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Monday, December 27, 2010

Not good in English? How to be good or improve your English? (PART 1)

Salam,

I've always been asked by my students on how can they  improve their English. There's no shortcut to improve your language ability in any languages. We have to put so much efforts and the most important thing is the passion to learn more and never quit. Most of us have learned English since kindergarten but we are still not confident enough to communicate in English. This is because we seldom use English and when we need to use it, we feel so inferior especially in front of the native speakers. Little that we realize, they themselves are not really aware of the correct usage of grammar. It's like when we use our Bahasa Melayu. How many of us use the correct BM everytime we speak BM? Not so many right? SO.....just think about that the next time, you struggle or feeling not confident to use English.

OKAY. Let's get back to the BORING TOPIC here. (yup I know it's boring *yawn*).

HERE ARE SOME COMMON SUGGESTIONS AND ALSO MY OWN INPUTS FOR THE SUGGESTIONS:

1.     Read a lot of English books, magazines, newspapers or even blogs!

       This is the easiest way to increase your vocabulary and at the same time, pick up the correct English grammar. If you say "I don't have time", you are just using the excuse that can hinder you from improving your English. Choose the material that you love the most as some people prefer to read novels, some love magazines and I myself prefer to read blogs nowadays. hehe

2.     Practice using English whenever and wherever possible.

        Basically the saying "Practice makes perfect" is TRUE. I reckon most of us know that but we still use again thousands excuses not to practice. Based on my own experiences dealing with students who are not the native speakers, they usually feel so insecure, not confident and afraid to make grammatical errors and mistakes I want to ensure you that no one really check your grammar or even able to point out your mistakes unless the person is the linguists in English or maybe she is an English teacher. Yup, I myself an English teacher BUT I never try to correct anybody's mistakes unless it is meant for teaching.

3.     Watch English movies, listen to English songs. (not just for entertainment sake)

        My abah was the one who encouraged me to watch English movies with him when I was younger. He would asked me to accompany him to watch Midnight Movie on TV2 on Saturday night. He asked me not to depend on the subtitle (bcs the translation is sorry to say misleading and suck!) but trying to fully use my listening skills to understand what the actors trying to say. As for English songs, I choose the one that suit me like ballads because it's easy to listen to the lyrics compared to Hip Hop, Under ground music.

I better stop here now before most of you who are reading this entry fall into deep sleep. hehehe.
But seriously, I hope that this can help those who think they are not good in English. There's always some room for improvement as long as you never stop trying.

16 comments:

isabelle said...

uni students zaman skrg i rasa x patut sgt kalo x kuasai english.masa skolah kan dah belajar dr drjh 1.
ada my student tu, fail my paper (agaknya psl english kot)..tapi tak larat nak tolong, kalo dia xnak tolong diri sendiri

ieda said...

saya dari sekolah medium BM..bila masuk sekolah menengah cikgu english mmg guna BI 100%...blurlah jugak...bila masuk uni lagilah teruk..terms dalam BI pastu terms semua pelik2 ja...sakit kepala...sib baik lepas jugak..
tp saya percaya kalau nak improve BI kena banyak bercakap & membaca dlm BI juga...same goes to BM.

ma'chiks said...

salam...happen 'terjumpa' ur blog..wow it just something different from the many blogs I followed..dh bookmarked.. I likee.

Fid said...

saya mmg tak reti english sbb saya sekolah jepun kerja syarikat jepun..aci bg alasan booooddd ginih??

kakakakakkakak

transformed housewife said...

Belle- skrg dr kindy lg patut dah terer tau.

transformed housewife said...

Ieda- we shouldn't stop learning English or BM.

transformed housewife said...

thanks ma'chiks for your interest on my blog. I'm flattered.

Hamizah said...

tq,nur,
sbb tu saya selalu jenguk blog nih..

luahfikiran said...

SALAM,
BAGUS N3 NI. SOMETHING DIFFERENT. TERINGAT MASA SEKOLAH DULU, KALAU NAK PANDAI BAHASA INGGERIS, KENA SELALU MAKAN EPEL.

transformed housewife said...

Fid- tu tak dpt ditolongla. hehehe

transformed housewife said...

LF- terima kasih Dato'.

mamamuaz said...

such an informative entry..i totally agreed! ;)

transformed housewife said...

thanks mamamuaz.

kakyong said...

kakyong masa dah masuk U(actually di matrik) baru rajin buat semua ni.. pastu join AIESEC.. dpt la juga kuasai BI dgn baik.. sbb tu senang dpt koje, majikan suka fresh graduate yg fluent in English...

transformed housewife said...

that's right K.Yong. It's easy to secure a job when we are fluent in English.

Watie Aziz said...

kak nur, watie plak kalau cakap english ok ...bolehlah cakap sebab dah terbiasa .. mmg practice makes perfect.. selagi tak cuba sendiri ..selagi tuh lah tak confident .. tapi mmg saya malas tul nak tulis dalam english kalau tak betul2 sebab nak jawab english paper ..hahaha.. sebabnya saya nih jenis perfectionist kalau nak buat sesuatu .. so kalau nak menulis in english tuh,saya kena pastikan semua grammar betul, padahal macam akak kata, bukan org perasan pun kan? wakakak.. tapi kengkadang tersalah gak, tu yg malas nak tulis in english, caca marba jer entry campur english n bm ..wkakaka.. sib baik bukan paper exam yer ..kalau tak dah tentu fail.. hu hu...