One of our Prof at Harvard University said in his first class to the students from different countries, “If you have an accent, that tells me that you know more than one language”. It is his way to motivate the students from other countries to not feel shy while asking questions in class.
Through this blog we want to advice our immigrant readers to not hesitate while communicating in English even if you know little English. The barrier between you and English will widen if you will hold back from communicating in English. In fact it is applicable for any language. If you happen to be in a different country and know a bit of the language spoken there then don’t feel shy to converse in their language. You will be amazed to find out that people will be happy to help you and they will understand that you are in the learning phase and will appreciate your effort.
If you will try to talk in English, it will certainly improve your English. Also, when you will go out in public, you will realize that there are many people in US who ride in the same boat as you. You will find lot of people struggle with English but they do not hesitate to converse and very well manage in making the other person understand what they want to convey. Remember language is the basis of any conversation. You cannot socialize, do your business or even make friends if you do not know the language. So, it is important to learn the language.
There are various available options through which you can improve your English. If you will search on the internet with “English as a Second Language” and your city name, you will get many available options in your city.
In many US cities there are Centers for Adult Education. Most of them have classes to learn English. You can search on the net for the center nearest to you. YMCA also runs English classes.
ELS has 33 centers in US. The website link is: http://www.els.edu/en/DiscoverELS
We came across a site which we find very useful in learning English from very basic. It is easy to use even for those who are not very tech savvy. Here is the link: http://www.usalearns.org
If none of these options work for you, then look for a study buddy near you. A study buddy will be another person who wants to improve English and you both can study together. This will not only make you focused but you both can also practice speaking English together.
Amitabh Bachhan, a very famous bollywood superstar, in a super hit movie once said that “English is a very funny language”. So go..Have fun!