When we begin to study English, and particularly in the first levels, we try to cover as much as possible, in an attempt to learn as much knowledge as we can as quickly as possible. This burst of motivation is often short-lived, as we realise how inappropriate it is to study so much subject at the same time and how frustrating it can be for our own assessment as students. But despite this, there are times when we strive to keep adding new concepts, even if we don’t have this sufficiently consolidated and are not really making progress.
First of all, we must be clear that when starting a language it is necessary to establish some basic principles, no matter how long it takes. This means that if after one month we continue with the initial vocabulary we should not be frustrated if we are doing a good job because, in addition to the personal circumstances that may surround us so as not to advance at a pace in normal theory, the additions we choose for our study will only hinder the consolidation of those basic principles. When we do not even know how to create phrases in verb tenses other than the present difficult will be to move on to reading a normal English text.
This new material may in turn interfere with what we have learned so far if we have not worked well on it. A very common situation occurs with the verb ‘can’ which causes a lot of confusion because of the exceptions and particularities it has in certain phrases.
When we learn to conjugate other verbs and not to concentrate in these sessions on the differences with the irregular verbs, among them ‘can’ we can find that although a priori we already dominate them in the future we commit the same errors again, producing that we have to go back in the study for some bases that should already be settled. The sensation of having to go back can be devastating, so we must be clear when we can really advance in the matter.
By this we do not mean that we do not move forward until we know it all, because we would run the risk of stagnating and feel that we do not make progress. Just mark the fact that in a new language it is essential not to rush or set extreme goals.