Want to improve your English speaking fast? Want to speak English effortlessly and fluently? If yes, you must do two things…
- Number one, spend more time on learning methods that actually work.
- Number two, stop wasting time on learning methods that don’t work.
Make sense, right? But how do you know what works and what doesn’t? I’ll answer that question for you right now!
Let’s first talk about how we learn. The first thing you need to know is that there are two types of learning. The first type of learning is called Explicit Learning (or Conscious Learning). This is a type of learning where the learner knows that he’s learning something and also what’s being learned.
One example of Explicit Learning is studying grammar. When you listen to an English teacher explaining the past tense. You’re learning English explicitly, by consciously memorizing how to use the past tense.
The second type of learning is called Implicit Learning (or Unconscious Learning). In Implicit Learning, the learner doesn’t know what is being learned. Oftentimes, he’s not even aware that he’s learning something. The learning happens unconsciously.
One example of Implicit Learning is listening to a conversation in English. When you listen to a conversation, your main goal is not to learn English but to understand the conversation. But by doing the activity, you’re simultaneously learning English. You may not realize it, but you’re learning many aspects of the English language – the sentence structure, grammar, vocabulary, etc.
So, we can learn English in two different ways – either Explicitly or Implicitly. The question is, which way of learning is better?
To answer this question, consider this: Just like there are two types of learning, there are also two types of knowledge – Explicit Knowledge and Implicit Knowledge.
Explicit learning results Explicit Knowledge whereas Implicit learning results in Implicit Knowledge. And there’s a very big difference between these two pieces of knowledge.
Accessing Explicit Knowledge requires conscious thought. You have to think about the knowledge in order to use it. This means that if you want to speak English properly, you have to think about English.
You have to think about whether to use the past tense or something else. You have to think about how to form a sentence properly. But that’s impossible because when you speak, there’s no time to think any about that.
In contrast, accessing Implicit Knowledge does not require conscious thought. You don’t have to think about the knowledge in order to use it. Think about how you speak your first language. It’s pretty effortless, isn’t it?
You can speak properly without having to think about any grammar rules. That is possible only because your knowledge of your native language is implicit.
For this reason, Implicit learning is a much better learning strategy. When you don’t have to think about English, it frees up your mind, so you can fully concentrate expressing on your thoughts and ideas.
Unfortunately, many English students like to learn English in an Explicit manner. Some of them spend time on YouTube watching videos about English grammar. What they don’t realize is that the knowledge they gain from the activity is Explicit knowledge, which is almost useless when it comes to speaking.
If explicit learning doesn’t improve your spoken English, how come many students like to learn this way? The answer is simple.
When people learn English explicit (for example, studying grammar), they feel like they’re learning something. It give them a sense of accomplishment.
When people learn English implicit (for example, listening to English conversations), they don’t feel like they’re learning anything. So, there’s no sense of accomplishment. That’s why most people don’t like to do it.
Knowledge is useless without action. (Watch this for more details: https://www.youtube.com/c/PracticeEnglishSpeaking)
Here’s what you can do to make what you’ve learned today useful:
- After reading this article, If you still want to improve your spoken English through explicit learning, please leave this website. This website is not for you.
- If you agree with me that explicit learning is a waste of time and that implicit learning is the way to go, that’s great! Let’s speak English right now!
I’ll see you on the other article.