Mixer Audio Notes #100 Best Way to Learn English

socializing (to socialize)


I think socializing is the best way to learn language.

Socializing refers to talking in a relaxed and fun way with friends and even strangers. For example, people socialize at a party. The whole point is to meet people and talk and have fun. Here are some sample sentences:

  1. I prefer socializing face-to-face. I hate socializing online.
  2. Socializing is not allowed at my company during work hours.

mother tongue


English is her mother tongue.

One's mother tongue is the language they learned first as a baby. It is their mother tongue because it is the language their mother used with them. Here are a few examples:

  1. My mother tongue is Punjabi but I only use it at home.
  2. In New York, many people have mother tongues other than English.

native speaker


Speaking with native speakers is the best way to learn.

When someone is a native speaker of a language, that means their language is perfect. They have no accent or problems with grammar or vocabulary. When someone speaks a language almost perfectly but makes a few mistakes or has a slight accent, they are called 'near native'.

  1. Our teacher is not a native speaker, but it does not matter.
  2. When he spoke, you could tell he was not a native speaker because of his accent.

facing (to face)


Facing the native speaker is the best way to learn language.

When you face something, that means you stand looking in the direction of it. Your face is viewable by the people you are addressing. To face something can also mean to encounter it. For example, a fireman sometimes faces danger. Notice the following:

  1. Police officers face danger all the time.
  2. The president faced the crowd at the podium and began his speech.

pick up


You can pick it up really fast.

When you pick something up, you learn it, often quickly. Also, when you pick something up, such as a language, technology, or a skill, you do it without formal instruction but on your own.

  1. I am not good at picking up new technology.
  2. He was quick at picking up the computer software.