Where are you starting from with your English? How much you know already? Do you know where you want to go to? Do you have your goals mapped out?
Getting Lost on the Way
One day my husband and I went x-country skiing and I found out how important it is to know your starting point. X-country skiing is not going downhill. You ski through the woods and mountains on a trail. You need to check a map to see where you’re going.
On this particular day, we set off on our skis, checking the map to be sure that we were on a short trail, not a long one. But as the trail went on and we looked at each map, we were constantly puzzled by the trail names. They just didn’t seem to match with the trail we were on.
After an hour and a half of skiing, we realized that we had not started from where we thought we had started. We had read the map wrong and had actually started at a different parking lot. No wonder we couldn’t plan our course. We didn’t know where we had started from!
Make a Plan
If you can get an assessment on your English and find out where you are starting from, you will be able to set realistic goals for yourself. You can map out any grammar holes that you have and try to fill those holes.
Start with Grammar
I believe that grammar is a very important starting point for your English. If you have a solid base of grammar, then you can find your way to other areas of English. If you get lost or confused as you move toward your English goal, you can always go back to what you know and start again.
Keep coming back here and I’ll try to help you strengthen your starting point!