Music, math, science, and art transcend the confines of human speech and bond humanity on an elevated plane. However, we need to express these concepts to one another in a common dialect.
Out of the thousands of languages, people speak across the world, many people choose English to communicate. When visitors arrive in a predominantly English-speaking country and don’t speak English, they will benefit from learning English as a second language.
Learning a second language doesn’t always come naturally, though, especially when that second language is as complicated as English. However, with hard work and a sincere desire to communicate with people, it can be done.
In this article, we will cover how to learn English as a second language and tips on the best ways to accomplish that goal.
Why Learn a Second Language
Many Americans assume that everyone speaks English. While undeniably influential as the third most common language in the world and the most common language in business, we will cover the importance of speaking a second language in general, whether it be English, Njerep, or Sarsi.
- Communication Skills
When you learn a second language, you increase the number of people you can communicate with. This presents more professional and social opportunities. You also improve communication skills in general, in all languages you speak, which comes in especially handy for children and adults who struggle with communication skills.
The English language, like most other languages, comes with a rich history and various dialects. When you learn English as a second language, you learn more about the cultures of England, Australia, Ireland, Scotland, New Zealand, Uganda, and other countries that speak English as the official language.
In addition to learning about the cultures that speak English, learning a second language opens your mind to other cultures at large. When you master a new tongue, such as English, you realize that you still have a whole world to explore outside of that new language. You will approach experiences with an open mind, allowing for more opportunities to meet new colleagues and go on meaningful adventures.
The English language contains over 170,000 words. Most native English speakers only use 20,000 – 30,000 of them, which is more than enough to communicate effectively (who needs to use the word ‘phylacteries’ anyway?).
That’s a lot of words to memorize. By learning a second language, you utilize your brain and force yourself to improve your memory, also delaying the cognitive disorders dementia and Alzheimers in your golden years.
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Tips on How to Learn English as a Second Language
- Speak English
Luckily, you will also find plenty of civilized friends and business partners with a more positive and helpful mindset who encourage your English language education by speaking with you and possibly even teach you some funny jokes or insults.
To ensure you get to practice in a safe and professional environment, hire a professional English tutor to speak to you in English multiple times a week in a classroom setting with other people with people who share your native tongue.
- Embrace Inconsistencies
Yes, English can be weird. It can be understood through tough thorough thought, though.
Every language contains funny nuances that make it difficult to truly master, but English seems to have more confusing homonyms and spelling than most, not even including the nonsense that people spew on social media.
Don’t try to make sense of the linguistic inconsistencies or fight them. Embrace them, learn as you go, and find solace in the fact that most English speakers struggle, too. When you embrace the awkwardness of the English language, you can use that as inspiration when you write executive communications or creative works.
- Learn (Appropriate) Slang
When you learn new lingo, you typically learn the formal way of speaking. However, most people don’t speak formally with friends and family. If you speak formally, you may sound odd, even if you speak correctly. Instead of emphasizing correct grammar, emphasize understanding and tone.
With that being said, only speak in slang with the appropriate peeps. Also, distinguish slang from profanity and offensive language (especially if you want to impress a potential employer or date). You can speak in slang and still sound articulate and make people feel comfortable.
- Utilize Body Language
Don’t know the correct words to express yourself in English? That’s ok! Use your body language and facial expressions to help convey the message. A majority of communication comes from the way you portray yourself and the way you say something as opposed to the words.
- Hire a Tutor
When you hire a professional English reading and writing tutor, you force yourself to practice the English language regularly. You also get the help of a professional educator with experience and a desire to help you reach your communication goals, and you will find motivation in the desire to make the most of your investment.
Furthermore, a tutor can explain context and dialect that digital translators on your smartphone just can’t comprehend. Delete the translator app and hire a professional who can explain common usage, idioms, and situational dialogue.
Language, as a human construct, keeps us grounded. Instead of trying to overcome the terrestrial limitations of words, embrace learning English as a second language and the benefits that come with it.
Your new language skills will have you confidently ordering foreign cuisine, planning international travel, and bullishly pontificating contemporary socio-political hypotheses based on archaic foreign constructs (in English).
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