“Way of life”.
If we learn English in a country where the language is used as a Mother Tongue, generally we will more quickly master the language because every day we are surrounded by English, from waking up to go back to bed. This is because English has become an integral part of our lives. Similarly, we have to do in Indonesia, if we want to learn English effectively: we should make English as part of our lives.That is, we should try to use it every day where possible. For that, we can read, hear, or speak the English language on every occasion that we meet or who can we create. For example, we can set aside time each day to read an English article in a single day. If an article has not been able to, one paragraph or one sentence per day would not be a problem. We make our sentence is the sentence that day, and we use those words in any opportunity that might exist in the day. Or, we can also take the time to hear everything in English (songs, news, or the tapes contain conversations in English) to accustom our ears to the foreign language. All we can do, among others are listening to the tapes (both songs, speeches, presentations, or teaching tapes in English) in the car all the way from home to office or vice versa. We can also try to write in English (writing memos, short letters, or write work plans will we do for a week or for the next day). In principle, we live surrounded by English-topic topic we like or we need.
For English as an integral part of our lives, we must have a commitment to involve the English language in our lives physically, mentally, and emotionally. Physically, we could try listening, reading, writing, and training in English pronunciation, constantly and repeatedly. Mentally or intellectually, we can try to think in English every time we use the English language. For example, in understanding the English language, not word for word, but the overall meaning. We can try to identify some expressions in English that have roughly the same meaning, for example: How’re you?, How’s life?, How’s business? (Do not dwell on just one phrase.) And, most important is our emotional involvement with the English language, that we need to have a high motivation to learn English, and we need to seek “positive things” that we can enjoy, or who can give us rewards if we are able to master the English language. These will provide great energy for us to stay motivated to learn English. These three aspects (physical, mental, and emotional) we should totally involved in our learning process, if we want to learn English more effectively.
Learning a language is like learning to ride a bike or learning to drive a car. We can not only read and understand the “manual” only, but we must try to use it. In the learning phase (experimental phase), it is normal that we make a mistake. What is important is knowing what we are doing wrong and fix it at the next opportunity. It would be better if at the moment we have a teacher who tries to tell us the mistakes we did. Teachers do not have formal teacher at school or an English course.Teachers could have a tape that we can listen and we compare with our words, a textbook that can be read and check the answer, or it could be acquaintances, or relatives who could help us if we have a problem or there are things that we wantask. We do not be ashamed to ask, and do not be afraid to make mistakes. From the questions we ask and the mistakes we do, we can learn a lot.
LEARNING BY “ON-LINE”
There are many ways that we can do to learn English. One way is to learn on-line.Here is a site on the web that can help you to learn or improve your ability to consult in English, with out cost
conclusions and suggestions
Originally there is a will, there is a way, so the saying goes. After learning the principles of effective learning English (which also can we employ to learn another foreign language, or learning another lesson principal), and get to know us learning styles of each, the next step is to cultivate a willingness to learn and apply appropriate learning strategies our learning styles. Then, learning became easier, and more fun. Good luck!