And that’s the one thing I keep saying to my students. In fact, every time I say it, I also tell them that had I had £1 every time I have said those words, I would be retired by now!
Because language learning at school is mostly theoretical and you don’t always get to use the language you’ve learned, you think you don’t know much or anything at all. But the fact is, you've spent seven years, sometimes longer, accumulating a lot of language, stored at the back of your brains, waiting to be used.
What you need to practise, is accessing said language, organising it, and understanding when to use it correctly. And while doing so, you sometimes need to consolidate a particular tense or grammar point.
But as soon as you activate your brain by equally practising all four skills – listening, speaking, reading, and writing - you realise you actually know a lot and speaking a different language might not be impossibly hard after all.
Don't hesitate to send me your questions about language learning.
#5. Practising all four skills equally
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