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Memorising English has always been considered a poor way to enhance your English. Why because you should always be trying to learn the English in your everyday life and in that way you will understand the English meaning more effectively.
Well….I’m going to throw all that to the wind.
Actually memorising is one of the most effective ways to develop your English skills. Why?
- You need to memorise the alphabet,
Let’s face it, there really is no more effective way to learn it.
- You need to memorise the spelling of words
This is simple because there are so many exceptions to the rule that sometimes it’s just a case of memorising the spelling.
- Grammar rules need to be memorised
Rules are rules, and though it is good to question them, it makes life a lot easier if you can learn the formula, then decipher it later.
- Memorising certain phrases helps you at the beginning of your learning,
This is really important with the simple phrases to kick you off, e.g. ‘how are you?, where are you from?, Can I have…etc’ are all important phrases in conversation that need simply to be memorising…this is in fact called ‘chunking’, which means remembering ‘groups of words’ that mean something together.
- You need to remember essay structure.
If you are planning on doing the IELTS, you should have a clear idea of how to write a simple essay. There are of course many ways you can play with that essay, but you want to find the easiest …right? This is your first essay, so you should think of it as the first step and try to nail the structure first.
So don’t be afraid to memorise stuff. It is always important to make sure you understand too though, so learn which is good for memorising and which is important to practice.
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