Do I Really Need to Learn to Speak English?

Why do I have to learn to speak English? Can’t I just use one of those new-fangled translation programs that let me speak in my own native tongue, have my speech translated automatically and then spew out the translation into pristine and understandable English? Or just feed what I want to say to a free internet site translator?

Well, in a nutshell, no! Speech-to-speech translation programs are great if you are in travel mode and need a quick and dirty way of just being understood, within a limited context. Or if you have a lot of time on your hands to try to really communicate with all of the unfortunate errors such programs still make. They work fine if you limit your speech to very limited phrases or very easy and fully correct forms within well-defined domains. But hey! Speech is so much more complicated than that. We want to be able to say anything, to anyone, about all things. We don’t want to be constrained. And automatic methods are certainly NOT failsafe. Take the example of the unfortunate Chinese restaurateur who tried to unsuccessfully use automatic translation for his restaurant sign. Output? His restaurant is apparently called “Translate Server Error”!

If you want to really communicate, then learning by yourself is the way to go. Not to mention the huge opportunities that come with bettering yourself by learning English, the international language of the world – improved career, education and employment opportunities. After all, if a company wants its workers to be able to speak in English, and you pull out your translating machine, or start fumbling for an online translation program, I don’t think your employment interview will go very well.

So, do you really need to learn to speak English? Your next job interview tells you “Yes!”


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7 Responses to Do I Really Need to Learn to Speak English?

  1. Seymour says:

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  3. RMT says:

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  4. Heya, Thanks a lot for this nice post! I will save Do I Really Need to Learn to Speak English? | SpeakingPal. Thank you.

    • Somzuyon says:

      Actually, broadening/improving one’s lnaguage skills is a very broad concept, it can be done in more than one ways at the same time which is highly recommended. One can NOT become better ONLY in one area e.g. writing, one MUST improve skills in ALL dimensions of the lnaguage!Learning lnaguage well requires being as active as possible and making the learning as FUN for oneself as possible. Taking lessons is always important, but equally important are these:1) Listen/watch: Listen to internet radio stations like BBC, watch TV shows in English (use only subtitles, NOT voice dubbing!), etc.2) Write/communicate: Try to find discussion forums from the web about things that you find interesting (music/various artists, hobbies, etc.) and start communicating there with other people using English. Start using instant messaging systems in case you find some new friends or start emailing them.3) Buy yourself a proper dictionary, and each time when you see a strange word that you do not understand, look it up. Putting words into their context is one of the best ways to broaden one’s vocabulary, the more you read and write the better. Memorising is NOT the best way to go with learning vocabulary or any other lnaguage areas!The main point in ANY lnaguage learning is to make it as fun as possible for yourself. Try to find topics that INTEREST you, read online newspapers (Times, Guardian, Independent ), listen to BBC/NBC and other radio stations online, if you find a discussion forum for e.g. your favourite hobby or your idols in music do participate there, etc. The key word here is CONTEXT, which means that it is easier to learn new words and their usage as well as grammar when you use/see them in their real CONTEXT.I’m sorry there is no easy way out with this, one really must develop lnaguage skills in ALL these lnaguage levels or dimensions in order to reach better lnaguage skills!! Last but not least: NEVER EVER use ANY online translators, they are nothing but utter rubbish!! English is practically EVERYWHERE in the online world these days, you just have to use your imagination to find it! Learning pace is always personal, it takes the time it takes so there is no reason to hurry it up too much. If you do, you will not learn so well.Good luck!

  5. Franchesta says:

    First of all my english is not bad, it’s just that it’s to basic.Can you sgguest any books to read? A book that has good use of language and words to expand my vocabulary.What did you do to make your english writing good? ThanksAny kind of story, as long as it’s interesting. A short story is nice, i get bored when something is long.

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