Can you learn English without studying?

You’re wanting us to say yes, right? You are right! You can learn English without studying! Although of course, it all depends on what each one understands by  «studying».

Stop studying. #StartLearning .

 

What is “studying” English?

If by “studying” you mean sitting at your desk and learning things by heart , copying endless lists of verbs from one sheet to another, without even thinking about how they are pronounced, or reading those boring theoretical explanations that are not even understood —Yes, yes, that which you have been doing all your life and which until now has worked regularly for you — if you mean that, then of course you can learn English without studying.

In fact, it is that studying like this is not much use.

On the other hand, if by “studying” you mean exposing your ear to as much English as possible in all the accents you can, spending hours of your time repeating structures out loud until they are recorded, taking into account Count your pronunciation, to force yourself or yourself to use the words and expressions that you are learning in your day-to-day life , to be constant and to commit yourself to doing a little every day , then no. So sorry, but you can’t learn English without studying.

 

The more you talk and listen, the less you will have to study

English (capitalized, as a subject) is not like History or Law. It’s not about gobbling books and memorizing information. Learning English is more like training to play tennis . Let’s see why.

In reality, the theory is not always that complicated. Let’s take an example: the “s” of the third person singular. The vast majority of people know that it is not said She play football , but She plays football . And yet, that vast majority of people, in practice, still make mistakes with things as simple as this. Why? We return to the usual: because information is memorized, but not practiced enough.

So we say that learning English is more like training to play tennis. Actually you have to train your ear, your mind and your voice apparatus (the parts of your body that you use to speak), to get them used to understanding, producing and pronouncing English, just as Serena Williams trains to have a perfect serve. And you don’t get that practice “studying”, you get it by listening and speaking English .

Stop studying, #StartLearning !

Less study and more review

With languages, revision is everything . It is not enough for you to see an expression once. This way it won’t stay in your head. And it is not because you are not good at languages, it is not that. It is simply that your brain does not have time to assimilate it and fix it properly if it only processes it once.

For English to stay with you , you have to continually review everything you learn.

Do not go to the simple past until you have mastered the simple present, but really, until you do not make a single mistake, until things come out automatically. Do not pass to the phrasal verbs if you do not master the auxiliary verbs: do , be and have , which on the other hand are the ones you will use the most in your day to day.

Don’t want to learn everything NOW, because you can’t. Go taking small steps, but firm steps, and constantly review the basics. The basics are the foundations of your English, if they are not well built, your building will collapse before reaching the third floor.

 

In summary…

Don’t study English; train yourself to speak and understand english. Languages ​​are not information like history or law. Languages ​​are a set of skills that, rather than studying, are acquired through training. In fact, it is not that you can learn English without studying, it is that you cannot learn English if all you do is study .

If you intend to learn to function in English from your desk, reading and memorizing, without listening, without practicing out loud, and above all without reviewing, we wish you good luck. And if you don’t want to waste time studying, you can already start doing the opposite.

 

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