1. The power of visuals–watch
You know one of my favorite past time is to watch videos on Ted . I love how the speakers eloquently present their ideas and experiences. Most of the time after watching Ted sessions, I structure my speech better. And become aware of my gestures and body language. I know a friend who learnt Italian by watching movies. Then there are so many others who claim that by watching movies or videos they learnt to converse better–improved their grammar and vocabulary. Plus, they were able to associate information with images in their minds which helped them to retain that information. All these while doing what they loved to do.
2. The power of sound–listen
How did you learn to speak as a child? How did you learn your letters? How did you learn about your wife’s favorite dessert? Yes, you learnt about all of these by simply listening(as opposed to hearing). We listen to learn, collect and understand information. We also listen to enjoy (like listening to music). What if we combine listening for pleasure with understanding or interpreting information? That would be a winning combination, isn’t it? So if you’re trying to learn the English language, you can choose to listen to Pop music. Or you can hear your favorite podcasts on the subject of your choice to making learning English an enjoyable experience.
3. The power of conversation–speak
To communicate you need to speak. You need to practice what you’ve learnt. You can start by speaking a few words. But you need to start. I suggest you go with the nouns and verbs first. By doing so, you’ll give the listener an idea about the key words in your message. Once you’re able to string in words into a sentence, you can start using sentences in your conversation. I learned Tamil (which is absolutely alien to any language I’ve heard or learned before) by doing this. If you can’t find real people, you can create or join groups in the virtual world and converse. Just remember– talk to people who’ll help you in learning the language. And those you’re fun to talk to.
4. The power of text–read
A friend once told me that he prepared for his TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) exam by reading Arthur Conan Doyle’s, Sherlock Holmes series. Reading is a good way to learn a language. You may need to consult a dictionary in the begining to read. But once you’ve a basic level competency over the language you can read fiction or non-fiction and take it to an intermediate or advanced level.
Learning a language is a labor of love. Treat it that way. If you like French films, go watch those to learn French. If you love reading nail-biting thrillers in English, go indulge. Your eyes and ears will pass on the right signals to your brain which will take care of the rest. That is you’ll learn to speak English without batting an eyelid. But don’t expect it to happen overnight.