Yesterday I told you about an English lesson I heard on the radio…
To cut a long story short… the ‘English lesson’ on the radio was the opposite of helpful.
The hosts of the radio show taught useless and uncommon vocabulary and called it ‘advanced English’.
I received a few emails in response…
One person wasn’t happy that I called some vocabulary useless… but most other people agreed with me.
Here’s what one of my The Difference students said:
“By the way, I loved your last email: we learners really need a skilled researcher who knows our environment and our most useful chunks and phrases so that, with your help, we can master those first.
Then we can build up on them with you or even on our own. Starting small and working our way up to fluency … there’s no need to wait for New Year’s Eve to make a good resolution, is there?”
I couldn’t have said it better myself.
For a lot of people, finding useful English to learn is the most difficult part. A lot of English learners waste their time trying to learn everything.
Instead, you’d improve faster if you focused on learning the building blocks of conversation: the most common chunks and phrases.
If you focused on making these common chunks and phrases a part of you, you would notice that speaking English is a lot easier than it used to be.
Like my student said, a skilled researcher makes this process much easier and much faster because they understand the situations where you’ll need to use English.
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Ps. I didn’t forget about my turtle story. A little update: today we took her to a charity funded animal hospital. She’ll stay there until she gets better. Here’s a short video I took today.