I used to be a really shy person for my whole life. But when, at the age of 13, I attended an English class for the first time, I suddenly came out of my cave and started talking.
It was as if English had opened up a totally new world for me. If those who knew me before, visited me in an English class by chance, they would be really shocked. I wasn't the one who didn't talk much in her native language even if she was pushed to do so. People were used to a shy me. Nobody could imagine me as a sociable girl. It was like being locked up in a prison made by myself. I thought I was the way everyone had accepted me. And that's the reason why I like English so much. English was the key for that prison cell. My English class was where I was proud of speaking. I was even encouraged to do so.
I would be happy if you tell me what you associate English with.
From my side I think that English was a nice and respectful language. And now English has been compulsory for all people to learn this language because it became an international language. So every body has to learn English to survive in this world otherwise you are not in a race.
First of all I'm very happy to hear your story and it's good that you feel better now! Emotion: smile

I also like my native language, german, but I really love english as a second language, which was one of the major reasons, to join this lovely forum here. I especially like the syntax;grammar and pronounciation of the English language. I just feels awesome to be able to speak english. And well it's true, English is the world language, and if there's one who can't speek english well, he might have a lot of problems when it comes to business talks or to visiting foreign countries.

Alex
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My native language is Indonesian.
in my country blogs, news portal, newspaper written in Indonesian, very difficult for practice english grammar here.
I need to capable in english, so I'm join for this forum for learning english.

Sorry for bad grammar, Regards Emotion: smile
triuntI need to capable in english, so I'm join for this forum for learning english.
Great idea, welcome here triunt !Emotion: smile

I think that articles in your home country are written in the dominant language, in your case indonesian. But there are many ways to practise your english grammar. Why not reading news in english, like on the bbc's homepage ? I think it's worth a try Emotion: smile
triunt My native language is Indonesian.
in my country blogs, news portal, newspaper written in Indonesian, very difficult for practice english grammar here.
I need to capable in english, so I'm join for this forum for learning english.
Sorry for bad grammar, Regards

Hi fellow Indonesian! Jakarta Post is an Indonesian newspaper written entirely in English. Try to read it. Emotion: smile

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This is very interesting to me. I have been teaching English for about 12 years now, nearly 10 of them post CELTA, and I've always been interested in how students feel about learning it. I see a massive difference between students who are self motivated and students who are learning because of familial pressure, and I try to find the best way to instill a joy of learning my language. Often I find the biggest barrier to that stage is the structure of academic demands which require so much progress at any stage. People develop at different speeds and in different ways, there isn't a one size fits all. The most progress I have seen in students has been in those who feel safe to ask and experiment. Sometimes I do lessons with open tests, where we try to do it independently but if you are stuck you can ask for help, but not the answer. I think this helps some people to recognise errors in their grammar and to try new strategies in exam conditions. Anyway my question is, what do you really think makes a good English teacher?