I have been teaching English communication and career skills for more than 11 years. I come across participants who improve their communication skills within 2-3 months since they are very focused and determined. I also meet students who fail to develop the command of the English language despite joining the best spoken English institutes. In this article, I will take you through top 11 reasons why you fail to learn English:
- Attempting too many things simultaneously
Many participants attempt too many things simultaneously such as reading newspaper, listening to the news and other programs, studying different books, video recording, and attending classes to improve command of English.
Most of the English learners are either job seekers or working professionals. They already have many responsibilities to fulfill. When they try different approaches simultaneously, this approach might excite them initially. However, they eventually feel frustrated and stop doing everything and fail to improve the command of English.
You might have joined the best spoken English institute, or you might have got the best teacher, but distraction can kill your effort. Distraction has become a common phenomenon everywhere. When you want to learn something on YouTube, you often come across enticing videos which you cannot ignore. I am often trapped by enticing YouTube videos.
Another form of distraction is considering all requests urgent. Suppose, you start practicing English speaking at home and your mother tells you to do some household chores. You immediately leave the work and invest 2 hours in completing that task. After 2 hours you do not feel like practicing again. This attitude can hamper your growth as this is going to happen every day. Hence, it would help if you do other tasks before and after completing your assignment.
- Being lethargic
Many participants do not attend class and practice assignments wholeheartedly. One needs to understand that if he wants to get the best result, he needs to give his best. Moreover, you cannot top your college or school if you are not ready to pay the price. Neither can you become a top performer in your organization without hard work.
- Lack of consistency
Many students attend classes on and off. It does not matter whether they join face-to-face spoken English classes or online English speaking course they carry the same attitude. They think unless someone forces them to do something, they have no responsibility to excel. Can you imagine going to your office on and off? One can get a salary, increment, promotion, and other benefits if he or she is regular. A company fires an employee if he or she is not regular since result comes faster when you maintain consistency.
People who join a gym to lose weight know that consistency is the most important attribute to lose weight.
One of my students Harshit was able to improve English communication skills within one month because he practiced his assignment eight hours per day for thirty days without any break.
- Having no clear goal
People who have a clear goal and a sense of urgency always improve faster. One senior executive joined us to polish his communication skills since he needed effective communication skills being a manager of a company. He did not want to spoil his impression before others. He was even hesitant to face an interview since he could not speak English fluently. He was getting many interview calls as his technical skills were very strong.
For him, it was a question of reputation and career progression. He did his best to improve the command of English language and became a good orator within two months only.
- Fail to choose a right institute
You might choose a spoken English institute because the lesser fee is your only criterion to select an institute. Additionally, you might join an institute because it is located close to your home. You should choose an institute because it has a good reputation, or you were pleased with demo session or pedagogy of an institute.
You may not even consider the details available on the website. Many students contact us since they find valuable content on our website
- Too much focus on grammar
Everyone starts learning English grammar from the fifth or sixth standard and continues it till higher education. If English grammar alone is enough to make you speak English, then these ten years is an enormous period to master English speaking. However, not many students can speak English well despite learning nuances of grammar for years
You can speak your mother tongue within a few years whether you go to school or not since you speak that language day in day out. Hence, when it comes to speaking a language, you need to talk. If you need the step-by-step guidance to speak English fluently and confidently, you can join our Online English Speaking Course
- Lack of listening practice
Let me continue with your mother tongue. You listen to your mother tongue everywhere such as school, college, cinema, market, home, your locality, and so on. One of the reasons you speak your mother tongue so confidently is listening to your native language relentlessly.
If you listen to people speaking English, you can start developing your confidence.
- Not completing your course:
I come across many students who learn English merely to crack an interview or get a job. You may not develop the excellent command of the English language without going through all the steps designed by an institute. Just watch feedback from one of my students who completed his course
- Excuse of time
Nobody has more than 24 hours to develop skills or pursue a hobby. If you have burning desire to do something, you do it without considering time. Suppose, you want to watch your favorite movie or visit your ideal travel destination, you never have an excuse of time.
If you consider something important, you will get time for it. One senior executive of a company came to improve his English communication and attended classes only once a week. He was able to improve his English since he practiced English at home and in the office regularly. He did not allow the scarcity of time to stop him from learning English. You can read my blog on Time Management
- Lack of direction
Many learners try www.YouTube.com, English movies, and other resources to learn English, but they fail to get the desired result since they may not have the right direction. I hardly come across any student who did not try many resources to improve his command of the English language.
Suppose, you learn a particular technique to improve your English, you practice it for five days and leave it since you did not experience any noticeable difference. If you go to a teacher, he will never let you skip a step until you master it.