Continuing on from yesterday’s lesson…
When babies start developing, they crawl before they can walk.
Crawling is a slow but safe way to travel.
You wouldn’t crawl around as an adult because it takes too long to move around, but as a baby it’s the perfect way to explore the world.
Jumping straight into the advanced parts of English without a plan is pointless.
You’ll get lost and you’ll lose motivation quickly.
Instead, you should take your time to fully explore a topic.
Let’s use phrasal verbs as an example again.
If you download a phrasal verb list and try to learn the whole thing quickly, you’re going to have a bad time.
You might learn a few of them, but you’ll probably not be able to use them.
On the other hand…
If you take your time to explore phrasal verbs in their natural habitat, then you’ll be able to use them as well as understand them.
By natural habitat, I mean ‘context’…
In other words, the situations in which phrases and expressions are used in.
Will it take longer to learn phrasal verbs in context? No.
Does it take more work? Not really…
So why don’t people do it?
Because they don’t know how to do it.
Finding and learning natural language in context isn’t easy. It’s one of the reasons why teachers are so essential – it’s our job to find and present this language to students…
But if you could learn how to find this language yourself.. well, your English would improve dramatically.
In my course – Improve Your English in Three Weeks – I show you how to easily use context to learn English.
And I show you how to do it step-by-step.
The course is free when you join The Difference…
And if you join today, you can start today.
All I ask is that you spend 15-30 minutes a day dedicated to improving your English.
If you can do that, then now is the time to benefit…
English For Study
Ps. In the next lesson, we’re going to look at memory and how it affects language learning.
Sam is the founder and creator of English For Study. He's also a lecturer in EAP/Academic English. Apart from making Academic English easy, he likes learning languages, lifting weights and eating good food.