“use it or lose it?”というネイティブが使うことわざをご存知ですか？
If you want to not just study English, but actually use it, you have to “use it or lose it.” “Use it or lose it” is a simple saying that has a very important meaning. In order to improve or keep a skill, you need to do that skill. If you don’t do that skill, you’re going to forget it, you’re going to “lose it.”
For example, I used to play guitar for many years. But after my guitar got stolen in 2013, I haven’t been playing guitar at all. When I picked up a guitar and tried to play songs, I couldn’t play almost anything. That’s because guitar is a “use-it-or-lose-it” skill. I didn’t use the skill of playing guitar for many years, so I forgot how to do it.
The same is true with English. If you want to be able to actually speak English, you have to speak English. There is no other way around it. And by “speaking,” I don’t mean practicing conversations with yourself. I don’t mean practicing grammar with a one-on-one teacher.
I mean actually having real conversations with foreigners in your everyday life.
I used to be able to speak Spanish pretty well. I even went to Mexico and was a translator for my friends there for a week long trip. But since moving to Japan I haven’t used Spanish at all. And when I was in Shinjuku Station and someone who spoke Spanish tried to ask me a question, I had a very hard time speaking.
The same thing is true with your English.
Even if you study English for a thousand hours, even if you’ve lived in an English-speaking country in the past, even if you used to have English-speaking friends, If you don’t keep on using English, you’re going to lose it.
That’s why more than anything, I recommend my students to practice English regularly in real situations in their everyday life, so that they can use it and not lose it.
Now let me ask you a question: Will you use it, or will you lose it?
One of the best ways to keep your English skill is to use English in your everyday life. And I created a special program exactly for that.
Instead of just practicing English in classes or in special events, you’ll be able to use English in your everyday life to talk to foreigners that you see outside.
For more information you can click up here, or you can click the link in the description box below.
Until next time, enjoy your English adventures. Bye!!
“Use it or lose it that is the question” Actually, it’s a statement
Be or not to be that is the question. Did you know that Shakespeare invented like a thousand English words that we use today? It’s crazy.
Boys be ambitious, not Shakespeare, okay.