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Monday, April 7, 2008

Writing is the most difficult skill

In your opinion, what is the most difficult skill of studying English

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Men who learn English as a foreign language often say that writing is more difficult than any other skills. As the fact of the matter, most native speakers of the language have to make their efforts themselves to write accurately and effectively even on what they are well aware of. Needless to say, it is not easy at all for a non-native speaker to do something that an average native speaker usually considers a difficult job to do. Here are three reasons which, in my opinion, can answer the question why writing becomes the most difficult skills.

Firstly, writing requires good grammar. A non-native person has to remember a large number of rules in structure which are quite different from their own language. This is a very big problem if he or she learns the grammar with an English native teacher at the beginning. The teacher cannot help to point out the distinct differences between the two languages. In this case, the learner must figure out the differences themselves and even outline some rules to convert from their own language to the target language.

Secondly, people are often known to spend less time to write than to listen, to speak and even to listen. Learners learning the language in their country are proved to read more than any other skills while learners learning overseas must listen to the language most of their time. In any cases, they spend little of their time for writing. It is clearly known that an average person spend the most for listening, the second most for speaking, then reading and finally writing.

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Thirdly, when students of English as a foreign language write something, they have a big question in mind whether what they write is correct or incorrect. Who can answer the question for them and help them recognize the mistakes. It is, in many cases, the teacher who is teaching them and is ready to give them a hand. The problem however I want to mention is that the teacher does not have enough time to correct for all of them if there are more than ten students in the class. When the teacher corrects the writing for just some of them, the other students cannot recognize their own mistakes. Without correction, the mistakes may be repeated many times and become bad habits which are hard to adjust.

In conclusion, writing is the most difficult skill that learners of any foreign language may face. To be good at it, learners must give much effort.

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  1. I can share you a way to learn English as a second language.

    If you haven't written much, don't try to write what you think. You may make mistakes and become a bad habit of writing wrong unless your teacher or someone is always ready to check and correct for you.

    Buy a bilingual books which you trust. Read the English part carefully and compare the differences between English part and the translation part. Then some days later, you hide the English part, and rewrite based on what you read in your own language. Then compare yourself what you have written and what is written in English.

    With this way, you can learn writing without a writing teacher. And you must choose a book suitable for your skill.

  2. And if you are rather good at writing English, you should be better at writing by checking what you write with Oxford Collocation Dictionary.

    It helps you choose the correct words. You will know which words collocate well with each other. With the dictionary, you will use words effectively and naturally.

    I hope this share is useful for your improving writing.