Learning English in Our Sunset Years


“As long as my heart beats, learning happens!”


There is so much to discover even after we reach old age. When we retire, we even have some more time, relatively, to enjoy our hobbies and come up with new ones. In our bucket lists, the usual activities are extreme sports because of the thrill they give us, and realizing that we only live once enables us to engage in just about anything, yet we have to understand that enjoyment also comes in a unique form that may seem hard to others, like learning a second language. Know that it is never too late to do so and can be quite beneficial.




One thing is for sure – it is a mental exercise. When we try to memorize words and expressions, we can only rely on our cognitive functions. That is the kind of training that we need to continuously sharpen our minds. 




Should we learn English more than any other languages? That is a very good question! 




Maybe we can consider why we learn English in school be it in a native English-speaking country or a non-native English-speaking one. Especially these days, children at a very young age are exposed to this language, so they can naturally acquire it. Adults, on the other hand, will have to exert a bit more effort to master the language given their biological state.




When traveling, think about the language that we can use in most countries in the world. Some may not be that fluent in English, but the gist of the messages simply comes across along with nonverbal cues.




Being able to speak English may give us more opportunities to share our thoughts with others and gain knowledge from them and from a variety of texts, so these few instances may help us answer that question later.




Let us share the “SSS” ways on how we may enjoy learning English even at a later age:

楽しく英語を学ぶための "SSS "の方法:


SPEAK: On a regular basis, we can speak English. It may sound challenging because when we speak, we definitely need someone to speak with. Those people who are in certain countries where English is not widely spoken may simply give up on this idea. Having an English-speaking buddy sounds like a great solution to this, doesn’t it? We already have a lot of online platforms that may provide us just what we need concerning this matter. The choice simply lies in us.




SHARE: Talking about topics that interest us may motivate us to share more. That’s where we may stay active in and focused on an exchange of words. To keep the ball rolling, we ought to be a bit more open, though. Some questions may be too personal, but we have the right not to answer them. We simply need to devise a way to respond with words, not just silence.


共有: 興味のある話題について話すことで、もっと共有しよう!という気になりますよね。いつもより積極的になり、会話に集中することができるかもしれません。しかし、会話のキャッチボールを続けるためには、少々オープンであるべきです。中にはとても個人的すぎる質問もあるかもしれませんが、そのような質問には答えなくても良いという権利があります。ただ、沈黙するのではなく、言葉で返す工夫が必要ですね。


SMILE: We may forget a thing or two every now and then, but let us not be so disheartened, because it is part of the process of learning. Try flashing your conversation partner a smile. Let us use what we know and remember well and be open to more useful words and expressions that may be taught. Enough exposure to the target language is a must and it is not as easy as 123, but it can be fun, as we get our message across and understand what others are trying to tell us.





“When the sun sets, we may expect it to rise again, but let us not let it pass without learning anything!”


The beauty of learning begins every day and there seems to be no end to it even in our sunset years. Learning English happens to be one of our great choices for the continuity of our great adventure and, welcoming it with a warm embrace may be all we need.





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