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Nowadays knowledge of a foreign language has turned from a pleasant advantage into a necessity. Anyone who studies English, would like to speak without mistakes. That’s why, there is a growing number of different methods of language learning, as well as the number of disputes about what is more effective. Nevertheless, there are still myths about learning English, which haunt us everywhere. Let’s destroy these imaginary obstacles once and for all.Myth #1:It is impossible to learn a language without using Russian.

Yes, learning a foreign language without an intermediary language is difficult, since you cannot turn off your brains during class for a minute, but it’s not impossible. It’s rather more effective! Abandoning the translation and explanation in your own language, you at times reduce the time spent learning a foreign language. As a result, after a few months of group lessons, even with mistakes, but you will be able to discuss your favorite topics, understand your interlocutors and be understood by them.

Myth #2:First you need to learn the language, and then start using it
This is a complete nonsense! Undoubtedly, errors in speech and inability to quickly find a suitable word upset learners. But how would you understand that you already know something, when you don’t try to speak English? Try to use every new word you learn, use every chance to talk to someone in English. Sometimes I hear people say, » I do not have enough knowledge to overcome the language barrier and start speaking English.» The problem is not in a lack of knowledge, it is a psychological phenomenon of fear of making a mistake. Even at the initial stage of learning the language you are able to speak, the main thing — don’t be afraid to make mistakes, learn from them and don’t be shy! If you lose, don’t lose the lesson! You will gain experience with them, and feel more confident in conversations.

Myth #3:False.Homework is an unnecessary routine, you can learn the language even without it.

Unfortunately, fast and efficient achievement of results is impossible without independent work. Group studies with the teacher several times a week is not enough to learn the material confidently and be able to use it in everyday life. Psychologists have found that information is better absorbed if the process of memorizing is extended in time. That is, for a thorough memorization, it is necessary to return to the same material several times. Increase of efficiency from classes and rapid progress in learning is possible only when the classroom studies are supported by a well-done student’s homework. Treat your homework optimistically. Love what you do, because  the fruits of this process will greatly benefit you. If you spend 20-30 minutes on your homework, you will achieve your goals in language learning earlier.

Myth #4:It is necessary to go to an English-speaking country to learn the language.

Of course, full language immersion is the fastest way to learn English, but only if all that time, you are still practicing your English on a regular basis both in and out of the classroom. If we are talking about the fact that being in a foreign country means that you automatically learn the country’s language well, without any effort, then, alas, such expectations are in vain. It can be an amazing learning experience and a big help for fluency,  but it’s not a magic pill. Most American immigrants don’t speak English very well, even after living there for a long time, because, living in a foreign country, you can be understood without  good grammar and pronunciation, or a large vocabulary.

Myth #5:I have no ability/It’s too difficult.

This myth is probably the most popular. It arose due to our school system of learning English, which gave little or no results at all. Usually, people who have studied English at school, university, or maybe even evening classes were confident with their ability to speak English, but in the end it did not work out. When they finally have an opportunity to speak, they can’t be understood due to their attempts of literal translation, and using signs. Reason? Lack of speaking practice. If you learn grammar, but can’t communicate, consider that you do not know the language. Theory without practice has no meaning and benefit. The main thing is to feel the language. And when there is a sense of language, you will begin to speak automatically. But don’t rush, evaluate your strength and climb up patiently step by step.

As you can see, English is not as terrible, as it might seem. All we need to do is to drop all the misconceptions and open up to understanding English. We must not be afraid of something new, different from our native language. And English is just like that. I hope that this article has helped you see past some of these myths, and remember that your success in learning English depends only on you!

 

Best wishes,
Hanna Horbachova

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