All entries for Tuesday 16 October 2007
October 16, 2007
When I was young, I began to learn English. During the studying, I found my own way of learning English. I think a learner of English can learn English everywhere at anytime. I think a good way to study English is using English in daily life.
Now I am in Britain, and I live with my friends, I do not have a chance to have a flatmate who is a local person, but I can call or e-mail my friends who speak English, and improve my English. When I call my friends, we will talk about a lot of topics, such as how to cook different food, where we can go shopping. The topics are very informal, but when I talk with them, my listening and speaking are improving quick. When I e-mail my friends, I am practising my writing. I will tell them some Chinese history, and cultrue. And they will tell me some British culture. Through the e-mail, I can learn more knowledge. When I do all the things, I also can learn some new words, but they are not my favourite way of learinng vocabulary.
My favourite way of learning vocabulary is finding some new words, when I read novels, or newpapers, or magazines. For instance, when I read a book named That Extra Half An Inch, I found there were some new words, like pinstripe. Fristly, I found it in a dictionary, and knew the meaning of it, but I would not remember it by memory. Secondly, in the book, I would see it many times, I would see pinstripe cloth, pinstripe dress, or pinstripe trousers. When I saw it more, I would remember it. So my way of learning vocabulary is see new words in different places many times, and then remember them.
In my opinion, my best skill is communicating with each others. In other words, I can speak English well, and listen to others, and understand them quick. I can use different words to explain myself. When I do not know how to explain a thing, I will use different way to depict it. For example, I want to see she is a teacher, but I do not know how to say teacher. I will say in another way, she tell people some knowleage. My worst skills are vocabulary and grammar. When I was reading, I found that I did not know many words, and I could not understand what it said.
I have been to USA to study for a year. That experience helps me to learn best. When I was in America, I improved my English. I knew how to follow the teacher, and I tried my best to listen to others, and speak to local people, and made them understand what I said. What is more, I learnt many words. Many words were from my textbooks. When I have some problems, I also call my friends, asked them for help. Moreover, I would e-mail them, and told them my feeling in the country in order to eliminate my homeless.
In conclusion, when I became a learner of English, I tried many ways to learn it. Finally, I found a good way to study it which was using English in different way and practise more, whatever through telephone or e-mail. And then, I have my own best skill-- speaking and listening, but also do not good at vocabulary and grammar. Furthermore, my study in America helps more to learn English.