Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Languages: Why some learn faster?

Some ESL/EFL students become frustrated when they are not learning English as quickly as they expect. Others learners feel depressed when they seem to be making progress one day, and level off or appear not to make progress for some time.

What have been your experiences in learning English? Why do some students learn faster than others? How can students improve their language skills?

Randall

28 comments:

Bruno/Ingrid said...

I think successful learners are usually those highly motivated students who never miss the chance to practice their English. Also, They're often trying to experiment with different learning strategies to give their English a boost. Not being too self-conscious is also key to improving their language skills. It's ok to make mistakes and there's a lot to be learned from them.

Johk said...

Jo/Hong Kong

I think the successful way to improve language is: "more read more practice", never give up any channel to learn it, even the result is got a little.
Those person learn language faster may be follow a valuable study guideline and have self-motivated by their belief/talent and effort.

Thanks

Olive said...

Why some learn faster? Why I learn so slower? I also think why I can’t get well ESL Cyber Listening Lab (Medium), but I can get them well from reading. Asking and complaining myself. I study English at home from internet, not in classroom, so there are not exams, not press in order to certificates. And don’t have my nose in the books so hard so that I can’t improve my English so quickly. If focusing on English, having the chance communion English with other people, and accumulating abundant vocabularies. Eating off English step by step.

Alexandre Viana said...

I've studied English since 1998, and I'm not fluent yet. In fact, I just studied very hard 2 years, and I realize that English needs to part of day-by-day activities if you wanna be fluent.

I re-started studying seriously last November and I've improved my listening and speaking a lot. My tip is study hard even when you don't see a huge improvement.

Justin said...

Take myself as an example. I had a bad habit of learning English---ignoring English when I'm not ready for learning English. For example, the web forum I browse everyday mix Chinese and English articles together. Some English articles are translated by others into Chinese. I usually skiped English one, and read the Chinese version. Maybe someone thinks it doesn't matter. However I think this attitude is absolutely wrong. It made me hard to concentrate on learning English. Due to the bad experience, I try my best to read and listen all English imformation wherever they come from, whenever they come.

Huy Nguyen said...

From my point of view, a good foreign-language-learner is the one who are highly movitated at first. They find it interested and stimulated when they learn them, and after a long time it becomes their passion. Another factor that makes someone learn faster than others is pratice. We often hear that pratice makes perfect, and it becomes truism.

Laura said...

From my point of view, people learn at their own pace, with the aid of a teacher, or some other resources. And we also need to consider the way people learn; some are good for one skill, others for another skill. Every person must find his/her own learning style.

zsófia said...

I think the most important thing in language learning is that you don't have to be afraid of speaking. Of course it's more easier if you know many words and grammar, but the point is that you could also use it and don't be afraid of making mistakes.

zsófia said...

I think the most important thing in language learning is that you don't have to be afraid of speaking. Of course it's more easier if you know many words and grammar, but the point is that you could also use it and don't be afraid of making mistakes.It's a good way to improve your English if you read a lot and listen some English speech.

Anonymous said...

Hello:)
I think that one of the most important problem in learning foreign language is that people are afraid to speak. They don't want to make mistakes so they often are quiet. Very good way to learn new language is to watch films or listen music in that language.If we want to improve our vocabulary and grammar skills, we should find friends on the Internet from other countries and write letters to them.
Viktorija K.

Anonymous said...

I think that there are different ways to learn a language but the mos important thing that a person needs is to be convinced and give it all to achieve the goal.

Anonymous said...

To tell the truth, it's really hard for me to speak english good, because i haven't had enough practise in real life. I think, practise is the most important thing in learning languages. So, people who don't have friends from another countries learn language slower. In my opinion, the best way to improve our language skills is talking with people in english. Judita Jaun

T.Lekavicius said...

I think if you want to learn foreign language you need a lot a of regular work, practise and motivation. As Bruno/Ingrid said, motivated students never miss odds to proove their Enlish or other language skills so they are just better at languages. Better because of desire and hard-working experience.
To proove your English or any other acitivty skills first you need a MOTIVATION. Without that probably you will not reach your goal. Also you need a lot of variuos things, which could be named one name - PRACTISE. Speaking, reading, writing and others language skills are proove by practise. So I think students must invest their time and powers to practise, of course, if they want to be good at English.
There can help TV shows, movies, music, variuos articles (choose topic you ar interested in) in English. And conversations. A lot of canversations.
I hope I help sameone. Greetings from European basketball capital 2011 - Lithuania!

Žydrūnė said...

English isn't for me, as it's difficult to write and speak correctly something in english. On the other hand, there are some people who can communicate with others in english like their mother tonque as they are interesing in it. But I strongly believe than all students can improve their language skills by watching films, reading books and learning english step by step.

Carlos Alberto said...

In my opinion, I think the successful way to improve a foreign language is to practice everytime and never give up! Using different strategies to use the language.

roberta said...

I think that there are many ways to learn a language and the most important thing to do it is just reading and listening a lot of english conversations (or movies or tv series). Personally, I watch a lot of english films and tv series because I think that they use the same idiomatic esxpressions and words, so that it becomes easier to understand what they are saying. However, this kind of excersise must be done everyday and whenever you can (I listen english conversations taken from itunes podcasts every time I need)if you want to improve faster your english. Writing is also important and i'm trying to improve it in these days because i don't write very well.

Junabel said...

I am from the Philippines and English is not my first language. For me people learn fast by constantly reading anything; books, magazines, left lets,brochures, newspapers everyday. And also interacting to native English speakers through online chatting or making comments to forums on the net. Practice, practice, practice. I guess that's what we really need to do to improve.

Yuk Chun said...

I think this paragraph is very difficult because the speaker speaks very quickly. Therefore, I need to listen carefully. Then I need to listen some key point for me to do the listening question.

GiedrePlyn said...

I think successful way to learn english is practice. When you take communication with other people in english you have self-motivated. If you talk you remember words and remembered other people words and sentenses. Im little bit lazy but i know if i read english books and look more english film, my english be better and result have been great.

Anonymous said...

Some of the English I know I've learn it by myself because this language always fascinated me.When I was 13 years old I started studying English at a language school and soon I realized that I knew little.My English improved during the years that I studied there but after some months that I finished the course I didn't feel confident anymore to speak English with other people.I always watch movies and series without subtitles but sometimes I don't understand the main point of an episode and I get really frustrated because this is happening more often now and that makes me realize that I'm forgetting English.
Maybe the reason that I don't understand an episode is that I'm not familiar with the subject ,for example,I don't understand much about stock market and Law.

So I guess my point is that if you want to learn English and don't forget it you have to practice it and try to be involved with the process in every way you can.I think that the best tool for me would be living abroad for some time and then when I came back to my country,never stop practicing it.

Anonymous said...

The ability to learning languages is comming with avery person. Even that, it is possible to improve the knoledge and the speaking fluency when the people have a good method to learn and practice.

Remy said...

Some of the English I know I've learn it by myself because this language always fascinated me.When I was 13 years old I started studying English at a language school and soon I realized that I knew little.My English improved during the years that I studied there but after some months that I finished the course I didn't feel confident anymore to speak English with other people.I always watch movies and series without subtitles but sometimes I don't understand the main point of an episode and I get really frustrated because this is happening more often now and that makes me realize that I'm forgetting English.
Maybe the reason that I don't understand an episode is that I'm not familiar with the subject ,for example,I don't understand much about stock market and Law.

So I guess my point is that if you want to learn English and don't forget it you have to practice it and try to be involved with the process in every way you can.I think that the best tool for me would be living abroad for some time and then when I came back to my country,never stop practicing it.

Remy said...

I've studied English since 1998, and I'm not fluent yet. In fact, I just studied very hard 2 years, and I realize that English needs to part of day-by-day activities if you wanna be fluent.

I re-started studying seriously last November and I've improved my listening and speaking a lot. My tip is study hard even when you don't see a huge improvement.

Aron van Leeuwen said...

I think successful way to learn english is practice. When you take communication with other people in english you have self-motivated. If you talk you remember words and remembered other people words and sentenses. Im little bit lazy but i know if i read english books and look more english film, my english be better and result have been great.

Rūta Macaitė said...

In my opinion, every person has different skills and ability to improve new language. It depends on student motivation and personality features. There are many ways to study. Step by step learning system I think is irreplaceable. Because practicing in everyday life, real situations, natural resources gives us a brilliant communication baggage. My own experience says that if you want to be a successful learner, you must be high motivated and ready to focus on every single detail.

YouJung said...

The most successful way to learn another language is to practice many times and few everything many times until you remember it. Everyone has their own learning style and we should all figure out what our style is to learn that new language faster.

Deimante Noreikaite said...

I think students can improve their language skills when they are speaking a lot, watching movies, also listening music is very helpful, because that is how I learned an English language. Of course there are students, witch learn language faster than others. I think that happens, because there are people, who have native fluency and people, who just don’t have it. But that’s not reason, why you can’t learn foreign language.

Anonymous said...

In my opinion people only learn when is expose to the language many hours

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