Learning to speak the English language can seem overwhelming, regardless of what your native language is or where you attend school to learn how to speak the most common language in the world. While it can certainly be fun and challenging, there are some things that seem almost impossible – but keep in mind, you can do anything you set your mind to! As a reputable English language school in Hawaii, we want to share some of the difficulties, and help you get past them.
First, what about those vowel sounds? While the letter “a” in the word ‘lane’ is pronounced one way, it’s pronounced completely different in the word ‘land’. Long and short vowel sounds can be difficult, but you’ll get the hang of it by studying and listening to native speakers. Thankfully there are only five (six, when you count “Y”) vowels in the entire English alphabet!
There’s a world of difference when it comes to listening to English and reading it. Much of this has to do with how certain words or phrases are spoken, and where the emphasis is placed. When listening to someone speak English, you can actually hear where the emphasis is placed; reading a library book or magazine reveals no indication of where the words or phrases are emphasized, so sentences often come across with an entirely different meaning.
Verbs, adjectives, nouns – what type of word is it? Certain words can be all of the above, which makes learning English extremely tough. While a verb is an action word, a noun describes something and an adjective modifies or describes a noun. So confusing! When a word ends in “ly” it’s an adjective. This is why it’s essential to understand the context in which a word is used so you can determine what type of word it is. Hard? Yes. Impossible? Absolutely not! You’ll be speaking English fluently before you know it.
Will you ever know how and when all those synonyms are used? There are so many words that all basically mean the same thing, but sometimes they aren’t used in the same context. Understanding when and how you should use certain words will come with time, especially if you go beyond the basics of learning the language.
At Intercultural Communications College, we understand how hard it is to learn a completely new language. Whether you’re interested, as an adult, in learning English for communication or career success, or have a child or teen who wants or needs to get a better grasp on English, we’re a CEA accredited facility offering programs for every need.