Learning English on Facebook and trying to help everyone
Our learning English team on Facebook
Hello everyone from our Facebook team,
This is Nick and I am one of the administrators of this Facebook page and I joined recently to help administer the page. Speaking on behalf of Ralph, who deserves enormous credit for opening this page and being its main driving force, and myself the first thing I want to say is that we really appreciate your feedback. The reaction we get from you as our students is terrific and we really enjoy hearing from you and helping you with your problems – so keep the comments and messages coming. On the other hand, I need to remind you that we do this in our spare time and don’t get paid for it – so there are a few things you can do to help us to help more of you because we can’t do it all!
Facebook post about learning English to easy why?
• Because we are trying to help the widest possible audience, we try to include things for beginners as well as experts, so sometimes the posts might seem a bit simple for you – keep watching, the next ones might not be so easy!
• That also explains why we are able to give general help but why we don’t offer free online tuition on an individual or group basis. We can do such classes privately if you want, but they won’t be free!
• While we really like interacting with you, we get hundreds of messages and comments a day. We try to answer them all as quickly and as fully as we can but sometimes that means that we don’t have time to chat with you as much as you – or we – would like. Please don’t think we’re being rude – we’re just trying to do as much as we can for as many of you as possible. We will certainly chat when we can.
• If you have a specific question on grammar or anything, please ask us, we’re only too happy to help and your question will get answered as soon as we can get to it. There are two good ways to do this: send us a message or, if you think the question is useful for lots of learners, post it as a new thread on the page.
Please DON’T ask us questions in individual posts, unless they relate to that particular post – there are so many comments that sometimes yours gets buried and we don’t answer it for you.
• Please remember that many of your questions can be answered by looking quickly online for yourself. One example is that we are often asked the meaning of a word. I don’t mind this but one of the few external links I share with you is The Oxford Learners' Dictionary (http://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/definiti…/…/teach…) – it gives spelling, meaning, pronunciation and example sentences to help you use words correctly.
• You also need to bear in mind that we all work in different time zones – so you might ask you question in the afternoon where you are but it’s the middle of the night where I am – so please be patient if you don’t get an immediate reply!!!
• There are lots of things we CAN do to help, but there are a couple of things that we CAN’T or WON’T do. One of these is that we don’t offer a free translation service – although I speak languages other than English, yours may well not be one that my colleagues or I speak and besides, even if I can, we shouldn’t be doing your work for you as it prevents us from helping others. Similarly, while I am more than happy to help with your learning, I do not do homework or assignments for other people! Like when my own children were little, I will always try and help if you are stuck or if you think it needs improving – but I am not going to do it for you – it’s your assignment, not mine !
Please keep the great feedback coming – knowing we are helping you is what keeps us motivated. We will chat with you if we have time and we know you will understand if we are busy helping others. Although I am British, I now live and work in Spain and next week we have school holidays. I am taking advantage and going on holiday with my wife, so I won’t be online to answer your questions – so save them up for when I get back on November 7th.
See you all soon and thanks for reading....
Learning Basic English blog
Why learning basic English is important?
There is no doubt that English have for long become a recognized international business language and will continue to remain so for a long time. It doesn’t matter if it’s a Spanish project manager dealing with a German auto parts manufacturer or a Japanese software engineer advising a French medical center, English is always the intermediary language. One gets to wonder why English has taken the front role among many other languages spoken greater number of people across the whole world.
There may be no specific answer to the reason why English is the recognized international language. However, one of the reasons why English is widely spoken is because of the simplicity of grammatical structure of the language, even at its most basic level. What this means is that everything in English language makes use of the definite article “the”, and the pronoun “it”.
When it comes to other languages, an object may be neutral, masculine and feminine, and the gender of the object can change the meaning of the entire sentence. This change in gender can also affect the pronouns, and this can make learning the basics of such language somewhat difficult.
This same problem can apply to adverbs, adjectives, and pronunciation. And we are only talking of European languages here, which ranges from Greek, Latin, and other eastern roots. If one considers Japanese, Chinese, Arabic, and other languages, then you’ll know how hard it is to learn the basic structures of these languages.
With that said, learning basic English is much easier as opposed to other languages. The most appealing part is that it’s easier to grasp for non-native speakers. When a group of non-native speakers communicate together, it’s easier to understand because everything is kept at a simple level. This is not saying that complexities doesn’t exist in English language like in other languages. However, as far as speakers keeps everything short and simple, it’s easier to learn than other languages.
How to learning basic English faster
Here’s how you can learn basic English faster:
Don’t put too much effort in learning individual words. If you take time to think about it, you’ll know that you didn’t learn the English you speak now by repeating words mechanically from the dictionary. You were able to learn it because you listened to them severally within sentences before phrases before memorizing them. So, when learning any basic English word, use it within a sentence or a phrase. This will help you learn faster.
Another thing is that you have to be a good listener. This shouldn’t be hard as English is everywhere around us. Most especially on TV and radio stations. So, listen quite often.
You shouldn’t worry about grammar when learning the basics of English, as this can easily scare anyone off. Learning English grammar can be boring and it’s an efficient way learning the language, at least until you’ve advanced a little bit.
The most important part of learning basic English is listening to basic words used in sentences and try using them yourself until you’ve mastered them.