Do 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.
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:
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!