This following essay is about my personal experience of learning English. I hope my story will be helpful for the readers who are in the middle of mastering English as a second langauge. Thanks.
I had several opportunities of traveling abroad, such as America, European countries, China, and South-East Asian Countries from 1995 to 1999. I realized I couldn’t ignore the importance of a universal language, English. In particular, I really wanted to be a role model for my children’s English ability. I believed it was never too late to learn English again. Therefore, I checked my ability of English carefully and honestly at the moment. I realized that I was not able to speak and listen as well as I wanted to even though my ability of reading and comprehension was at an advanced level. At first, I began listening multiple audiotapes and watching videotapes as much as I could. Some of them were composed of bilingual and the others of monolingual. As time went by, I decreased the ratio of bilingual materials and increased the ratio of monolingual materials according to the improvement of my understanding. Using repetitive drills, I mimicked and memorized of set phrases of structural patterns. Moreover, I recorded my own speech on the cassette record player and compared it with the original version to check mistakes for pronunciation. Although it was very boring and tedious process, it effectively improved my listening skills. However, my spoken English didn’t seem to be improving because I didn’t have many chances to converse with native English speakers in Korea. Eventually, I realized that it would better to stay in a whole English speaking background for a while in order to learn the “authentic” English. One and a half year ago, I came to the United States to get exposed to the natural English-speaking environment.
I believe that learning is risk-taking, exploratory, and welcoming of the potential in errors for new learning. After I came over to the