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How can you spend your time in the best way when you are trying to learn a new language? 

Which of the four language skills are most important; Listening, Speaking, Reading or Writing?

First, let's look at how people acquire language after they are born.
Listening-  Children learn their language on their own from listening and they make little sounds as they hear others speak. They hear their own sounds and can try to copy the sounds others make.

Speaking-  After listening to everything that is said around them for a long time, children start speaking, so that they can carry on conversations. At first it is to make their needs known better than just crying. I am thirsty, I am hungry, My ear hurts, are all better ways to get relief than just screaming.

After speech is learned, some people might never read or write. Some languages have still never been written and on a simple basis speech can work well for them because everything they need can be communicated by speech.

Reading and writing are things that we have to be taught. We do not naturally pick them up like we do speech. Someone has to show us the symbols that our language uses to stand for sounds.

Reading-   Reading is important because it is how we can learn things from people we will never meet. These may be people who are no longer alive but have some very important things to teach us.

Writing-    Writing is the way that you can communicate with people you have never met. Things that you write might even be read hundreds of years after you are gone. Your grandchildren might be able to read messages from you on cached EC pages years from now.


Which skills are most important for you?

Listening is the most important skill for English communication if you want to speak to people and to understand when they speak to you.  Just like the baby, effective speaking comes after listening.

Speaking should be your next most important skill. Your English training and your practice should emphasize speaking and listening where you can do that. Those are the basic skills you need for communication.

Reading is a way to greatly expand your learning once the very basics are mastered. Just like your own language, reading in English is the way that you learn new words. It also lets you see how sentences and paragraphs should be put together.

Writing is the best way to put the things you have learned into practice.  Writing blogs and starting discussions are very important for you to keep moving upward with your language skills. Beginners should write simple things but still use proper grammar and spelling. Everyone above beginner level should try to write more complicated blogs. Again, you must get in the habit of using correct English.

EnglishClub has countless ways for you to practice all of these skills. I think we offer the best opportunities for writing. That is why I always encourage members to write. You have to crawl before you can walk and you will fall a few times as you learn. It is the same with writing. Forget your fear and just write something.    When you do, please tell me so I can read it.

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Comment by Mr. Bob on August 10, 2014 at 18:24
I will like to read your first blog Moctar. That is a great way to start.
Comment by Moctar on August 10, 2014 at 14:19

Thank you Mr.Bob for your  interesting advice,  that everyone should  begin writing a blog.

For me I'll try now my first blog. when I start I'll tell you to have your opinion . 

Comment by Mr. Bob on July 12, 2014 at 11:46
I'm glad it was helpful Yupa. I don't mind you sharing it with others if it might help them.
Comment by Yupa on July 12, 2014 at 5:54

I just posted*

Comment by Yupa on July 12, 2014 at 5:44

I just your blog on my facebook, and hope that will be OK because I'd like to share to my friends and all of my students. Thank you. 

Comment by Mr. Bob on July 4, 2014 at 14:33
Another thing about blogs is that we can structure them like most writing assignments or reports. We want to have a title and an introduction to let the reader know what the story is about.
Next is the body or main part of our blog or story. If we are telling instructions they should be listed in order. After we finish with the body of the story, we may want to summarize and give a nice ending.

An example of an ending could be:

So now you have seen the steps for preparing kebab. It is a simple and fun addition to your meal and something the children can help with and enjoy. What ever type of kebab you choose to make, I hope it adds pleasure to your meal.

So that may be a way to end a story about how to prepare a simple meat dish for your family.

Choose your topic.
Give it a title that tells us something about it.
Write an introductory sentence or more.
Tell the story: how to make soap, how to change a flat tire, how to select nice clothing, how to buy the freshest vegetables, the list of ideas is endless.
Finally end your blog with a quick summary or a conclusion reminding people what you told them.
That is pretty simply how you could structure a blog or other story.
Comment by Mr. Bob on July 4, 2014 at 14:11
Hi Vauona,
I think a blog is just a story or something we know about and share. For new writers I say choose something you know like your children, friends or family. If that isn't easy then go to http://www.listenaminute.com. And listen to some short topics to find an interesting idea.

Ideally a blog is something we are telling people about but can be asking their opinions too. There are no firm rules to this but it is easier if you write on something you know about or like. I couldn't write a good blog about Iran because I haven't been there. I should be able to write about places I've been and that I know.
If you have some ideas you want to tell me and ask my opinion, I would be happy to make suggestions. What topics would you like to write on? You may message me if you want to discuss this more privately. :)
Comment by vauona on July 4, 2014 at 13:45

hi.I have question  could you tell how to write blog .if it is possible give me a useful formula please.

Comment by vauona on July 4, 2014 at 13:43

hi.I have question  could you tell how to write blog .if it is possible give me a useful formula please.

Comment by sewar on June 4, 2014 at 13:19

      Forget your fear and just write something really that sound is magnificent, but fear is not my problem.  My friend, from a long…..a long time I have relieved myself from its fear. The fear from being a woman at eastern world which has a loud voice and a sharp pen, which they have become a huge hummer on all rusty rules in her world.  Now, I really enjoy the freedom from fear. Freedom of fear, now, is one of my powerful skills. And that means a lot for an eastern woman. My problem is all about my lack of trust. I don’t trust the words that they can express my thoughts clearly and even I don’t trust them that they can lead me to joy and peace of mind. When I want to write I just write totally for me. I write what I want to write. I write what amuses me. But in the mean while, I don’t have a desire for writing because, nothing amuses me, now.

       Once, you advised me to write and I cherished your advice a lot. But my friend, give me some time to fix the problem between the words and me.  

       Finally, thanks a lot for your nice comment and I wish the best for you.

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