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Let's Study English

"Everyone, repeat after me! 'Sheep', 'peach' ..." --

This is the very first scene I remember of the English lesson as a seventh grader. I was excited at coming into contact with a foreign language - so foreign to me at that time. As a country boy who never had a chance (in those days) to meet English-speaking people, I was building up expectations for more joyful English lessons to come.

That was an illusion. The seemingly enjoyable lessons soon turned out to be the ones just for exams. English was, after all, nothing but one of those subjects that you have to learn at school. But, strangely enough, my interest in the language never faded away. I don't know the reason exactly. Maybe I was into the "foreignness" of the language. Everything looked in contrast.

English had become my favorite subject. I always got good grades. But when I became a university student, I found myself unable to speak English..at all. Alas, my English abilities were specially tuned for getting high marks in exams only. That's one of the reasons I joined the English Speaking Society (ESS). I wasn't able to speak for the first six months or so, but by the time I became a sophomore, I had felt fairly at ease in making myself understood in English. That, I think, is thanks to the English education I got in high school, ah, to some extent or a large extent or whatever. You get knowledge at school, and you need to do some "tuning" to make it work.

The new semester has begun. I want to pass on the joy of learning English to my students. Learning a foreigh language means a lot. And it also gives you a deep understanding of your own language.

Comments

This reminds me of learning French in school. It is required here since Canada is officially bilingual (English/French) BUT...we have no chance to actually speak it in my neck of the woods (Ontario) so few of us retain it past our school years much.

Talking of French, I chose it as an elective subject at university. All I remember now is "Qu'est-ce que c'est?" or "Je t'ame" kind of things. *sigh* :) Oh, I remember not being able to make the "R" sound correctly.

LOL! I couldn't do those "r's" either! My son though, rolls his "r's" very well.

Your son has a promising future, too. ;)