Practice Speaking English With Yourself
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“For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.”- Aristotle
If you want to be a good cyclist, you have to practice cycling everyday; if you want to be a good football player, you have to practice football everyday; if you want to be a good musician, well, you have to practice everyday etc. You see, "practice" is the key to mastering a specific skill or a set of skills that we want to acquire. While some people are allegedly born with natural talents and gifts, such as Mozart, Einstein, Houdini, or Picasso for example, the majority of others do not have such miraculous fortune bestowed to them, and thus, they have to acquire their skills through the long and, sometimes, excruciating process known as practice. After all, practice makes perfect.
The same can be said about learning English. If you want to master English, you have to master the four skills that come with the language, as with any language, and they are listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The four skills must be acquired together, and you cannot leave out anything just because you think one is more important than the other.
However, when we start to learn something, we normally encounter a variety of problems, both objective and subjective, and we all tend to ask ourselves some common questions, such as "Where do I begin?", "How am I supposed to develop my speaking skills with nobody to talk to?", or "How can I improve my listening skills?", etc. I don't know about most people, but I certainly asked myself those questions when I first started studying English. And that led to the reason why I am writing this blog. I'm doing this because I would like to share with everyone some of the experience and some of the things I usually do, which I am still doing, in order to acquire each of the aforementioned skills. I admit that I am not a teacher, a guru, or anybody of great status and authority; I am...