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So much to learn, so little time

Jackie Guiter
Here’s the dilemma: you have a job and you are good at it, but now you are required to speak English at work. Your English is not good enough and you don’t have a whole lot of time to spare.

Here’s the solution to your dilemma: focus on exactly what you need. How? These tips may help:

- Study things you will be sure to need and use. By equipping yourself with the basic tools you will to be able to communicate from the start.

- Using your tools from day one: use every word or sentence. Speak, write, communicate! Your speech will be rudimentary at first, sure, but being able to communicate in another language can be exhilarating. This feeling will turn into motivation, the energy your learning engine needs to keep going.

- Work on your listening comprehension skills: start by listening to words and sentences: learn the way they sound in natural speech. You need to pick up the pronunciation and the intonation -specially the intonation– if you want to be able to understand what is being said. And you need to practice saying those words and sentences out loud, mimicking both the pronunciation and intonation.

These are some examples of words and sentences you need to memorize and learn in order to start understanding spoken English and start communicating:

“I was wondering if you could help me with my English.”
“What should I do to start understanding spoken English?”
“I would like to be able to communicate in English.”
“Is there anything I can do to start on my own?”
“Yes, you can find yourself a good teacher to help you get started.”
“This is really helpful!”


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