Today’s lesson might ‘ruffle a few feathers’*.
If you’re learning English ‘for fun’, you’ll want to read this to make sure you’re not making this mistake.
If you’re not learning English for fun, you should still read this, so you can avoid the mistake.
One of the questions I ask people when I first start teaching them is: “Why are you learning English?”
And the top three answers I get are:
• For work
• For study
• For fun
When I hear ‘for fun’, a mini alarm bell goes off in my head – it’s a kind of warning sign.
You see, I’ve had some great students who just learn English for fun… But I’ve also had some bad ones.
These ‘bad ones’ cancelled their lessons, didn’t do their assignments, and basically wasted their time and money. Their English didn’t improve, and they eventually gave up.
And do you know why this happened?
Because they didn’t value English as a part of their lives.
They didn’t really want English, so they didn’t put in the effort to improve.
They wanted all the glory, but none of the pain.
For them, ‘for fun’ = ‘I want the results without doing the work.’
Now, before you bite my head off, eager student, let me repeat what I said earlier:
There’s nothing wrong with learning for fun, but don’t let it hold you back from improving. Don’t let it stop you for working towards your English.
So, today, I want you to take a long, hard look at why you are learning English.
Are you learning English just when it’s good for you (as a way to pass the time)?
Or, are you learning English because you really want to be able to use it and make it a part of your life?
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Pps. I’m not talking about making English fun. You should definitely make learning English fun.
*Ruffle a few feathers = to annoy or irritate people
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.