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A. English is Ben’s first language

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A. English is Ben’s first language.

B. Ben admired his teacher’s fluency in English.

C. Susan learnt a lot of words when she read in English.

D. The books, Ben had at home, were bought by his grandparents.

E. Susan enjoyed her study of English.

F. Ben didn’t help his classmates with English tasks because of difficulties.

G. Susan’s interest in English got bigger when she made new friends from Great Britain.


Susan: So Ben, you also learned English as a foreign language, right?

Ben: That’s right, yes.

Susan: It’s not your first language? So how did you do it?

Ben: That’s a good question. When I think back, I think, I try to think about the things that helped me most and I think it was a funny combination of things. I had one really interesting English teacher, she was really strict, but she was really interesting and I think she inspired me because her English was so good and I thought ‘wow’ that’s really great. The other thing that really helped me was reading like I really read so much in English. I think you’ve mentioned it too.

Susan: Yeah, I think so too. I read a lot, not because I wanted to learn but because I like reading and so I read in English and later on I realized I must have learned a lot of vocabulary and things that I didn’t even realize I learned.

Ben: I agree with you.

Susan: Just through reading.

Ben: Yeah, the same thing happened to me. My home had so many books in it, I was lucky I guess in that way and at least half of them were in English and when I discovered that there were books in the house that I couldn’t get into and I was really into stories and reading, I felt so angry then I started reading so much and it was really good for me in the end.

Susan: That’s interesting. You see people ask me how I learnt English. I didn’t really have a plan, I just enjoyed English that’s why I studied in my free time but I didn’t think of it as something I have to do, I just did it for fun.

Ben: Also in high school I remember my classmates complaining about all the homework in English and they couldn’t do it and they used to come to me for help. It didn’t feel like work to me. It just felt like something kind of fun.

Susan: That’s right.

Ben: But I can’t tell you where that fun started. I guess it has something to do with being curious about things that are written or said. Do you think so?

Susan: Yeah, I also remember when I first became interested in English but later on when I met some people from different countries, I became more interested in communicating with them and, like you said, my teacher also inspired me. I enjoyed just chatting to her in English.

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