Six English Learning Tips

Published by englistation on September 11, 2020

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In this post we will give you some English learning tips helping you to learn and improve your English more effectively, quickly and with more fun.

6 English learning tips

Surround yourself with English:

Let your brain take it in without making an effort. Switch on the news or some other show on TV, radio or computer while getting dressed, ironing your shirts or cooking. Don’t worry if you don’t understand half of it! It still works. And for visual stimulus: put some English texts, poems, quotes, articles or even headlines on your wall or noticeboard. For example: “Success is the sum of small efforts – repeated day in and day out.” Robert Collier.

Listen actively:

When you have time, sit down to watch or listen to something in English. Your favourite series, an interview with your favourite actor on Youtube, reports on the latest events around the world, celebrity news or the weather forecast. Sit down to listen to the lyrics of your favourite songs, even read the lyrics while listening – try to make sense of it. Do this regularly, at least twice – three times a week.

Read:

Find the level and kind of text that is right for you. Something that is not too complicated because it’s frustrating, and not too easy because it’s boring and demotivating. You can read magazines, books (short stories or novels), recipes or even instruction manuals that come with your washing machine, printer or computer.

Write down vocabulary:

Have a notebook for new words and expressions. Write any new items in it and read one or two pages every day. You can even put post-its on the objects at home (”doorknob”, ”oven”,  ”cooker”, ”percolator”). And since we know that learning the words seems to be the most boring part of learning a language, we will give you some additional tips on that in our next post.

Do practice exercises:

Tests and practice exercises are a very effective way to practise and improve your English because 1) you can target certain areas and improve those (for example the tenses); 2) with random tests you will practise every area of the language, keeping it active, and even finding weak spots. Practice exercises DO help to be more fluent and confident!

Speak it!

Find someone to speak English with, and if you can’t, well, then speak to yourself when doing things at home (“I’m going to do the dishes now”, “Where is my sandwich, I wonder”, etc.), even if you find this a bit funny.

We hope that you found our English learning tips useful and will put them into practice soon.