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LiquidSteel - 24/05/2012 11:56 PM
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Since When Did You Learn English? Share Your Story Here!
Hello guys
i'd really like to know about your stories in learning english since the first time you heard of it, what problems you did face, how much effort you put, and everything that have anything to do with your english education. and don't forget to rate the thread.

if your stories is amazing, i will post it on page one beer:

so, let's get started then ! shakehand2shakehand2shakehand2

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Quote:
Original Posted By gorky001
Hi, i'm a newbie in english
My first encounter with English was during my junior high
Found it difficult at first, but also challenging

Tried to improve myself by enrolling to a course. I was disappointed because back at that time the course is only for a senior high student.

So, i learnt mostly through reading, i'm glad i love to read.
From magazine to novel, from comics to philosophy, etc

And lately i found this interesting forum, which i believe will also improve my english.
Quote:
Original Posted By qisatria
I learn English since I was 4 years old. My grandma was an English lecturer so I really am familiar with English. I usually get a good mark in English so I love this subject so much.

I go to public school and learn much about the grammar and lack of practice make me not confident to talk in English.

One day, got a chance and joined the exchange student program to United States and since that time I started to be more courageous to talk in English. I am still learning anyway :3
Quote:
Original Posted By cardsharp
literally,i began learning english since i was in elementry school.but i didnt pay attention enough because i was thinking "i dont live in us or anywhere else where english is spoken.in indonesea,we speak bahasa,so why i should put effort to learn another language which i dont need to speak in daily live"

Until i was 19,i was realised that i made a huge mistake.i had a chance to study in singapore,yet my english was totally broken.that time,i dedicated my whole 1 year to study english (actually,not exactly 1 year) and yeay,now i can speak english!


apart from that i have realised i made another mistake,which i didnt learn chinese since i was child.now,i have struggling to learn it.
well,if i can speak english so i believe i can speak chinese too in future,eventhough chinese is a bit harder than english.
Quote:
Original Posted By moneytontana83
Ah, English, truly a strong essence in my life. Since the requested part of my life might be too short and bland, might as well to extend it.

While my first encounter with English happened by my first console games (Probably Nintendo 64, '90s classic), I began to learn it few years later, still in my early childhood, when I was told by my parents that I have to be excellent at English. Being an absentminded 6-year old, I gave them sort of sign of approval, then I received two picture books as a gift. They were covered in blue and red, and a bit hard to read. Since I was (and still) an autodidact, I breeze through the lesson while letting my parents doing their chores.

By a random period of time, I discovered more English-related books from the big bookshelves that was left idling in the living room. Also by that moment I keep wondering why would we keep a lot of foreign books and keep them untouched. I left the curiosity (As it killed the cat) feeling away and just flip through the books rapidly, trying to find and comprehend any sentences that was easy to understand in those books. And I failed, why? Soon I discovered that they were expert geology books (My father is a geologist, by the way)

I grew bored, caused by the lack of studying materials, and then back into playing games. I remember borrowing a lot of random PS1 games, and I make sure they are all English games, so that I can learn from them. I was lucky then, most of them are riddle-based games that were easy to understand. Warping a few years later, I'm in an elementary school, and I suddenly being pushed to enter an English course. I don't know what purposes I was serving there but I make sure I get out from each of the classes only with perfect scores, and I did. Made my triumph at the course to a reason to buy another game console, I soon became an expert (or maniac) gamer. While I showed them that the "waste of time" was worth the skill I learned from them, apparently they disapproved my lack of concentration in other subjects. Resisted of what I see as their useless preachings, I kept on playing games.

A lot of time has passed, I entered junior high school. For no reason, I became overly aggressive at that time, badmouthed everyone at the school, made random riots, small time gangs, etc. After repaying few debts to the society, I can't deny the fact that I was strongly affected by violent games (GTA series). But then, my ignorant attitude has never changed, and I didn't stop into playing games (And not for the reason to learn English anymore). And since my grades weren't dropping as much as predicted, I had no reason to stop (Haha). I entered few English competition just to shut my parents up, and I won some. In the graduation time, I left the school, also left the reputation as "The Coke Slingin' Speaker".

That was how I rolled to the senior high school, until I realize that formal attitude plays a bigger role than I thought. So I left out the less appropriate games and orientating myself towards community based communication.

And here I am, still in attempt to improve my English, although most said that it is more than enough.

tl;dr repetitive reading, gaming, and swearing brought me here.

My experiences with English is full of repetition, as we all know that repetition is the only way to learn a language.
But it was definitely worth it.
Quote:
Original Posted By Novandru98
Hello my fine friends !

I'm not really good at speaking english
but I want to share my stories with you

The first time I learnt english was when I was just in kindergarten
I think it's around age 5

I have an english teacher, she once live in Australia
I got really troubled when I learnt it

But my friends give me some motivation
He taught me kindly
I was able to speak english

Although I am not really good at speaking english
but I want to speak english more often
to make my english better

Thanks, my dear friends :toast









topx666 - 26/05/2012 10:14 AM
#2

i know english at the first time when i read the made in china on the key on my home's door, and i spell it exactly "made in china". ngakaks
LiquidSteel - 26/05/2012 12:37 PM
#3

Quote:
Original Posted By topx666
i know english at the first time when i read the made in china on the key on my home's door, and i spell it exactly "made in china". ngakaks


that's hilarious
i read it like that too when i first saw it
byrnison - 28/05/2012 01:47 AM
#4

Well, I learnt English officially since I was on Junior high school. and sometimes i gave up on tense grammar...

I like watch movie, listen song, read book and playing games (all in English) so that make me can speak, can hear English \)

And so far I don't have any difficulties to speak and hear English, but still i need and i have to learn to improve.
gorky001 - 28/05/2012 06:06 AM
#5

Quote:
Original Posted By LiquidSteel
hello guys
i'd really like to know about your stories in learning english since the first time you heard of it, what problems you did face, how much effort you put, and everything that have anything to do with your english education

so, let's get start then ! shakehand2shakehand2shakehand2


Hi, i'm a newbie in english
My first encounter with English was during my junior high
Found it difficult at first, but also challenging

Tried to improve myself by enrolling to a course. I was disappointed because back at that time the course is only for a senior high student.

So, i learnt mostly through reading, i'm glad i love to read.
From magazine to novel, from comics to philosophy, etc

And lately i found this interesting forum, which i believe will also improve my english.




LiquidSteel - 28/05/2012 09:54 AM
#6

Quote:
Original Posted By byrnison
Well, I learnt English officially since I was on Junior high school. and sometimes i gave up on tense grammar...

I like watch movie, listen song, read book and playing games (all in English) so that make me can speak, can hear English \)

And so far I don't have any difficulties to speak and hear English, but still i need and i have to learn to improve.


i still struggle to learn grammar
since i got many new vocabulary from watching movie, i've become lack in grammar
and yeah let us improve our english here, through conversation

Quote:
Original Posted By gorky001
Hi, i'm a newbie in english
My first encounter with English was during my junior high
Found it difficult at first, but also challenging

Tried to improve myself by enrolling to a course. I was disappointed because back at that time the course is only for a senior high student.

So, i learnt mostly through reading, i'm glad i love to read.
From magazine to novel, from comics to philosophy, etc

And lately i found this interesting forum, which i believe will also improve my english.


i don't think you are a newbie
i mean, look at you
your grammar is very good :2thumbup
invisiblemode - 29/05/2012 03:26 PM
#7

I learned english for the first time when I was graduated from kindergarten. It was the time when I madly waited my very first writing book. As my auntie was an english teacher, she bought a new book for me, then she asked me to write several word on the writing book and memorized it. Later on, my father applied the same method for me to memorize tenses.

Still, I can't fluently communicate in english and need a lot of practice.
LiquidSteel - 29/05/2012 06:19 PM
#8

Quote:
Original Posted By invisiblemode
I learned english for the first time when I was graduated from kindergarten. It was the time when I madly waited my very first writing book. As my auntie was an english teacher, she bought a new book for me, then she asked me to write several word on the writing book and memorized it. Later on, my father applied the same method for me to memorize tenses.

Still, I can't fluently communicate in english and need a lot of practice.


u are so fortunate :matabelo
because u had someone who teaches you english at home and u've been learnt tenses since you were still so young

well, i'm the vice-versa
no one teaches me :matabelo
i'm learning mostly by myself until now, and i had no one who can speak english in my neighbour or friends at school, time passes and now i'm graduated :matabelo
qisatria - 29/05/2012 08:16 PM
#9

I learn English since I was 4 years old. My grandma was an English lecturer so I really am familiar with English. I usually get a good mark in English so I love this subject so much.

I go to public school and learn much about the grammar and lack of practice make me not confident to talk in English.

One day, got a chance and joined the exchange student program to United States and since that time I started to be more courageous to talk in English. I am still learning anyway :3
LiquidSteel - 29/05/2012 08:45 PM
#10

Quote:
Original Posted By qisatria
I learn English since I was 4 years old. My grandma was an English lecturer so I really am familiar with English. I usually get a good mark in English so I love this subject so much.

I go to public school and learn much about the grammar and lack of practice make me not confident to talk in English.

One day, got a chance and joined the exchange student program to United States and since that time I started to be more courageous to talk in English. I am still learning anyway :3


what an interesting story :thumbup
u have strong english background, i hope i could be an exchange student too
would you like to share us your story when you were an exchange student? :matabelo
well, i'd really like to know
cardsharp - 29/05/2012 10:16 PM
#11

literally,i began learning english since i was in elementry school.but i didnt pay attention enough because i was thinking "i dont live in us or anywhere else where english is spoken.in indonesea,we speak bahasa,so why i should put effort to learn another language which i dont need to speak in daily live"

Until i was 19,i was realised that i made a huge mistake.i had a chance to study in singapore,yet my english was totally broken.that time,i dedicated my whole 1 year to study english (actually,not exactly 1 year) and yeay,now i can speak english!


apart from that i have realised i made another mistake,which i didnt learn chinese since i was child.now,i have struggling to learn it.
well,if i can speak english so i believe i can speak chinese too in future,eventhough chinese is a bit harder than english.
pen_sil - 29/05/2012 10:16 PM
#12

i learn english since i was at elementary school. the number of grade i dont know it exactly, i hv forgot it D
i saw my brother studied english when he was at junior high school, so indirectly i also learned it a little, i also watched english movie with subtitle bahasa sometimes. D
thats all of my story..
CMIIW on my bad english \(
sasarelax - 30/05/2012 01:58 AM
#13

I'm intersted in English long before I learnt it.
I remberer I liked to murmur eng songs when I was kid.

I offclly learnt Englsh when I was 3rd grder
and I'm still learning it nw.
LiquidSteel - 30/05/2012 09:08 AM
#14

Quote:
Original Posted By cardsharp
literally,i began learning english since i was in elementry school.but i didnt pay attention enough because i was thinking "i dont live in us or anywhere else where english is spoken.in indonesea,we speak bahasa,so why i should put effort to learn another language which i dont need to speak in daily live"

Until i was 19,i was realised that i made a huge mistake.i had a chance to study in singapore,yet my english was totally broken.that time,i dedicated my whole 1 year to study english (actually,not exactly 1 year) and yeay,now i can speak english!


apart from that i have realised i made another mistake,which i didnt learn chinese since i was child.now,i have struggling to learn it.
well,if i can speak english so i believe i can speak chinese too in future,eventhough chinese is a bit harder than english.


that's what i called miscalculation ngakak
i believe it's so regretful but you've been managed anyway, and that's a good thing
you learn mandarin too? that's wonderful :thumbup


Quote:
Original Posted By pen_sil
i learn english since i was at elementary school. the number of grade i dont know it exactly, i hv forgot it D
i saw my brother studied english when he was at junior high school, so indirectly i also learned it a little, i also watched english movie with subtitle bahasa sometimes. D
thats all of my story..
CMIIW on my bad english \(


i watches western movie too
and don't worry about your english, we are all studying here, mate :cool
invisiblemode - 30/05/2012 09:27 AM
#15

Quote:
Original Posted By LiquidSteel


u are so fortunate :matabelo
because u had someone who teaches you english at home and u've been learnt tenses since you were still so young

well, i'm the vice-versa
no one teaches me :matabelo
i'm learning mostly by myself until now, and i had no one who can speak english in my neighbour or friends at school, time passes and now i'm graduated :matabelo



Come on, self encouragement is the best key to win everything, including english.

LiquidSteel - 30/05/2012 09:32 AM
#16

Quote:
Original Posted By invisiblemode
Come on, self encouragement is the best key to win everything, including english.


thanks, mate :thumbup
gorky001 - 30/05/2012 10:18 AM
#17

Quote:
Original Posted By LiquidSteel
i still struggle to learn grammar
since i got many new vocabulary from watching movie, i've become lack in grammar
and yeah let us improve our english here, through conversation


i don't think you are a newbie
i mean, look at you
your grammar is very good :2thumbup


you're too kind, LS
i feel almost embarassed Yb

well, it's interesting to read how we can learn english on this thread
it sure gives me encouragement to keep learning
i don't want to miss a thing
\)b
LiquidSteel - 30/05/2012 10:20 AM
#18

Quote:
Original Posted By gorky001
you're too kind, LS
i feel almost embarassed Yb

well, it's interesting to read how we can learn english on this thread
it sure gives me encouragement to keep learning
i don't want to miss a thing
\)b


thank you :matabelo
yeah sure, keep up the good work :thumbup
kudungga16 - 30/05/2012 09:55 PM
#19

Firs time I learn English when I was in the kindergarten. My parents thought me.
loverizta - 31/05/2012 01:32 AM
#20

when i have a dream to going abroad D
amin..

i hope it's not too late for me to learning think:
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