15 Ultimate Reasons Why Studying English Is Difficult

We all have different reasons why we study English. Some would like to study abroad, be able to talk with foreign colleagues, get a promotion, or have a vacation in an English-speaking country. Whatever your reason may be, there is one thing that we all have to go through to be good at it, and that is to study it. However, at some point, we might feel that learning it is difficult. Hence it is best to figure out what’s causing the difficulty. When you do, you’ll be able to know what you could adjust and choose a setting that could work for you to learn effectively. 

To help you identify, we’ve listed down the common mistakes English learners might be doing that’s making language learning harder. This might just help you to detect the cause and understand what you could do about it. 


1. You don’t figure out the best time for you to learn.

Some people work best first thing in the morning and switch off in the afternoon. While others prefer to study in the evening or afternoon as it takes them a while to get going. As for you, identify when your brain is at its sharpest and function best. Once you are able to choose the ideal time for you to learn, plan your study schedule accordingly. When you work when you are not in the mood to take in information, the harder it is for you to concentrate and process the details. 


2. You don’t take note and remember your mistakes.

One thing you have to accept in learning any language is that you will make mistakes. Chances are you’ll even have the same fault over and over again. However, this gives you the chance to correct it, figure out why it is wrong and learn. If somebody has corrected you may it be written or orally, make a note of it so you can remember what you should work on.  You can also look at English test results as a study tool. Go over your mistakes and choose one or two that you want to focus on, then use a grammar book to check rules. Read this: The 3 Common Mistakes When Using Modifiers and How to Fix Them


3. You don’t put yourself into difficult situations.

One of the best ways to learn a language is by searching out situations where you must speak, read and listen using English. This will force you to utilize the language and really focus. Also, it helps you to get used to communicating even in uncomfortable situations. If you are wondering what situations you may put yourself into, then you may start by chatting with a native speaker in a bar. You may also order food at a foreign restaurant where servers are speaking in English or you may also talk to a tourist information center personnel when you are traveling. 


4. You don’t set your gadgets, TV and social media in the English language. 

If you turn your browser, social media and smartphone settings to ‘English’ then you can still learn the language while surfing the internet. The more you use your gadget and read online, the more you become familiar with the English words being used. Associating a function with a certain word will expand your vocabulary, hence it is also a good way to learn a language.


5. You don’t set realistic goals.

It is common to desire to learn English instantly, however, you might plan and expect to learn at an unrealistic pace. Set yourself some objectives but be realistic in what you can achieve. Setting short-term objectives to attain long-term goals would help you to keep track of your progress. Also, you cannot expect to be able to speak the language fluently in just a week by just depending on what your tutor will teach you. You must also practice using the language to speed up your learning.


6. You don’t include studying the culture. 

Learning a language is not just about grammar and vocabulary. It is also about understanding the culture and how the native speakers with different ways of thinking as well as speaking communicate. This way you’ll get to understand the words they use, the intonation and their accent. Read this: How To Overcome Culture Shock When Studying Abroad.


7. You don’t have fun studying.

Learning a language can be an onerous task, as it does take time and effort. When it feels like a burdensome, chances are you won’t perform well due to a lack of motivation. But if you enjoy what you do while learning, you’ll be more likely to stick to it. If studying English feels like a burden, then you can find ways to add some fun and entertainment to it. You may seek games that will boost your critical thinking skills like crossword puzzles, sing songs, read comics, and watch movies.  Read this: Mastering English While Having Fun: 4 Best Movies to Learn English


8. You don’t identify your personal learning style.

Since every individual is different, the way each person learns is also unique. The first step towards boosting your language skills is identifying your own learning style. By knowing this, you’ll be able to figure out what works for you and whatnot.


9. You don’t have a personal journal.

A good way to practice English is by writing down your daily thoughts, ideas, and experiences. This helps you to express yourself and be more fluent. You also get to see the extent of your vocabulary. Moreover, whenever you encounter a situation when it is hard for you to translate a word in English to express an idea, your learning starts, as you try to find the word you are looking for in the dictionary. The more you search for new words and expressions, the more your vocabulary will expand. May you be writing just a few sentences or paragraphs, practicing every day, makes you even better, especially if you write about different subjects. Read this: Enhance Your English Writing Skill By Keeping A Journal


10. You don’t have your own version of dictionary.

Writing down unknown words you come across on a separate notepad will help you to remember them. Under each word, you may write its meaning and a sample sentence as well. This can be handy when you want to review anytime. Also, it can be your reference when you want to use the words you previously learned. Read this: Simple Ways of Increasing Your English Vocabulary


11. You don’t have an observational journal.

An observation journal is what you use when you want to write about something you have seen. You may talk about the place you’ve been to or write about the people that you’ve encountered. You may also describe the food that you liked. No matter what your subject is, what matters is that you write as descriptive as possible. By doing so, you are able to expand your vocabulary and enhance your writing skills.


12. You are not curious about learning colloquial terms.

There are a number of aspects of the English language that you may not find in textbooks. Slang words, colloquial terms, and phrasal verbs are common in everyday English conversations but you’ll mostly encounter it by watching videos or by hearing a native speaker talk. When you come across these words, don’t just hear them but seek more by thinking how they were used. Also, you may search if other words or constructions are possible to be used as well. The more you look for these words and understand their meaning and usage, the more you’ll learn and be more comfortable in using the language. Although this is not the kind of language you’re likely to use in an academic essay, it is still beneficial to you, as you can use it when talking with native speakers as well as understand conversations better. Read this: Improving English Fluency by Learning Collocations


13. You don’t regionalize your English.

There are words and phrases in British English that mean differently in American English and vice versa. Some of them can be considered inappropriate to be used in another country and can result in miscommunication. The native speaker you are talking with may be surprised by the words that you use, because it may mean something different to them. At the same time, you may wonder why your messages were interpreted differently, when you have actually used English words. Hence, it is important for you to regionalize your English. If you want to target staying in the US, then be sure to study American English. But if you are staying in the UK then study ‘British’ English.  Read this: The Basics of English Phonetics Every English Learner Must Know


14. You don’t practice to get better.

People have the tendency to be complacent when they think they already know. However, it is still important to practice even if you think your English already fairly good. To get even better, you may converse with a native English speaker. Also, you may think and practice a better way to explain something you are passionate about or how to ask things you are curious about. You may also keep on watching English movies and continue writing to master the language. Read this: 3 Unique Asian Countries You Can Practice English while Travelling


15. You don’t aim to learn at least one word each day. 

Learning a word a day may be one of the oldest ways to learn a new language but still one of the most effective. To do this, you may find a new word each day and set yourself a goal to use it in conversation. You can pick words you’ve come across through reading or listening or choose colloquial words you heard from native speakers. This small step may be simple but when you do it consistently, you’ll learn hundreds of words and phrases in a year. Read this: A Technique in Vocabulary Building: How to Remember More Words



Learning English is not difficult. All you have to do is just identify what works for you to master it.

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