Why is Learning English Hard?

If you are reading this article, odds are you want to improve your English language skills. But sometimes you hit a brick wall and utter this question: Why is learning English hard?

Perhaps you are okay with reading. Perhaps you pick up listening quite well. But what about your writing skills? What about your speaking skills?

It’s impossible to master a new language in a day, but perhaps we can speed up the journey quite a bit.


It’s all a matter of will

Some people pick it up easier than others, but this shouldn’t stop you from learning. Looking at our English courses, we have seen that the students who excel the most are the ones who really want to learn. They are willing to practise again and again, and repeat the subjects until they have mastered them 100 per cent.

So if you have decided to learn English, keep on doing it even when you feel like giving up, or when you feel like you aren’t making any progress.

Be consistent

In learning a new language, it can’t be done by cramming a hundred grammar rules in one day and not by learning intensively for a month. The key is to be consistent and practise it every day. Even if you just take 15 minutes to learn everyday, if you do it continually over time, you will see results.

Being unconfident is your greatest enemy

Perhaps you don’t want to speak to other people in English until you feel your English is perfect. But that way, you will never speak English to other people. It’s okay to make mistakes. In fact, making mistakes is the best way to improve, because you won’t want that to happen to you again in the future, so you will make an unconscious effort to try harder. Don’t let your pride and ego pull you away from practising your English. Talking in front of a mirror and repeating sentences by yourself are good efforts, but at one point you really need to practise with real people over real conversations.

Lastly, read a lot

The best and fastest way to learn a new language is by reading – a lot. By reading, you will learn new vocabularies and how to use them in appropriate contexts and sentences. Furthermore, you will pick up more details in reading compared to just watching TV or listening to music. Reading forces your brain to memorise the spelling of words. It also makes you knowledgeable in what kind of sentences are more appropriate to use the words than others. Sooner rather than later, you will be able to somewhat weigh which grammar rule to use for a certain situation.

Learning a new language is difficult and can be emotionally straining if you have to do it for a job or studying. But perhaps you can make it easier to learn by using these tricks.

Do you have any other tips in learning a new language? Share with us in the comment section below.

Our training division, the Institute of Management, provides practical English language courses to help you improve your skills. Check out our website for further information.