Tips for Learning English as an Adult

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Can watching cartoons help you improve your English?

That’s exactly what my guest in today’s episode did when she struggled to speak English as an adult!

Qudsia Karimi, whom I first met back at university many years ago, is originally from Aghanistan and was raised in Iran before she moved to Malaysia to pursue her degree. After completing her studies, she moved to Canada where she currently resides (lives) with her husband and children.

Qudsia’s struggle with English is something many second language learners can relate to. In this episode of the My English Matters podcast, she shares how difficult her first few months in Malaysia were. 

It was when she was at her lecturer’s office that she realised she could barely string simple sentences together (make sentences in English).

Taking her brother’s advice seriously, she began to watch cartoons almost every night for a month at the university library in order to listen to the pronunciation and vocabulary.

Check out the video to hear Qudsia share her journey and even more tips!

You can also listen to this session on SpotifyApple Podcasts or Google Podcasts.

Many of us, I believe, can relate to feeling alone in our struggles. Yes, we may be very fluent in our native language, but why don’t English words just flow out of our mouths as easily as our mother tongue? What should we do?

Well, Qudsia is living proof that if you keep learning and using the language, you will eventually become fluent. It is never too late, as long as you put in the effort and are willing to make mistakes!

If you enjoyed this episode, do share it with your family and friends.

P.S. Check out the snow in Qudsia’s yard! The temperature there was freezing at the time of recording!

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We’re Azimah, Amnah and Aisya from Malaysia. We created My English Matters as an online platform to help people improve their English.

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