3 Language Learning Myths Exposed And Debunked So You Can Speak English Fluently

As I was doing research for the Vocabulary Secrets Revealed Series of my EXLsystem, I discovered that there is so much garbage about language learning on the web. People that say they are experts are infiltrating your minds with myths that are absolutely FALSE!

And, that’s exactly why I’ve created a Special, Must-Have Report to be included within my system.  And, now I’m ready to make some real waves in my industry by debunking 3 major myths right now in this article!

Language Learning Myth #1: You Must Travel Abroad To Speak English Fluently

Language Learning Fact: It seems like a lot of people are questioning whether it’s really possible to learn a new language in their mother country, but I think it’s quite bizarre.

Language is simply communication…and groups of people everywhere communicate in different languages in the same location. So what’s the big deal?

You just have to find ways to learn and practice the language you want to learn where you are. And the easiest way to do that is by connecting with people and resources that can help you online.

One of the best language learners I ever met was an English student in Brazil. He had never lived abroad. The only resource he had was a simple VCR.

Now just imagine what you can accomplish with all the videos freely available in any language online through youtube and other such video sites.

Oh, yeah! Did I forget to mention that there are at least 89 different other ways to learn and practice a new language online as well.

Language Learning Myth #2: Developing Your Listening Skills Is The Most Difficult Task You Face As An English Student

Language Learning Fact: Before children learn to speak their mother-tongue, they understand much of what they hear.

My oldest daughter’s first words were ‘Let Go’. That was because another little kid had grabbed her sandle and they were having a tug-of-war contest over it.

But even before she screamed those words at the top of her lung, she would amaze people who saw her do everything I told her too.

Since we were living in Brazil at the time, people were amazed that she could understand everything I said in English. They would stand flabbergasted as she pointed to different parts of her body and picked up various objects when requested.

However, for some strange reason, many language learners have the crazy idea that understanding what they hear in a foreign language is extremely difficult.

They think that they have to learn to speak it fluently before they can understand what they hear when listening to music, watching a movie or talking with friends.

Why would anyone think that trying to learn a new language backwards, would be any easier then the way they learned their native language.

So, when I teach my students some new vocabulary words or a new grammar structure…I always tell them a short story that applies what they learn.

New students are always amazed when they realize that they can understand what I am saying even before they begin talking.

Language Learning Myth #3: You Must Learn Grammar Before You Can Talk

Language Learning Fact: You learned to speak your native-language long before you went to school and started studying grammar.

When you look at it in that light, it seems rather silly to try to learn a new language backwards. Why would anyone want to learn study a new language the hard way?

Have you ever seen a classroom full of frustrated students trying to memorize a list of grammar rules for a language that can’t even speak yet? No wonder so many give up before ever learning how to speak fluently.

Whenever they want to say something in the new language, they have to pause first to try and remember all the grammar rules and the exceptions to those rules before they can say anything.

And if you really had to learn perfect grammar before you started speaking…there would be a lot more mute people in the world today. Even illiterate, ‘unschooled’ people speak their mother-tongue fluently and naturally.

Why? Because they learn the grammar implicitly by hearing it used all around them. Most of my students are shocked when I ask them to explain a simple grammar topic in their own language.

Even though they can give me plenty of examples of how it is used…they usually can’t explain the rules. They get so excited when they realize that they don’t have to memorize grammar rules before they can start speaking.

Of course, I always explain how different grammar structures work in the language. Obviously, a quick overview always helps understand why they say things a certain way.

But they feel so relieved when they realize that they don’t have to spend years learning boring rules before they can start carrying on a conversation.

They get so excited when they hear a grammar mini-story where they can hear the grammar being used. And they love being able to retell the same mini-story on their own with that particular grammar structure.

They pick it up quickly and easily without having to fry their brains on 101 different exceptions to the way grammar works.

So, there you have it – 3 language learning myths exposed and debunked. For lots more great language learning information check out my EXLsystem now at the VIP English Club

About the Author:

Language Consulting Expert David A. Bailey, Jr uses the power of mini-stories to create powerful lessons for English students who what to learn to speak English fluently without having to travel abroad. Now, he’s revealing his top secrets to developing your listening skills and helping you learn to think in English so you can reduce your accent and speak English naturally. Go to the VIP English Club and get David’s mini-stories and lessons  to speak English fast!

Comments

  1. “…..there are at least 89 different other ways to learn and practice a new language online as well.”

    this is very interesting to me as an English learner. would you be so kind to share those ways, David? 🙂

    Tom

  2. English learner says:

    Traveling. Yes, you don’t have to travel abroad if you have a bunch of natives who are always willing to help you out with English. But if instead you only live in your homeland and never ever found an opportunity to communicate with native-speakers then you’ll barely ever become fluent at English.
    I suggest that it’s essential to practice your English with natives since you can at least avoid the mistakes that foreigners do make and that typical foreign unnaturalness of using English. There are so many blunders that foreign learners of English make. Considering this fact even less educated native will help you make your English a lot better and natural than when you waste your time talking to a non-native speaker who will always argue that you make mistakes and your English is poorer but yet won’t be able to understand everything you say let alone that this one won’t correct you if you need it.
    Listening. When you’re little you don’t have to understand every single word that you hear. When you’re a grown-up there’s no way to avoid communication. Nobody’s gonna adjust their usual speed of speaking and vocabulary to your low language proficiency. If you can’t understand a language easily than just stay in your country and never even think about using a language that you’re nor sufficiently fluent at. Listening comprehension can even be the hardest part to work on.
    To understand a language you have to understand grammar and know enough vocabulary. But to really understand them in practice you have to recognize how words are pronounced by natives in various native accents. Even when you know a word you don’t always recognize it in speech.
    Grammar. It’s really what used to freak me out when I read something like “You don’t have to learn grammar ‘cause you didn’t in your native language when you were little”. There’s absolutely no use comparing your native language with a foreign one when you didn’t have an opportunity to grow up in that language environment. Those who can’t use proper grammar are obviously not fluent at a language. When it comes to your native language you mostly feel how to speak it intuitively whereas speaking a foreign one takes a lot of work. D”you really think that, say, Diane Kruger having given up on grammar and only living in her mother country managed to speak English so fluently as she does? To compose a sentence in your native language orally you just need to grow up in your home country. To orally compose a sentence in a foreign language you have to learn grammar and vocabulary first. There’s no other way. Sure you can always call it enough to just learn a couple of survival phrases from a tourists’ phrase book. But it’s hardly ever gonna make you fluent at a language. To be fluent you have to develop a near-native user of a language out of you from someone who’s not familiar with a language at all.
    Moreover there’s absolutely no point in comparing an adult with a little kid who simple is not required to be fluent and educated at a language even when it’s this one’s native language. But even a foreigner who announces that he or she is fluent at English (considering that English is such a demanded language today) has to be just almost as proficient as a native. That’s a hard goal to achieve. But this is what determines language fluency.

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