Never Say This to Your English Teacher

OK, we understand. Learning English can be fun, but it can also be a challenge for most people. There’s a lot to learn and remember, and there’s a lot to practice, but having an English teacher is a great opportunity to learn real English and to practice your English! However, if you want to help yourself learn English better, then it’s important to know that there are things you should never say to your English teacher. Why? Many of these phrases are negative and they can become a roadblock that can hurt your opportunities to develop your English. Let’s talk about what you should never say to your English teacher!

“I’m Too Busy To Study.”

Why can’t you say this? It’s probably true, though. You might be busy with other responsibilities such as work, or maybe you’re spending much of your time studying for other subjects that you think are more important (such as Mathematics or Science). So if this situation is true, then why can’t you say it?

Well, we’re all busy. Everyone is busy. 

It doesn’t matter if you’re a doctor, a lawyer, a garbageman, or a student. We all have our own responsibilities and individual lives, and they all need our attention. The difference between a student who is able to learn English and a student who doesn’t learn English is how the student manages their time and uses that time to focus on their priorities. There’s a good chance your teacher won’t feel sorry for you if you tell her you’re too busy to learn English — because the truth is that if we really want to learn English, then we would make this our priority.

“Yes, I understand.”

This is the worst thing you can say if you actually don’t understand something! It doesn’t help you or the teacher if you lie about how much you really know. It’s ok to say “I don’t understand. Can you explain? Can you help me understand it better?”

The teacher’s job is to teach you the subject in a way that helps you understand it better. Believe it or not, teachers LOVE when students ask questions, or when students ask the teacher to explain something better. It gives the teacher an opportunity to explain the material in a different, easier way, and that benefits the students as well. It’s better to have a full understanding of a concept. The reason students don’t ask questions is because it might be embarrassing for them.  However, ask yourself this question:

How much more English can you learn from asking questions?

Anything Not in English.

The purpose of being in an English class is to learn English. Students do not often realize that they have to use English in class. Often times, the English teacher is someone from an English-speaking country who probably doesn’t speak the students’ native language (this is especially true for native English teachers in Asian countries such as China. Students feel tempted to ask the teacher questions in their native language, completely forgetting the fact that the teacher probably doesn’t understand a single word of what they’re saying

English class is a time for English. So do everything in English. Do not revert to your native language. This is a time for you to try out new things, to make mistakes. So go ahead and even if you’re not sure or you’re not comfortable about how to say something in English, just try it in class. It’s a great time to experiment.

“I’ll never use this tense.”

It’s a pretty common fact that no one likes to learn the grammar component of a language, am I right? Grammar can be boring and confusing because there are many different patterns that need to be learned and used, and grammar is often the most frustrating part of learning a language. However, learning grammar will help your English will sound so much better if you use the compound tense. Yes, you probably can communicate just fine using simple tenses such as Present, Past, and Future, but one of the secrets to sound like a fluent English speaker is to understand all the tenses and practice them as much as you can. Trust me, there will be situations where you’ll need to use them.

“I don’t need to learn how to speak English.”

This may or may not be true if you have a job that only involves communication via email, but in general, this isn’t really a good idea to tell yourself and your teacher. The goal of your English teacher is to help you develop a well-rounded fluency — this doesn’t just mean being able to communicate effectively in writing, but also being able to speak well. In other words, you’ll need to know all the skills: reading, writing, listening, and speaking.

If you have a job where you mainly communicate more in writing than speaking (like emails), then yes it would be necessary to focus more on writing than speaking, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t practice your speaking skills! If you want my advice: try to focus practicing your listening and speaking skills; those are skills that will let you develop friendships and relationships with people every day. Of course, you want to use writing and reading every day, too. Overall, it’s really important to know each skill and then you can focus on learning what you like, depending on your goals.

I hope that you enjoyed these five points not to say to your English teacher. Remember, you can come and look at our other lessons available, and maybe even download the EBOOK!  The ebook is a great choice to help you speed up your learning. So, if you’re ready to get fluent, let’s go!

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