How To Learn English For Beginners Quickly – Want to start learning a new language? What should I pay attention to at the basic level? Here are the principles that need to be remembered so that our language learning is more jovial.
1. Have a Glossary!
This is something that most people who are just starting out in learning languages don’t have.
A glossary is a list of words, usually 500-1000 words, containing about 60-70% of the vocabulary of everyday language use.
Why? because the basic level is the formation of the foundation for vocabulary, so the vocabulary that must be learned is the vocabulary that is often used in everyday language.
Okay fine, what kind of glossary example is it and how do you get it? This is an example of a glossary, usually in a good language learning book, at the end of the book there will be a glossary of words that are included in learning.
But I don’t have a book that provides the glossary, how about that? Don’t worry, there are many on the internet that provide a glossary, just search for it with keywords:
1000 most common words in(the language you are learning)
The glossary that you have is the vocabulary that you must learn and you are targeting to fully master. If you are serious about learning it, believe me, about 60-70% of the target language text you will be able to understand. That’s just at the basic level, you know.
Learning vocabulary should be tiered according to level. So that we don’t get into trouble. For example, in English, the word “to be” is a basic level (Al), while “‘inquire” is an upper intermediate level mask (B2).
That is, we must first master the use of the word “to be”, and then “inquire”. So how to distinguish word leveling like this?
1. From feeling.
If the word sounds technical, specific, rarely heard, it’s usually a high-level vocabulary.
2. From the dictionary. There are dictionaries that show what level a word is at.
In English, for example, there are dictionaries: https://dictionary.cambridge.org
3.From the glossary list that you have.
If there is, don’t worry, it means you are not out of the corridor. That’s the importance of the glossary, so that our vocabulary mastery doesn’t go too far!
2. Allocate about 150 hours of study time, focusing on pronunciation and vocabulary enrichment.
If you allocate 1 hour each day for self-study, it means you need 5 months to study. During that time, maybe we don’t always learn so let’s say it takes us 6 months to finish the basic level.
In these 6 months, you need to focus and pay attention to 2 important things, namely mastering the first 2000 vocabulary and correct pronunciation.
How about grammar? At intermediate and advanced levels, grammar will continue to be learned and repeated to form habits. So, when you finish at the basic level, your grammar is still broken, it’s not a big problem.
It can still be fixed. However, if we finish studying at the elementary level but our pronunciation is still messed up and our vocabulary is still less than 2000 words, it will stumble when studying at the intermediate level.
So, make sure the 2 aspects (pronunciation and vocabulary scale) are fulfilled before moving on to the intermediate level. Oh yes, it’s also natural that when you finish the basic level, you still stammer and think a lot to find words when you speak.
Because at the basic level, it is actually more required for passive abilities, namely the ability to understand. From this passive ability, active language skills will develop slowly.
Active skills will be learned more at the intermediate level, at that level you will learn how to form opinions, presentations, and debate.
3. Understand the following competency standards as your target past the basic level.
Understand competency standards at the basic level.
The language learning competencies at the basic level are as follows.
1. Able to understand GENERAL expressions and vocabulary, for example those related to oneself, family, buying goods, giving directions, current activities, the surrounding environment, and work, lectures, school).
2. Understand in reading simple information boards, instructions, advertisements, and letters addressed personally (short and simple).
3. Understand how to write a short simple letter (50-100 words, such as a thank you message, congratulation, or apology, condolences/sorrows, and sympathy messages.
4. Able to capture the essence of conversation in everyday contexts, as long as it is spoken clearly and does not use certain idioms.
Use these 4 competencies as a basis for self-assessment. At the end of the lesson, please ask yourself whether we have mastered all four?
If so, congratulations! You manage to learn at the elementary level and can continue to the intermediate level. 🙂
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