English is the most common language in the world, spoken by all kinds of people from different backgrounds across the world. However for some people who didn’t learn it in their teenage years, wrapping your head around the language can be very difficult. Just like learning any other language, learning about the culture of origination is just as important because the sounds and sentence formation come from the people themselves. Truth be told, it's never too late to learn anything, especially a language. However, it has to become a part of your life and exist in your everyday life on a deeper level, not just openly but subconsciously as well. There are a few things you can do to bring English into your life and have it almost become a companion.
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Know the culture
Many people will want to learn US English as the USA is the largest English speaking country in the world. However US English originates from UK English which most consider the most adept form. Regardless of which you’re choosing to learn, studying the culture and how the sounds and expressions are used to convey emotion, humor, stress, urgency and other forms are incredibly important. You can start off by watching television shows with the subtitles on. Sitcoms are the best as character development is often the main goal of writers, therefore, you’ll connect with the people on screen and pick up on their subtle use of tone and pitch. You’ll start to realise what certain words mean and how they can be used by immersing yourself in the culture.
There comes a time when you will think you have gone as far as you can on your own and now it's time for some help. First and foremost you must realise that there are different standards and approaches to learning English. There are companies that specialize in teaching English to business people from around the world and English is also the language of work and the trading world. There are also learning programs for immigrants that have been formed by governments. However, you must go the independent route such as Effortless English to learn the language in a wider scope. You will, of course, be able to study in your own time. By signing up, you’re entering into a community of people that are learners of varying degrees just like you. You can see how it goes by getting a membership and going through lesson programs that excite and intrigue you.
Listen to relatives and people
You can learn English in the real world, than just listening to people talk. If you have relatives that speak the language or just friends that are talking with other English speakers, kindly sit and listen in on their conversations. It's helpful to get their permission first. You’ll realise how the different sounds go well with facial expressions and the different ways of forming sentences.
Learning a language is one of the most daunting yet exciting experiences you can have. You’re entering into a similar world but from a different angle. Let it become an everyday part of your life until it's just background noise which is always there. Soon you’ll start to subconsciously fit it into your life through speech patterns and familiarity.