Study abroad to learn English is one of the most common advices that people give for someone how is starting to learn a second language. And that is partly true. While abroad, you must begin to communicate with locals in their original, but will your English be correct? I want to cite the following facts as an example:
The English language of most ex-pats in the United States is far from ideal , even if they have been there for 20 years. Many of them repeat the same mistake year after year, and they usually speak with extraordinarily strong pronunciation. They are not very keen to improve their English because they have no real need to do so.
People around them understand them despite their mistakes and are usually polite enough to correct their mispronouncing. However, this example shows that living in an English-speaking country does not make your English good.
Being abroad only forces you to focus on what is necessary for your survival in this country, which is understanding everyday English, to develop the ability to shop in a store or communicate with your work colleagues. The rest of your language skills depend only on you, your motivation, and your ability to learn, not solely on your physical location.
At the same time, being in an English-speaking country sometimes makes it a habit to speak wrong because you are forced to say even if you make many mistakes. Once you learn to speak English incorrectly, it will be difficult for you to learn again later, especially given that the native speaker will not correct mistakes.
However, if you constantly develop and correct your phrases and speech day by day, all these mistakes will eventually disappear. Based on the above, the following conclusions can be drawn about the study of English abroad:
This is not the best way to improve your language while traveling abroad to learn English. Without strong motivation, you will not achieve significant success, plus, you will speak in the clumsiest English.
On the other hand, if your desire to learn English is strong enough, you can create an English-speaking environment at home.
To do this, you can use television channels and movies in English, computer programs, go to English language sites on the Internet, read English literature, listen to songs, and much more.
Such an English environment will be safer for you. It will allow you to avoid stress. It will give you an opportunity and time to think about the correct pronunciation. Moreover, such training will cost you truly little.
The following are the benefits of traveling abroad to read English:
- Great opportunities in terms of communication with native English speakers or other students (if you learn the language in a language school )
- If you study English in your country, the language barrier is often removed amazingly fast.
An opportunity to improve the listening understanding of live English speech, since pronunciation in English films or broadcasts is still different from live English speech, with many harsh can be twisted and pronounced can vary depending on the bid.
After considering all the arguments, we can confidently say that learning English, especially entry-level, is more comfortable in your own country. And when you understand English easily and speak English in your country, you have to "polish" your listening skills.
After that, you can go abroad, refill your vocabulary with colloquial expressions. So, you will genuinely enjoy the learning experience, and your English speech will be much more natural.