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Jane Jane | 10:15 UK time, Monday, 13 February 2012

Hi everyone. Welcome to February.

I'm Jane. Currently I'm studying computer engineering in Thailand. It's very nice to meet all of you. This is my first blog here and I know that my language is not good so forgive me if my writing confuses you. You can always ask me if you don't understand my writing. Okay?

I don't have much experience in writing even in my own language (Thai). So I'm not quite sure what people normally write about. >,

Ummm, let's talk about the reason I want to improve my English as this is my introduction chapter, isn't it. ^ ^

Well I want to improve my English communication skill because English appears in so many things around me especially since I'm studying in IT field. Being in this field, you have to always learn and the best way to learn is to read through every reliable document which most of them (if not all) is in English language. It's amazing that this language can make people around the world understand the same context and discuss thing together even if they live in an entirely different environment. (This is just my funny opinion but if there are aliens that want to communicate with us, they only have to learn English language and then they can communicate with most of us around the world. Wow o_O). Also I have a dream. I dream of studying aboard and learn more about computer in a different environment, different place, and different point of view. And that definitely require skill in English communication which I so much lack. And well, I like the sound of English. (and Thai too ^ ^)

But knowing why is difference than knowing how. I think the problems or the reasons that make it difficult for me to advance are because, First, I don't have that much of an opportunity to practice. Reading is quite fine for me but speaking and writing are somewhat problems. I don't know who to speak English with here in Thailand and I don't have anyone to read my writing if I write something (so I really appreciate this opportunity here). Also I have problems with generating sentences to clearly express the idea in my head to others. Sometime I can't find the right structure to fully explain what I want to explain. Especially in speaking, stop and think about what to say for too long will pause the conversation and lead to an awkward moment which makes it harder to think because there is someone intentionally waiting to hear what you want to say. English grammar also problem me too (as you can probably see). Tense always confuse me. And the relation of subject and verb (when you have to add s/es at the end of verb for singular subject) is very obscure for me. Oh and don't forget about vocabulary, my vocabulary database are quite limited. And I have a very short term memory.

So what are your strategies in studying English? For now I'm just doing thing I like in English as much as possible.

-I like novel so I listening to audiobook in English language.

-I like reading comic book so I read those in English language.

-I like watching movie so I watched them in English language.

-I like song so I listening to them in English Language.

-I like playing Game so I played games in English language.


Well that should tell you more about me and my English. I hope it not bore you. I'll try to find more interesting topic to blog about next time ^ ^.
See you in the next blog. Thank you so much for reading this. And don't forget to share your idea with me. I'd love to know your opinion.

Best wish,


  • Comment number 1.

    Hi Jane!
    Is a pleasure to know you; Welcome aboard! I've found your blog very funny and coloured; wrote with enthusiasm and in a fearless way. I read a lots of these blogs on this site but I rarelly answear like this; I wanted reply because You seem brilliant and keen. Reading what you're studying I think you are very motivated and I am sure you will achieve what You dream. About your difficulties in english language I agree with you in everything you've mentioned, especially in speaking skill. I like the phrase " If you don't use you loose it" so what we can do is spend more time as possible speaking, reading, and listening everything in english.
    Best whishes, I'll do my best.

  • Comment number 2.

    Hello Jane and welcome!
    It's nice to meet you! It's also nice to read your blog and to know how many interesting could be to have this great opportunity.
    I'm sure that it will be an experience that you'll never forget.
    I hope to read more about you soon.
    Best regards

  • Comment number 3.

    Hello Jane,
    I find your blog very interesting. It's a real pleasure to read it. Well, it's the first time I register to a blog, so it's a little bit difficult for me. My goal, when I was student, has also been to practise english and to be fluent. But, my professional experience and private life made things different. Today, I would like to use my english during my job and to reach my dream. Go ahead, you're so motivated. Hope to read you again. Best regards. Ingrid11

  • Comment number 4.

    Hi Jane!
    It's really interesting to read your blog. I come from Viet Nam, so it's not too far from your country, right? I totally agree with you that the practical environment is vital for learning English. At class, I'm taught the reading and writting more than speaking and listening. As the result, I'm shy to communicate in English and couldn't catch the conversation. It's my big trouble.
    Looking forward to reading your next chapter!
    Best wish!

  • Comment number 5.

    hello i'm rania from algeria it's my first time here when i found this website i was very happy because i want to improve my english, give me a pardon if i make mistakes my level is not very good .
    i think is very important to learn this language it's a key to communicate i'm from algeria and other is from italy and other is from thailand, russia...etc and each one of us can undestand what we are saying it's beautiful . i don't have friends to speak whith them english or correct my writing so i will be very happy if you can helpe me . i never take risk to speak english because i embarrassed when i speak because i make a lot of mistakes but now i'm not because two type of people who can't learn in their life they are the shy people and the people who boast and i don't want be in those situations .
    best wish

  • Comment number 6.

    Hi Jane,
    Nice to meet you here. Reading your blog wasn’t boring because we are here for the same propose. We want to improve our skills in English. I think that soon you’ll succeed in it. You try almost every possible means like reading, listening and writing. If you find an opportunity to speak to somebody it’ll be great. I think it’s the most helpful thing. Here in Russia we don’t speak English in our daily routine. I attend English class once a week. It’s a very good experience. Our teacher advises us to speak English at home. For instance you can speak to your pet. If you haven’t got a pet speak to yourself. And try to think in English. It does help.
    Looking forward to your next blog.

  • Comment number 7.

    Hello Jane,
    I completely understand your problems with English - we are on the same board. It is not usual to find someone with whom I can speak English, so it is very difficult to improve our basic skills. I think that the best way is travelling - but, of course, you have to have money and it is usually a problem....
    Nevertheless, I hope, all of us here will get better. BBC Learning English will help us :-)
    Have a nice day,

  • Comment number 8.

    Hello and welcome, Jane!
    First of all, I'd like to reassure you: Your English isn't bad at all and your writing didn't confuse me a bit! And I'm sure you'll be successful improving your skills even further because it seems a very good idea to look for the things you enjoy doing and try to do those in English. I also agree with Tatiana's teacher: Speaking to yourself (or to your pet) and trying to think in English can be useful as well. I did that a lot (when I was alone) and I wrote an English diary. Well, that's basically what you are doing now, isn't it - and I can't wait to read more!
    Best wishes from Austria,

  • Comment number 9.

    Welcome Jane,
    You've written such an interesting blog about your interests of English. Most of us in this site almost have the same agenda - to improve our English. By the way, you already have fairly good command over English; and I am sure, in no time, you'd improve further with the type of dedication and activities you're at. I wish you all the best and would look forward to read more from you.
    Best Wishes,

  • Comment number 10.

    Hi Jane.
    you are welcome, thanks you to share your experiences. I would want to tell you, for me your English is very good, please tell me how can I do for writing like you. :)
    I'm student in computer Science too, and it's imperative that I improve my English. as you can see among yours comments, mine is worse. So I look forward your advise to improve my skills.
    I'm in the same case as you, of course worse than you. it's cool to decide to improve your writing skills, but you know it's very difficult for those (like me) who don't have a stuff to practice.
    best regards
    Geraud from Paris.

  • Comment number 11.

    Hi Jane.

    I am sixty years old now, but mental age is sixteen years old.(not exaggerate)
    I am immpressed with your having trouble with English,totally agreed with you.

    After this, we are BBC blog school friends,let's learn English together.

    I have a dream as well as you.
    I intend to be a guide of the world heritage in my hometown,Himeji city.
    It needs English qualification of Japan (with a sigh).

    Saying to myself,

    The more mistakes you make, the more you learn from them.
    Follow your dreams and don't give up halfway.
    Every effort brings you closer to your dream.

    I am looking forward to the next.

    So long.

  • Comment number 12.

    Hi Jane,

    Thank you for interesting blog. I empathise completely with your experiences of learning English. Your blog is making me to think of my own experiences.

    There were no academic purposes of learning English for me. I just started to learn English to make my travel abroad easier in the first place. So my aim toward it didn't seem that difficult at first. I tried to memory some short sentences, but you all could guess that it wouldn't have worked well. As communication happens between people, you should understand what they say first. I became to know that learning foreign languages is not that easy job to achieve in short time whatever you aimed for.

    People here in Korea are so much enthusiastic with learning English recently. Therefore so many books and audio-visual aids allure people who want to learn in short time. But I don't think there are any shortcut for it. It needs your time and patience.

    Like the place where you live, here it's difficult to find people to communicate with in English. It's disappointing at times, but we can have alternatives. Visiting BBC Learning English is one of them. I like being a student here.

    I am looking forward your next bolg.

  • Comment number 13.

    Hello Jane,
    I'm happy to write you because I'm also trying to learn english without much possibilities to practice. I learned english at school, some travels: in India, Ireland, and other countries where english wasn't the principal language but where it was helpfull...Now I have to pass an exam in a foreign language to be professor... in art. Yes, french National Education fix to every teacher, in all disciplines, to master a foreign language. I'm 47 years old and now it is perhaps more difficult to make it. May be it is an opportunity! I believe it is. This blog permit us to travel, to see that all in the world there are people like you (trying to progress). I hope my english isnt too ordinary, I try to remember what I learned.. So I let you now, I have another exam to prepare for being professor : informatic technology (which is another problem!)

  • Comment number 14.

    hi jane,
    I am from Iran/tehran and I have just joined..(less than 5 minute because of reading your amazing writing). all you already mentioned is also my problem. so please write how do you intend to deal with the speaking ? I think ,these days, I am learning English in right way( I am taking English courses with a competent teacher).. but I dont know how can I improve my speaking..( sad :(.. )

  • Comment number 15.

    I am Leo and from China ,but I am living in UK now .
    I think your writing is very good ,I have problem with my writing .
    in English too many tences,but Chinese language the tences are much simpler.
    I think learning english pone need be confidence . so I've never shy to speak English ,cos not many English people can speak our langauge, so I proud myself.

  • Comment number 16.

    Hi Jane
    I am from Japan and living in the country.
    I also want to improve my English, especially in conversation, because though I have a lot of time to read text written in English, I have few opportunity to speak in English. Sometimes I have time to speak English with foreigners, but I am at a loss how to say.

    So, my strategy to learn English is similar to you, listening to music in English language, reading books in English and reading article like this everyday.

    I wish we learn English well with pleasure and joy!

  • Comment number 17.

    Hi Jane.
    I am David Kim and from Korea.
    I am surprised that many peoples in the world worried about English.
    I also worried about speaking English.
    But I am very happy today because I found way to learn the English with us.
    Please help everybody.^^

    See you again.

  • Comment number 18.

    Hi jean . It was very interesting to read your writing :)) I'm Tung , from Viet nam , but live and study in Ucraine . I'm studing english too. few days ago when i visited my account youtube , i just cliked the video ,it talk about skills to be able help you to improve your English . He told that, u can try record your reading , read book, news, newspaper, magazine...everything etc . and then just hear yourself .
    nice to meet you . I hope to read your new post soon . Best wishes !

  • Comment number 19.

    hi, I am amina from Algeria, I'm very happy to join you because I really want to improve my english and also meet several friends from several countries ^_^.
    so , to begin, I would like to say that I have really many deficulties in english because we don't use this language in my country we speak only arabic or frensh, but I need really to improve my english because I need it after in my work because I have studied management so to be a good manager I must speak several languages to facilitate communication^_^ so really I need you help.
    I would like to speak about my coutry "ALGERIA" because I love it so much and I am really proud of my coutry, I hope that several of you will visit Algeria soon because really it's a stunning and amazing country ^_^
    "sorry for the several mistakes , that I have done, I wait your replay and your help ^^
    salam alikoum (good bye in arabic)

  • Comment number 20.

    Hi Jane. I am Laidy and I am from Colombia. It's a pleasure to meet you!!!!!!! Is the first time that I read this blog and it is very good, congratulations. Like everyone I am learning english and I apologize for my bad grammar. I hope next days can write my first blog because I think that it is a good form of learn English.

    Best regards.

  • Comment number 21.

    Hi !
    I have the same problems that you have, about grammar, and how or when should i put some terms in the sentences, so i think all of them can be solved if we start practicing more and more, until we get the point .
    I think we all could make a crew in facebook or in another social network , so we can work together , nothing about let the bbc out of this, just for enlarge our english learning experience, lets try !

  • Comment number 22.

    Hi Jane.

    It is a pleasure to meet you. I am Esther from Algemesí (Spain). Firstly many thanks for this chance for writing in English. I completely agree with you and I share your feelings when you talk about speaking and overall the difficulties for clearly explain to other what you really fell. I am studying English just for fun, but I am enrole in an English course and now I am a little bit depressed as I failed the speaking exam.

    I agree with Kishino when said that you learn from your mistakes, and you have to keep on for your dreams. However, sometimes you need a push, and this blog is perfect for that.

    Best regards from Spain

  • Comment number 23.

    Hi Jane,

    your blog has just shown me that what I thought were my personal concerns are not indeed. And that brings me some relief in part.
    However this cannot prevent us from improving the language day by day, and this place represents a rare occasion to practice English as much as we can rather than passively learning it.

    I also dream to study abroad as soon as I get the Bachelor in Economics here in Italy. But in order to achieve this goal it is extremely important to sketch a plan.
    My strategy is set upon this simple question: "How would you behave if you were already studiyng abroad?"The answer of course is pretty simple either: "In English of course". And that's is what I actually do. Not only studying in English a subject is helpful for developing your comprehension skills but also (it may sounds paradoxical) is even more simple than in your own language!
    From my personal experience, I can certainly say that some of the topics I came across were more understandable in English than in Italian, which is more gramatically complicated.

    As concerns about speaking, I always have some pleasant chat with foreign people visiting my country. Nevertheless, I personally think that you'll never learn speaking perfectly unless you start livin' in a foreign country.
    The reason is because you need time to get involved in a new habit.
    In fact our big mistakes in speaking are due mostly becuase we metally translate every single words in English and the result sometimes is not clear in the eyes of a foreigner. Such "phenomena" are have been amusingly diagnosed as "Italenglish","Spanglsh" ecc.

    In conclusion, practicing English in every-day life is the best way you can succeed.
    Good luck Jane!

    Best Regards from Rome.

  • Comment number 24.

    Hi Jane
    Nice to meet you here. Reading your blog wasn’t boring because we are here for the same propose. We want to improve our skills in English. I think that soon you’ll succeed in it. You try almost every possible means like reading, listening and writing. If you find someone willing and able to speak English with you, then grab the chance. But I think that it is only when you go to an English speaking country that you really get to learn the language.
    I hope it succeeds for you.
    Best regards Denmark

  • Comment number 25.

    Hallo Jane.
    Thank you for your blog, it was interesting to read about and you make me think.
    I am a Danish girl and I love english, but I find it hard to learn. The writing part is the hardest for me to learn. I can talk it and i can understand it, i'm not good at it, but I can, so I think that I might be okay in England if I have to go there sometime.
    I have english in school, and I have friends who'm living in Nederland, so they are talking english, but they have learned some Danish.
    I don't like to see Danish movies, so I always watch English movies, of course with Danish subtitles, but sometimes they are confusing more, because it does not always fit, the subtitles are slow compared to the movie.
    I don't read english books, but I don't read at all.
    You use english everywhere in the world, almost everyone can speak english, its not everyone who will talk it, because they have their own language e.g. France people.

  • Comment number 26.

    Hi Jane.
    I dont now anything about PC, but im happy that there are soneone like you.
    I am from Denmark. It is a country in Europe , up north. I go to school for health professionals, and i go to English classes, and must respond to your blog. That is my lesson. There are many ways to learn the language, and it would be preferable to live in the country, so you learn the language easier. You are from Thailand, I have visited Thailand tree times, and it’s a wonderful country. The food is fantastic, a little bit strong; ill remember to say NOT STRONG to the waiter. The whether is nice for holidays. I hope all the best.
    Best regards from Denmark

  • Comment number 27.

    The english language is very importnant all over the World, so you can communicate with people in Irak, USA, Denmark and so on. I am from Denmark, and I love the language english. It's so much easyer to get a international job.
    I agree, that you learn from your mistakes and im sure that you will succeed wiht your education and your english language.

    Good luck from Denmark.

  • Comment number 28.

    I’m a student from Denmark.
    It´s very nice to read your blog. I’m not so good at English but I try
    I can read and understand a text, and I understand your text (:
    I love to party and hear music and when I relax I watch a good movie
    And I think it’s a good way to learn English!!
    Or read a book in English.
    Sometimes I think I could learn more English if I use the English language in my every-day.
    I think it’s good to learn English because all use it to day. When you meet another person in another country, and you not speak that language you always could try the English language, because it’s so international .

    Best regards from Denmark

    I hope you understand me:D

  • Comment number 29.

    Hi Jane.
    I understand what you're writing about. English is such a big language that almost everyone knows it, and some are better than others, but most people can talk and write some English.
    We cannot avoid English in our daily life because it is in our movies, games and every evere, so it is best to know just a bit of English.
    Also know what it is sometimes easier to read English than to speak it, it sounds most of the time better in the head, and it do not sound the same when it comes out of the mouth.
    I think it is very great that you are doing something to be better at writing in English, especially now where you will have to use it during your studying.
    And already i think what you are great at writhing blogs and I understud every thing what you were writing about.

    Good luck with the studying.

  • Comment number 30.

    Hi Jane!
    Is a pleasure to know you; Welcome aboard
    It's nice to read your blog and I'm sure that it will be an experience that you'll never forget.
    I think English is a wonderful language and I love it, the only think is that it is so hart to learn. I started to learn English when I was 9 years old and I still have trouble writing it. I hope one day I’ll wake up, stumble out of bed and just speak, write and understand it all, it would be so mouth easier but that’s life and we live whit it.
    Am looking forward to reading your next chapter!
    Best wishes
    Henselv6 and denmark

  • Comment number 31.

    hi Jane..
    I think that in the world today it's very important to master the english launguage, so you can communicate with people around the world.
    I'm from Denmark, and our language is very difficult for foreigners to learn and impossible to understand except for the norwegian and swedish people, because our languages are similar. At the same time, I also think that our own language, is what makes us unique, and very fascinating when we travel around the world on holliday. Of corse at the same time, we depend on, that we can communicate a little bit on english and hand signs.
    Good luck from here

  • Comment number 32.

    Hello Jane,
    I am a girl from Denmark.
    I don´t know so much about computers, but I think it is great that there are someone like you. I´m studding to social and healthcare at my school and we have some English lessons, and our teacher want us to write a comment to your blog.
    Very, nice to read your blog. I think you do it fine whit your writing, and I think it is easy to understand. I notice that you like music, and movies! I do to, very much and if I don´t hear music I feel that I missing something in my day. I love my music.. It sometimes saves my day, if I had a bad day.
    I´m sorry if my English is little bad, but I try my best…But I think it is great that people from the whole world can meet in a place like this. It is a very great idea. And learn to develop their English. So it is at good way to practice on. I hope you understood my text, and it was fun to write to you.
    Good Luck from Denmark,

  • Comment number 33.

    Hi Jane.

    I’m a student from Denmark.
    It´s very nice to read your blog. I’m not so good at English but I try
    I can read and understand a text, and I understand your text (:
    I love to party and hear music and when I relax I watch a good movie
    And I think it’s a good way to learn English!!
    Or read a book in English.
    Sometimes I think I could learn more English if I use the English language in my every-day.
    I think it’s good to learn English because all use it to day. When you meet another person in another country, and you not speak that language you always could try the English language, because it’s so international .

    Best regards from Denmark

    I hope you understand me:D

  • Comment number 34.

    Hi there !
    A little visit from Denmark.
    I agree with your blog. You make me remember when I started learning English. It wasn't the easiest thing.
    But then, my mother and grandmother decided to take me on a trip around the world. You know, all the smaller places like, Singapore, New Zealand and so on.
    I learned my English back then, on that trip.

    We where away for about a year and I was only 6-7years old.
    I was the little danish girl with long white hair :)

    I really love my mother and grandmother, for giving me that opportunity.
    Although I can't remember everything on the trip,
    it was a, once in a lifetime experience :)

    Best of luck on your way to learn English.

  • Comment number 35.

    hey Jane
    I am from Denmark but original from Southsudan. I think English is a wonderful language, I love english beacuse you can used it almost anywhere you go around the world. It was a pleasure to read your blog, I find it really interesting, because I do really have the same issues as you do with the gramma. That way I had learn english was in the school, but most of it I had learned by my self by watching tv. I wish you the best in the future Jane, good luck :-)

  • Comment number 36.

    Hi Jane.
    I think English is very difficult to learn, I understand very much English but are very difficult to talk and write engelsk.når I hear a song on the angel, I understand much. I Studies in order to help people or individuals. I'd like to read more later, but my English prevents me into it.
    I think a good way to learn English to travel to countries where they speak English, so you have to speak English.

    good look :)

  • Comment number 37.

    Hi Jane.
    I am a student from Denmark.
    in my english class, we have to read your blog, and then answer you, and what you have been writing.
    My way to learn the english language, is to see a lots of film in english.. Im not a big fan of reading books, actually i hate it, to be honest. :-)
    But then i love the language english, ist good to know it, if you are going to travel, in the big world.
    good look, with everything.

    Best regards from Denmark :-)

  • Comment number 38.

    Hallo jane.
    Cool you try to write here in public. I also have some problems with my English. But the things you do to learn English is really good. just that you're struggling so much to learn it must surely give something eventually.

    Your blog is really well written and you get into some many good topics. The fact that you are so honest about your problem with the English language is perhaps also others want to try to write something in here so they can get some exercise.

    But in Denmark (where I come from) we have some evening classes as you can go where you are taught and make shift assignments which will be addressed later. It might be an opportunity for you to check if they have it in your country.


  • Comment number 39.

    Hallo jane

    I`m vriting to you from Denmark, I'ts a smal country in eurup.
    write now we are having vinter, and it is cold and dark here. So i look forward to spring.
    like you i also think that the English gramma is difficul, just to write this blog is difficult. I am 44 years old, and i have not writtin something in the last 20 years in English. so please have patience with me.

    I'm going on a school for sosu assistants. In this school period we are lerning
    about people with mental diseases. I'ts very exciting to learn about, how sick a man can get without us knowing why.

    I am looking forvard to read more from you, and maybe learn more about Thailand.

    Best regards from Denmark.

  • Comment number 40.

    Heey Jane.

    I am a student in Denmark, were we in a english homework, have to reading your blog and then answer on it.
    I think its great that you write here, if it help you.

    I have for to weekes ago been i USA were I found it very difficult too say the right words, on a right way, so then I said not that much.

    But english is a very importent language, some i find very interesting, so to get better, to my english I se movies, and listen to music.

    So the best luck from me. :)

  • Comment number 41.

    Hi jane

    very interesting to read your blog, we can easily understand your thinking about English.
    We also believe even that is important to understand and write English as it is used a lot around the world.
    the ability to understand the lyrics, yes, and could commit themselves on a holiday is also something that means a lot to us.
    That does not mean it's easy.
    thanks for reading your blog.

    Greetings from. Maria and Jeanette from Denmark

  • Comment number 42.

    My name is Rubenita, was born in Brazil, in Bahia state and live in the municipality of Bahia Jequié. I'm fifty-seven years and am about to retire in the federal public service.
    The study of English for me is a way of exercising the mind and overcome difficulties in learning other languages​​, also as a test of perseverance in getting something and go ahead, as well as being a pleasure too.

  • Comment number 43.

    Hi Jane,

    I'm a student from Myanmar,am preparing to take IGCSE this year.As we know,nowadays English is an essential language that we cant open windows of the world without ENGLSIH!!! I really wanna boost my Englsih skills and speak English fluently. I practice it by reading English magazines and watching Englsih movies. I like this blog since we can share our ideas of English, Let's learn together no matter what!!

    Best regards form Myanmar,

  • Comment number 44.

    I'm Mohamed I'm from sudan I have been four month In america when I came there Ididn't no any things about an english at the first I want thanks BBC and you . I study four houre daily tow houre grammer and tow houre or more listen to news, I improved my listening sine and I'm here to improve my write Idid speak yet.Iwould say sory If I wrote wrong .Ihope to help me.

  • Comment number 45.

    I'm Tien from Vietnam, I'm training in Thailand, really English is difficult to me, Pls help me to improve my writing and speaking. Sorry If I wrote wrong. This is the fist time I join your blog, I admire your E. I hope we 're friends.

  • Comment number 46.

    Hi Jane,

    I am also Thai and interested in English same to you.
    I lean English the same way as you do, but I don't read comics.
    I love to read blog and I very happy to see Thai blog in English here.
    I also blog, it's about photography. My blog is here http://laithaiphoto.blogspot.com

  • Comment number 47.

    Hi Jane!

    My name is Kristina and I from Russia it is very interesting to know that despite that fact that we live at different ends of the Earth we have the same interests, hobby and goals:)

    Good luck!:)

  • Comment number 48.

    hi Jane!
    It is one of those who have been learning English i recognize that your topic is quite interested in and is worth considering. as you, Jane and as great part of people is there - the BBC English Learning community, i realize that English language is very important to me, and to all of us. it appears on everywhere around the wold, and all of the fields in our life. in my part, the english language is like a over-brige (overpass ) that has been connecting us together ( well i'm a bridge engineer, so i want to use a bridge image to compare with the role of english language in this case and i hope that everyone can understand my idea).
    As Jane mentioned above, learning a new language ( and specifically english language) is very difficult, and it is a long journey with very much dificulities and obstacles. these things i don't want to mention yet, because most of us have been facing them in english learning process. well, this is the first time i join in this blog and the thing i want to speak, it is: on the long journey of english learning process, travelling companions are very important and nescessary to overcome those difficulties and obstacles. and the last thing, i hope that i will be communicated with Jane and everyone in this community as much as possible. we will be such friends, right?
    Thank you very much for your writing!

  • Comment number 49.

    Hi Jane
    Nice to meet you. I also have a same problem. I work in IT field so English is very important. I need read document, training, present and especial communication with partner, customer and supplier... Today, I must facing with many difficult in communication. So I decided learning English course. It will help me improving skill in English. Today, with a open world, English is very important, it will help me know more than knowledge about other culture, exchange information, share information with my friends on social network. I think that to learn good English "You must have a environment that you maybe practice English. If you don't complaint, then you can give me your Skype ID, we can talk, discuss English. Best Regard

  • Comment number 50.

    Hey there,

    Your English writing is overall smooth despite a few grammatical errors. It seems like you've put much effort into sharpening your English skills. I've found out that we share similar approaches toward learning English. I also enjoy listening to English songs, watching movies with English subtitles, and playing video games in English. However, I prefer reading English novels than listening to audiobooks. And I set my cell phone and many other things to English version as well.

    Although you do not have that environment, that advantage, you can still create your own English environment!

    Below are some websites and books that I found quite helpful, informative, and enlightening, and that would possibly help you in the course of learning English, something that I have long found fascinating:


    The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
    English in Use – Intermediate by Raymond Murphy

    Ps. I think computational languages are even harder than spoken languages!

    Keep up the good work and good luck!

  • Comment number 51.

    Hi jane and everyone
    Let me introduce myself, I'm Phu and I come from Vietnam.
    Your writing don't make me fell bored, although I can't understand all of the word in that writing of yours. As you, I also want to improve my English and All we are here, everyone have the same aim. I am chasing a job and If you want to have a that job, I must speaking well. If you care and want to pratice Speaking skill with me, you can give me your phone number and yahoo ID so that we can pratice together.
    [Personal details removed by Moderator] Bellow is link of my facebook. You can visit and add me to the list of you. Thanks and good luck.
    God bless you.A men

  • Comment number 52.

    Hi Jane!
    I really enjoy your topic. I had a job in Japanese Company but my English communication is not good.
    As you know, it's difficult for people who can speak fluently a language if it is not mother tongue when you don't have time to practice it everyday. I think we can practice English every time you can example : listen music, watching TV, magazine, advertisement...
    when i study in high school, i learn so much about grammar to pass university exams and skip the important of speaking and listening that is the reason why all of us when graduated with university but don't believe to communicate with abroad when interview to apply job( in my university, it's not difficult to pass English exam with my database English in high school because in here we don't practice English).
    Now, want to improve my English to change my job because when you speaking English fluently you can find good job with high salary.
    I think when we come here, we want to improve our English skills and can speak it as mother tongue.
    Our purpose is logical but it is very difficult, so i hope we can try and try more to reach our top.
    Wish you success! Khaly

  • Comment number 53.

    Jane is really on the right track choosing to improve here English communication skills. All over the world English is accepted and used .It is the official language used in many of the countries. Although, there are slightly different versions as in case of British and American English, there is no much difference in them. IT field requires English knowledge as handling of computers and related stuffs are engaged. It is easy to make a[Unsuitable/Broken URL removed by Moderator].I appreciate this Thai girl personally for taking the initiative and her courage. She has improved her style of living and gained chances of greater opportunities in her job too.


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