As most of you that log into this website know, my name is Mike. I am 38 years young and from Canada. I have been in China for over 6 years now and I plan to be here for many more.
Some of the things I like are traveling, biking, beach volleyball, pool (billiards), movies and computers (especially Linux).
Since this is my first time writing in or for a blog there are only a few things I want to say, and these regard learning English.
-One word that's especially important............Try try try try try. Even if you speak and it's wrong but you are trying then you are learning.
-Another point I want to make is to the parents.............there is no magic pill I can give your child to "make" them learn English. Parents, I have been in an all Chinese environment for over six years and my Chinese is still very poor......why you ask?
I am not as motivated to learn Chinese as I am in teaching your children English, this means I don't use the Chinese I know with your kids unless I'm desperate for their understanding, also I do what I see most children do........I look to my wife for Chinese as your children look to you for the answers in English. It's called being lazy and I admit it.
When it comes to learning Chinese I have the perfect environment and even a wife that's fluent but after a long day of teaching I just want to watch a movie and relax, your kids are the same with a few disadvantages.
- First, they are not in an all English environment.
- Second, after a long day of school plus homework they want to relax.
- Third they are learning from someone they can't communicate freely with (me).
- Fourth and worst of all is the pressure some parents put on kids to learn, and for good reason, it cost money.
I suppose this blog has really become a message to the parents of the kids I teach more than a general rant. I want you (parents) to know you should be very proud of your kids for even wanting to tackle another subject let alone another language.
Parents, use me for example, If I was to have studied Chinese hard and reviewed everyday in the all Chinese environment I've been in, I would have been fluent after 2 years I believe.
If I were to study hard in an environment where there was no Chinese it might take me 6 years to be just as fluent.
If I only studied what I needed and didn't really review in an all Chinese environment then it might take me 5-6 years to be fluent.
If I only studied what I needed and didn't really review in an environment where there was no Chinese, I'm sure it would take over 10 years to be close to fluent (having forgotten the basics).
Do I need to say if I don't study and don't review in a non-English environment how long it might take?
Bottom line is learning another language takes time. The stronger the foundation the higher you can build and that's the same with your children.
Parents, if you really want your child to learn English there are several things you can do.
1 Start them young and build that foundation.
2 Help,support and encourage them.
3 Don't tell them what they are doing wrong, tell them what they are doing right.
4 Give them as much of an English environment as is possible.
5 Is an idiom....A watched pot never boils.............Be patient.
Thank you for reading my first blog, I hope to receive comments, questions or advice from you as I believe we are all students of life and never stop learning.
登录到这个网站的大部分人都认识我，我的名字叫Mike。我38岁,来自加拿大。到现在我已经在中国呆了6年多了，我计划定居在这里了。 我喜欢旅行，骑自行车，打沙滩排球，打台球（桌球） ，看电影和玩电脑（特别是Linux系统 ） 。 这是我第一次写博客，我想写一些关于学习英语方面的话题。 ，一个特别重要的词语是...........尝试，尝试，尝试，尝试，尝试。只要你开口说英语，即使是错误的，也比不开口说好。只要您去尝试，那么你就在学习。