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How to Learn English

By Noga La'or

Part 3 of 4

Of course, no one learns English in quite the same way, or at quite the same pace. Just as there are some people who are good at math or science, computers or music, art or dancing, writing or history, there are people who are good at learning languages. But does that mean that only some people can learn a foreign language, while the rest of us are out of luck? Absolutely not! All it means is that it takes some people less time than others to learn. But that"s alright, everyone learns eventually.

It's important to remember, though, that we are all human. And as human beings, we learn things in different ways. In fact, there is no one "right way" to learn a language. Students just need to find what way works best for them.

For example, some people are visual learners, which literally means that they have to "see" the language in order to internalize it. Are you one of those students how needs to see a word written in English before you remember it, or before you try to understand what it means? Well, then, you are a visual learner.

Other learners, however, just need to hear a word before they internalize it. In fact, these types
of learners hardly ever write down what the teacher is saying when they're in class - they are
just listening and remembering. These are what we call auditory learners. If you like doodling in
your notebook while your teacher is speaking, but are then able to answer all of her questions
correctly because you've been paying attention, then you're definitely an auditory learner.

Other types of learners need to actually physically involve themselves in the language in order
to learn. For example, if students are learning the words for different cooking techniques, then
these types of learners need to act out or mimic the techniques in order to remember the words.
They need to "do" instead of to "see" or "hear". These are called kinesthetic learners. If you're the
type of student who is able to remember a vocabulary word or grammar structure best by role
playing a conversation in class, then you're probably a kinesthetic learner.

But the truth is, most of us are not just visual, auditory or kinesthetic learners, but a combination
of all three. For example, I'm definitely a visual learner with a bit of kinesthetic in me as well.
My friend Guillermo, however, is mostly auditory and a bit kinesthetic. And there are a
thousand more examples like these.

No matter what type of learner you are, however, there is one thing, and one thing only,
that you need to start doing in order to successfully learn English is this day and age -
start speaking!

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