Why living in an English speaking country may not lead to learning the language?

Jul 15, 2019English and Study Tips, Smart Brains Spotlight

Why living in an English speaking country may not lead to learning English?

 

Julian Northbrook

 

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Why living in an English speaking country may not lead to learning English QUESTION: Why living in an English speaking country may not lead to learning English?

 

This is very common.

 

In fact, it’s probably the most common problem clients come to me with.

 

Just in the last year or two, I’ve had someone in the UK for a year, another in the UK for 10 years, the US for 17 years, Canada, Australia (6 years I think) and… you get the idea.

 

Here’s the thing ー

 

Just living in an English speaking country is not sufficient to improve.

 

Here are several reasons why:

  1. Using English is only one side of the coin. Living in an English speaking country and using English every day is great for building fluency, yes. But that doesn’t mean you’re learning anything new, or even improving what you’ve got (anyways remember: crap English said fast is still crap English).
  2. It’s easy to create a bubble of your native language and culture. A lot of people don’t actually use English any more than they did in their home country… I’m talking about the people who make friends with speakers of their first language, don’t need to work, or work in their first language.
  3. The higher your English level, the more intensive your learning needs to be to see improvement. For example, you talk to your new next-door neighbour the day you move to the country. It’s all new and exciting, you’re nervous and you don’t want to embarrass yourself. It’s a really high-pressure, intensive situation… and you learn a lot from it. But then you speak to the same next door neighbour every day, and very quickly you become comfortable in that situation… and as soon as you become comfortable, you stop improving (this is why tutors, conversation-teachers or conversation exchanges tends to be a waste of time, by the way; same problem).

 

And here’s what you need to do:

Why living in an English speaking country may not lead to learning English 1. Schedule time every day to sit down and really study English, with the goal of learning NEW language that you can use.

Why living in an English speaking country may not lead to learning English 2. Get out and use the language you learned as much as possible (and I mean use ー none of this pointless “practise” bullshit).

 

Improving is as simple as that.

 

But BOTH steps are 100% necessary. And of course, make sure you’re using materials to learn from that are actually giving you natural samples of English that you can use… textbooks and notoriously crap, and you should avoid anything that’s basically just “grammar and words” teaching. Ultimately, if you’re learning the wrong thing it’s all a waste of time anyway.

 

Also, if you have attitude/ confidence issues, you’ll also need to sort those out (but I guess that’s not the case since you said you speak English every day).

 

Hope that helps.

 

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Best, Julian

 

Why living in an English speaking country may not lead to learning English Reference:  Julian Northbrook.  “I live in a foreign country and speak English every day, but I don’t feel that my level of language becomes better. What should I do?” originally appeared on Quora, the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.

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