Summer holidays are away and the winter semester is running. Students are writing essays again, some of which are remarkable and worth being published. Make sure of it yourselves.
By Robert Arzumanov
Nowadays English is an international language used by a lot of people all over the world. It is also the most important instrument of understanding in such fields as economy, banking, mass media, television and so on. So, in my opinion English is very important for everybody. A person could not get a good work without having at least basics of English, it is impossible to communicate with people from different countries, even to ask for some important information when you are on vacation somewhere abroad.
That’s why I’ve been learning English hard. I’ve bean learning it for eleven years at Primary School and High School. I like English and I like to read in English. So, I would say my knowledge of it is at a rather good level. I try to increase my vocabulary by finding new words in dictionaries and I also try to make my pronunciation better by listening to native speakers. For these reasons I consider these points to be the best ways of learning foreign languages.
Basically – the most important thing is to actively use the language, i.e. to communicate in it. It is absolutely the best way to learn language needed for normal social life. Certainly you have to read books in the language you want to learn in order to build your vocabulary and make your knowledge more wide-ranging. Further, you have to write something to train your spelling. Watching television in a foreign language is also a good way. I, for example, get my basics of Czech in this way. And I know that it is a rather popular way among people, who move abroad to live and don’t know the language.
For an engineer or scientist the English of their own sphere is more important because it is extremely significant for their work. These people are to study different manuals, functions and technical specifications of the matter they are working with, so they need technical English. As for me, the best way to study technical English is to read different technical or scientific texts to held discussions about them, watch scientific programs on TV. Also one can use computer programs in English instead in his/her native language, try to understand manuals for some basic gadgets that the one uses at home – a TV Set, computer, DVD-player and others. But I think that it somehow comes in a natural way – when people are interested in something – they always try to explore it and of course they have to read something in English, which is used in this particular field. So they get used to applying not only common English.
I’m also interested in computer technologies and electronics used in the musical industry, so I’m familiar with special terms that are used in the field. My technical English is not remarkable, so that’s why we are to study it at the University.