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Hello to everyone. I had skipped this thread because the title was in Chinese and my Chinese reading is very limited. But now, by reading it, I see that it is not only in English but about learning English, so I could have something to contribute. I am a retired teacher from the USA who has taught TESOL among other things.|
I think that English-language students in China must have the disadvantage of having very little (if any) opportunity to practice speaking with native speakers. When I teach English to immigrants in the USA, I have to help give them the courage to practice with native speakers at every opportunity. Here in the USA there is no lack of opportunity for them to practice, the main barrier is shyness and embarrassment and fear of making mistakes, and I always have to tell them, "Don't be afraid of making mistakes, no one will care as long as they can understand you." That way, they get more and more practice, and practice is what creates improvement.
But for Chinese students of English, the opportunity to practice speaking must be rare. And therefore it will be hard to improve speaking. It is also hard to overcome the barrier of shyness without the chance to practice speaking.
Given that problem, I think that the only thing one can do is to practice reading English, and to practice listening comprehension with movies and TV shows. Being able to read English is a huge advantage all by itself.
Then for writing, as with speaking, the key is to practice, which everyone here is doing, congratulations to all. There are two phases of learning to write and express yourself in written English: first is just to do it and don't worry if it is correct, just be concerned about being understandable. The second phase is polishing your correctness. With writing, fortunately, you can take your time and work on a passage to make it perfect. That work helps you to learn and improve. But don't let fear of mistakes inhibit you when you are working on the first phase of writing, which is being understandable. Figure out beforehand if you are practicing communication or aiming for perfect correctness.
I think that everyone here who has learned English well enough to post in English is amazing. The English is often not perfect, but it is nearly always understandable and communicating understandably in a foreign language is a great accomplishment to be proud of, so everyone here can justifiably feel proud of themselves.