5 Mistakes Made When Learning English As a Second Language

For those who speak English as a Second Language (ESL), making the same mistakes can be frustrating and have a negative impact on learning and speaking. Very often it is primarily due to the wrong approach. Here are five approaches to learning and speaking English that could easily be modified. Learn formal English. Conversational and everyday English is not formal, and many grammar and vocabulary books teach formal English.


In my experience, many language schools and teachers also teach the formal language. The problem is that when you travel to an English-speaking native country, you cannot understand or engage in conversation because you do not understand the informal language. I’ve heard countless stories of English speakers going to England or the United States who can’t understand real conversations in English. It is therefore important to listen and speak everyday, conversational and informal English.


Translate from native language to English. ESL speakers must be able to think in English. The translation is not reliable because mistakes can be made that way. Again, the traditional method of learning grammar and vocabulary books teaches you to translate and consequently make mistakes. Learning vocabulary fragments in sentences like sentences, phrases, and idioms is a faster, more reliable way of learning and will soon get ESL speakers thinking in English.


Being too serious. That means not wanting to make mistakes, feeling ashamed and trying too hard. Communication is the reason for learning English and ESL speakers shouldn’t wait too soon. Making mistakes is a normal and natural part. of any learning process, so it shouldn’t prevent you from speaking English. Making yourself understood means using your English as best as you can.