You may think that this is not your case, that maybe for somebody else, maybe for native speaker or a teacher...
And I still insist: “English is easy”. For everybody? Maybe, if it is not, it could be. I will explain this idea in this short post. Then you can think of it for a while if you want.
English like other things in our life is just as it is. Actually it is a reflection of us, of our perception of it (reality), our attitude towards it. WE make it easy or difficult. In case of English we sometimes create even impossibility to learn it at all. So, solution is quite simple: change your attitude towards English and English becomes EASY for you.
It that so simple to change the attitude? To say the truth, I do not know. Maybe because it depends on the definition of word “simple”. To help you with this process I will provide you here one of possible step by step methods I invented. I call it the ”AAWEL method”.
The AAWELL method is acronym which stands for:
A – Allow
A – Accept
W – Welcome
E – Enjoy
L – Love
Maybe I could stop here with my writing. All is clear, isn't it? But to be certain, I will describe it a little bit more in detail, although shortly.
This method is not only for learning English. It is applicable to everything. In our case we will use if for English. If you want to learn English, you must first to Allow it. If you say “NO” to it right at the beginning, if you resist it fully, no learning process can happen. For example my mother would say: „I am too old to learn English already, I will not to do it“ And it is done. Finished. In many cases it is not so resolute, but we resist the learning process. Maybe partially, but it still takes from us a lot of energy which could be used for learning itself. This way it is wasted. So, first- Allow it - fully! Do not resist it, do not create artificial obstacles and excuses.
The second step, as we already know, is Accept it. What to accept? Accept your present attitude towards English. Do you think that it is difficult, there are to many new words to learn, complex grammar, all it takes too much time, effort, it is not for you, you have different activities to do, different priorities, no talent for languages? Do you have bad experiences already… ? Accept it all. Do not try to change it anyway. Just accept it as it is. In some cases even accept that you cannot accept it. It is enough. This acceptance itself makes a difference! You will see. A big difference.
Another step comes naturally from previous two. If you allow something in your life and if you accept it as it is, you do not resist it anymore actually it becomes friendly, easy part, of your life and you start to WELCOME it into your life. Spontaneously you become to create circumstances for it to be in you life more and more. Somehow you become a „magnet“ for English (in our case) to come into your life. You will start to use it more and more, you become to be „friends“ and it leads naturally to another step – to ENJOY it. Not only because you are friends with English, but also because your mastery of it has significantly improved, you start to enjoy using it, learning it, be in touch with it, you enjoy activities, English activities, from previous step… shortly to say you enjoy it now, it is a joy for you and not the contrary as it is usual. You enjoy it more and more.
The ultimate phase or step is to LOVE it. Not because you know it well, not because you have mastered it already fully … but you love it unconditionally. You can do mistakes, you can have troubles in some (most) areas of English, you can be disappointed sometimes with results of your test or understanding of English movie or inability to recall some vocabulary… it all can happen and it does not matter. You love it anyway. It is unconditional love, it is love of tolerance, comes from acceptance and all previous steps. It is not any obsession, it is not any romance. It is the mature love which can, and will, sustain - and you need to sustain with learning process.
Although these steps are consequential, they can differ from one English activity to another and can somehow fluctuate in time too. Can be intertwined. Be prepared for setbacks, inability to move, being stuck or also for sudden jumps forward... Allow them all, Accept them all, Enjoy them all and Love them all exactly as they are.
Be at ease!
English is easy :-)
It is easy for YOU,