You feel like you’re making progress in learning English. You can understand your teacher when she gives you a lesson on grammar now. Three months ago, you could only comprehend one out of every ten words she said. Congratulate yourself! Then you sit down to watch a news video online, and at least half of the story’s content does not make any sense. You want to get better at listening, but how?
Shin Takeda was one of the executive students at BridgeEnglish Denver for the past several months. Indeed, the publishing executive finally said his teary goodbyes to us all June 22nd when he graduated. Shin had become a friend to all and was well known for the ever-present fedora on his head and his hipster style. You would catch Shin during breaks outside chatting with the other students, talking about what happened last weekend or what everyone was doing the coming weekend. He was definitely part of the social circle at BridgeEnglish Denver. If there was a party, you could be sure that Shin was there.
But Shin was also a hard worker and his English had gotten so good that sometimes I forgot he was from Japan. We all miss him so much. Here is a little more information about the coolest kid in school.
“How long will it take to learn English?” This is a question I hear quite a bit from my ESL students and I never really know how to answer, primarily because I can’t predict the future. Six months? A year? Everyone is different. Some people learn faster than others. Some people just have a natural gift for absorbing languages. Lucky them! But I do know that if you are aware of how you learn, that can make things a little easier and perhaps go a little faster.
Learning styles come in various forms and everyone has their own unique way of learning even if they do not realize it. There are four basic styles of learning and they are auditory, visual, kinesthetic and tactile. Learners however, are not limited to one single style of learning. Some learners use different combinations of all four styles. So what do these learning styles mean?
I tried to learn Spanish a couple years ago with one of those CD language learning programs, but when I actually tried a conversational program with a teacher, it was amazingly easier. I’ve never heard of anyone trying a CD program to learn English as a second language, but with all the nuances, expressions, strange […]