Learn English Naturally

Study English Naturally at Language Link VietnamDo Babies Study Grammar?
Think of how a baby learns to speak. Babies don’t study. But over time, they learn to speak quite well. How do they do this? They are surrounded by people who speak their language. They listen, and after some time, they begin to speak. It happens naturally.

Natural Method
Most students I know work very hard. They study grammar, write vocabulary lists, and take tests. Some people I know have been taking classes for years – but they still have trouble speaking English!

The problem is that students focus so much on studying that they forget to learn naturally. You need to do both. There some differences between using “study methods” and “natural methods for learning English:

Natural Methods and Study Methods for Learning English
Using the Natural Method
There are many things you can do to help you learn English naturally:

  • Don’t work so hard! Let yourself enjoy English. It’s not all work!
  • Listen, listen, listen! Listen to TV, music, podcasts – anything you like! The more you listen, the more you learn.
  • Put English in the background. Why not turn on the TV while you’re cooking dinner? Your ears will listen; your brain will learn.
  • Read for fun! Do you read English football reports in Vietnamese? Why not read them on the BBC?
  • Don’t worry about mistakes. Everyone makes them. Just keep going.

Am I saying you shouldn’t study English? No – what I’m saying is, you need to STUDY DIFFERENTLY. Continue to study – but don’t forget to ALSO learn naturally…like a baby.

What Do You Think?
Does the natural method sound good? What natural methods do you use to learn English? Tell us in the comments section below!

9 thoughts on “Learn English Naturally

  1. All things you share with us are the same things that I learn from my English teacher. Although I have studied English for 15 years, I cannot speak it fluently. There are many problems here. For example, I know every words but I can use it by myself or I am used to translate the sentence from Vietnamese to English. Unfortunately, it seems to be strange to foreigners.
    Now, I study English with a new method. My teacher asks (forces) me learn the way that American guy say as much as possible, including intonation, liaison and pronunciation. I believe that I can talk to foreigners confidently because they understand almost what I say :) ).
    The next step I need to do is improve the writing skill. What should I do? Please give me some advices. Thank you very much.

    • Hello Minh,

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us. When you say you try to speak like an American, this means you have to LISTEN to Americans quite a lot, doesn’t it? This listening is very good for your fluency.

      Writing is one area where I think it helps to have a teacher. The main reason is: you need FEEDBACK to know what you’re doing wrong. This is very important for learning to write properly.

      Even without a teacher, however, you can still do some things to develop your writing. For example, participating in discussions on Facebook, or responding to blogs – this allows you to review vocabulary and get some important practice. Plus, you can form relationships with people – and this gives you a REASON to communicate with them.

      Finally, keep reading, my friend. There are a lot of things that you can “pick up” from reading – using articles correctly, getting a sense of style. In the long run, taking a writing course will probably help you the most, but please keep practicing naturally.

      As I wrote in the blog post above, you can use BOTH methods to develop your skills.

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