“Never make fun of someone who speaks broken English. It means they know another language.” – Harriett Jackson Brown Jr.
This unassuming quote holds in itself a tremendous, hidden power. The power of knowing a language. Where it leads and to what end is different for every person. Perhaps to a new friend, a better future prospect, a new experience or a country, or to a whole new horizon. The possibilities are endless and all of them come from simply acquiring a language.
Sadly, I hear from many people that learning a new language is often a frustrating experience. It shouldn't be that way.
As children, we acquire the language easily. We repeat what is said to us, we get a feel for what is and what is not correct, we try out sound-chains until they make sense and use them purposefully in our communication. It is a more or less unconscious process of absorbing the language.
Language learning, on the other hand, is the result of direct instruction in the rules of language. It is cumbersome, for many people, frustrating, conscious process of “getting it right” and performing the language.
Which of the two ways sound more natural or easier, to you? What would you rather be able to do? Speaking the language without thinking about it or performing the language while thinking about all it's rules? The answer is obvious. Isn't it?
So, let's do it. Let's acquire a beautiful English language, together. Together, we can create a comfortable environment for you to try out new sounds, play with words, have conversations, make mistakes, be silly, speak, and have fun.
Hello, my name is Jelena. I am your enthusiastic, rigorous, loving teacher. And, I am committed to your success and development in speaking English. Are you? Yes? I can't hear you... Great! So, let's get cracking!
Anything else you'd like to know about me, I encourage you to ask me in person, in English. I would, also, love to get to know you. Let's talk about countries we traveled, favorite foods, colors or perfumes. About our families, hobbies, inspiration, dreams, and goals, or simply, who was our biggest crush in high school, and why!
Let's speak English. Let's be courageous.
Because language is courage.
See you in the classroom!
Let's speak English.
Let's be courageous.