Ángela Carolina Botero Zuluaga, our newest My Embassy Life student blogger, has been working as a journalist in her home country of Colombia, she knew that in order to achieve her goals of taking her career to the next level, she needed to improve her English language skills. Because Angela’s dreams also included international travel, particularly to Australia, when she discovered Embassy Melbourne, she knew had found the perfect programme. As part of her intensive English language immersion, Angela will be writing weekly articles for Study Group’s Brightly Blog, as well as acting as a guest contributor to the Embassy English Blog. Stay tuned to follow Angela’s Embassy Life in fascinating Melbourne, Australia!
No one can deny that English is a mandatory language nowadays. Over 1 billion people throughout the world are currently learning English and it is a common second language for many non-English speakers. From my experience, English is a necessity to communicate with the world and it is essential to have at least some basic competence either written or spoken.
I am a Spanish speaker, so learning English to me has been a kind of adventure. There are many rules to follow and your memory needs to work quickly and retain information, as much is possible. It is like modifying the language microchip you have had your entire life.
In the process of learn English, sometimes you would like to give up but when you realise you have gotten the hang of this language you feel proud of yourself.
As I know it is no easy process, I decided to explore the curiosities that involve acquiring English as a second language, therefore, I spoke with my classmates and teachers at Embassy English and as a result, there are interesting and curious aspects to point out:
All your life you have spoken, written and listened in your language and one day you decided to learn English. Well, your brain needs to organise new information and tell your tongue to talk with a new pronunciation. If that is not enough, you have to write differently than you are used to.
“At the beginning it is really cool learn English but three months later you feel like your brain is asking for Spanish and even you can experience confusion between Spanish and English. It sounds weird, but it is like your brain is tired”. Confessed by Alejandra Serrano in company with other mates who supported her idea.
It is very common in the Embassy English halls people asking did you start to dream in English? If the answer is yes, it is amazing because that it is means you are keeping the language in your mind and it will become easier to talk, write and listen to the language.
To be honest, I do not have knowledge whether this statement is true, but I admit it is entirely possible to be dreaming in English and wake up thinking in this language.
Although it depends on the language every ones speaks. Tori Graff, one of the teachers at Embassy English says, “The difference between long and short vowel sounds gets a lot of people in trouble. Such as beat or bit, being or been. In conclusion, it is important be careful to avoid giving incorrect information.
When you are learning English overseas, the first visible feature is the accents. I asked more than ten people and teachers about it and surprisingly the Thai accent is the most difficult to understand in English. “They drop a lot of sounds such as the s” a teacher stated.
English is mainly a mix of Old High German, Old Norse and Anglo – Norman. Recognisable modern English started speaking in the 14th century.« Previous post
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