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Flawed Perspectives About Learning English

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One of the things I listen to continuously is a statement, rather an excuse, that since I am a student from English version background, I have a strong command over English. These excuses are made by some of my fellow friends, batchmates or colleagues at work. But I wonder whether their viewpoint regarding this is justifiable or not. Honestly speaking, the educational system of Bangladesh still lacks the scope for inspiring the students from every corner of the country to learn English. Learning English is obviously not a hyperbole right now. Same old gig obviously; the world is getting smaller, globalized and connected. Such a worldwide connection has led to intense and extensive levels of communication and collaboration among nations. And what is the basic tool for this communication? You know that, it’s language. And English is the international language which is used mostly to further this communication and collaboration. In jobs, whether it is in a corporate office or in-house freelancing, you need English, fluently of course, in order to communicate and create an impression with the customer or a client or a guest of a different nationality. As we can clearly see, having a strong grip on English is undoubtedly necessary. Unfortunately, this significance is yet to be acknowledged and recognized by all the students of our country. There are layers and layers of issues that would surely arise, which can question the teaching methods, question patterns, textbooks, qualified teachers, etc. There is also another stakeholder in this crisis, who are equally culpable. We, the students, are another stakeholder. And yes, we are guilty too. Why? Let’s shed some lights on that. Remember the excuses I mentioned in the beginning? These statements made are one of the ways to just condone yourself. Coming from an English version background does not necessarily mean that I ought to be proficient in English. There are countless students, who completed their secondary and higher secondary education from English version backgrounds, yet, they stutter, mumble and cannot find ways to utter a single English word properly. But there is also another part of the same coin, right? There are some people who learnt English, enriched their vocabularies, developed a strong basic on English grammar. These people come from both Bengali and English versions. These people rummaged through resources, be it a grammar book, or YouTube, or even dictionaries, and practiced English relentlessly. They forced themselves to learn more and more words every single day, jotted down new sentence structures wherever they found a notebook or a diary, learnt group verbs. Another thing, surely, movies and serials do help. The accents, the ways the actors and artists speak, do have an impact on you and shape how you speak with others. So, these people, they do have more or less the same amount of time and resources as the others who constantly condone themselves. These people spent a little bit more time on learning something which will indubitably assist them in the long run. There are tons and loads of contents available online which can help us gain expertise in written, spoken, listening and reading English. If we just take this bold step and stop wasting pointless time by surfing through the contents of YouTube and start investing time on any of the contents related to English learning, it would be beneficial for us. There are online blogs which offer us many ways to enhance our English. If you notice carefully, I gave out some of the ways which you can follow to further your English somewhere above. Besides, for English grammar, I think what we lack is the idea of when to use what verb. We memorized all the structures of each and every forms of verb. But when we start writing, we write gibberish. The structures are all out of order, we cannot even assign our sentences to the tense it must have. In order to deal with this, learning the conditions, say for example, whenever I am doing something, like right now or at this moment, I must use Present Continuous Tense. This is a thumb rule. Check the sentence again, I literally used Present Continuous tense to explain the condition of Present Continuous tense. These conditions, when to use what tense, is the foundation to speak, write, listen and understand English. If we get these conditions to our brains, we will be able to at least successfully implement correct sentences. Now where do I get these conditions? The best book we can ever ask for, yet, we did not realize was Chowdhury and Hossain’s Advanced Learners. If we go through the contents, and also keep the Cliffs TOEFL with us as an assistance, I really do not think English grammar will even dare to haunt us. There are idioms, phrases, group verbs which we can learn. These stuffs increase the beauty of what we try to say or write. See? Still I am giving some cool advices. But do you know what matters at the end of the day? What matters is whether you still can realize the ever-growing importance of English and whether you have the willpower to get away from the negative notion of condoning yourself for not learning English. If we have the willpower and courage, I think we can find our own innovative ways of learning English for ourselves. Another thing for those of us, who still thinks that they will let things be and learn English later. For those poor souls, do not believe in this saying that Learning has no age. Learning does have an age. I do not really think you will be able to learn English more when you will be a service holder or doing a job. The work-life balance will simply not let you give sufficient time to learn English the way those people who have gained aptitude in English by giving sufficient time now. Engage yourself with English now, leaving your false perceptions back.

Author: Shouvik Rahman

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