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【生活】學英文的方法

從以前都覺得自己的英文不好,自從今年(2011)年初就開始去上成人英語班,老師Mark在網站上有一段告訴同學學英文的方法,覺得不錯分享給大家。

If one wants to learn a language well, he or she needs to have both passion and patience. Learning a language is a long, long journey and only with both of these qualities will the learner be able to have the endurance that it takes to reach their goal. The big question is how to improve our passion and patience. The learning experience should be viewed as exciting quest that can open a person’s eyes not only to a new world but also a whole new way of seeing the world.
For example, it is well known that in Chinese culture, family and hierarchy are very important. I only truly understood this when I tried to learn all the words for the different relations in a family. In Mandarin there are at least four words used to describe the relation of “aunt”. At first, I found this frustrating but then realized that learning a language gave me a powerful tool to expand my horizons. The only other ways I’ve been able to achieve a similar level of expanding my horizons have been from making new friends, traveling and reading great novels. Of course, learning a new language can be used, or sometimes, is even necessary for all three of these.
I have heard that recreational reading is the most effective way to learn a new language and in my own experience I believe this to be true. Because it takes so long to learn a language we must find ways to keep it fun. A great way is way to find a book that isn’t too challenging and has a story that keeps you engaged. Of course the key to making progress is to keep practicing, so don’t worry if you’re not perfect in everything you write or say. Just keep trying and the improvement will follow. Again, remember that learning a language is a long journey filled with many speed bumps, but also a journey that can open your eyes to a new world.

如果你想學習一門語言,需要有激情和耐心。學習一門語言,是長期、漫長的旅程,學習者需要有耐力才能夠達到他們的目標。最大的問題是如何提高我們的熱情和耐心?學習經驗應該被看作是令人興奮的任務,不僅可以開啟新的視野,同時也可以以不同角度看新世界。
舉例來說,在華人文化中,家庭和階層是非常重要的,我才真正理解這一點,當我試圖學習在一個家庭中的不同的關係時,至少有4個字來形容“阿姨”的關係。起初,我發現這頗令人沮喪,但後來意識到,學習一門語言,給了我一個有力的工具以擴大我的視野。我已經能夠擴大我的視野,以水平的方式結交新朋友、旅行和閱讀好的小說。當然,學習一門新的語言,不止可用於這三項。
我聽說,我自己的經驗是休閒閱讀能有效學習一門新語言,我相信這是真的。學習一門語言時間很長,我們必須設法保持它的趣味性。一個好的方式是找一本書,不需太具有挑戰性,讓一個故事持續從事。當然進展的關鍵還是要持續練習,所以不用擔心,如果你寫或說的一切完美的。只要繼續努力就會改善。同樣,請記住,學習一門語言是一個漫長的碰撞旅程,可以打開你的視野看到一個新的世界。



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