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How to learn English as a strange language for beginners

Globalization is a period in which long distances become close and it seems as if there are no boundaries between countries or continents from one continent to another in the world, due to developments in technology and news. This allows everyone to communicate with other people around the world for various purposes.

For example, for the purpose of bilateral kinship, business, education, or personal matters. The choice of language used to communicate varies depending on the agreement of the communicator and the communicant.

Of the many international languages, English is still the prima donna in parts of the world. It can be seen that until 2021, the number of users still occupies the top rank in the world.

Maybe some or many people who can use more than one language are included in it is English.

People who can master more than one language, called polyglots, may already have talent or have learned various languages ​​since childhood.

On the other hand, perhaps there are many who really find it difficult to understand and use a strange language that could be one of them is English. Then how to learn English as a strange language from zero to being able to understand it passively or even actively.

Previously, of course, someone needed motivation and set goals for learning English. For example, to find out English subjects at school, continue studies, certain professions, it is used when traveling abroad or just for entertainment and so on.

Many ways and references are used to facilitate learning English. Some learn through radio, TV or the internet through websites or blogs. For junior high school/MTs/SMA/SMK students, for example, they are able to find materials or practice English questions on the websitecanteen education.com.

For me, learning English as a strange and formal language is easy and difficult. The difficulty is in the pronunciation orpronunciationbecause they encounter vowel and/or consonant sounds that have certain characteristics. Maybe some learners of English as another foreign language also experience the same thing.

I think this is normal because a foreign language is a different language from the mother tongue.mother tongue). Well, here, I will share a little experience about learning English:

Where to start learning English?

The above questions often arise when you want to learn English. This kind of thing often leads to procrastination from starting. It is not uncommon for our dreams to learn English to be dimmed or even extinguished.

However, the stories or experiences of friends below make me motivated:

“I got to know English for the first time when at TVRI the dominant expression of the cartoon film entitled “Vicky The Vicking”.

Every Sunday (watch it at a neighbor who already has a TV). At that time, not many people had TVs, especially LED TVs like today.

In the past, TV was still in black and white, if you wanted a color one, usually a colorful mica was installed. Even sometimes the TV does not use electrical installation power but still uses batteries (read 'battery').

The cartoon that introduced me to English at that time was entitled "Vicky The Viking" if I'm not mistaken. I used to not be able to read (pronounce) the word "the" properly. I read it 'te' like the sound of the character "t".

So the reading is similar between these two slashes /Viki te Viking/.

After graduating, then formally studied at the junior high school level. At that time, the teacher's method of conveying the material was easy to know so that it made me and other friends like English subjects.

LKS is the main source of learning because there are not as many collections of English books as now. I mean the books in the library. In many bookstores.

Usually, the first thing to start learning is by memorizing the vocabularies in the dictionary. I like English so learning it feels easier.”

Next, allow me to share my experience of starting to learn English in terms of the five skills or expertise.

Steps to Learn English as a Second Language or Foreign Language Starting From Zero. Which of the 5 English Skills should we prioritize?

Alright friends, there may be hundreds or thousands of ways that we can do to be able to 'master' language skills such as speaking, grammar, reading, writing and listening.

In this case, we position the learner of English as an abnormal language. Plus we are not living in the native speaker area. If you live in the area, you will most likely be able to do it yourself, right?

An easy example like this, someone who comes from place 'X', is not used to using Indonesian. Then go to a big city where Indonesian is used as a means of daily communication.

Usually in the next two to three years, when the person is going home, he or she is already proficient in Indonesian plus slang. There was also someone who previously could not speak the strange 'A' language, but then he worked abroad where the dominant person used that language.

After years of working and returning to his area, he was able to proficiently use the country's language quite without interference.

Step 1: Listening

In my opinion, to start learning English, you can start with listening, let alone first.

For example, listening to the alphabet songs in English, English songs that we like, comedy films, cartoon series, lectures, traveling and so on.

Anyway something about English that we most enjoy listening to or watching over and over again. That way our sense of hearing will be familiar and familiar with English.

Try it, over time we will imitate one or two words, terms or verbals that are most captured by the brain and are easily imitated by our sense of pronunciation.

Maybe what you can hear first is the tone or rhythm of the speech of the letter or character in the example of the show.

Visually, we are able to observe the expressions or movements of the lips of the characters when they say the words in their monologue or dialogue. Then we can imitate and practice in front of the mirror.

Step 2: Speaking

The second is to practice speaking in English. Maybe it can be run by reciting the vocabulary that we are able to from listening exercises.

Aloud imitating vocabulary or vocabulary that is considered easy first and the origin of the sound especially first alias does not have to be as personal as it should be.

This can be used as an exercise to relax the taste buds. At the time of imitating or reciting we can record and listen to the result to evaluate and evaluate it.

Maybe we can start from the character or alphabet level, dipthong, and continue at the vocabulary level. If the vocabulary level is considered to be quite good, it can be increased to the level of phrases or a mixture of words, clauses and utterances.

Step 3: Reading

Next is to practice reading or reading. To practice reading or reading skills, it can be done by reading silently first and then reading aloud words, phrases, clauses, sentences, paragraphs up to the level of the reading text.

This can be done repeatedly until it is deemed sufficient to provide progress or progress. In addition, it is added with reading activities to find specific information or find out the contents of a reading text.

Step 4: Grammar

If the ability to read or reading has been honed well, the next step is to gradually learn English grammar from simple ones first.

Step 5: Writing

With the understanding found and the exercises carried out in step 1 to step 4, the next step is the writing stage.

In my opinion, writing is an ability that requires mastery of vocabulary, understanding of English grammar and maybe other things, both linguistically and non-linguistically.