Like Driving A Car

Like Driving A Car

When we first learn to drive a car, we are a bit jittery.  Thinking about all of the things that we have to remember, all at the same time, overwhelms us and makes us nervous.  But, over time, we learn to coordinate the individual movements that once seemed so tricky.  We can steer, check the rearview mirror, adjust our speed, change gears, turn on the blinker, and apply the breaks – all subconsciously.

 

So, even though we are not actively aware of each individual task that we are completing, we are often doing each of them like a professional!

 

How did we get to this level of driving?  Obviously, with practice.

 

Learning to speak English sounds clearly is just like learning to drive.  First, you learn to distinguish between the different English sounds.  This is the easy part of the process.  The hard work begins in the next step.  After you are able to confidently distinguish between the different sounds of English, you then must learn how to actually pronounce each of the sounds.

 

You must learn to coordinate muscle movements in your mouth, throat, tongue, soft palate, and your lips.  You will also likely need to learn to use your air in a different manner.  English vowels are shaped a special way in our mouths.  And our sounds are produced higher inside of our mouths and throats than in many other languages.  Additionally, we connect words and phrases in a unique manner.

 

So, you see, it is not simply the sounds that help you to speak English more clearly.  There is an overall approach to speaking English sounds that must be learned.  But, take our word for it.  It really is like driving a car.  Once you learn the basics, you become more comfortable with them.  Then, you learn more advanced skills and become comfortable with those.  Over time, you will notice your mastery and your comfort level significantly improving.

 

And if you have not already done so, taking a moment to listen to some of our students’ progress recordings might be helpful.  Their progress is so significant, that many times people think that they are actually listening to different speakers.

 

When you approach English through the filter of another language (your native language), everything that you perceive about English is affected by that language (your native language). This is why we prioritize learning as much as possible about other languages.  And because we have gathered information about our students’ experience with language, we are able to use that knowledge to help our students grasp important concepts about English.  In other words, we teach our students English in a way that they can actually learn it.

 

Remember the Towajo motto: We teach you to speak English clearly, confidently, accurately, and naturally.  Our System guarantees absolute results.

 

(Thank you, Dmitry Maslov for inspiring this article.  It is always fun exploring with you.)

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