As you, dear readers, already know, this blog is meant to give you hints and insights on how to learn English easily (that’s why we called it “Inglés fácil”). Nevertheless, you may also remember that sentence of common knowledge, which was quoted, among many other writings, in the song by Queen: “Easy comes, easy go”.
Every popular sentence has its amount of truth and this is not the exception. Our predecessors would be terrified about our constant endeavours to ease, fasten and simplify every process, and especially the ones concerned with learning.
Socrates, one of the most important Greek philosophers, said that the process of searching and attaining knowledge is analogous to pregnancy and birth giving. It’s not that it has to last more or less nine months. What he meant is that knowledge is something that has to grow slowly and carefully inside each one of us. There’s no way to make things faster or less complicated, because every intellect works and learns with a particular rhythm, and what may be easily apprehended by someone, will take a larger amount of work and effort to someone else.
Plato, who had Socrates as his teacher, compared learning with a long and hard journey towards truth. Along the road we can be helped by the knowledge and advices of the ones who went before us, but no one can make the path clearer or shorter for us. Later on, Medieval and Renaissance philosophers compared the acquisition or knowledge with the art of building cathedrals or palaces. The intellect has to build rooms, passages and chambers, for the different kinds of concepts and experiences that get through its doors.
So, what has come to our modern mind that suddenly we want that knowledge and learning could be as preparing a microwave dinner? Just push a button, wait some seconds and get everything you need. Surely, this attitude is due to the accelerated rhythm to which we decided to compass every aspect of our lives; from studying and working to enjoying our hobbies or having relationships.
It’s quite understandable that you, our constant followers, are searching for tips and practices to learn a new language quickly, because probably you need it for a business trip or project, or in order to have an opportunity to study abroad. There are many ways to reach that goal and we will give you plenty of advice within our posts. But we also encourage you to take your time, whenever you can, to process everything you learn and build and ordered room for it inside your mind.
And also, take time to enjoy what you are learning. Every language has something special for every foreign speaker who approaches to it; some may enjoy its writing; some would fall in love with the sounds; others may be attracted to the cultural environment that surrounds it. Whatever it is that you find special in English, hold on to it, make it your motive to keep improving.
To start with some hints to guide you along the road, here is a great habit for joggers and gym adepts. Listen to music or podcasts in English while you are exercising. Every trainer and sports lover will tell you that exercise clears your mind and helps you to focus. If you listen short phrases in English and try to repeat them while training, you will compass the words to the rhythm of your movements and rhythm is an ideal mnemonic resource.
Start with simple songs that have short and clear phrases (the first hits of the Beatles are a great option). Then move on to more complex ones and then try with a short podcast; a news report, for example. With this practice you will improve your listening and speaking skills, as well as your body.