Ways to learn English at TRANG LOREN
Have you ever wondered why you spent years learning English, but you were unable to use it in the times you needed it most? Have you ever felt a shortness of breath when listening to a long sentence from a native speaker, or had a feeling that you heard the words but did not understand what they meant?
Have you ever answered an English question or comment in a clumsy, cumbersome way while native speakers express the same ideas in clear and understandable ways?
You do grammar exercises, and organize sentence structure very proficiently, but how many of those sentences can you use in communication if any of this sounds familiar, then the imaginary story below may apply to you.
The first English you learn is a Logical and formulaic forest of matrixes. Innocently, you think the more grammar you know; the better you will be at English.
As the second obstacle, you study mountains of new words as grand as the Himalayas, and then assemble them into grammatical formulas. And do not forget to refer to them with the grammatical definitions in Grammar that you have learned. We do not know the exact statistics, but we can safely declare that a majority of Vietnamese students spend two years or more learning grammatical concepts that serve no practical function.
Grammar and Vocabulary can make you a champion reader. But in group discussion with foreign colleagues, you still may be unable to discuss any ideas or respond in any way other than nodding. The skills you are missing are listening and speaking.
You have confidence in your English until the day you listen to the news in English on CNN. Though it’s full of very simple words that you know, it is difficult for you to understand. Why? You believe you are not paying enough attention. You find a listening class, but you only hear a jumble of meaningless sounds echoing off the walls. All the class does is make you stressed and tired
You challenge yourself by learning all of the “Walking Grammatical Trees” in the classroom, with the hope that when you encounter those situations, you have thousands of ready-to-use templates to impress your partner.
It is probably the last barrier to communicating with foreign partners that you realize is important. You immerse yourself in a writing class to improve your skills, desiring to write really "Foreign", but you still end up sounding "Vietnamese".
As TOEIC, IELTS or TOEFL is probably the only goal of most of us when learning English; we are racing to get entrance tickets. But perhaps no one noticed that once through the ticket gate we are too different from the natives, because of our musically tonal language.
The path indicated above is Grammar - Vocabulary - Reading - Listening - Speaking - Writing – Certificate. It is a path that is opposite from the natural way to approach a language. It does not give you the excitement of learning something new, but rather the gradual destruction of your interest. You will see English as the stress of exams, professional meetings with colleagues, certificates to raise wages, and hard times when you travel or live in an English-speaking country.
If you see yourself in the story above, then you know how to change. Break the silly rules imposed by traditionalists. Create a new way for every day, and let every English lesson become lively and helpful.
The next story will be the answer to how to master your English properly.
Learning a language actually begins when you are unaware that you are learning it; as a child if you were born in Vietnam, your first language is obviously Vietnamese. But to a new-born child, any language is foreign language. So even if you only know Vietnamese, you have already learned a foreign language. If you add other languages to this by growing up exposed to two or more languages, then they will be just as a familiar toy to you as Vietnamese.
That is all you do in the first year of life. You smile, do bad things, cry, and listen to everyone around. You listen to everything from the sound of birds singing, to Vietnamese, your first foreign language, with an open mind. Everything is new to you. You feel it all, and you hear it all.
For more than a year, you only hear and respond. You start with meaningless sounds, and then you get better with the help of your parents or your relatives. Soon you learn how to round and sharpen your tones and start transcribing words. Then you begin to make phrases, even if they don’t make much sense at first. Phrases then become sentences, thanks to very devoted teachers, such as your mother, your grandparents, or other relatives.
Replicating baby stories, daily life is received and learned by you naturally and passionately. You have a passion for practicing and speaking it. You keep speaking as a way of exploring the world. Before entering your first class, you still identify yourself as "illiterate" because there are still many things that you do not know how to read or write.
As you progress through school, you begin to learn words and grammar, you gradually understand why you used the words before, and as it turns out, most of them are the same.
Now you’re really taking off. Your body and perceptions grow over the years. You read, you watch and listen, you discuss and talk. You study many subjects and you internalize Vietnamese culture. You gradually master the Vietnamese language in the most natural way without suffering or struggling but through passionate practice. Vietnamese is attached to your soul. If you need a Vietnamese certificate, it's not too difficult to get one.
The German writer Thomas Mann stated, "Order and simplification are the first step towards mastery of a subject." If you want to master something, put it in the right order, in a simple, natural way. So why do you still hesitate to the natural way with Trangloren?
Classes at Trangloren are built in a sequential and attractive way from beginning to end. Our team of enthusiastic and experienced teachers will become your "partners" in our fun, relaxing, and effective lessons. We make English an inseparable skill, so learners can confidently use it as an effective tool to study, work, and integrate with the world at large.