Dreaming in English
Hi, guys! Here with you this week, Graciela. I'm full of dreams! I want to master the English language without too much effort!
I'm glad that like me you are excited about the Olympics I talked about in my last blog but some of you expressed concern about forgetting words in English. Tatiana has to look up words a few times and Rajeeb wants to have a memory chip of the English language inserted in his brain. I think many of us have the same dream on occasions. I do too.
Aware of this anxiety among non-native speakers of English my colleagues Neil and Chris invented a story for the traditional April Fool's day about a pill that makes you regurgitate the whole dictionary. You should check it out - it was published as a Words in the News item and it's funny but unfortunately it is not true.
Neil taught English in Japan, Spain, the Czech Republic and Poland in the past so I asked him for some tips on how to make it easier to remember new words. He suggested that we revisit the word within 24 hours from learning it and make a note of the word in a sentence that is relevant to our personal lives. I think this might work for me.
But if after a while it takes a few minutes for you to remember it, don't feel frustrated. Neil said that when he wasn't surrounded by people speaking English all the time, sometimes it would take him a few seconds to search for it in his own mind. "That house in the garden where you store tools?... Oh! It is called a shed!"
I think we're all facing some level of information overload nowadays and it might make things a bit difficult sometimes. I grew up speaking Portuguese and when I started to be able to crack jokes in English or remembered that I had actually dreamt in English the night before I really felt that the language was starting to be part of me. It is great to be able to communicate in a different language even if you don't do it as well as a native speaker. Rejoice! Let's enjoy learning and appreciate the fact that with a new language we see our world expand!
What about you - when have you felt a sense of achievement regarding learning English?
concern - worry
anxiety - worry or nervousness
regurgitate - throw up
relevant - linked to what is happening
frustrated - annoyed
information overload - too much information
to crack jokes - to tell jokes
rejoice - feel very very happy