Is Your English Getting Worse?
After 2 weeks in Japan and being quite immersed in the language, I quickly started to lose confidence. I wondered why I was getting worse. Getting worse is a common feeling when learning a language, so let’s look at why that might be and how you can overcome it.
Why Am I Getting Worse?
Simply, you’re not! So don’t worry.
I had some of my own ideas, and also some ideas from people I asked online, so I’ll share them here.
Sometimes you feel like you’re getting worse, but actually, you’re just getting used to speaking in English and you’re no longer impressing yourself. At first, it’s very exciting, but after a while your English knowledge becomes normal and you take it for granted.
Another reason is that your skill level increases very, very slowly, but your expectations increase very rapidly. This is especially true if you are in an immersion environment.
It’s also not helpful if you’re constantly comparing yourself to native speakers. That’s never a good idea! It’s always good to remember not to compare yourself to anyone (apart from the past version of yourself).
Finally, as you learn more English, you have more knowledge of how vast the language is, so this brings up this common quotation:
The more you know, the more you realise you don’t know.