October 19, 2007

Learning English in real world

  

     I have learned English for nearly 9 years, which include 3 years' middle school, 3 years' senior school and two years' college.  During that time I have done a great deal of exercise about grammar and reading tests, and we seldom pay much attention on listening, speaking and writing because our aim to study English is to pass the final exam which contains lots of grammar test. So, as a international student, this is the first year I come to UK, and I need to improve a lot in listening, speaking and writing.

        Watching TV is a good way to improve listening, because when I watch the channels which I like, not only do I enjoy the TV programs, but also train my listening. Now, I live in off campus, and I have ordered the Sky TV system so that I can enjoy more than 300 channels. Moreover, I can also require the caption. When I do not listen clearly what they say, I can take advantage of it to help me with my listening.

        The real English lies in the normal life. In my opinion, if I want to learn the real English, I need to communicate with the native person and pay much attention to what they say. Luckily, I have got a chance to communicate with my customs which are the native persons. My part-time job is to deliver advertisements to the house, and if the customers want some products they need to contact me. That is a challenge because I need to talk with the person by phone or face to face directly. Making full use of it is a good way to train my speaking English.

      Reading can make some contributions to my writing. When I read I can get some useful knowledge and writing skills. The more I read, the better I write. Sometimes I can also borrow some special books from library, and that is good for me.

      In conclusion, I need to improve a lot in listening, speaking and writing in order to enjoy a better life. As an international student, I must work hard to catch up with the students who speak English, if not, I can compete with them on the same stage.


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  1. Tilly Harrison

    Sorry that this comment is so late – I have only just found your blog! You seem to have very good strategies for improving your listening – are you enjoying Sky? I find that even with many channels (on Freeview) I still prefer BBC1 BBC2 ITV and Channel 4… It’s good to use the subtitles too – any way to improve vocabulary is useful. Well done for getting a part time job – how is it going? Has it helped your speaking and confidence?

    06 Jan 2008, 21:28


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