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    Default I WANT TO KNOW HOW TO LIEARN ENGLISH

    I have been learning English for 1 year in Canada. My western teacher told me that i have to forget my first language if i wanted learning good english. My asian teacher told me the opposite way to study english . i am quit confused that what i should do to study good English. Please give me an answer , i will be apprecite it.

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    Default Re: I WANT TO KNOW HOW TO LIEARN ENGLISH

    Take a look at this website:

    http://esl.fis.edu/parents/advice/intro.htm

    It is interesting. Mother tongue helps second language acquistion, according to the site. Read on:

    "ESL students in international schools learn English more quickly and effectively if maintain and develop their proficiency in the mother tongue."

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    There's no need to forget your fist language, but you must be prepared to accept that English may do thoings very differently and that youcan't always compare the two.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    There's no need to forget your fist language, but you must be prepared to accept that English may do thoings very differently and that youcan't always compare the two.
    Your native tongue is part of you. Cherish and preserve it. To me English seems rather easy as it is well structured. Try to see the fun of learning it. That will make it easier for you, May I ask - what is your native language?

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    Default Thanks you for answering my question.

    My native tongue is Chinese mandarin .

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    So now you speak the two biggest languages on earth.

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    Default Re: I WANT TO KNOW HOW TO LIEARN ENGLISH

    Thanks for the site,but I am a adoult and I am getting to the women's terroble age.

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    Unfortunately, it is harder to learn languages as an adult.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    Unfortunately, it is harder to learn languages as an adult.
    Aha, now I understand why good teachers here at times have to explain things to me over and over (as if I havn't noticed it myself). I am over 60, but never mind, I will keep learning no matter how old I am, right?

    Thank you all, teachers and fellow ESL learners. I am learning, and am having fun too.

    BMO

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    I had a student in her eighties a couple of years ago and she did well, so there's hope for the rest of us.

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