My mom once told me: “You gotta learn a foreign language the way you learn Vietnamese, little by little, everyday, and then you can make the language yours.” (this is somehow like the Vietnamese proverb “Kiến tha lâu đầy tổ” 😀 ) (I believe this is what anh Luan said in his Learning Practical English post.) Do you remember how children learn to speak? They listen, imitate each word, imitate a phrase, then a sentence (everyday!), and when they are strong enough, they can make their own sentences. Now, even though we are no longer children, we can still learn English the way they do. And I do believe this way of studying is really helpful.
So, to learn English, first we have to love the English language and want to learn it.
In order to speak well, we have to listen a lot, learn to say each word correctly, learn correct phrases and then learn correct sentences. This might seem funny, but in fact very important. Let’s imagine a foreigner trying to say “Tôi không muốn đi chơi đâu cả” but say “Tôi đâu cả muốn không đi chơi” instead. With the same words and almost the same order, the latter sounds strange and hard to understand for us. Similarly, when we speak English,we may use exactly the same words but if we put them in some strange order (which may sound perfect for us,) the outcome will be confusing for native speaker 🙂
Here is a website that have some very interesting ideas about English Study – Antimoon.com . You may read it to relax and refresh after a hard-studying and hard-working day (please discard the advertising part of that website 🙂 )