I go to London
It is a beautiful summer day and I am travelling on train. There are two ladies sitting opposite me. I don’t know them, but from their conversation, I know they are foreigners.
I don’t understand much of what they are saying but I know they speak English. I also want to speak English, but I am a beginner. I don’t know many words. However, this is an opportunity for me to speak English.
I decide to try to speak to the ladies. I say some sentences in my basic English and they understand what I say. I don’t know many words and I speak slowly, but the ladies are kind and patient. I am able to have a simple conversation with them.
I tell them that I want to learn English. They are happy when they hear that, and they tell me that they are from England. They are travelling home from a conference.
We speak for about 10 minutes. Then it’s time for me to get off the train. While I am thanking them for speaking with me, they give me their address and phone number. They tell me I can visit them in England if I want to, and then we say goodbye.
This is how my journey in learning English begins. After this meeting, I decide to work on my English skills more. I translate texts and I watch films in English. I work on my English for two hours almost every day. In six months, I am able to speak quite well. It is great but I want to know more. I decide to go to London to study English there.
In London, I choose a school which I expect is good. I really look forward to my first lesson. The lesson is on Monday.
On my first day at school, I meet my teacher and the other students in the class. My teacher is a young lady. She is very nice. She asks everybody to introduce themselves and say where they are from. Then the lesson starts.
Our teacher asks us how we studied English before and what we suppose is the best method to learn English. I tell my teacher that I like translating songs and other texts, but I don’t know what the best method to learn English is.
Our teacher says that she will teach us a very effective method which is based on using the language. Our teacher tells us that we will not have to study, and we will not use textbooks. We will immerse ourselves in the language. It is great for me since I don’t like studying and I don’t like textbooks. Then we speak about what we should focus on when we learn a new language.
Our teacher tells us, “We need languages for communication. Languages help us say ideas and understand ideas. So when you learn a new language, the best way to learn is to use it for exchanging ideas. This is what we will do in our course. Most of the time we will speak.
You spoke a lot when you learnt your native language as a child, and you should speak a lot when you learn English as an adult. Unfortnuately, many students spend a lot of time on memorising new words or learning grammar rules. They don’t use English for speaking. They study about the language, but they don’t use it very much.
Of course, you need to learn new words and new grammar, but you don’t actually have to study them. During this course, I will show you a very simple and effective way on how to learn new words and grammar.”
I like what our teacher says. Our lesson continues. We speak about our hobbies and what we do in our free time. We speak in pairs or with our teacher. It is great and we speak for the entire lesson. I enjoy it so much. I have never spoken so much English during one lesson in my life. I have never learnt this way before. I am happy and I look forward to the next lesson.
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