, and yes language is an art as well as a skill. We not only have to learn grammar and vocabulary, we have to visualize ideas and concepts in English to become proficient. In addition, we have to train our brains to think in English as well. This process is called assimilation. Idiomatic expressions, figures of speech, and phrasal verbs simply have to be internalized by either memorization or repeated usage.

Living in a culture of English is the fastest way to accomplish this. There is no substitute for practice and using all your senses to assimilate English in a native speaking environment.
So consider the Philippines as a language learning destination. The Philippines is close (a few hours from Korea by plane) economical, and English is spoken by nearly all the local citizens.

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