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Welcome to the sixth lesson of our "Why Can't I Speak English" course, Learn English the Right Way! In this lesson, we will cover the following topics:

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Learning English the Right Way

Friends, the first thing you should do when you start learning something new is to draw a logical road map. This applies to those who want to learn English too. When you learn a new foreign language, the first thing to focus on is vocabulary rather than grammar, right? There will be some of you who will definitely oppose this, but I'll tell you soon why you should focus on Vocabulary first.

How Do You Ask For Something in English?
How Do You Ask For Something in English?

Let's say you went to London on vacation or for college. Your stomach started to growl and you approached the first buffet you saw to satisfy your hunger. Now, if this were a market, you could buy whatever you want and leave without talking to anyone, but this is not the case at the buffet. You want to tell the guy at the buffet that you want the chocolate you see in the corner. Suppose you know the grammar very well, but you don't know what chocolate means in English! As you think about how to construct the sentence there for two hours, the queue of those waiting behind starts to get longer. A man whose nicotine need has not been met for many hours, in a rage for being unable to buy a new pack of cigarettes, is yelling behind you. Behind her is an intern has an anxiety attack because she has to take the morning newspaper of that day to her bosses’ desk before she enters her office. Behind the intern, an old lady mumbles something, but because no one turns to respond, she shakes her staff in her hand violently. The reason for all this is because you don't know what chocolate means in English! You know a lot of grammar, but you couldn't even form a sentence. However, if you knew that sweet brown thing is "Chocolate" in English, you would point to the chocolate with your finger without making a sentence and prevent this confusion.

First Step in Language Learning

When learning English, aim to be able to speak as soon as possible at first. To achieve this goal, you must draw a small but realistic road map. For example, you should be able to yell “Chocolate!" to the other person to say that you want that sweet food, even with just one word. At the next stage, by switching from Broken English to Normal English, you can learn to say "Chocolate please!". By adding a bit of politeness and proper sentence structure into the work, you could learn to make a sentence like "Excuse me, could I have that chocolate please?". But up to this point it should be slowly but surely, just like babies trying to walk for the first time do.

English Will Be Useful Everywhere
English Will Be Useful Everywhere

I want to give you a simple but meaningful example roadmap. For example, in English, try to learn "Everyday Speech" and "Greetings" at first. Greet people by saying "Hello" and "How’re you?", then think of the answers you can give to such sentences. Consider how you would introduce yourself to others. Someone you have never met before will want to get to know you first. Let's say you are at a party with lots of foreigners and luckily you sit at the same table with a beautiful girl or a handsome guy. The person sitting opposite you may want to meet you, or you may want to talk to them. You can try to learn what you can ask and answer, in such a situation. Even if you get stuck in some part of the chat, you can always continue the conversation in Broken English, right? The important thing is to break your shell of timidity.

Regardless of the scenario, the first thing you should do is draw a proper roadmap. What do you want to do by learning English? Make a goal for yourself. Let those goals have sub-goals and those sub-goals have small goals in themselves. For example, inside a few small goals can be “Greetings”, “Introducing Yourself” and “Asking Simple Questions”, and these goals will represent your medium-sized goal “Simple Chat”. Once you've accomplished these, focus on your next goal.  

Achieve Your Goals Step by Step

Do you like playing with puzzles? It doesn't mean much when you first try to combine the pieces, but over time the picture becomes clearer. The same is true for goals. By achieving small goals, parts of your big goals are filled in and finally the big picture emerges. You may need to change your goals according to your needs. Maybe you discovered that you were lacking somewhere and set up new small goals to fill that gap. This work will continue like this. Your goals should never be exhausted because learning is an adventure that will never end.

Make Your English Learning Road Map
Make Your English Learning Road Map

Rather than just keeping an eye out for big goals, break the big goals into several medium goals at first. Medium goals should also have small goals in themselves. Small goals are easier to achieve. When you see that you can achieve your goals, it will make you proud and will allow you to focus more determinedly on your next goal. If you have difficulty reaching a goal, be sure to divide that goal into smaller goals that you can easily achieve.

We will create a sample Roadmap with you in a later lesson. We will make that sample roadmap based on a video course I created, which is very effective in learning English. I will explain the details when we come to that lesson. If you have a sample roadmap in mind for now, please share it with me. After you have prepared your Goals Chart, if you want to share it with me and receive feedback, you can share your chart with me by clicking on the Mr. English forums link in the video description. I will be looking forward to your road maps!

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