Would You Cut Your Own Hair?
Lots of students have the inner drive to become accomplished users of English. They work hard at grammar, painstakingly develop their own systems for memorizing vocabulary, spend hours training themselves to listen and read for comprehension. That’s great.
But unlike, say, enjoying a good book, a it’s hard to have a good conversation by yourself. It’s also unfortunate that some learners are so self-directed that they don’t check in with a professional teacher once and a while. Whenever one of these super-zealous people crosses my path, I always ask:
would you cut your own hair?
No. You wouldn’t. Then why would you teach yourself English? In addition to developing a study regime that matches your language learning needs and goals, professional English teachers can guide you away from problems and pitfalls that come along with self-study. When learners make assumptions about English they can form bad habits that are hard to reverse, whether it is a pronunciation problem, or the mistaken use of an idiom.
Get some professional assistance with your language learning – there are lots of good teachers out there. With online programs, you can check in once a week with a trained teacher who will keep you on track.
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