Learning to be fluent in English, especially when your first language is in no way similar to it, can be very challenging. As a new learner, you are bound to face many problems in learning English as a second language. Even native speakers often end up making mistakes because of the differences and intricacies that can be found within the language. So, if you think that problems faced by students in learning English are exclusive to them only, you are wrong.
However, there are a few solutions to deal with the problems faced by students in speaking English. One of the most effective ways to deal with such problems is by hiring an English Tutor
Online. If you do not have the time to commit to an online schedule with a tutor
, you can try our suggestions to overcome Arabic speakers learning English problems. So, let’s take a look at the most common problems in learning English faced by beginners and experts alike and how to improve them:
1. Poor English Vocabulary
Vocabulary is one of the integral parts of learning any language, including English. Any language, including both Arabic and English, has hundreds and thousands of words and it is impossible to know all of them at a given time. Even native speakers do not know all the words of their mother tongue. There are way too many words for any person to learn, however, you do not need to learn every single one of them. That being said, you still need to have a strong vocabulary to speak fluently in English.
If you want to be an advanced speaker, then you need to know 4,000 to 10,000 words
and if you want to become fluent, then you must know more than 10,000 words. Now, the list is way too long to display, but a good way to start is by reading through the list and identifying the words you already know. However, apart from learning all the words, another one of the problems in learning English that people face is forgetting the words soon after learning them. So, how can you overcome that?
How to Improve English Vocabulary?
You can start with some simple methods and games to learn and play, respectively, to work on your vocabulary. We suggest making a list or flashcards of twenty-five words that you want to learn and keep reading it. Do not forget to write down the meanings of those words along with them so you can remember how to use a certain word in a certain situation. Divide the list of words into five parts and study five words every day.
Now, this is where the trick comes in, on the second day try to recall the first day’s five words and write them down. Continue the pattern of writing down the previous day’s words for five days. On the sixth day, try recalling all the words and write them down. When you are done, check your list and see how well you have done.
If you use this method, you will see an improvement in your English vocabulary and you will never forget the words you learn with this trick.
2. Confusing Spelling
There are hundreds and thousands of words in English that have completely different spellings but sound the same when pronounced. You can have a ‘pair’ of shoes or eat a ‘pear’ for lunch. These words sound the same but have vastly different meanings and spellings. Moving on, you will also notice that individual letters in words can sound different. For instance, the letter “f” can be spelled in different ways. You can spell it like a “gh” in words such as “enough, or tough,” or you can spell it like a “ph” in words like “phone,” or you can use it like a double “f” in words like “fluff.” Whew! That’s a lot. This has to be on the top of the list of problems faced by students in speaking English.
You can improve these problems by reading books and watching movies and noticing how some letters have different spellings and pronunciations.
3. No Interaction, or Lack Thereof, With Native Speakers
It is important to regularly interact with native English speakers if you want to be fluent in English
. It can be very difficult to work on your speaking skills without a partner and can cause many problems in learning English.