Efficient and Effective are two words that elude a lot of people – both native and non-native. I myself am still struggling sometimes choosing between the two. So let’s talk about that ... what does it mean to be an Effective and Efficient language learner?
- Effective has to do with doing the right thing(s) in order to achieve the result you want. It answers the WHAT question.
- Efficient is about doing things the right way. It answers the HOW TO question.
The WHAT question is somewhat easier. We all know what we need to do in order to learn a foreign language: we need to read, listen, write and speak the target language as much as we can.
The answer to the HOW TO question is what this book is mainly focused on: how to read, listen, write and speak English.