Today I’m happy to introduce you to Ha Phuong, who is sharing with us her experience of learning several languages.
Her testimony is the first of the new series called « Paroles d’apprenants »!
Hi Ha Phuong, thanks for sharing your experience! So can you tell us a little bit more about your learning journey?
I’m 21 years old, from Danang city in Vietnam and I’ve started learning English when I was in grade 3 and Japanese when I was in grade 6. Both languages brought me headaches but I managed to get through. With each language, I have a dinstinctive feeling: I can read and do exercises by Japanese but cannot speak it fluently. On the contrary, I’m very bad at English grammar but can communicate pretty well. Honestly, I feel more connected with English because I can see myself much more confident using it. I am still learning English every day and my goal is achieving 7.0 in IETLS.
Well, we wish you the best then! Which language was the easiest to learn and / or practice?
To me, English is the easiest to learn or practice since I am Vietnamese and I’m familiar with the alphabet. Put aside the grammar, I feel great when expressing my feeling by writing or speaking in English (sometimes even better than in Vietnamese). I think English sounds so cool when the words slip out of my mouth. 🙂
I can definitely relate to that! What was the biggest difficulty for you?
Grammar, of course. I still don’t know why grammar and me cannot get along.
It’s a challenge for a lot of people. Do you have a favorite language? If so, which one and why?
Yes, I’ve always wanted to take a Korean course. I know I can learn it online by myself but I prefer to be taught and meeting with people. I reckon that Korean is the cutest language in the world and I believe I could learn to speak it fluently in a month.
Wow that sounds great! What advice would you give to a student?
Watch movies with the language you want to study and listen to music, write down the lyrics of your favorite song if you can.
That’s what I tell my students all the time! 😉 Thank you again Ha Phuong; it’s always a pleasure to talk about someone’s learning journey!
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