Learn English by speaking it

PUBLISHED : Friday, 12 October, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 12 October, 2007, 12:00am

English has been the international language for many years. It affects our current study and our future careers. We should work on our English as early as possible.

We can start by reading English books. This will teach us new vocabulary and sentence structures. We should also pay attention and participate in class.

If you want to have fun learning English, why not watch English movies and listen to English pop music?

You can learn English any time and anywhere. You can read a newspaper when you're on the train, or listen to music during lunch time.

Last but not least, speaking and listening is a crucial part of learning English. To improve our English oral and listening skills, we can talk with our schoolmates in English.

The most important thing is never to give up and just try your best.

Yolanda Tsang Wai-yin, Tsuen Wan Public Ho Chuen Yiu Memorial College

From the Editor

Thanks for your letter, Yolanda. One of the best ways of learning a language is to immerse yourself in that language as much as possible. You might not be able to travel to the UK to do this, but you could challenge yourself by have an English-speaking day, or even an English-speaking zone - times or places when you can only speak in English.

Being around native-English speakers definitely helps improve your language skills - and the NET scheme has been a success in many schools. If you want to hear native-English speakers, check out the listening exercise on page 9. You will be able to hear myself and Education Post reporter Will Clem talking - and you can then answer the multiple questions in the paper.

Will and I had a lot of fun doing the recordings - I hope you enjoy doing the exercises, too. And I'd love to hear your feedback. You can e-mail me at kate.whitehead@scmp.com

Kate, Editor