One way we want to learn on our own is perhaps to read books and learn on our own.
文 | 葉小键
Here is a story of why you should learn English.
When you have an opportunity to work for the company you want, unfortunately, your English skills did not pass. We may choose to learn English or we may give up on it because of this incident.
One day when I was talking to a classmate, we were discussing which English tutorials were better, and he mentioned an old classmate, probably around 65 years old, whose motivation for learning English was that he wanted to be able to watch movies without having to read Chinese with English subtitles.
English may be an immediate need for some people, it may be a hobby for others, but what is your motivation and purpose for learning?
Is it to prepare for the future? Or is self-learning for us adults appropriate for encountering relearning.
Reading Monkey’s Complete Book of Self-Study mentions that
There is a state of affairs for adults in self-learning that they encounter and then learn, not learn to spare.
What is an encounter?
An encounter is when you want to do something or have a need for something.
We want to become a better version of ourselves, we want to refine our lives, to complete another upgrade at some point in our lives.
So then we want to fold and hurt ourselves, to make it hard for ourselves, to feel a glimmer of satisfaction, a sense of achievement, a mindset of beating our former selves after completing something that was difficult for us to learn at some point in time.
In the novel “Edge of Tomorrow” by Yoh Sakurazaka, there is a plot where the protagonist repeats something in a certain timeline and continues to fix and improve it, eventually becoming a good user who masters the path.
It so happens that a similar concept is mentioned in the book “The English Test for All” published by the Monster Lecturer.
First you study, then you test, then you review and correct, and repeat the process until you pass the exam.
Learning is a process of repetition, not a process of catching up.
How do I study?
The concept of exams is like playing a game of pass, when we first play, we may fail due to some unfamiliar or uncertain scenarios and re-enter the game again. Life is like a game, you have to keep passing levels on your way to growth. If you can’t pass the current level, reflect on yourself and improve again until you pass it.
Exams are a way to get some kind of recognition for the learning you have put in, to make your learning tangible and to make your efforts visible.
Exams are a way of getting value for money recommendations.
Time is a single thread and it is difficult to do two things in parallel. For example, it is difficult to memorise English words and do maths. There is only one thing you can do with this line of time, and what you choose to do is more important than how you do it.
We adults, time is hard to earn, so what do we do to study?
Recently, I saw an advertisement saying that we should not aim for a score of 900 on the TOEFL, but just a score of 600.
Some people choose to go to an English tutorial after work. This is a structured course of study that can help you achieve your goals in the short or long term.
However, sometimes the workload is heavy and you can’t make it to tutorials on time, and sometimes you can’t make it because of family commitments. It can be difficult for working people to get full attendance in tutorial classes.
I have tried a few things, such as listening to an article 100 times, or memorising 100 words and reviewing 150 words, but this takes about 5 hours.
After work, it’s a little bit of a blessing to be able to use it for family stuff and have maybe 2 hours before bedtime. Most of the time you have about an hour to spare, so if you go to bed at 11pm, it is unlikely that you will have that much time to study every day.
It is not possible to devote 5 hours to memorising the vocabulary, so you will have to choose the way you memorise the vocabulary, the words, the lexical properties, the etymology and other examples.
Recently, I read Wang Le Ping’s “1368 Words are Enough”, which uses 1368 words to build your English skills, and also to memorise 1368 words and know how to use them.
Everyone who is learning English is actually learning different ways of saying things.
Sayings, which are one more way, add a new Roman road to your English learning and give yourself one more possibility.
Help you from a relatively easy start.
One way of thinking about learning English that I just mentioned is that I don’t have to get a perfect score, just a pass.
This learning mindset is different from the definition of an exam and arguably defines the extent of learning English more clearly. If there is a difference in mindset, what happens in terms of expression?
In Wang Leping 1368 Words Are Enough, the book refers to a view that
If you think differently in terms of expression, then the words you use will be different. So using English will make you think differently, maybe that’s what it means.
The difference in language or word expression is a difference in logical thinking, which presents itself in different words, and ultimately in the path you choose to learn.
There are some suggestions that 7,000 words may be a bit much. We don’t have a lot of time to spare, and starting with the number of words is a template framework for learning.
I picked up this book on my desk, Wang Leping’s 1368 Words is Enough, and read through it slowly.
For example, the author mentions this.
The word form refers to the way something is formed, that is, how it is formed, and by extension, how it is formed. way, on the other hand, refers to the way in which things develop.
For this single word, there is more depth of knowledge, using 25 minutes to memorise the single word. There are categories in the book, and categories are a way we learn to establish patterns, and we use them to memorise the vocabulary in a way that makes it easier to grasp the concept.
I write each new word as I come across it, and write its word + word nature + example sentence.
Sometimes you forget the words, but it doesn’t matter, you can go over them again tomorrow, as apps nowadays have a curve review function that automatically sets the review time.
Learning is a matter of repeating: single word + wordiness + Chinese description + example sentence.
If you can’t find a book at the moment, then we recommend this book, Wang Le Ping’s 1368 words are enough, 1368 important words that make up sentences that you can use in basic life.
Expect you to be able to turn to a nearby book after reading this and start moving.
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