English as My Favourite Subject
I can hardly remember my first English lesson at school. It was long ago. I remember only that I was a bit frightened because everything was new and unexpected. I could not understand how it is possible to use foreign words and how to learn them.
I was happy to have a teacher who did not force us to learn English the way many teachers do. She did not shout at us and did not punish us. But we soon realised that if we made mistakes or were not prepared for the lesson, we hurt her some way. We showed thus, that her subject was not interesting. And we never did it. I still do not know how she managed to win children’s respect, but she did it.
Now English is the most interesting subject for me. I am not flattering anyone now. I simply like it. There are a lot of reasons for it. First it improves my memory. I am fond
of learning new words. Isn’t it great when you hear someone speaking English and understand him or her. Of course, I do not fully understand native speakers yet, but I am sure that I will be able to do it in the future. Second, any language makes people think differently. Nothing can be translated directly from one language into another. There is always some peculiarity in the meaning. Third, when you know a foreign language you can watch films and read books in the original. And I am keen on reading.
English provides infinite possibilities in the modern world. I mean different spheres of life: education, travelling, communication, art and so on.
When you learn a foreign language you should always remember that this process requires constant practice. I cannot live a day without English. Many people believe that it is a simple language. It is not. It possesses powerful expressive means, due to its rich vocabulary. It seems to me that the more I learn it, the more unknown words there are. But I don’t want to give up and continue to write out new lexical units. Once I heard that to remember this or that word well, you have to use it in different situations nearly 20(!) times.
To have good practice in English, I look for pen-pals on the Internet. It also provides an opportunity to make video calls using Skype or any other programs. So now I have a few acquaintances living in the UK, the USA and Germany. I am trying to learn German, too. But I am afraid that something may get mixed up in my head. Of course I would like to see all these people in real life and I hope that I will have an opportunity and time to travel in the future.
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