English has rapidly become a global language during the last 70 years, despite not being the most spoken language. At least every global citizen manages to understand and speak English to some extent, which makes it necessary to know and understand this language.
English Language and the Anxiety
It's natural to have anxiety when it comes to learning a new language, and English is no exception to that. Learning a new language can be overwhelming and it may seem tremendously difficult to grasp the ropes.
However, with determination and consistency, you can definitely achieve mastery of the English language over time. In fact, English is not really one of the hardest languages out there. Also, there are plenty of resource materials available online to help you with the language; and the good news is that they are completely free.
So, is it worth learning English?
Of course it is! Look around you. You are surrounded by English. The smartphone you use, and the applications or websites you browse are almost all in English. Heck, even more than half of the local shops have their banners or labels in English
Not only that, but you must have been learning English ever since you started going to school, right? Besides, the education system in India has been heavily relying on the English language for 20 years or so now. We can confidently say that English has become one of the most compulsory subjects in India and worldwide.
Learning English will most certainly open new employment opportunities for you within India and in western countries. What does it take to learn this language? Determination, consistency, and confidence.
Yes, confidence is important. For example, I have studied the Japanese language for more than five years now. But due to my lack of confidence, I never developed any real speaking skills as I would always hesitate to speak Japanese. However, recently, when I mustered some confidence and managed to talk to a Japanese person, I realized that I was able to speak... At least somewhat. It was a start.
Confidence in your language ability is what will help you grow!
How to get confidence?
The key to confidence is consistency and familiarity with the language. Make yourself familiar with the language and use it as much as you can. Once you understand how something works and if it's correct, then your confidence will definitely grow and the language will roll off your tongue more smoothly.
To help you familiarise yourself with the language, we are posting some basic English conversations for you to practice. You can practice them all by yourself but for an optimal experience, you should practice with a partner.
Conversation 1: Greetings and How are you?
B: Hi there. How are you doing?
A: I am fine, thank you. How about you?
B: I am okay too. Thank you for asking.
Conversation 2: Compliment
A: Hey, nice dress!
B: Thank you. I just bought it on Amazon.
A: Yes, it does look good on you. How expensive was it?
B: Expensive? Not at all. I bought this for 799rs only.
A: Wow, that's a really good dress for such a cheap price.
Conversation 3: Permission
A: Hey boss.
B: Oh hey, what's up?
A: I am sorry but is it okay if I could go home early today?
B: It's not a problem. But, is anything serious?
A: No no, I just have to attend my friend's wedding today and I promised I would come.
B: Well yes, you should keep your promise then. Sure, go on ahead.
A: Thank you, boss!
Conversation 4: Identifying Colours
A: What colour does an apple have?
B: An apple is red in colour.
A: That's correct. And what colour does a leaf have?
B: A leaf has green colour. But sometimes, they can be red or yellow in colour too.
A: Right answer!
B: What is your favourite colour?
A: My favourite colour is Red.
B: Wow, so is mine!
These conversations are here for familiarisation purposes. The grammar may feel advanced for you in some conversations (especially Conversation 3), but I believe that the more you naturally immerse in the language from the beginning, the better.
On a basic level, you are expected to introduce yourself, talk about your hobbies and needs, and can form basic questions such as 'what is this or that'. While the conversation above may feel a bit advanced, especially due to its wordiness, it is still within the boundaries of a beginner level.
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