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    Is English learning difficult or easy?

    There is no absolute answer for that question. In some aspects, it is easy; in some others, it is difficult. Similarly, different people will have different answers and millions of reason why it is easy or it is difficult. Let’s divide learning English into learning different aspects of English and analyse how easy or difficult each aspect is.


    For pronunciation, it is difficult to have exactly the same pronunciation as a native speaker, especially when you are old enough, but it is not difficult to have a pronunciation which is comprehensible for a foreigner. The difficulty for Vietnamese learners is that there are some sounds in English which are not available in Vietnamese.
    Especially English words have stress, and if you put stress wrongly, people could misunderstand you. This feature of English is not easy to master for many Vietnamese students because we are not so familiar with what is called stress.


    For grammar, it has to be said that English grammar is not that difficult as French grammar or some other languages, but it is still difficult to Vietnamese learners. It may lie in the fact that English and Vietnamese belongs to totally different language families. English language makes use of grammatical features which are not available in Vietnamese such as tenses, plural form, and word orders in noun phrases. That fact makes it difficult to Vietnamese learners. But it is also easy because we just need to be aware of those differences and learn them by memorizing one by one.


    For vocabulary, it is difficult because there are so many multi-syllablewords in English, which is not true in Vietnamese. Learning long words seem difficult but it is just the factor of time and how hard working we are and how much effort we put on it. Moreover, English use a more or less similar alphabet to Vietnamese one. Then, we do not need time to study the alphabet again.


    For reading, if you have good grammar knowledge and a large vocabulary, it is not a problem. The only difficulty could just lie on the background knowledge, culture difference or logical reason difference. It is the problem of reading itself and not the problem of language.


    For speaking, it may difficult to speak fluently and have perfect intonation as a native speaker. But, like pronunciation, it is not difficult if the goal is to communicate with others. Then we face another difficulty. Even just at comprehensible communication, it needs practice. The reason why many Vietnamese cannot speak English even after many years of study is that they do not an environment to practice. They are shy to speak out because they are afraid that they will make mistakes and others will laugh at them. Just be bold and practice hard, speaking English becomes easy.


    For listening, once again the difficulty lies in the fact that we do not have an English speaking environment, so we can practice listening to it on daily life basis. But with the development of communications, we can create for ourselves such environment by listening to English songs, English radio programs or by watching English TV programs, English movies and so on.


    For writing, like reading, good grammar and good vocabulary ensure more than 50% chance of being a successful writer. The rest lies on how good your idea is and how good you are at playing with words.


    In conclusion, we can say English is difficult but it is not so difficult to be impossible to obtain. If you have motivation to learn it, English become really easy and relaxing to learn.
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    Learning English Effectively for Beginners

    English is becoming an international language. It is the dominant language on the Internet; most of contemporary publications are in English. Learning English is a way to communicate with the world and to access to the world knowledge. However, learning English is not an easy job, especially for one who has less exposure the language. The followings are some recommendations for someone who begins to study language.

    The first thing one has to face when he/she learns any new language is vocabulary. Because language is the art of words, one cannot get the message other people want to convey without understanding the meaning of the words used. There are many ways to learn vocabulary; different individuals have different ways of learning. Some common ways are making a word list or combining learning new words with reading. Some people write down in a piece of paper five to ten new words each day and stick it somewhere easy to see. Others start by labeling all domestic devices and furniture with their name in English. Some combination of these ways may help beginners to learn new words. Another difficulty for beginners is listening comprehension. In an EFL real context, one uses and hears his/her mother tongue all the time; one may hear some English songs or news somewhere, but this is not so often. In other words, he/she does not have enough exposure to spoken English. Therefore, one should create the environment oneself. Starting by watching movies or listening to news in English is perhaps beyond a beginner’s proficiency. A good starting point many English learners follow is the special English program from VOA, which can be accessed via:

    In addition, one can work on listening comprehension exercises offered by a lot of free websites such as Randall’s EFL cyber listening lab and Elllo. Listening to songs is also a good way to improve listening skills. Combining these methods to fit one’s learning style can help to improve listening comprehension.

    Although one can understand what other people are speaking, it does not mean that he/she can speak out his/her own thoughts. Speaking skills also take time to practice. The learner can practice speaking out loud and record it to check his/her pronunciation. However, this is unnatural; a speaker needs audience. Friends are good candidates; a small English speaking club is not so difficult to set up and manage. Moreover, with the development of technology to facilitate language learning, one can easily make friends with some native speakers and talk with them as a way of practicing English as well as making new friends. The key point to keep in mind is that he/she should not be shy or afraid of making mistakes.
    Reading is another important skill a beginner should practice. Reading comprehension is the gate to the information world and the academic world. Most of the news we receive everyday is in written form like emails, newspapers both online and offline; research projects are recorded and reported in written English. Thus, it is easy to access to reading resources. As a beginner, one can start from short stories, fairy tales, or brief news in newspapers. These kinds of books are available in every book shop; it is even easier if one has a computer connected to the Internet. Without any effort, the learner can find the stories which fit his/her taste and start to read. While reading, one can improve his/her reading skills and learn new words or new grammatical patterns. Reading in this sense is not only learning but also relaxing.
    The last and also the most difficult skill for beginners is writing. One may think that he/she has just learnt English, so writing is not important, and that he/she can develop this skill after other skills have been improved. Indeed, the learner does not need to wait because writing does not mean that one has to write an essay or an article. If one often writes his/her dairy or blog in the native language, now he/she can write it in English starting from simple English. He/she can emails to their foreign friends in English, or write comments for others’ posts in forums in English. The sooner one starts, the better one’s writing skill is.
    Learning English requires learners’ attempts and time to practise, and the integration of four skills is necessary. One cannot master English in one or two days and during the study process, the learner will realize that he/she needs many other skills. Following the preceding recommendations, a beginner will keep a positive attitude towards English, which is important.
    IF YOU WANT SHINING TOMORROW, YOU HAVE TO SPARKLING TO DAY!

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    Learning English Effectively for Beginners

    English is becoming an international language. It is the dominant language on the Internet; most of contemporary publications are in English. Learning English is a way to communicate with the world and to access to the world knowledge. However, learning English is not an easy job, especially for one who has less exposure the language. The followings are some recommendations for someone who begins to study language.

    The first thing one has to face when he/she learns any new language is vocabulary. Because language is the art of words, one cannot get the message other people want to convey without understanding the meaning of the words used. There are many ways to learn vocabulary; different individuals have different ways of learning. Some common ways are making a word list or combining learning new words with reading. Some people write down in a piece of paper five to ten new words each day and stick it somewhere easy to see. Others start by labeling all domestic devices and furniture with their name in English. Some combination of these ways may help beginners to learn new words. Another difficulty for beginners is listening comprehension. In an EFL real context, one uses and hears his/her mother tongue all the time; one may hear some English songs or news somewhere, but this is not so often. In other words, he/she does not have enough exposure to spoken English. Therefore, one should create the environment oneself. Starting by watching movies or listening to news in English is perhaps beyond a beginner’s proficiency. A good starting point many English learners follow is the special English program from VOA, which can be accessed via: http://www.voanews.com/learningengli...american-life/

    In addition, one can work on listening comprehension exercises offered by a lot of free websites such as Randall’s EFL cyber listening lab and Elllo. Listening to songs is also a good way to improve listening skills. Combining these methods to fit one’s learning style can help to improve listening comprehension.

    Although one can understand what other people are speaking, it does not mean that he/she can speak out his/her own thoughts. Speaking skills also take time to practice. The learner can practice speaking out loud and record it to check his/her pronunciation. However, this is unnatural; a speaker needs audience. Friends are good candidates; a small English speaking club is not so difficult to set up and manage. Moreover, with the development of technology to facilitate language learning, one can easily make friends with some native speakers and talk with them as a way of practicing English as well as making new friends. The key point to keep in mind is that he/she should not be shy or afraid of making mistakes.
    Reading is another important skill a beginner should practice. Reading comprehension is the gate to the information world and the academic world. Most of the news we receive everyday is in written form like emails, newspapers both online and offline; research projects are recorded and reported in written English. Thus, it is easy to access to reading resources. As a beginner, one can start from short stories, fairy tales, or brief news in newspapers. These kinds of books are available in every book shop; it is even easier if one has a computer connected to the Internet. Without any effort, the learner can find the stories which fit his/her taste and start to read. While reading, one can improve his/her reading skills and learn new words or new grammatical patterns. Reading in this sense is not only learning but also relaxing.
    The last and also the most difficult skill for beginners is writing. One may think that he/she has just learnt English, so writing is not important, and that he/she can develop this skill after other skills have been improved. Indeed, the learner does not need to wait because writing does not mean that one has to write an essay or an article. If one often writes his/her dairy or blog in the native language, now he/she can write it in English starting from simple English. He/she can emails to their foreign friends in English, or write comments for others’ posts in forums in English. The sooner one starts, the better one’s writing skill is.
    Learning English requires learners’ attempts and time to practise, and the integration of four skills is necessary. One cannot master English in one or two days and during the study process, the learner will realize that he/she needs many other skills. Following the preceding recommendations, a beginner will keep a positive attitude towards English, which is important.
    IF YOU WANT SHINING TOMORROW, YOU HAVE TO SPARKLING TO DAY!

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