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How I’ve Learned English

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Stepanjkova Victoriya
Nowadays millions of people learn English. And everyone from them wants to spend less time on learning it, less effort, less nerves, and at last less money. Because of this there are many different methods. They were created by people finding the best way of learning and remembering. The difference between methods consists in different approaches. One advises spending more time on speaking, others say that the most important skills are writing skills. But here, however like everywhere, there is a classical system, which is used in most schools and universities. This system implies the same attention to all aspects.
For my part I`ve tried a new method once. It promised me to increase the quantity of the words. It advised to find the word in Russian with the similar pronunciation and try to use it while remembering. It seemed to me funny when I started but stupid when after two weeks I finished. The result was that I could remember only Russian words.
So now I learn English in the classical way, which is practised in my school. But of course I try to adapt learning and to make it easier. For example today I don`t need to free time for learning words as I used to do two years ago. Now I`ve got used to learning them by pronouncing loudly while doing housework. And if I can`t remember any words I write them on the place which I often see. For example, on my pencil box. I also find reading very useful. The phrases or words I meet in books stuck in my memory strongly. So I try to read more. And when I listen to music I also try to understand what is said in songs not only because it is intresting, but also because I realize that when I hear these songs next time I `ll probably remember the words they contain and while listening again and again I`ll learn them.
Actually I do nothing in particular. I don`t use any original methods, I don`t have my own helpful rules, but I learn regularly and it brings me some success.

Tatur Anastasia
I have been learning English for many years. Knowledge of the English language is neсessary for me. “Why?”, asked you.
Firstly, nowadays a lot of people know English. It is the easiest language in the world. Of course, I would like to know English for speaking with other people.
Secondly, I like visiting some countries abroad. In the city which you do not know you should know to ask the way to church, for example. Also I would like to have some practical work in London. That is why Iam learning the English language.
How do I learn it to know it well? I try to remember all rules, many words. I repeat them for remembering. Also I am listening songs and watching films in English.
Learn the English language! It is interesting and very useful.


Gorshkova Nastya
Now many people are interested in learning foreign languages. As for me I am interested in learning English, because the English language is well-known in many countries and many people can speak English. I think it is very convenient, because you should know one foreign language to speak with people in different countries around the world.
If you know English or other foreign languages you will find work faster. Now almost all employers want to have workers, who know one or more foreign languages.
Sometimes people work with foreign people and some need to have an interpreter, but often it costs very much. But if you know a foreign language by yourself you could save your money.
I learn English at school and I haven’t got any extra courses, but I try to learn English hard, because I want to have an advantage over other people, who can’t speak English, in my future. I think that learning English is very interesting and if you know English, it could help you in different situations.

Kolpakova Sasha
Learning to speak a foreign language may be the best thing you want to do. For example I can take the English language. English is the most popular language in the world. You can go everywhere and you will find someone who knows it. Also you can use English to learn more information in science, computers, sport, music, business, health. And if you communicate in English you contact with people from all over the world, you can ask directions, or have a conversation.
I had been studying English for many years before I went to school. For me it‘s really important, because my future life will be connected with English. I hope I will study at university, there I would take a degree connecting with it.

Trushina Katya
The English language is important today, because it is an international language.
If you know this language well, you will have a lot of possibilities. For example, the English language is the language of the great literature, William Shakespeare, Oscar Wild. They all wrote their books in English and, when we read the original, it is more interesting, than translation of it. Half of the world scientific journals are in English.
The English language has become a world language in politics, science, trade and cultural relationships. It is the language of computer technology, a lot of computer programmes are written in English. It is absolutely necessary for a good specialist in any country to be able at least to read English, you can talk to people of any nationality and can get necessary information anywhere in the world.
In my opinion, the English language today is important for me very much, it is not bad, if I also learn other languages. I have been studying English for 8 years in school and go to courses. The study of a foreign language will help me in my future life.

Gudkova Irina
We start learning foreign languages from early childhood because our modern life demands this. Nowadays it’s getting more and more important even necessary.
Globalization and progress in science and technology made the English language common all over the world. Today it helps people from different countries to get on in work. If you know English it means that it will be easier for you to be successful in business, to get progress in career, to have communication and partnership with people from other countries.
It has become an obligatory thing to have English as a school subject all over the world. Today children learn this language as they learn Maths or Physics. In the 10th class we have English for 7 times a week in comparison with 4 times for Russian and only 3 times for Maths. It shows the importance of this language. Of course it’s the choice of the person to know or not to know it well, but everybody wants to be successful, happy and wants to be developed as an individual.
Many people try to learn some languages because of their interest in the culture of different countries. Travelling and communicating with foreign people help people to get a sense of success. And it’s great to understand that you can do such a difficult thing as speaking with foreigners easily. It’s very hard to find time in a busy and strained life of a modern person to learn a foreign language. But when you understand that you were able to do it, it makes you feel satisfied and happier.
It’s great to be all-round developed and to be able to do a lot of different things. But we shouldn’t consider a foreign language, even the most common, more important than the native tongue.

Plyatsko Olga
Studying English in the modern world has a very important meaning. English is international. English is spoken practically all over the world. It is spoken as the mother tongue in Great Britain, the United States of America, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. A lot of people speak English in China, Japan, India, Africa and other countries. It is studied as a foreign language in many schools. Many people study this language; speak English with people of other countries. It’s enough to know English to be able to communicate with people of different countries.
As for me this language has an important place because it’s international. Many people speak English on forums, at international conferences; with its help we decide global problems. If you know this language you will be closer to social life. Studying languages helps to learn out the culture of that country the language of which you study. Great Britain is very rich in culture: Literature, Music and etc. Modern music is written in English mainly.
I have been studying English for 6 years. I have learnt out some traditions of English-speaking countries. I try to study English not only by school program but independently. I try to listen to English music and to translate it into Russian. I have some tapes and video-tapes in English. I read English books, which we discuss at lessons together with our teacher. Many tasks in the textbooks develop grammatical skills. I like to study English with computer games. I can learn English watching English films, different satellite TV programs in English. I study English, because I want to read English books of great writers in the original. I want to communicate with people from different countries; I want to understand their culture and traditions. Speaking English I can travel everywhere, because more than 1 billion people speak English.
So it is very useful to learn foreign languages. Knowledge of foreign languages helps us to develop friendship and understanding among people. English is very popular now. It’s the language of computers, science, business, sport and politics. English is very important to find a good job.
I think that to know English today is absolutely necessary for every educated man, for every good specialist.

Dvornikov Ivan
Why do I study English? Do I need it? This language is international. If you know English, you can be anywhere in the world. If you have excellent knowledge of English, you can find a job easily. Most computer programmes are written in English, so if you know English you can better understand them. You always can talk with interesting people on some subjects in English, moreover, you can go to other countries as a tourist. And you can understand your favourite music. And read original books. English is necessary to all. Without it people can’t live nowadays.

Lukashina Nastya
English language plays an important part in my life. I always face with science and technologe,computers and mass entertainment. It is the language of the literature,education,modern music,international tourism.
I have started to learn English at school in the second classes and I learn to this day. I do different exercises on English language. In the lessons we practise listening skill,because it is very important. So I go on English courses. When I go abroad I can practise there talking to foreingners. We speak on different themes. Also I listen to English musical groups some word I remember.
Learning a foreing language is not as easy thing. It is a long and slow process that takes a lot of time and patience. But to know English is absolutely necessary for every educated person,for every good specialist.
I learn English to speak fluently and undestand people in abroad. So English is necessary for me and my future life, because I want to travel in abroad and get a good education.

December 13, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. I am very impressed with the motivation you have for learning English. I agree that it helps to making your learning fun if you can actually write and converse with other English speakers. In most cases I see that the vocabulary is strong, but the placement of adjectives within the sentences is not always accurate. As several have said, the more you practice the better you’ll become. Good luck!

    Comment by Natalie Sunde | January 7, 2010 | Reply

  2. I thik inglesh is important to learn because people who don’t speak inglesh i think they fell sad because inglish is important language around the world, also when you want go to anywhere you wiil find important people you wiil speak inglesh around the world also when you speak inglesh is more easily talk with people people can learn inglesh going to programs read magazine a book.

    Comment by oscar lopez | December 14, 2009 | Reply

    • English is the language being discussed here.
      Correct spelling is a virture: E-N-G-L-I-S-H.
      Many find spelling in English a challenge.
      What do you think about English spelling.
      What do YOU do to learn spelling conventions?

      Comment by Dr.M | December 14, 2009 | Reply

  3. I think people learn English by different ways, some people like to listen music, some like to read books or some people take English classes. I think you need to make the way you learn fun, so you can improve your English. If you don’t practice with someone who only speaks English, you won’t be able to get better.

    Comment by Lucero Alfaro | December 14, 2009 | Reply

  4. English is the most important languaje in the world because you can go anywhere and you will find a person who speak english.. You can talk to important people and you understand what they are talking about. Englis is important because you can find a good job easily.

    Comment by RH p2 | December 14, 2009 | Reply

  5. I think that us, the people who dont speak really well the english are waiting to finish learning the language to become a person who can speak with everybody without getting nervous about it and can speak in front of 30 students without scared of being the clown in the classroom i think that every esl student get the opportunity to speak with somebody that does not make fun of you
    i think we should stand that problem, facing it and forget about them, just being yourself with everybody i think if you show yourself it would be more easy than being another person that you dont know, thats my opinion.

    Comment by Denisse | December 14, 2009 | Reply

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