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What Does English Mean to You?

 

Change your approach to English!

 

1 When Nah Mol-Ra (22) met a foreigner on the street, he backed away secretly from the foreigner. But the man came closer to him and saidExcuse me!.
 He looked around, but he was alone. Hed very much wanted to help that foreigner, but he couldnt think of any words!!
 Although he had memorize a lot of TOEIC words the day before, the only thing he could say wasSorry I dont know!!!. He felt so miserable when he was in front of foreigner.

Why do I avoid foreigners eyes again and again? I learned English, too!!

 

Miss Nah Toh-jong (20) met her friend after such a long time. Her friend went aboard to study for three years. She was so glad to meet her, but she already had become a native speaker! Her pronunciation was very good. And she spoke English quite well. she was so envious of her, friend. 

Ah! I want to speak English well!! I really envy her!

 

Mr. Nah and Miss Nah decided to study English really hard. They bought new book and vocabulary lists and enrolled at an the English institute. They will be going in
for the TOEIC and TOFEL. They set a goal score, wrote I down a piece of paper, and put it on the wall.
 However, as time went by, their passion slipped away. The books are still little new.There is no use in regretting and kicking themselves at this point.
What on earth is English? Why does it make me so crazy?

 

 If you have experienced at least one of there situations, you must read this article!

 If you have envied native speakers and studied English hard but failed,this is the best article foryou!

 

 

 

 

 

Why do we get frightened in front of a foreigner?
After we have learned English, for a long time.
Why cant say anything?

Using these questions, I interviewed two native speakers who are teaching English. They are teaching at Chungdahm Learning, Jamsil branch. Their names are Jonathan Wright and Charles Noh.

 

Q. Where did you learn English and other studies or subjects?

Jonathan:Okay, when I was eight years old, I went to the United States, so I was adopted by an American family in Janesville, Wisconsin. So I graduated from elementary, middle, high school and college in the U.S. My major was elementary middle level education with a minor in ESL, so TESOL. After I graduated, I taught three years at a public school in Madison, Wisconsin.
 I taught there for three years teaching sixth, seventh and eighth grade. Afterwards, I came to Korea in July 2004 and I worked at a hagwon, Elite, in the Mokdong area.

Charles :I was born in Korea, but I only lived here for three and a half years. So, Id say I learned English all in Canada. I forgot my Korean really quickly, learned only English. I started learning English in pre-kindergarten; thats like the prime learning age so I picked up the language really quickly.

 

Q. What do you think about the many Koreans who have learned English for a long time, but they still do not understand English colloquialisms? Do you think this is still an issue or in the past?

Charles :I think my experience comes from my university job before this, I was teaching 20- 21-22-23 year olds. I couldnt really have a conversation with them in English. It was too hard. It always broke up into three words in English, then they stopped and giggled

 They didnt try very hard. It was hard for them to have a conversation with me in all English. Thats my experience anyways.Jonathan: When I taught at Sejong University, it was in the engineering department. I had eight students. One thing I think that helped was after class was over, we would go and get something to eat and drink. I think that made our bond closer, so because of that, and they were forced to learn English. I think they were able to speak with me and converse well, you know and most of them wanted to learn. So they did ask a lot of questions. But I mean this is a difficult setting, because its a university setting, these students have to take English.

 Now If you run into someone on the bus and youre looking for directions, they can give you some, but they feel very uncomfortablespeaking. Oh I dontno English, so but, Id say that the reason why that is

In-hwa :Reason?

Jonathan:Yeah, the reason is, they dont have a lot of chances or opportunities to speak with foreigners. And because of that, they think their grammar is strong, but their speaking skills are very low. But in Itaewon, if you live in Itaewon, hey, you have to speak English so its great practice for them. Then hopefully, theyll become bilingual.

In-hwa :What is the Bilingual?

Jonathan:Bilingual means being able to speak two languages.
English and Korean. Two.

 

Q. How do you feel about Koreas high enthusiasm or craze for education and learning English?

Charles :It goes back to what Jonathan was saying about the
Koreans have a complex about not speaking English well. Yes,
they totally do. Its what Jonathan was saying, they never get the
chance to practice right? Theres not enough international community, maybe in some parts of Seoul, maybe, but throughout
the country, theres not enough chances to speak English, so whenever they do get a chance, they all laugh and put their hands over their mouth and they cant confidently speak English.

Jonathan:But you know, its the same thing for foreigners, right? Foreigners try to speak Korean to them. To them its funny. They soundbabyish, baby talk, so its a similar situation in that way. I think the key thing is for them, they have to try to explore or to meet foreigners. They can go to an English cafe, or go to Itaewon and meet foreigners; so if you try to meet foreigners, then youll improve your English. So you do language exchange and thats a good way to improve your English.

 

Exactly!We are living in an enthusiasm for education center! On the opposite side of the Pacific Ocean, where President Obama lives, the president said that he envies the Korean enthusiasm for education.
 But the ideal is different from the reality.

 

 

 

 

 

 We learned only from books. We were eager to be good at English, but the education system and infrastructure were lacking. Thus, it was difficult to learn to speak English as well as native speakers.

 Bilingualism is on the rise these days in not only developed countries but also in Korea. But naturally bilingualism does not come easily to people. If our TOEIC and TOFEL scores are bad, we are so shamed. I would like to know the reason why we feel embarrassed and inferior? It must be that we need the ability to speak English well.

 Why should we study English? How about gotting an English native speakers point of view about Korean students?

 The Pharos gave those questions to Kyonggi Universitys English Language and English Literature professor, Don Makarchuk.

 

Q. What do you think when you see students studying
English?

 I admire students you have learned to study well. I know from personal experience that learning a foreign language is difficult, and that motivating oneself to study continuously is challenging. There are many other activities that are more interesting than studying, but the successful student somehow manages to avoid those temptations and keep working.

 

Q. Why should Korean students learn English?

   For many students the answer is simple: These days, you need
to be fluent in English if you want to get a good job. Although students may question the need for English in some jobs, it remains a fact that many companies base their hiring decisions, in part, on English language ability. Other students want to learn English so that they can study abroad. For other students, English is a ticket to explore the world because, as we all know, foreign travel is made easier if one knows English. Finally, I believe that knowing English is empowering. When we know a foreign language, we feel that we have achieved something special in the same way that we feel when we have mastered a special skill such as being a taekwondo master or a concert pianist.

   When we choose to study something difficult, it means that we are choosing not to study other subjects. So, we must make a decision that is risky. Should I spend my limited time studying English? Every student must make this decision for him or herself.
Imagine your future; do you think that knowing English will help you walk the paths that you want to walk? If the answer is
yes,you know what you have to do.

   Are you done talking with yourself? Yes, we ought to learning English! Lets see! We were planning to study English in every winter vacation. But we still feel insecure about English. I cant even read, let alone speak. Isnt there a better way to learn English? It isnt from the obligatory mind; find an interesting way!

 

Q. How can learning English be made easier?

   I think it is important to set realistic language learning goals. If
you try to conquer the language by making an extraordinary effort
in one vacation, you are likely to fail. Learning a language takes time. Assess the time and resources that you have available for
studying, and set your goals. Then, make a study schedule and try to stick to the schedule. Be sure to include knowledge getting and knowledge using . After a certain period of time, perhaps a month, assess your progress. If you think that everything is going well, stick to your plan. If you think that you are not achieving your
goals, make some changes to your plan and try them out. Remember, you are in charge of your English language learning!
You must decide what, when and how long to study. You must assess your progress and make decisions about changes. And most important of all, you must motivate yourself to keep studying.

 

   Finally, I have a sign at home near my desk that saysI Can
Do It!
I am studying Korean, and it is difficult. Some days, other
work interrupts my study time; sometimes I get bored and sometimes I want to quit. But then I look at the sign and I am reminded of my commitment to learning Korean and the belief that I can do it. So, I take out my word cards or put on the headphones and turn on the MP3 player and resume studying. It is up to me and to you to achieve our goals-not other people. What do you want to achieve? Get to work!

 

 

 

 

 

Thats it!

The Pharos recommends a better approach to English!

 

1First, Set a goal!

Don Marchachuk and Charles Noh mentioned above thatseting a goalis very important! The more specific, the more makes execution. Dont do that like vaguelyI will preparating to TOFEL.

 

2Second, become familiar with foreigners!

How can you become familiar with foreigners?The ways are various! Get involved in a Languageexchange or get a part-time job where can meetforeigners frequently. As, Jonathan said, language exchange is agolden opportunity for learning English. Also, that is a college studentsprivilege. When you were in middle and high school, youconcentrated all your energy on the entrance examination. Andwhen you get a job, youll be so busy about work and your ownlife.

Therefore, the Pharos recommends a site : http://sharedtalk.com! You can set up your area according to your native language and the language need to learn!

And then, search friendsage and gender, until you find someone that you feel comfortable with English.

Also, it is good to get a part-time job as the writer of articles (such as writing for the Pharos), at an English hagwon or English

only zone (like cafe or village). You can work with native speakers and after work, go to ahweshik!

 

3Third, learn conversational English, living English!

You will need to learn living English to do a language exchange! If you didnt learn it, would you like to try an expression? No. So, you must say the same thing over and over again! But, learning only from a book cant help you use English in a real conversation!

The way to learn living English is to watch dramas and sitcoms or movies. You can pick up English culture and spoken English at once when you see English dramas! They are more lively and dynamic than a book because they are videos, and besides, you can copy them!

 

4Fourth, express yourself in English frequently!

The fastest way to learn a foreign language is to express yourself in that language every day. However, sometimes we feel a lacks of the ability to express oneselves well, and that it is difficult to write something every day.

Here is an idea! It can be easily done at this homepage (http://lang-8.com)! If you write a diary or something, a native speaker corrects your compositions at no cost! It is great fun because their feedback comes up right away.

Instead of paying we have to correct compositions in Korean! But it is simple to correct them because it is our mother tongue. And it will be easy an volunteer activity for you. In like this way, we get experience expressing ourselves in English every day.

 

5Finally, push yourself into a corner!

  Do you think that studying aboard is the best way to learn English? If you do, you are outdated!

In Korea, English only zones are increasing, The typical example of is the English village or English cafe! These are5English villages in Seoul and14villages in Gyeonggi-do. An English village is made up of a post office, airport, restaurant and soon that run like real places. The paju English village charges admission only6,000won. It will be a good opportunity to test your speaking abillity.

Also, the English only cafeHuh?is in Gangnam-gu, Seoul andPine Treeis in Seoul City Halls annex. With the object of testing yourself sometimes and making native speaker friends I recommend it highly!

It is no wonder that we had difficulty learning English. Learning a foreign language is a big task. We have the reasons to learn English well, and we know how to learn easier! Now, get to work! There is only one thing that you must remember. If you want to learn English well, never give up!

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