Learning English can be a wonderful adventure, it opens tons of possibilities and a lot of opportunities to meet interesting people or even get a new job. You probably thought that once you learn English you will be able to speak it well without interferences with your other behaviors. But that’s wrong because English can be a struggle even after you’ve mastered it. here are some of the challenges you didn’t see coming.
1 – Remembering words in your own native language
This can be really tricky because you might find yourself having trouble speaking to those around you. If you have been studying for a long time or you have been using the English language extensively, remembering words in your own language might prove to be a serious task. If that happens, just take some reading material in your own language or listen to people speak and everything will go back to normal.
2 – Combining your native language with English
So you’ve managed to avoid forgetting words in your own language but you will soon find yourself in another struggle. Sometimes you will feel that certain words from the English language will express exactly what you feel and there is no word in your native language that could express that better. That’s when you will become one of those annoying people who speaks their own language and adds a few English words from time to time. Speaking with your friends like that is fine but avoid using that with people you don’t know or in more formal settings.
3 – You will soon say jokes only you might understand
After mastering a second language and starting to think in that language a series of jokes or puns that are related to it might come to mind every time you talk to somebody. You might even use them sometimes but if the person next to you doesn’t know English they will probably not understand what you mean, even if you translate it. This will lead to a lot of awkward conversations so make sure that you first know who you are talking with before starting to make language references.
4 – Applying English grammar and phrase structure in your own language
This will happen soon after you’ve mastered the language and throughout the time you are learning it. Not only this, but you will even have the voice inflection of an English speaker when talking in your own language which will also make you sound weird. However, the worst is phrase structure, it will become a bizarre concept sometimes. If you will spend extensive hours learning English you will soon find yourself stuttering in your own language and saying words that seem to have been scattered without any logic in your sentences.
Even if you find yourself in some of the categories above, there’s nothing wrong with that. It’s just a part of the process. A little self-control and a bit of practice will help you avoid embarrassing situations and will keep your mind fresh to use whatever language you want at any time you want without any interference’s.