Learning any language takes time. And that includes English as well.
In corporate India, many people want to learn English words and phrases that are directly related to their work. They often do not have the time or inclination to strengthen their foundations (grammar, vocabulary, writing skills, reading skills, listening skills, and speaking skills).
If you focus only on the language you need for your current position, you will not have the flexibility to express yourself in a wide range of situations. You can only communicate using set phrases and limited grammar in certain fixed, routine interactions. This means that you might find it challenging to communicate subtle meaning or complex ideas. As you move into new, higher positions, there will be more demands on your communication skills.
How can you strengthen the foundations of your language when you work long hours? If you have a child at home, consider yourself lucky. You can learn with her. Together, you can practise reading and answering questions from her textbook. You can use the content in the textbook as a launchpad for further learning. For example, if there is a lesson on food, you can read articles or watch Youtube videos on the topic. When doing so, be sure to be an active reader/listener. Make a mental note of new vocabulary, grammar structures, and pronunciation. See if you can identify any of the words / grammar that you and your child have come across in the textbook.
Many people do not speak English at home. If one wants to learn any language, the secret is immersion in that language. The language needs to be around you and you need to be using it. With your child, you could set aside some time where both of you speak only in English. At the dinner table, you could revise the words / grammar that you have together looked at. Practise, practise, practise, until it becomes second nature.
It is said that the child is the father of man. I believe that the child is an excellent English teacher for man or woman. Learning with your child is a fun and natural way to learn and practise the language.
If you choose to learn with your child, make sure that it is a long-term engagement. Don’t be disheartened if you don’t see immediate results. Slow and steady wins the race!