How do we study English effectively?

These are just some of the relevant things I did throughout my whole journey in learning, and later mastering the English language.

You can increase your English vocabulary by thinking in English, practicing with a native speaker, reading newspapers/books/magazines, writing a diary/journal in English, using flashcards or apps with vocabulary on them, watching movies/TV shows and keeping a vocabulary book to help you remember the harder words. Read the dictionary now and then — just open up to anywhere in the dictionary and read through the words, learning new ones that look interesting to you.

As with other skills, the only way to gain confidence in speaking English is to keep practicing! English is a difficult language to master. Even small children — who are very good at acquiring language skills — take five years or more to become fluent in English. Many continue to make errors with the irregular forms of the language.

Grammar is hard to master (as with all languages) and even for native speakers some grammatical points are debated often. As long as you can get your point across, that's the most important thing – grammatical details will come. Learning from mistakes is important – get someone who knows the language to correct you if you go wrong.

Stay motivated. When learning any new language, it is important to stay motivated and never give up on your goal of fluency.

  • Stay committed to your language-learning goal by reminding yourself of how badly you want to achieve it. Think of all of the amazing experiences and opportunities that will be available to you once you've mastered the English language.
  • You will be able to converse with English speakers from across the world and develop new and exciting relationships, you will be able to engage with English-speaking culture like never before and potentially further your career as a result of your new language skills.
  • Practice every day. If you want to to gain fluency quickly, you need to commit to practicing every day.
  • Learning a new language is based on repetition, so if you wait too long between study sessions, you will forget everything you learned previously and have to start all over again, wasting valuable time.
  • However, you shouldn't study so much that you grow sick of English — try to keep things interesting by completing a different task each day – one day of reading, one day of listening comprehension, one day of writing practice, one day studying grammar, etc.
  • However, you should never pass up an opportunity to practice speaking English, as this is the number one most important thing you can do to gain fluency.
  • Train yourself to think in English. One way to make the transition from being very good at English to being fluent is to train your brain to actually think in the English language.
  • Constantly translating from your native language into English and back again inside your head consumes time and energy. Every language has its own nuances and peculiarities, which makes it impossible to accurately translate from one language to another in certain instances.
  • As a result, your spoken and written English will flow much more naturally and fluently if you can just train your brain to think in English. Think of it like a switch — when it's time to communicate in English, you need to turn your English brain on and your mother language brain off!

IMPROVING YOUR SPOKEN ENGLISH

practically fluent — speaking English with another person is the fastest, most effective method of improving.

  • Don't wait until you "feel more comfortable" speaking in English — you probably won't reach that level for a long time, so push yourself outside of your comfort zone and start speaking English today. You' ll be amazed at how quickly your language skills improve.
  • Find a native English speaker who is willing to spend some time speaking English with you — you may be able to offer them a language exchange, where they spend 30 minutes speaking English with you and you spend 30 minutes speaking your native language with them.
  • If you live in an English-speaking country, you can practice by starting simple conversations with the people you meet, whether it's saying "hello" to a shopkeeper or asking a stranger for directions.
  • Work on your pronunciation. Even if you have an acceptable grasp of the English language, with good grammar and an extensive vocabulary, native English speakers may find you very difficult to understand if you don't work on your pronunciation.
  • Correct, clear pronunciation is essential if you really want to improve your level of English. Listen closely to how native English speakers pronounce certain words and sounds and do your best to copy them.
  • Pay particular attention to any sounds that you are unfamiliar with or that do not exist in your native tongue. For example some people have difficulty pronouncing the "r" sound, as it does not exist in their native language, while other people have difficulty with certain consonant clusters, such as the "th" sound.
  • Be aware that the pronunciation of certain English words varies greatly depending on the part of the world it's spoken in. For example, American English is very different from British English. If you intend to travel to or live in an English-speaking country, this is something you should take into account when learning how to pronounce certain words.
  • English TV and listening to the news is also beneficial.
  • Once you have learned a new word or phrase, you should make an effort to use it in a sentence — this is the best way to commit it to memory.
  • Another easy way to commit new words to memory is to make labels for everyday household items and stick them around your house or apartment. Then every time you use the kettle or look in the mirror, you will see the English word for these items staring back at you.
  • You should also start a notebook of idiomatic phrases that English speakers use all the time. Some examples include "it's raining cats and dogs" (raining heavily), to be on "cloud nine" (to be very happy) or saying something is a "piece of cake" (when something is very easy). Sprinkling these kinds of phrases into your conversation will bring your level of English up several notches.
  • Attend an English class or discussion group. Another great way to incorporate some extra English conversation into your weekly routine is to sign up for a class of discussion group.
  • Attending an English class is a great way to focus on some of the more formal aspects of speaking English. A class will teach you the grammatically correct way of speaking — which includes proper sentence structure and verb conjugation and will generally provide a very structured approach to language learning.
  • Attending a discussion group is a more informal and relaxed way of learning English, where the emphasis is more on communication and relationship building than on speaking "correct" English. Speaking English in this setting can help you to become more comfortable with speaking in front of other people.
  • Both of these language-learning settings have their pros and cons, so it's best to do both if you can!
  • Carry a dictionary. Carrying an English dictionary with you at all times (whether it's an actual book or a phone app) can be very useful.
  • Having a dictionary means that you will never be stuck for a word. It can save you a lot of embarrassment if you're having a conversation with an English-speaker and forget a word in the middle of the sentence — all you have to do is take a second to look it up!
  • Aside from saving you awkwardness, looking up the word you need then immediately using it in a sentence will actually help you to commit the new vocabulary to memory.
  • It is also helpful to have a dictionary to peruse throughout the day during private moments, like when you're sitting on the train, waiting to cross the street or just having a cup of coffee. You could learn an extra 20 to 30 English words per day using this technique!
  • As a beginner, you should start with an English dictionary that provides definitions in your native language. However, once your language skills improve, you should switch to using an English-English dictionary, which provides English definitions for English words.

IMPROVING YOUR WRITING, READING AND LISTENING SKILLS
Listen to English radio or podcasts.
One of the best ways to improve your English listening comprehension is to download English-language podcasts or radio apps on your phone or MP3 player.

  • You should then make an effort to listen to the podcasts or radio shows for at least 30 minutes per day. Do it in the gym, on your commute to work, or while you're sitting at your computer.
  • Make an effort to understand what's being said, don't just let the English wash over you. Even if you find it too fast, try to pick out key words and phrases to get a general idea of what the conversation is about.
  • If you can, make a note of any words or phrases that you don't understand and look up the translation afterwards. Then listen to the podcast or show again to hear the new words or phrases in context.
  • Watch English movies and TV shows. Another fun way to improve your listening comprehension is to watch English movies and TV shows.
  • Try to pick movies or TV shows that you will enjoy — this will make the exercise feel like less of a chore. If possible, choose movies or shows that you are already familiar with, such as children's cartoons or blockbuster films. If you already know the basic story you will find the language much easier to pick up on.
  • However, you should avoid watching movies or television shows with subtitles in your native language — they will only distract you and make you less inclined to focus on understanding the English, which is the whole point of the exercise.
  • Read an English book, newspaper or magazine. Reading is an essential part of learning a new language, so don't forget to practice!
  • Find something you are really interested in — whether that's a famous English novel, The New York Times or a fashion magazine and start working your way through it. If you find the content boring, you will be less inclined to persevere with it.
  • Again, make an active effort to actually understand what you're reading, don't just skim over it. Highlight any words or phrases that you don't understand, then look them up in the dictionary.
  • If you're alone, you could also try reading aloud — this will allow you to improve your reading comprehension while also working on your pronunciation.
  • This may be one of the most difficult aspects of your language learning, but it is important nevertheless. Writing in English will help you to work on your sentence structure, grammar and spelling.
  • Try keeping an English diary in which you write down a few sentences every day. It doesn't have to be deeply personal — you could write about the weather, what you ate for dinner or what your plans are for the day.
  • If you feel comfortable with it, get a native speaker to look over what you've written and check it for any errors. This will help you to avoid making the same mistakes over and over again.
  • Find an English-speaking pen-pal. Once your written language skills have improved, you could consider getting an English-speaking pen-pal!
  • Having an English-speaking pen-pal combines your English writing practice with the excitement of getting a letter or email!
  • Your pen pal may be someone who is learning English like you, or they may be a native English speaker who wants to practice their foreign language skills by writing to you in your native tongue.
  • Having a pen pal from an English-speaking country (such as the United States, Britain, Canada, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand or South Africa, for example) will also allow you to learn more about the culture and what life is like in that part of the world.
  • I HOPE THIS WILL HELP YOU…. STAY FOCUS, ALWAYS REMEMBER TO TAKE IT EASY,BE PATIENT AND HAVE FUN LEARNING ENGLISH. STAY POSITIVE AND MOTIVATED, ALSO REMEMBER TO PRACTICE SPEAKING IN ENGLISH, PRACTICE WRITING IN ENGLISH AND PRACTICE READING AND LISTENING IN ENGLISH, THAT THE ONLY WAY TO HAVE FULL MASTERY OF THE LANGUAGE. GOOD LUCK MY FRIEND!!

19 Replies to “How do we study English effectively?”

  1. There are various ways to study your English effectively and fast.

    Here is the approach that was practiced by me. It helped me to substantially improve my level of English from very basic (I couldn’t construct even basic sentences correctly) to a fairly high standard of academic English within just 6 month.

    The number one thing you need to establish your goal. You need to learn the foreign language thinking about your goal and desperately wanting it. It can be your successful professional life, happy family, life at a different country or new experiences. The connection between learning English and the goal is very important for your motivation.

    There are 4 things you need to do during your English hours (3-4 hours a day, 5-6 days a week).

    1. Movies. Pick up any movie you like that was originally filmed in English. It should be something you like a lot and has strong characters. Watch the movie in your language a few times so that you understand each individual phrase very well and know when it’s said. Once you have it, watch the movie in English with subtitles in your language a few times. You will start to associate the phrases with meaning and the English phrases become familiar. Then you need to start pronouncing each word and phrase and they happen on the screen.Try to mimic the actors’ voices. Become the character yourself! After one week of 3-4 hours watching the movie you will learn it and will be able to pronounce the whole movie by heart. The second movie will be faster. Repeat first movie once you complete second. After 10 movies you will be shocked!!!
    2. Sentence writing. Another thing you need to do is to practice your writing memory. Take any phrase that has a new structure to you (e.g. from the movie) and write it down. Then write again. Repeat this 10 times. Then change one word using a thesaurus (e.g. Power Thesaurus, it was developed by me as all others were just too inconvenient and not user-friendly). And write the new sentence 10 times. Change the same word again and write re-phrased sentence 10 times. Repeat this task for each word. Don’t stop until you write at least 20 sentences for each word! This practice will allow to learn the limited range of rules that are used in English sentences.
    3. The third exercise is to learn topics by writing them. This will train your motoric memory and will improve your spelling dramatically. Take some establish correct English topics texts (e.g. from here IELTS Exam Writing Samples). Print the text and then write it by hand by looking at a printed version. Check if you have any mistakes. No mistakes? Then take another piece of blank paper and hide the side of printed text so that you can't see two letters at the end of each line. Write the whole text again. Check for mistakes. No mistakes? Move the sheet further and repeat. Got a mistakes? Start from the beginning. Write the text while looking at it. Then add a sheet of blank paper and write again and re-check for mistakes. Eventually you should be able to write the text by looking at one letter of each line only and then the whole text by memory without any mistakes. Congrats! Do the same for second time next day. Once you complete your second text without any mistakes with printed version fully hidden, re-write first one too. Check for mistakes in both. Got a mistake? Start from text 1! Now you do that for 10 texts and you will be shocked again!!!
    4. Speaking. Ideally you need to find a native speaker and have conversation with them for 2 hours about 3 times a week . As an alternative you can visit English speaking club . Each of these will provide you many opportunities to practise your speaking and listening skills. You will improve your vocabulary, your pronunciation, your understanding of English and also self-confidence to great extent.

    Surely you may check English grammar from time to time if you really want to know why something is like that, however don't spend too much time doing it. You will become bored and overloaded with unnecessary information very soon.

    Happy learning! I Look forward to speaking with you!

  2. First and foremost, and to cut to the chase, I like you to combine:

    – "book-smart" approach: learning;

    – "street-smart" approach: practising, in the real world communication with real people.

    Nonetheless,  I like you also to take a closer look at the larger scheme of things in your  life, by sharing with you a practical solution:

    First and foremost, you need to have the right frame of mind or mindset in order to attain English mastery.

    This is a harsh reality, by virtue of the fact that English is our global lingua franca today.

    As a matter of fact, it's the Language of the 21st Century!

    Putting  this mindset into tactical terms, this means that you have got  to        integrate your practising of English from multidirectional  and      multidevelopmental angles into your everyday lifestyle.

    Do  not approach your practising from the standpoint of ESL or EFL. 

    [ESL=English as Second Language; EFL=English as Foreign Language].

    ENGLISH IS A LIFE SKILL!

    In  other words, you must not confine your learning and practising of  English to the spending of prescribed hours you are studying or learning  in a classroom, within four walls of a school.

    It is important for you to understand that English mastery also involves the acquisition of five critical skills sets:

    – Reading;
    – Thinking;
    – Listening;
    – Speaking;
    – Writing;

    as applied in your everyday life activities of real-world communication with real people!

    Like   the five spokes of a wheel held all together by the metal rim with   the        rubber tyre    revolving around the hub, each of these areas   need to be strong   in   order  for the wheel to run smoothly on the   road, where rubber meets the road, just  as you  need  the five skill   sets in order for you to attain English  mastery.

    Seek every opportunity in your daily activities to practising English.

    –  Reading an English story book regularly, or the daily English  newspaper; better still, writing down what you have learned from  the   story or the news; in the case of news, expand your writing  with    your     view of their implications, say politically, economically,  technologically and/or social-demographically;

    – Watching an  English movie without subtitles [you can always 'Pause" and/or      "Playback"   to  recap/review useful dialogues]; better still, write    down   your    impressions and/or feelings about the movie, say in the    form of  a  movie review;

    – Listening to pod-casts in English, or the English news broadcasts, like the BBC;

    –  Using your smartphone, fully loaded with "Learning English"  applications, so that you can apply "just-in-time" learning or  "learning-on-the-go" while commuting or waiting in queue;

    – Striking up casual conversations with random Caucasian folks in the queue, say at any Starbucks or in any supermarket;

    – Using FaceTime or Skype to converse with international friends who speak English;

    – Writing to international English-speaking pen-pals;

    – Calling up customer  service of any MNC's, and pretending to put forward your complaint, in English of course;

    –    Dropping by a large hotel reception, and pretending to check up the   hotel  for a forthcoming party of international friends, to seek   opportunities to speak English;

    Sneaky, but who cares!

    –  Finding  one daily  news article in your native language, and       translating it into  English to the best of your ability;  this is  absolutely good practice  to perfect your thinking and writing in  English; [Get hold of a friend  who is a top dog in English so as to  elicit candid feedback, or your  friendly English tecaher, if any;]

    – Listening to,  and singing in the shower with, English songs, as a means to practise your pronunciation;

    –  Watching YouTube video clips in English,    and pausing in between    to      repeat what you have just heard; this   is  to practise your     listening     skills; better still, write down   your  impressions by     consolidating and  summarising the key ideas  and  salient  points,  to    practise your writing;

    – Grabbing   any postcard or photo  or picture at random, and  proceeding to describe  in  detail, first  orally (on to recorder of your  smartphone), and later  in  written  form, what's in the picture:   whats  the theme/what's in  the   foreground/what's in the   background/what's in  the centre or    middle/what's on the right/what's   on the left/what's at  the   top/what's  at the bottom/what at the   topright-topleft-bottomright-bottomleft/what's     happening/is it   inside or outside/who's there/how's the weather   and/or   timing; how do   you know/compare and contrast/how do you   feel/what do  you  like/what  do  you dislike/would you like to be in   the postcard or  photo  or picture; why and why not?

    – Inviting,  once in a while, your friendly English teacher or a buddy who is a top  dog in English,  over a cuppa or a simple quick meal, under the pretext  of holding  social conversations/intellectual interactions;

    – Joining a local chapter of the international Toastmasters' Club in any city, if any;

    I am just scratching the surface, and am sure you can think of more ideas.

    Meanwhile, I like to recommend you to carry a pocket notebook with you at all times.

    Whenever    you are on the streets, pay attention to the wall posters,           bill-boards,   window displays, bulletin boards, or even   signboards,   where English is  displayed.

    If     you come  across  new or  unknown  words, jot them  down in your   pocket    notebook for  reviewing at home with the aid of a   dictionary. 

    Then, use the famed flash card strategy to master these new words.

    Make it a habit to learn at least ten new words a day. In a year, you would have learned more than 3,500 words!

    Look around you.  Can you identify all the places or landmarks in English. If not, jot them down  for reviewing at home.

    Likewise,   in the supermarket, ask yourself: can you identify all the items    on      display, in English? If not, you can start learning to read  the   labels.

    Take  note of casual conversations around you. Go home and review them.

    Better    still, do a simulated conversation on your own, aloud, and in front  of   a mirror. You can record, recap and review, too, but more  importantly,   to reinforce.

    You can use the famed 6W1H questioning toolkit often used by journalists to spur your questions and expand your thinking.

    Then,  grab a sheet of blank paper and start writing down your answers as you  think.

    In reality, all these initiatives offer great opportunities – and  practices – for you to think and write in English.

    Frankly, the  world out there is full of possibilities and opportunities when it comes  to learning English.

    It's an invisible university!

    Stay   alert. Be creatively resourceful.

    Follow up and follow through,   consistently and massively, in real communication with real people, as   much as you can!

    Meanwhile,   you may want to read this interesting article, as I share the       author's   sentiment about learning the language beyond the    classroom,    and fully   integrating it into one's everyday life    activities:

    18 top tips for improving your English

  3. Following strategy might help :

    English is also a life skill and rich English speaking , vocabulary and writing skills make a person to excel in the long run, so it is imperative to prepare and learn English grammar, vocabulary, phrases and creativity to make yourself visible among the general crowd.

    I will put forward some really effective ways to develop English skills not only for Government sector exams preparation but also for all other purposes. Its a vital soft skill to have.

    1.

    First and foremost, start reading a good newspaper. The Hindu would be my bet and if you are interested in finance, awesome to get your eyes and mind on Financial Express or Business Line . It will improve your English grammar, vocabulary, creative skills and general awareness. Reading a newspaper will give you hints about how you can put forward your views and which are the phrases in use currently. Believe me 10–20 % or more of your English preparation is done for Competitions . You will say I am kidding !! Right ? Wrong !! . We usually do not understand this fact because we do not normally read newspapers.

    2.

    Buy a good standard English book and always keep it at your disposal. I would suggest book by S.P Bakshi which is a complete guide for English asked in all competitive exams. It has sufficient practice questions. If not more, start practicing or reading the chapters for 30 minutes. Make some quick notes of rules mentioned. These general English rules will make you able to solve 70–80 % questions based on them. Make notes and revise daily and practice questions based on rules. Generally questions of type “ Find Error” come in this category.

    3.

    Buy a pocket dictionary. Oxford or Longman is good. Keep it with you while reading newspaper. You will be surprised to find out the improvement in your vocabulary skills in just a month. This will help you do Antonym , Synonym , reading comprehension, one word type questions either directly or indirectly.

    4.

    Nowadays everybody has a smart phone. Make optimum use of it. Download a dictionary app and a grammar app . Search there are some really relevant apps available. Use or commute or free time . You may be lucky when you find a synonym question comes and you remember the answer which you read while travelling in a bus 3 days before.

    5.

    Read a novel if you have time and develop a habit of reading it at least an hour a day. Everybody has 1 hour to spare . We just find excuses of not doing a particular stuff. Reading a fiction novel is fun. you will be more creative , imaginary and knowledge wise rich. I bet you start reading a good novel for 5 days regularly for 2 hours during your free time and you would want for more and more and you would want to finish the novel in one go. If you read a non-fiction one, you will enrich yourself with loads of facts and knowledge along with improved English.

    6.

    By following above steps for a couple of months , you will be able to start thinking in English and can answer many queries in English naturally. You can start talking to your friends , mothers (normally most of become shy when it comes to father :-P) , teachers etc. Answer the unwanted bank loans, credit card calls to your advantage by speaking to them in English and ask questions. You will gain confidence . (Caller will bless you as finally someone has listened to them and have showed her/his interest).

    7.

    Now a bit unconventional, Make a chart of all English rules and paste it on a wall in your study room. You can revise them even while having your food. Similarly for Direct-Indirect narration, Active- Passive rules , Difficult vocabulary, Phrasal verbs, Idioms etc.

    8.

    Make a recording in you smart phone of vocabulary or Idioms or rules etc. and listen while travelling. Anyways we listen to songs while doing some work or commuting. Try this , its a bit boring but worth it.

    9.

    You may start writing anything on paper or online. You will develop excellent writing skills and flair after some practice. Essay writing is a part of many top-notch exams and you will be at a vantage point.

    10.

    Start practicing the questions in English book daily. Do it for 30 minutes and take an online test series. They are present in abundance online in affordable rates. Practice makes a man perfect and in competitions/exams , practice scores as it will help to you find the answer quickly since you might have experienced a similar question in some practice test. Its all about speed .

    Follow these 10 ways and you will find yourself really confident in English, be it quizzing skills for competitive exams, speaking , writing or reading skills. This is a bit time taking process and some points you can use if you do not have much time left with you. It work both ways. For maximum effectiveness, follow the schedule and steps for 4 months and see the difference. All the very best !!

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  4. Suppose you agree that "academic English" means the reading, writing, listening and speaking of English for academic purposes.

    The major differences between academic English and daily English may include (1) vocabulary and (2) time sensitivity.

    Aside from basic words for delivering general ideas, a larger specialized vocabulary is expected for academic use in your field. Meanwhile, casual words are often avoided, instead, academic words that are more popular among scientists and researchers are actually used.

    There are also less requirements that you have to respond in seconds when you are using academic English. You can prepare your reply in weeks in response to a reviewer's comments, not to mention manuscripts for months to years. Even an oral report doesn't lead to intensive interactions. Usually, you have enough time for the practice of academic English. So, if you are not proficient in speaking/talking in English, you can take this advantage temporarily.

    However, to improve all of them is necessary.

    For the most important parts:

    (1) basic vocabulary

    I don't have any good idea in accumulating vocabulary except to reciting words and intensively reading and writing a lot. More words that you are familiar with, the more effective in conveying your ideas.

    (2) specialized vocabulary

    These words come from textbooks and research papers. So, just read more than you can.

    (3) Academic words (and academic expressions)

    An AWL (Academic Wold List) can be found on the Internet, which lists the most common words used in academia. I suggest try to use them as frequently as you can, in your homework, essays, reports, and of course, research papers.

    To express more professionally is thought to be the most difficult part.  You may have noticed a lot of phrasing customs and idioms of native English speakers, which would be only accumulated through time. You can take notes when you come across such idioms and sentences, and try to mimic the authors' paraphrasing. When enough such practices are done, you may find your writing skill qualified.

  5. Well, if you want me to answer you regarding how you can learn English effectively, the I would have to say, that firstly be focussed and read the following post

    In the following article, I am sharing my experiences of how I mastered over this language in a full fledged way along with giving easy and practical steps which will help bloggers towards polishing the same as well.

    My passion for enhancing English skills grew from my childhood days as I was in early years of my schooling. Till I was in class 6

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    , my English was not even upto the mark then. I used to get punishment from teachers as well as parents for failing to get requisite marks in any subject and English was not an exception.

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    However, soon I got counseling from one of my uncles who equally happened to be a HOD in Government Polytechnic. He is a really nice man. I must say. He gave me enough reasons to polish my English, since all other subjects are primarily based on English as well. So, if I will improve my English, I can equally be able to have a better control over other subjects too. That was the day which proved to be a change for me.

    Although, I was able to understand to what others used to speak, yet I couldn’t communicate with them in English and I believe that most of us face such predicament. Isn’t it?

    You might not believe that it was the reality that I used to bring all the English dailies in the morning such as “Times of India”, “Hindustan Times”, “Pioneer” and the list goes on and on.

    I am telling from my own personal experience that the difference which I found in these English newspapers is that “Pioneer” offers comparably easy use of words. Therefore, initially, I would recommend this newspaper for those who want to learn skills of English. Because, when I say easy use of words, I mean as compared to other English dailies.

    I used to closely monitor the words which my teachers use. More so, when it comes to English subject, I used to learn a lot many words. I still remember that I learnt the word “Enthusiasm” and the way it should be used.

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    If you though that by learning words, you can use them also, then you are wrong. Since, you have to use them at their appropriate place at their appropriate form. For example,

    How enthusiasm and happiness can be used. Lets find out.

    I am enthusiasm or I am happiness (wrong)

    I am an enthusiastic person (used as adjective) (or if we want to use the word “Enthusiasm” then we can say

    I am full of enthusiasm (used as noun)

    I am happy (used as noun)

    I am full of happiness (used as adjective)

    I can’t go in detail about whole grammar in the post though. But can help you out, if you have any queries.

    I equally persuaded my uncle to give tuitions to me of English and he obliged. He made it a point of giving an “Essays” and “Letters” to write on daily basis which I have to complete anyhow and show to him the next evening. My passion started growing when I started seeing the pleasant change.

    When I used to read newspapers, I made it a point of writing the words which I did not know the meaning of. That gave me enough reasons to strengthen my vocabulary as well. How can I miss watching English news channels? As I said that it became my passion, so I used to get enjoyment by watching news channels and I equally used to closely monitor the way certain words were pronounced. Since, that’s equally matter as well.

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    I made it a point to listen news with a pen and piece of paper in order to jot down the difficult words. Although, considering flawless and speedy way the anchors speak English, I couldn’t get a grasp of certain words, yet that was only short lived, since I started getting familiar with the words.

    Soon in a matter of months, I started finding a pleasant change. My uncle was equally upbeat since I used to make use of new words. He also advised me to stand in front of mirror in order to communicate with yourself by looking at your eyes. This was equally another pleasant change which I experienced. This exercise is a must, if you want to enhance your confidence since as you speak through such fashion, it gives you enough boost towards working on your aim.

    Months passed by and soon even my classmates started getting the feel of how passionate I am towards English. If they come across with any word in any subject, they used to ask me and thankfully I have the answer to most of them.

    The kind of passion which I had for English can be gauged from the fact that I used to score the highest marks in English. Interestingly, when the teacher used to speak out marks of the subject, all the heads used to roll towards me in bewilderment.

    Read : How I polished my English Skills- Forth post

    The benefits which English had in my schooling days:-

    • Earlier, it became extremely difficult for me to mug up long answers, since my English was not even up to the mark. It was so poor that I couldn’t even comprehend as to what was written. Therefore, in the event when I forgot certain words, my whole answer looses its meaning.
    • However, later on I started learning the whole essence and I was in a position to write answers in my own words, thus impressing my teacher as well. The whole process hardly used to take any time as it became easy for me.

    Read : How to get bank Jobs fast after 12th and Graduation in Govt or Pvt sector

    For those who want to sharpen their English, there are list of things which one should follow (I am telling from my own experience)

    • Get English newspaper namely “Pioneer” and the paper can long last through a week. Since, you can’t read more than once side of a paper daily. Write down the meaning of the difficult words which you come across by goggling or referring dictionary what ever eases you.
    • Make a habit of taking out time from 8:45 till 9:15 at night and listen to AIR (National Radio). You know why I am saying is that they air Hindi news in the first half and exactly English version of the same in the second half. It will help you too, like the way it helped me.
    • Communicate yourself in front of mirror
    • Listen to English news channels and have pen and paper ready to write down the English words.

    To the best of my knowledge, that’s sums up my entire experiences which I have used towards sharpening my skills.

    Read : How do toppers study and how I need to study too

    Therefore, I have shared to what I feel in the post along with the steps to guide yourself as well. This will help you in your aim. In case you want to ask any thing, I am saying again, I am there.

    Now as a full-fledged blogger, English is indeed helping me immensely by getting good projects. The kind of motivation and satisfaction which I see in my clients further proves the fact that “Hard work never goes waste”. Isn’t it?

    Hope the post helps many of us.

    Do comment with your suggestions if you want more of such posts.

    Thanks

    Also read : How to polish English skills – Second Post

  6. Here are some tips to learn English:

    1) Set really clear goals.  Think in terms of:  I want to be able to….  Perhaps you want to be able to answer interview questions well.  Or, you want to be able to manage travel situations.  Or, you want to be able to negotiate your new house purchase.  By identifying specific goals and designing your learning around them, you'll avoid wasting time on unnecessary vocabulary and grammar. 

    2) Put time for learning English in your calendar.   It's one thing to say you want to learn.  It's another thing to commit to 10 hours a week (for example), put it in your calendar and follow through.  If you start with 10 hours a week and find that you're not able to maintain that commitment, then adjust.  Everyone is different and only you know how much time is realistic for you to dedicate to learning English, considering your other priorities. 

    If it's not in your calendar, it's more likely you'll put it off, put if off, put it off…  And then learning English can take a very loooooooong time 🙂

    3) Find someone to speak to regularly.  There are dozens of websites where you can meet a language partner, for free.  (for example: languagepracticehangouts.com) Perfect, right?  Except that it takes a certain personality to put yourself out there, introduce yourself to a community of strangers, set up a day and time to speak and then develop an interesting and mutually beneficial relationship with the person.  It also takes time and patience.  If you can manage this process, you are all set. Speaking regularly is the best way to improve quickly. 

    You don't need to speak to a native speaker, though you might want to get correction from a native or near-native speaker from time to time to make sure that any mistakes you are making don't become deeply ingrained.

    4) Using your goals and your interests as your guide, consume exceptional content.  There is so much English material online, you can absolutely find top-notch content.  If you have a career-oriented goal, the ideal is to improve your English while learning what you want to learn about your profession.  For example, you want to be able to discuss current trends in your field.  So, read a few answers on Quora, read an article on Techcrunch, watch a video at Inc.com. Now, you've learned exactly the vocab you need and you've learned it in context.  (next step: use it.  refer to #3!).  Make sure you are passionate and excited to be reading or listening to the content.  That intense engagement is critical to learning quickly. 

    I hope this helps you.  Let me know if I can clarify anything or if you have follow up questions. 

    Natalie

    http://natdevo.com

  7. Reading, writing, speaking and listening are the four pillarsb for learning a language efficiently. Without either of them, it won't be complete.
    The following are a few tips I keep on telling people to focus on, to learn English, or any language for that matter.

    1. Read a lot to increase your vocabulary. If you are strong on words, you can sing a language. You can subscribe to online sites like dictionary.com, awad.com and use them at possible occasions. If you tend to use a lot of fillers it is because you stumble and is in the search for proper words. A strong vocabulary and you need not look back.

    2. Start writing. That's another form of your speech. If you can write well, you can speak efficiently. The vocabulary you collect along the way is useless if you do not use it every day. Try to keep a journal and write in it regularly, if you do not have the habit or passion to write essays or stories.

    3. Listen to international news channels like BBC, watch English movies (first with sub titles, then reduce them slowly) and TV serials. When you listen, you get to pick up the pronunciation, idioms, phrases and the slang. This is in addition to your exposure to vocabulary.

    4. Speak in English in all the opportunities you can get. Practice speaking to yourself initially to gain confidence. You can try to speak in front of a mirror. If you have friends who can join you, you can do the exercise where you are given a topic, impromptu, and have to speak upon it for a minute or two. While you are speaking, ask your friend to note down and count your mistakes.

    5. Join international forums like TED, Toastmasters etc. They give you constructive feedback on your speech. If you are interested, you can do it regularly and get certified.

  8. Read everything you can get your hands on

    Classic literature, paperbacks, newspapers, websites, emails, your social media feed, cereal boxes: if it’s in English, read it. Why? Well, this content will be full of juicy new vocabulary, as well as a fair amount you already know. This helps you improve quickly, as re-exposure to learned vocabulary gives you new examples in context, therefore reinforcing those words in your mind. On the other hand, learning new words and expressions is essential to building your vocabulary arsenal, particularly in a language like English with so many words! However, don’t just read and move on – next, you’ve got to…

    Actively take note of new vocabulary

    This tip is a classic one for good reason: it works! When learning, we often enjoy a new word of phrase so much that forgetting it seems impossible. But trust us, not everything sticks the first time. To fight this, get into the habit of carrying around a funky notebook or using a tool like Evernote. Whenever you hear or read a new word or expression, write it down in context: that is, in a sentence and with its meaning noted. This saves you time as you won’t return to that word and ask yourself: “What did that word/expression mean again?”

    • How to learn READING and vocabulary
    • Read something every day
       Children's books, simplified readers (Penguin), newspapers, magazines, Internet sites, novels, and much much more…
    • Read what interests you.
       Remember that you learn better when you are having fun.
    • Read at the appropriate level
       You want to learn new vocabulary, but you also want to understand what you are reading. If you are looking up every word, the reading is too difficult.

    How to learn SPEAKING and pronunciation

    Talk to yourself
     Talk about anything and everything. Do it in the privacy of your own home. If you can't do this at first, try reading out loud until you feel comfortable hearing your own voice in English.

    Record your own voice
     This might feel very uncomfortable, but it will help you find your weak pronunciation points. Listen to yourself a few days later. Which sounds do you have difficulty hearing?

    Start with what you really need

    Your English studies are likely to go far more quickly if you constantly remind yourself of your motives for learning. Are you going on a study exchange? Then, focus on vocabulary related to your studies. Have an overseas conference? Brush up on conversation starters to use with the other participants. Going on a gap year? Looks like travel and tourism vocabulary will be your guide. If you simply launch into learning English hoping to magically learn anything and everything at once, you’re likely to end up confused and burned out.

    Don’t kick yourself while you’re down

    When you start to feel like you’re not making ground – which happens to all learners at some point – don’t say, “I don’t speak English,” or “I’ll never get this.” In fact, ban those phrases from your vocabulary! They only blur your understanding of the progress you’re making and convince you that your dreams of speaking English well are impossible. Instead, say “I’m learning English and making improvements everyday,” “It’s not always easy, but it’s worth it,” “I’m so much better that I was six months ago,” and other phrases to remind yourself of the big picture.

  9. As an immigrant, I've seen a lot of my friends and relatives fail at learning a language despite putting A LOT of hours into studying. I've also seen quite a few succeed, even though they seemingly put no effort. The key difference was that those who barely spoke English really tried to "learn" it, whereas those who spoke fluently usually couldn't explain how they learned.

    If most people learned to drive how they learn the language they would study the car obsessively. They'd learn the names to all parts, how the engine works, how the transmission works. They would rarely drive, mostly some boring routes they could care less about. Their biggest learning breakthrough would happen when they change jobs and must drive to the office every day.

    Here is the trick, that no language school tells you, because it contradicts their business model: Language is a tool, you shouldn't "learn" the tool – learn how to use it. Nobody "learns" a car, you learn to drive. Specifically to drive somewhere you need to be. Start using English as a tool to something you really want to do.

    So figure out what you are learning English for and start doing it asap. If it's for work – get a job (even part-time) where you need to speak English. You'd be surprised how much your English improves even as you are researching and applying for jobs. If you are planning to move, start immersing yourself into the culture by watching movies, tv shows, reading news articles daily, like you would if you lived there.
    Try to make English speaking friends. Not those who are trying to learn English, but those who you share a genuine interest with. Maybe on a gardening forum, a martial arts gym, even fans of the same TV show.

    You'd be surprised how quickly your speaking skills advance when they are actually needed for a higher purpose.

  10. I think that recently we started moving from standard “school-like” models of learning in general, with language learning being in the same basket. The emphasis today is on more involvement in using language from the beginning, especially because we are in a digital age where there is a lot of content available.

    However, I always found useful basic courses or books for learning where you can learn basic vocab, grammar, conversation, and sentence structuring.

    When it comes to effectively learning English, you should really dive in from the moment you start! This means at least once or twice a week of work. And I think that everyone should choose between schools, books, and courses for basics. Once you got basics, DO NOT STOP learning! Continue by using English actively. When it comes to intermediate and advanced levels, you can again choose a way of doing so. Only now you have more options with online courses and online communities. However, using the language is the main thing! There is a lot of things on internet which you can use daily in order to improve your English.

    Here are some ideas how you can learn English by being involved in it daily, in a way it won’t take you too much time and it will help you being flexible with English learning:

    1. Podcasts are an amazing thing! Some teachers organize weekly lessons in their podcast sessions. There are even listening practices. Sometimes there are discussions about topics relevant to learning English. Cool thing about podcasts is that you can listen to them whenever you like.
    2. Audio books are also a good choice for improving your listening skills and even vocabulary. Both, regular and audio books, put your mind in a state where it has to think in a context. By that you are widening your vocabulary and English understanding skills.
    3. Read! I suggest you to read content that interests YOU and amuses YOU. From news, to all diffenrent kinds of blogs. Also, read books you are going to enjoy! Every English learner is familiar with the power of reading!
    4. Writing and speaking are the most tricky ones to practice. They require more time and usually you are quite limited when it comes to practicing material or partners. However, you could use some tricks such as writing a diary in English if you like diaries. Even writing on social media forces you to try to write better. I advise you to install some grammar checking plug in, such as Grammarly. It will correct your writing and you will automaticaly learn the correct form of a word or expression.

      If you like to write stories or poems, try writing them n English! Or start a blog? Writing your own content is the best practice ever for expression and writing fluency 🙂 after a while you’ll start thinking in English.

    5. Now – speaking! You can (and should) try techniques such as shadowing technique. However, in order to become a fluent speaker, you have to use your English speaking skill regularly and in natural English surrounding. This could be difficult if you are not living in English speaking area. So, SPEAKING PARTNERS and LEARNING COMMUNITIES 🙂 Simply because in a learning community, you will find not only a weekly practices, but you will also have an opportunity to speak only in English with ESL learners from all around a world and find even a Skype practicing partner. Also, in a case of our learning community there are conversations between native speakers you can listen to, and a native teacher you can speak to 🙂
    6. Grammar – you should pay attention to grammar! Most of people find it boring, but it is going to be much easier for you to progress. Also, grammar is what can make you closer to nativespeaker, once you are an advanced speaker. It would be good to get your hands on some good grammar book that is going to be your cheat sheet for definite 😉

    Here is a link to a blog where you can find more information about this and similar topics.

    Also, check out EnglishWithAdriana YouTube channel. There are a lot of lessons and pracitces 😉

    In the end, I have some tips which I gained from my own experience:

    1. when it comes to apps, there are amazing for learning, but not for using lanuguage. So I would recommend them more for learning vocabulary and grammar. ALso, apps are a great beginner tool.
    2. When it comes to joining courses and communities, I advise you to always check teacher’s background. It’s important for you to know who will you be learning from and does it even fits your needs… Also, some teachers have more experience, some less, some are certified, some are not… etc.
    3. There are going to be those days when you just won’t feel like it.
      It’s a f****g trap! Do it even if you don’t feel like it, so it would become a habit and neccessity. You can at least watch an English-speaking tv show or a movie with subtitles off 😛
    4. Everyone suggests a lot of reading and I defenitely agree. In my case, writing was better practice. What I noticed is that reading always expends your vocabulary, but if writing is your hidden passion – write, write, write! Start reading poetry and fiction you usually enjoy in English! As a writer, you are going to find interesting how different English language can get when it comes to poetic expression. You are going to learn some stuff about your own language too! And boy, are you going to be suprised. Also, you will see how some genre sound different in English and your language, and you are going to get a different feel. Remember this, ’cause it is going to help you sound more natural while writing.

      Then start writing! As you are going to write, you are going to experience a lot of difficulties when it comes to thinking in English. But that fades away as you are writing daily. And if you aren’t writing daily, or at least once a week, it is going to be harder to think in English and trust me(‘cause I’m not writing regularly last month or two :/) your vocab and expression will drop!

    5. Reading tip: maybe you’re going to find tiring or boring to stick with one book, especially if you have already read it in your language (there are book freaks, but if you aren’t one of those…). So, you can start with short stories! I am personally SF fan so I’ve started with reading Asimov’s and U.Le Guin’s short stories. This never gets boring and tiring if you are a fan of a good writer, and a story is much shorter than a novel, so there is no “will I ever be done with this” fear.

    In the end, be ready for everyday activity! There is no fluency without active practice!

    Good luck! 🙂

    1. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Be confident. People can only correct your mistakes when they hear you make them.
    2. Surround yourself in English. Put yourself in an all English speaking environment where you can learn passively. The best way to learn is through speaking.
    3. Practise every day. Make yourself a study plan. Decide how much time a week you are going to spend studying and stick to it. Establish a routine.
    4. Tell your family and friends about your study plan. Get them to push you to study and also don’t let them interrupt you.
    5. Practise the 4 core skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening. They all need to be worked on for you to improve.
    6. Keep a notebook of new words you learn. Use them in sentences and try to say them at least 3 times when you speak.
    7. Visit EC’s free learn English website at least once a day and complete a lesson.
    8. Memorisation of lists is one of the most common ways of learning vocabulary for a test. It's only a good exercise for short term studying because you often do not retain the information that you have learned for a test.
    9. Use your body clock. If you’re not a morning person, study in the afternoon.
    10. You will find words easier to remember if you try to remember an example sentence using that word rather the word on its own.
    11. Plan to take a test. You’ll find that you work harder when you need to study for something.
    12. Saying that, it’s better not to study just to take a test. Think of the bigger picture. What can you do when you have a good command of English? How will the quality of your life improve?
    13. Give yourself a long term goal. Focus on working towards it.
    14. Give yourself short term goals too and reward yourself when you achieve each one.
    15. Create an atmosphere in which you want to learn, not because you have to. You’ll learn more when you’re learning because you want to.
    16. Know what works best for you. Think about what methods have been successful for you in the past and stick with them.
    17. Figure out how you learn. It can be by memorising, reading, speaking, summarising or other methods. Find out how you study best. It can be in a quiet place by yourself or with a group.
    18. Get help! If you don’t understand something you’ve got to ask someone. Ask your teacher, classmates or friends for help.
    19. Review! Review! Review! Make sure that you take the time to review things you have studied in the past.
    20. It’s not a good idea to study on your own for more than 30 minutes at a time. Take regular breaks, get some fresh air and stretch your legs.
    21. Don’t be in such a hurry to move up a level. Concentrate on the level you are at now.
    22. Watch DVDs rather than TV. It’s better to use something that you can watch over again to catch information you might have missed the first time.
    23. Watching TV only gives you the chance to hear something correctly first time. This is better for high level students. It can be great practice for speaking to native English speakers so you don’t have to ask them to repeat themselves!
    24. Read graded readers. These books are especially written for your level. Read a whole novel. You can do it! You’ll feel great afterwards.
    25. Children’s books have easier words and are a good alternative to graded readers.
    26. Newspapers are a good place to find passive constructs. Read through an article and see if you can find the passive sentences.
    27. Read for the general meaning first. Don’t worry about understanding every word, then go back and look up new words.
    28. For a word you don’t understand in a sentence, look at the other words around it. They will give you a hint. Try to guess the meaning from the context.
    29. Learn root words. They’ll help you guess the meaning of words. For example: scrib = write, min = small
    30. When you learn a new word, think of all its other forms: Beautiful (adjective), beauty (noun), beautifully (adverb).
    31. Learn prefixes (dis-, un-, re-) and suffixes (-ly, -ment, -ful), these will help you to figure out the meaning of words and build your vocabulary.
    32. English, unlike Japanese or French, uses word stress. For new words, count the syllables and find where the stress is. Only one stress per word and always on a vowel. Two syllable verbs have a stress on the second syllable (beGIN). 2 syllable nouns (TEAcher) and adjectives (HAPpy) stress the first.
    33. Use English whenever you can. It’s as simple as that!
    34. Don’t translate into English from your own language. Think in English to improve your fluency. Talk to yourself…but not on the bus otherwise people will think you have gone crazy!
    35. You can’t learn English from a book. Like driving a car, you can only learn through doing it.
    36. The most natural way to learn grammar is through talking.
    37. Keep an English diary or journal. Start by writing a few sentences a day and then get into the habit of writing more.
    38. Why not start an online blog and share your writings with the world?
    39. To become a better writer brainstorm as many ideas and thoughts onto paper without worrying about grammar or spelling. Then think about the structure. After that, write your piece using good grammar and spelling. Finally, read it through or give it to someone else to check for mistakes.
    40. Keep an eye on your punctuation as it can totally change what you’re trying to say. Check out the difference in meaning between these two sentences: “A woman without her man is nothing” and “A woman: without her, man is nothing”.
    41. Sing your heart out! Show the world your beautiful voice! Learn English songs and sing along with them to improve fluency and intonation… anyone for Karaoke?
    42. Get a penfriend or use chat-rooms, forums and community sites. If you can’t speak to someone in English, this is the next best thing.
    43. Shadow English CDs. Listen to a few sentences then repeat what you heard. Focus on the rhythm and intonation.
    44. Have English radio on in your house. Even if you are not actively listening to it, you will still be training your ears.
    45. Mirror CDs. Read out loud along with a CD. Again, this is great for intonation, pronunciation and rhythm.
    46. Dictation. Listen to a CD or friend and write down what you hear.
    47. Nobody likes to hear their own voice, but be brave and try it! Record your voice and listen to your pronunciation and intonation. It will help you to identify your problem areas.
    48. Ask your helpful teacher if you can record his lesson. This is a great way to review. You can also listen to your teachers speaking speed and intonation.
    49. Use an English/English dictionary as it will help you to keep thinking in English and not translating.
    50. If an English/English dictionary seems scary, there are learner’s dictionaries for English students of your level.
    51. Don’t become too reliant on your dictionary. Your dictionary should be an aid, not your main teacher. Try to guess the meaning of words rather than going straight for your dictionary.
    52. Don’t give up! Stay positive! Sometimes you will feel that you aren’t learning quickly enough. Everyone feels like this, don’t worry about it. You’ll get there in the end.
    53. Enjoy it! We learn more when we are having fun!
    54. If you get nervous when speaking, take two deep breaths before you say something. You’ll speak better when you feel relaxed.
    55. Keep yourself motivated by looking back at the textbooks and CDs you used in the past. You’ll be surprised at how easy they seem to you now! Congratulations, your level is improving!
    56. You are never too young or too old to start learning English. Don’t make excuses not to learn. What are you waiting for?
    57. Procrastination can stop you from being successful. To stop procrastinating, it's important you understand if your procrastinating is to avoid studying, or if it is your bad habit.
    58. If you haven’t gotten the results you wanted yet, it’s not because you’re bad at languages, it’s because you haven’t found your own special way of learning yet.
    59. Use resources which match your level. Don’t use texts/listening exercises which are too difficult or too easy. Use materials which challenge you but don’t frustrate you.
    60. Don’t worry about making your accent perfect. It’s an important part of your cultural identity to keep your accent. Native English speakers enjoy hearing English spoken with an accent.
    61. There are many types of English: British, American, South African and so on. None of these are wrong or not as important. English is English.
    62. Instead, be aware of the differences in American and British English and use your words accordingly. For example: Elevator (US) / Lift (British).
    63. Carry cue cards with you. These are small cards which you can write new words on. You can pull them out and look at them whenever you a free minute.
    64. Use post-it notes and stick them around your home. You can use them to label things. Stick one on your pet dog!
    65. You can’t ignore phrasal verbs (two words verbs), there are hundreds of them in English and they’re widely used. The more you focus on their meaning, the more you’ll be able to guess the meaning of new ones. You’ll start to recognise their patterns.
    66. Use your intuition. Go with your gut feeling, you’ll be surprised how often your first guess is the right guess. Like we said before, be confident.
    67. Gather your thoughts. Take a second to think about what you’re going to say. You know the grammar, but maybe you don’t use it correctly when you speak.
    68. Meet new people. Make the effort to mix with English speakers in your town. You could join a club or go to bars where foreigners hang out. Buy one a drink, they love that!
    69. Be the person to start conversations in English. Try to keep the conversations moving and use listening words (‘really?’ / ‘go on…’/ ‘what happened then?’) Don’t wait for others to speak to you. Get in there!
    70. Debate. Discuss topics in a group. Each person should choose a viewpoint (even if you don’t agree with it) and debate it within the group. Make sure you get your point across. Learn to listen actively. Active listening will help in the classroom and it will help you get more out of, and contribute more to, group study sessions. Focus on the person who is talking. Don’t fidget or become distracted by other people or events. Concentrate on the speaker with your ears and eyes. Follow the movements the speaker makes in an effort to hear more. It may help to repeat what you hear others say in an effort to understand their thoughts.
    71. It’s not enough to only learn English words. You can teach a parrot English words but that doesn’t mean it can speak English! You still need to have an understanding of grammar.
    72. Verb tenses are used by English speakers to talk about the timing of actions. You might not have the same expressions in your own language. It’s important that you know these tenses and when to use them.
    73. English has many irregular verbs. You should drill yourself on them.
    74. Keep it up! If you take a break from speaking English, you will find that your level decreases and all your hard work has been wasted.
    75. Don’t be put off by a bad test score. Sometimes students have the ability to pass an English test, but can’t communicate well with English speakers. If you can speak freely in English, you should be proud of yourself.
    76. Remember that as long as you have tried your hardest, you have succeeded!
    77. Learn English with a friend. You’ll have someone you can practise with and you can motivate each other to study.
    78. Remember, the way we write English is not the same as how it’s pronounced. For example ‘Ough’ has over 6 pronunciations. Familiarise yourself the Phonetic Alphabet. It will help you correctly pronounce words in the dictionary.
    79. Get used to the ‘schwa’ sound [ə] – an unstressed and toneless neutral vowel sound. ‘Schwa’ is the most common vowel sound in English. For example, the 'a' in about and the 'u' in supply.
    80. Keep in mind that it takes longer to improve when our level is high. Usually the fastest progress is made when we are beginners. Don’t think that you’re suddenly not learning anymore, it’s just a less noticeable progress.
    81. Make sure that your English matches the occasion. It’s OK to use slang with friends but not in a business meeting. Decide in which situation it’s appropriate to use the words and phrases you have learned.
    82. Textbook English is often different from the way we casually speak. To learn casual ‘slang’ watch movies.
    83. Idioms can be difficult to memorise, but they are great fun to use and they’ll make your English more colourful.
    84. When talking we usually link words together so that two words can sound like one. Simply put, we link words ending with a consonant sound to words beginning with a vowel sound (consonant > vowel). We link words ending with a vowel sound to words beginning with a vowel sound (vowel > vowel). Practise these to improve your listening and pronunciation.
    85. Make use of the internet. It’s full of resources to help you learn: BBC Learning English ; http://learnenglish.ecenglish.com
    86. Think about your strong and weak points. Write down which areas you want to improve on and work on improving them. Of course, don’t ignore your strong points. Congratulate yourself on how well you’ve done!
    87. Unlearn your mistakes. You probably make the same grammar mistakes over and over again. Use English tests results as a study tool. Go over your mistakes and choose one or two that you want to focus on. Use your favourite grammar book to check rules.
    88. Use the correct article (a/an, the). Be aware that there is more to this rule than a/an= non specific, the=specific. For example: A university (not an university because it begins with a consonant sound). An hour (not a hour because the ‘h’ is often silent).
    89. For fluency, try image training. Before you go to that restaurant think through what the waiter is likely to say to you. Think of what phrases you are going to use.
    90. Much communication comes through body language and gesture. These can be different between cultures and countries. For example, the two-fingered "V" for victory symbol is fine palms-out. If you make it with you palm facing toward you, you'll offend a British person. It means…well, you ask a British person and find out for yourself!
    91. The easiest one – Sleep! You’ll learn more after a good night’s sleep. You’ll be able to concentrate more.
    92. Take an English course in an English speaking country.
    93. If you studying abroad, mix with people from other countries not only people from your own country. It’s not a good idea for you to live in a shared house with people from your own country. Enjoy a more cultural experience by spending time with other nationalities.
    94. Have you thought about getting a job or doing an internship abroad?
    95. Get yourself a qualified teacher. Who wants to learn wrong things?
    96. Nobody can learn all of the English language. No need to worry about trying. A useful shortcut to learning is that in English we have lots of words that have the same pronunciation, but a different spelling and meaning. For example, ‘come here’ has the same pronunciation as, ‘I can hear the birds’. You might find it easier to build vocabulary by knowing the different meanings.
    97. Once you have a basic level of English explore the different ways you can say the same thing. This makes your English more interesting to the listener and it shouldn’t be too difficult for you because you already know the basics. For example, how many ways can we say, ‘Goodbye' in English?
    98. When you are on your English course, be prepared for your class. Do your homework as soon as possible and hand it in on time. Review your notes and your last lesson a few minutes before the class. Doing this will refresh your memory and you'll be warmed up for lesson.
    99. Don't get distracted in class. Focus on the lesson, don't stare out of the window. Don't be late, arrive a few minutes before the start of the lesson. Don't sit next to people who won't speak to you in English. Switch off your phone. Be organised, remember to take your textbook, notebook and pen.
    100. Find a comfortable, peaceful place for quiet study. You need somewhere where you can focus 100%.
    101. Last but not least, learn English with EC!

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  11. It can be confusing to make this decision because there are a lot of factors to take into account:

    1.  Cost.
    Is it possible for you to stay in England for a few months?  Is it worth other sacrifices you, your parents or whoever is paying for it may need to make to send you there?

    2.  What are your language goals?
    Is the course in England also for TOEFL?  Why are you trying to learn or continue studying English in the first place?  What kind of score do you need on TOEFL or are you just trying to learn English for fun, interest or your own self improvement?  If you're studying English right now to speak more fluently and you plan on getting out and meeting lots of new people and speaking a lot, going to England could be a great opportunity.  If you need to work on your reading or writing skills, that can easily be done online from anywhere.

    3.  What is the reputation of the schools you are looking at in both England and in your home country?
    There can be great programs where you are and horrible programs abroad. Do your research, ask opinions of former students if you can.  You're about to pay money for the program so it is perfectly within your right.

    4.  What kind of person are you?  How will you deal with being in a foreign environment?
    Living abroad can be psychologically challenging.  If you haven't done it before it's hard to know how you'll deal with it.  Are you an outgoing person who can be proactive about meeting people and talking to people?  Will you get depressed and stay in your room and watch films?  Immersion doesn't mean just being in England.  There are lots of people who move to other places but don't learn the local language because they cloister themselves in their homes or in communities in which they can still engage in their local language.  Just being there won't force you to learn the language.  It might be more in your face on street signs and menus, but there are many ways to avoid using it if you want.  If you can push yourself to immerse in the culture and in the language then it's worth your time and money to go.  Understand though, that simply showing up there is not enough.

    This kind of decision is really personal so I can't tell you what is the right decision for YOU.  I hope I've given you and others some ideas to help you consider and make the decision about what will work best for your language goals and study.

  12. In my opinion, there are 2 most important things for studying English. We should create a suitable studying plan and follow the plan persistently.
     
    Firstly, to build up a studying plan we should do below steps:
    1. Answer the question what is your purpose of studying English? Study for getting a scholarship, for getting a job need to communicate with customer or study to make friend with foreigners, etc.
     
    2. After defining the studying purpose, we continue to evaluate ourselves to find out what skills (listening, reading, writing and speaking) you need to improve and their priority?
     
    3. To make your studying more interesting, we combine it with our favorite activities.
     
    For example, I want to improve my English because of my job requires talking directly to customer. So I focus mainly on listening and speaking. I like to meet new people so I join speaking English club and make friend with some people who also want to improve speaking and listening like me. We practice English together by calling on Skype weekly.
     
    4. Base on your timeline to create a suitable schedule for studying.
     
    For example because I have to go to the office, do housework and research about other subjects so I plan to spend just an hour for studying English everyday.
     
    After having a suitable studying plan, we need to follow the plan seriously. I gave up my first plans so I did not have any improvement even though they were OK for me. After that I  strictly follow the plan and I see the improvement.

  13. Nothing could beat living in an English speaking area for this. English is probably not the hardest language to learn, and you’ll probably master it quite well by living a few months in the UK, the USA, Canada or Australia.

    If you don’t have the opportunity for that, the next best thing would be to consume their culture. Tons of fun content in English is created daily and is available online for free most of the time.

    Listen to some music, the more lyrics-heavy the better. It is crucial that you accustom your ear to the tone of the language. I think I perfected my English mostly by listening to hip hop, though anything with a lot of different words should work. Also, choosing hip hop might not be an obvious choice because of the slang and the different way of speaking, but I believe it’s the closest to how younger people actually speak than any other genre, so you’ll get some real picture about how people actually speak.

    Watch movies too. Try watching your favourite movies a few times, and try turning off the subtitles later. You can always rewind or check the scripts for a part you didn’t catch. Actors in movies usually speak clearly and you have a chance to catch the pronunciation and the rhythm.

    Try and imitate the phrases you like.

    Read stuff. Books, news, blogs, anything where they use correct grammar. Later, when you feel comfortable enough, try creating some content in English of your own. Write things down, and check and fix your errors.

    For anything you’re having problems with, use Google Translate. It has improved a lot over the years and most languages should be pretty well covered.

    It will be time consuming, but there’s no other way.

  14. 1. Think in English.

    Sometimes the difficult thing about talking in a new language isn’t the language itself, but how you think about it.

    If you think in your native language and then try to speak English, you’ll always have to translate between languages. Translating isn’t an easy thing to do! Even people fluent in two or more languages have trouble switching between languages.

    The solution is to think in English.

    You can do this anywhere, anytime. Try to use English when you’re thinking about your day, or when you’re trying to decide what food to order. Even try to use an English to English dictionary to look up words. That way you never have to use your native language and translate words. You’ll notice that when you think in English, it’s easier for you to speak in English.

    2. Talk to yourself.

    Whenever you’re at home (or alone somewhere else) you can practice your English with your favorite person: yourself.

    If you’re already thinking in English, try speaking your thoughts out loud. Read out loud, too. Practice is practice, and even if you don’t have anyone to correct your mistakes, just the act of speaking out loud will help you become more comfortable speaking English.

    3. Use a mirror.

    Whenever you can, take a few minutes out of your day to stand in front of the mirror and speak. Choose a topic, set a timer for 2 or 3 minutes and just talk.

    The point of this exercise is to watch your mouth, face and body language as you speak. It also makes you feel like you’re talking to someone, so you can pretend you’re having a discussion with a study buddy.

    Talk for the full 2 or 3 minutes. Don’t stop! If you get stuck on a word you don’t know, try expressing your idea in a different way. You can always look up how to say that word after the 2-3 minutes end. This will definitely help you find out what kinds of words or sentences you have trouble with.

    4. Focus on fluency, not grammar.

    When you speak in English, how often do you stop?

    The more you stop, the less confident you sound and the less comfortable you become. Try the mirror exercise above, but challenge yourself to speak without stopping or stammering (taking pauses between your words) the entire time.

    This might mean that your sentences won’t be grammatically perfect, and that’s okay! If you focus on speaking fluently instead of correctly, you’ll still be understood and you’ll sound better. You can fill in the correct grammar and word rules as you learn them better.

    5. Try some tongue twisters.

    Tongue twisters are series of words that are difficult to say quickly. One example is: “The thirty-three thieves thought that they thrilled the throne throughout Thursday.” Try saying this a few times! It’s not easy.

    Word games like this will help you find the right placement for your mouth and tongue, and can even help your pronunciation. You can find a list of great tongue twisters here.

    6. Listen and repeat.

    Do you watch TV shows or YouTube videos in English? Use them to improve your fluency. Choose a short part of a show and repeat it line by line. Try to match the tone, speed and even the accent (if you can). It doesn’t matter if you miss a few words, the important thing is to keep talking. Try to sound just like the native speakers on the show.

    FluentU is a great way to practice listening and repeating.

    FluentU takes real-world videos—like music videos, movie trailers, news and inspiring talks—and turns them into personalized language learning lessons.

    Whenever you watch a video here, you’ll see all of the spoken words right there on your screen.

    This makes listening and repeating even easier. Just turn off the subtitles when you want a challenge!

    If you see a word you don’t know, tap on the word to see an image, definition, examples, and other videos in which the word is used.

    For example, if you tap on the word “brought”, then you see this:

    FluentU lets you tap to look up any word.

    You can learn any video’s vocabulary with FluentU. Swipe left or right to see more examples for the word you’re learning.

    FluentU helps you learn fast with useful questions and multiple examples. Learn more.

    At FluentU, you can decide how you learn. You’ll have the freedom to choose which videos are most interesting to your personal learning experience.

    The more you listen to this authentic English, the better you will understand how to speak English naturally.

    Start using FluentU on the website with your computer or tablet, or download the FluentU app from the iTunes store.

    7. Pay attention to stressed sounds.

    English uses stresses in words and sentences. That means you’ll need to stress, or emphasize, certain words and syllables (sounds) to give words and sentences different meanings.

    Listen to where native speakers place the emphasis when they speak. Try to repeat it the same way.

    This won’t only help you speak well, it might even reduce misunderstandings. Sometimes the placing the stress on the wrong syllable completely changes the word. The word ADdress, for instance, isn’t the same as the word adDRESS. ADdress refers to a physical location where someone lives, and adDRESS means to formally speak to a group of people.

    Learn to hear the difference!

    8. Sing along to English songs.

    Singing along to your favorite English songs will help you become more fluent.

    Once you can sing along to Taylor Swift and Jason Mraz, you can test your skills with something a bit more difficult: rap!

    Rap is a great way to practice English because often the words are spoken like regular sentences. However, the rapper uses a stronger rhythm and faster speed. Some of the words might not make sense, but if you can keep up with the rapper then you’re on your way to becoming fluent!

    9. Learn word forms with new words.

    Some practice comes before you even open your mouth. Make speaking easier by learning the different forms of any words you learn. You should do this when you’re learning new vocabulary. For example, if you just learned the word write, you should also learn some other forms like wrote and written.

    Knowing the correct way to use a word in any kind of sentence is important. This knowledge will help you while speaking. You won’t have to stop and think of different words—you’ll know exactly when you need to use that word while speaking.

    10. Learn phrases, not words.

    An even better idea is to learn word phrases, not just words.

    You might be using correct grammar and vocabulary, but it’s still not how a native speaker would say it.

    For example, you can say “how do you feel today?” but a native speaker might say “how’re you doing?” or “what’s up?” instead. Phrases and expressions can be helpful for sounding more natural when you speak.

    11. Learn your most common sayings.

    Take some time to really notice how you speak in your native language.

    What words and phrases do you use the most often?

    Learn how to say your most commonly used phrases and words in English. Knowing them in English will help you speak as well in English as you do in your native language.

    12. Prepare for specific situations.

    Are you learning English for a specific reason? For example, are you learning English so you can get a job in an English-speaking company? In that case, practice English that will help you in an interview. Are you learning English so you can make friends in America? Then you would need a different kind of English.

    Before you go to a place where you have to speak English, you can practice what you might have to say. If you’re preparing to go to a restaurant, what might conversations in a restaurant sound like? Answer the questions a waiter might ask you. Try talking about food and menus.

    You’ll feel more confident if you’re prepared!

    13. Relax!

    You can be your best helper or your worst enemy when learning to speak fluently! We know it’s hard, but you should try not to worry about how you sound when you speak. Just relax!

    If you get stuck or confused, just take a big breath and start over. Speak slower if you have to. Take time to pause and think about your next sentence.

    Do whatever it takes to become more comfortable with speaking English.

    14. Tell a story from your language in English.

    Here’s a fun way to test how well your spoken English has developed: choose a story that you know really well and tell it in English.

    Remember to think in English as you’re telling your story. Focus on speaking fluently instead of correctly. Say every sentence out loud to yourself.

    Even if you have nobody to talk to in English, you can still build confidence and master fluency on your own time.”

    Content from “14 Methods for Improving Your Spoken English Without a Speaking Partner”

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  15. Firstly, you should focus on improving your spoken English because you retain what you speak. So, speak a little English everyday and try to overcome your hesitation. Do not be afraid to make mistakes. You’d surely make some but make it and correct it. It is fine even if you know only 10 words in English because the plan is to become fluent and efficient in it.

    You' ll be amazed at how quickly your language skills will improve.

    Then work on your pronunciation, a clear pronunciation is essential if you really want to improve your level of English. Listen closely to how others pronounce certain words and sounds and do your best to copy them.

    The next step should be towards expanding your vocabulary. The wider your vocabulary and the more English phrases you learn, the easier speaking English will become. Learn a new word or phrase everyday and try to use it in a sentence the other day.

    I hope this would help. 🙂

  16. To be honest, the definition of ‘Good’ differs from man to man depending on the basis of their thinking. I may not be so good in English, but here I am going to inform you some of my habits and techniques of reading and learning English discussing them thoroughly at my level best,…..I often have been asked on quora : How much time is required to be ‘Good’ in English ? I provide them with an answer as follows : No idea about the time limit, only knowing the path. And according to me no one can provide you with the correct limit of time until you start the journey as a honest traveller and judge your capacity in this field. More deep you will reach in the vast ocean of English, you will not discover any end out, you will just sink and sink…..,besides I do not know the definition of ‘good' on the basis of your thinking, so…..,Just as like this, some students think that daily 12 hours study schedule is ‘good' enough to meet their needs, and at the same time, some of them think that a day should contain 26 hours instead of 24 to complete their syllabus in a ‘good’ way……….,

    However, this language has infinite areas in it, most common sectors where we often visit and are badly needed in our daily life to cope with English are : Comprehension(Reading Skills), Grammar, Vocabulary, Writing, Spoken English. We have to analyze them, understand them to taste the real taste of English.

    Comprehension : To improve your reading skill i.e. to comprehend well, you need not to be a book-worm, you have to be a good reader and a good listener. Patience and concentration is earnestly required to cross this hurdle as a victor. Read a passage at least three times to make a complete sense of it in your mind. Solve questions asked from unknown passages. Invest your effort smartly in reading, give a underline behind every word which you fail to undetstand, keep a record book of these words, put extra pressure on each and every word respectively, specially on their uses and meanings from dictionaries, observe the different natures of a same word on the basis of a sentence, you can't skip a tough word, as a hole in the bowl is quite enough to drain the whole water.

    Grammar : Grammar is the most important portion in English department, many asks me on quora that : Is it possible to learn and speak English freely without having the proper knowledge of grammar ? I just ask them to tell me one thing that : Can a house be built by only using bricks, without using a bit of cement ?…..,Never…..,Tenses, Voice Change, Narration, Joining of sentences, Transformation of sentences are some of the most unforgettable chapters in English Grammar…..,Best sellimg grammar books are available in market to provide your requirement. Remember, never dare try to under-estimate English Grammar because it is the life of the language, it purely depends on how much you practice, and Practice makes a man perfect…..,

    Vocabulary : Haven't enough word stock ? No problem…..,Read English dailys, novels, various articles on internet, science magazines to enrich your vocabulary (You may also try Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis). Increase your power of thinking, sense of humour, try to realize the meaning of a word by observing the sentence, as it is not a good habit to consult oxford dictionaries all the time. Always make an attempt to guess the meaning first, it will develop your self-confidence. Do not try to over-learn as it may affect your brain. Try to learn just a single word every day, as An word a day keeps the dictionary away. Your word stock will be autometically increased day by day.Remember then, Words are the fossils of civilization, where language is the bridge of communication.

    Writing : I really don't know what extra points needed to be included about Writing Segment, as this the summation of discussion of the above three sectors completes this part. Writing judges your potential ability of thinking, power of writing-basically the strength of your pen. Story, Paragraph, Letter, Report, Leaflet, Notice, Precis, Telegram, Advertisement …… and many more, these all are the classification of writing section. Essay, biography, autobiography are the general types of paragraph. Personal letter, official letter, businesses letter fall under letter writing. If you desire to be a genuine writer, you have to digest novels, newspapers so that you can observe writing skills and techniques of eminent writers and reporters, and earn them as your own. The toughest task you will find here is to check your spellings, Spelling Mistake has become a nightmare for lots of students over decades.

    Spoken English : To err is human, so never hesitate to speak English freely in public just for the fear of making mistakes in pronounciation or grammar. Believe me, it rarely matters that the number of mistakes you have done, the thing which really matter is the number of words spoken by you. Stand in the front of a mirror, tell yourself that you can, and go ahead, practice speaking English fluently in this style as here is no scope to be laughed by others, many great people has got unbelievable results by practicing this way, it will improve your speaking skills, develop your personality, fill yourself with positive attitude. If you prefer to learn the spoken English, you need not spend extra hours behind it in coaching ckasses. Hope, you will become a master in this game.

    Hope this was helpful…..,Wishing your success on both of your luck and pluck…..,God be with you…..,Readers please Respond.

  17. Here are 70 ways I have been following for so long.. I hope some of them will help you too
    1. Start your own English language blog. Even for people who don't have to write in English, writing can be a great way of properly learning the kind of vocabulary you need to describe your own life and interests, and of thinking about how to stop making grammar mistakes. The problem most people have is that they don't know what to write about. One traditional way to make sure you write every day in English is to write an English diary (journal), and a more up to date way of doing this is to write a blog. Popular topics include your language learning experience, your experience studying abroad, your local area, your language, or translations of your local news into English.
    2. Write a news diary. Another daily writing task that can work for people who would be bored by writing about their own routines in a diary is to write about the news that you read and listen to everyday. If you include your predictions for how you think the story will develop (e.g. "I think Hillary will become president"), this can give you a good reason to read old entries another time, at which time you can also correct and mistakes you have made and generally improve what you have written.
    3. Sign up for a regular English tip. Some websites offer a weekly or even daily short English lesson sent to your email account. If your mobile phone has an e-mail address, it is also possible to have the tips sent to your phone to read on the way to work or school. Please note, however, that such services are not usually graded very well to the levels of different students, and they should be used as a little added extra or revision in your English studies rather than as a replacement for something you or your teacher have chosen more carefully as what you need to learn.
    4. Listen to MP3s. Although buying music on the internet is becoming more popular in many countries, not so many people know that you can download speech radio such as audio books (an actor reading out a novel) and speech radio. Not only is this better practice for your English than listening to English music, from sources like Scientific American, BBC and Australia's ABC Radio it is also free.
    5. Listen to English music. Even listening to music while doing something else can help a little for things like getting used to the natural rhythm and tone of English speech, although the more time and attention you give to a song the more you will learn from listening to it again in the future.
    6. Read the lyrics to a song. Although just listening to a song in English can be a good way of really learning the words of the chorus in an easily memorable way, if you want to really get something out of listening to English music you will need to take some time to read the lyrics of the song with a dictionary. If the lyrics are not given in the CD booklet, you may be able to find them on the internet, but please note that some lyrics sites deliberately put a few errors into their lyrics for copyright reasons. Once you have read and understood the lyrics,  if you then listen and read at the same time, this can be a good way of understanding how sounds change in fast, natural, informal speech.
    7. Sing karaoke in English. The next stage after understanding and memorising a song is obviously to sing it. Although some words have their pronunciation changed completely to fit in with a song, most of the words have the same sounds and stressed syllables as in normal speech. Remembering which words rhyme at the end of each line can also be a good way of starting to learn English pronunciation.
    8. Write a film, music, hotel or book review. Another motivating and easy way to make yourself write in English is to write a review for a site such as Amazon or Internet Movie Database. Many non-native speakers write reviews on sites like this, and if you have some special understanding of the book, music or film due to your first language or knowing the artist personally, that would be very interesting for the English speakers who read and write reviews on the site.
    9. Only search in English. Switching your search engine to the English language version of msn, yahoo, Google etc. can not only be a good way of practising fast reading for specific information in English, but could also give you a wider choice of sites to choose from and give you an idea of what foreigners are writing about your country and area.
    10. Read a book you've already read or seen the movie of in your own language . Although most language learners under Advanced level would probably learn more from reading a graded reader or something from the internet than they would from reading an original book written for English speakers, for some people reading something like Harry Potter in the original can be a great motivator to improve their English. To make this easier for you and make sure that it motivates you rather than just making your tired, try reading a book that you already know the story of. This not only makes it easier to understand and guess vocabulary, but you are also more likely to remember the language in it. If you have not read the book before, reading a plot summary from the internet can also help in the same way.
    11. Read a translation into English. Another way of making sure books are easier to understand is to choose a book that was originally translated into English, preferably from your own language. Even if you haven't read the book in your own language, you will find the English is written in a slightly simplified way that is more similar to how your own language is written than a book originally written in English would be.
    12. Skip the first ten pages. If you have given up with a book in English or are reading it very slowly, try skimming through the first ten pages or skipping them completely. The start of most books tend to be mainly description and are therefore full of difficult vocabulary and don't have a clear story line yet to help you understand what is happening and to motivate you to turn the next page. If the book is still too difficult even after the introductionary part is finished, it is probably time to give that book up for now and try it again after you have read some easier things.
    13. Read a book with lots of dialogue. Opening up books before you buy one and flicking through them to find one with lots of direct dialogue in it has several advantages. If there is less text on the page due to all the speech marks etc, this can make it easier to read and easier to write translations on. Dialogue is also much easier to understand than descriptive parts of a book, and is much more like the language you will want to learn in order to be able to speak English.
    14. Read English language comics. Even more than books with lots of dialogue, comics can be easy to understand and full of idiomatic language as it is actually spoken. There can be difficulties with slang, difficult to understand jokes and/ or dialogue written how people speak rather than with normal spellings, so try to choose which comic carefully. Usually, serious or adventure comics are easier to understand than funny ones.
    15. Read English language entertainment guides. Nowadays most big cities in the world have an English language magazine and/ or online guide to the movies, plays, exhibitions that are on in the city that week. Reading this in English is not only good value, but it could also guide you to places that English speakers are interested in and where you might hear some English spoken around you.
    16. Read English language magazines. Like books, if you can read two versions of the same magazine (Newsweek in your language and in English, for example), that could make understanding it much easier.
    17. Take a one week intensive course. Although you cannot expect to come out of a very short course speaking much better English than when you started it, if you continue studying a little over the following weeks and months, the knowledge you gained then will gradually come out and mean that your level of speaking, listening etc. are better than they would have been if you hadn't taken that course. This positive effect can still be true up to a year later.
    18. Follow your intensive course up with an extensive course. The more time you can spend studying English the better, but studying periodic intensive courses with a few hours of study a week in between is probably better value for money than any other system as it gives your brain time to subconsciously learn and start using the new language you have learnt before you introduce the next new "chunk" of language.
    19. Supplement your group class with a one to one class. Another good way to combine two different kinds of classes is to study both in a group class and one to one. Having a one to one teacher, even if just a couple of times a month, will mean that you can be taught exactly the language that you need, that you will have more time to speak, and that you can have as much error correction as you like.
    20. Supplement your one to one class with a group class. The benefits of having a group class are often less clear to students, but they include the fact that you will learn to deal with several people speaking at once, have a chance to practice skills such as interrupting people, and will hear a range of different viewpoints and topics.
    21. Teach your children or friends some English. Recent research has shown that elder children tend to be a couple of IQ points above their younger siblings, and the most likely reason is that explaining things to their little brothers and sisters gives them an intellectual boost. In the same way, teaching someone lower level than you the English you already know is a great way of permanently fixing that knowledge in your own brain.
    22. Ask your company to start English lessons. Even if you don't need to speak English at work, English lessons can be a fun and reasonably priced way for your company to spend their training budget in a popular way.
    23. Have English radio on in the background while you are doing your housework . Even if you are not listening carefully, it will help you get a feel for natural English rhythm and intonation.
    24. Play English language learning games on your Nintendo DS. Although such games can have quite random language and are unlikely to improve your ability to speak English on their own, the next time you hear or read the same language elsewhere it will be really fixed in your brain by the fact you have played a game with it in already. It is also a nice way of taking a break from your other English studies while also doing some English. To make sure it really is a break and to avoid wasting time learning language from the game that is not much used in daily life, don't bother writing down any new language you see in the game, but just try to learn it from playing the game again.
    25. Say or think what you are doing in English as you do your daily tasks. As you are doing your chores, try creating sentences describing what you are doing, e.g. ‘I am unscrewing the ketchup bottle cap'. This gets you used to thinking in English without translating, and can be a good way of seeing what simple vocabulary that is around you everyday you don't know. yet
    26. Watch English language films with English subtitles. For people who can't understand a film without subtitles but find themselves not listening at all when reading subtitles in their own language, this should be the way of watching a film that you should aim for. If it is too difficult to watch the whole film this way, try watching the (usually important) first 10 or 15 minutes of the film with subtitles in your own language, switch to English subtitles after that, and only switch back to subtitles in your own language if you get totally lost following the story of the film.
    27. Watch films in your language with English subtitles. If you are finding English films with English subtitles too difficult or you can't find English films with English subtitles in your local video shop, this is a good second best option. Looking for local films with English subtitles can also sometimes be a good sign of quality, as it means the producers of the film are expecting it to be popular internationally as well.
    28. Watch English films with subtitles in your language. Again, this is not as good practice as English language films with English subtitles, but is more relaxing, can be easier to find suitable DVDs for, and is also possible with VHS.
    29. Watch the same film or TV episode over and over again. This can not only save you money on DVDs, but will mean that you can really learn the language without having to study it. Some comedies can also get funnier the more you watch them, especially if you watch them with no subtitles and so understand a little more each time you watch it.
    30. Be realistic about your level. One thing that holds many language learners back is actually trying too hard and tackling something that their brain is not ready for yet. Checking your level with a level check test on the internet, by taking an English language test (FCE, CAE, IELTS, TOEIC, TOEFL etc.), or by taking a free trial level check and/ or lesson in a language school will help you find out what your level is and so choose suitable self-study materials.
    31. Be realistic about your reading level. Most researchers agree that people learn most when reading something they understand almost all of. If there are one or two words per page that you have never seen before, that is about the right level. If there are three or more on every page, you should switch to something easier and come back later.
    32. Read graded readers (= easy readers). These are books that are especially written for language learners like you, e.g. Penguin Readers. Although it can be difficult to find something as interesting as things written in newspapers or on the internet, in terms of learning the language only people who need to read for their work or an exam usually gain more from reading things written for graded readers. Graded readers of classic books like Charles Dickens also have the benefit of giving you a lot of knowledge about the literature, and culture more generally, of English speaking countries in a short time.
    33. Read the whole thing with no help. Although using a dictionary has been shown to help with both short term and long term learning of vocabulary, the fact that using it slows reading down can stop some people reading in English at all. Reading a whole book quickly through just for pleasure from time to time will help you remember how fun reading in another language can be.
    34. Read and learn everything. At the opposite extreme, it can be hard work but very satisfying to get to the end of a book knowing that you have learnt every word in it. See other tips on this page to make sure it is a book that is easy enough to do this with and to ensure that the vocabulary you learn is useful.
    35. Watching English children's films or TV programmes. Although some of the vocabulary you can learn from things made for children can be a bit strange (lots of animal names and maybe animal noises, including baby names for things), the fact that not only the language but the structure of the story is simplified can make it an easy and motivating thing to watch. Like good language learning materials, the same language is also often repeated to make it memorable, and the use of catchy songs etc. can increase this positive effect on your memory.
    36. Read English children's books. This is very similar to watching English children's movies, but with the added advantage of there being more illustrations than adult books, which both helps you to understand the story and makes the page brighter and more motivating to read.
    37. Keep a list of language to learn, e.g. a vocab list. Even if you don't often find time to go though your vocab list and it keeps on building up, just the act of choosing which words you need to learn and writing them down on a special list can help you learn them.
    38. Go through your vocab list several times every day. If ticking off words on a vocabulary list on the train to work is inconvenient or embarrassing for you, you can keep your list of words to learn as an entry in your electronic dictionary, as a mobile phone to do list or as a text file in your MP3 player (e.g. iPod). Although the time spent transferring the information between different formats like these may seem wasted, in fact any time you spend using the vocabulary like this will help you learn it.
    39. Convert your vocab list to English only. One way to stop yourself translating and therefore increase your speed of comprehension and production is to learn all your vocabulary without the use of your own first language. Ways you can write a vocab list in only English include with synonyms (words with the same meaning, e.g. "tall" and "high"); with opposites ("high" and "low"); with pronunciation factors such as number of syllables (the number of beats, e.g. three for "de- ci- sion") and the word stress (the syllable that is pronounced louder and longer, e.g. the second syllable in "baNAna"); and gapped sentences (e.g. "I am not _________________ in science fiction" for the word "interested").
    40. Cross out and delete. Crossing out or deleting words, sentences or whole pages that you have learnt can be a great motivator, and save your list of things to learn becoming too big to handle.
    41. Throw everything away and start again. One of the things that can put most people off learning is a stack of half finished books or a huge list vocabulary waiting to be learnt. Simply getting rid of all that and starting again with something new from zero can be a great motivator and get your studies underway again.
    42. Label things in your house or office with post-its. The easiest vocabulary to learn is the vocabulary of things you see and use everyday. If you can write the names of things around you on slips of paper and stick them on the real thing, this is a great way of learning useful vocabulary. If you can leave them there over the following days and weeks, this is a very easy way of revising the vocabulary until it is properly learnt.
    43. Label a drawing. For people who can't put labels on real things, the next best option is to take a photo of a real place in your life like your office, print it out, and then draw lines to all of the things you can see in the picture and label them in English with the help of a dictionary. You can do the same thing with places you pass through everyday like the station. Because you will see the same thing again and again, it should be easy to really learn the words for those things.
    44. Keep a diary in English. This is a popular method of making sure you use English everyday for people who don't often speak English and can't think of things to write about. The fact that you are writing about real things that have happened to you means that any words you look up in the dictionary will be vocabulary that is useful for you and easy to learn.
    45. Online chat. The closest thing to speaking for people who don't have the chance to speak English is online chat, as you have to think and respond quickly, and the language is short and informal just like speech.
    46. Listen to the radio news in English. You can make this easier by reading the news in English first, or even just by reading or listening to the news in your own language.
    47. Read an English language newspaper. Freebie newspapers like "Metro" in London are usually the easiest to understand, followed by mid-brow titles like "The Daily Express" or "The Daily Mail" in English. Popular newspapers like "The Sun" are more difficult because of the idiomatic, slangy use of language and the number of jokes in the headlines and articles.
    48. Write fiction in English, e.g. short stories. For people who find writing a diary about things that happen to them everyday boring, the best thing is to let your imagination go and write about whatever comes into your head. The advantage of this is that if you can't think of how to say something in English, you can just change the story to something that is easier to explain. Perhaps the easiest way to start writing fiction in English is with a diary, changing any details you like to make it more interesting and adding more and more fantasy as the weeks go on.
    49. English language exercise videos. This is quite similar to how babies learn, by listening, watching and copying. It is also good for your health!
    50. Learn a famous speech or poem in English by heart. Although you may never hear or get the chance to say exactly that line, having one memorable example of an English grammatical form in your head can make it much easier to learn other examples of the same grammar as you hear them. It is also something you can practice over and over without being as boring as grammatical drills.
    51. Get tipsy (= a little drunk) before speaking English. This can not only improve your fluency while you are drinking, but can also improve your confidence in future days and weeks by showing you that you can communicate what you want to say.
    52. Use a dictionary while you are watching a movie. Films often have the same words many times, so if you look up important words the first or second time you hear them, you should have learnt them by the end of the film. It is easier to use a dictionary if you watch with English subtitles.
    53. Learn and use the phonemic script. Although there are many sounds in English, there are even more spellings. By learning the phonemic script and writing vocabulary down with it, you can both add another stage to your vocabulary learning that should help you learn it more thoroughly, and improve your pronunciation. It can also make things easier for you by stopping you trying to pronounce different spellings of the same pronunciation different ways.
    54. Learn some spelling rules. Many people think that English spelling is random, but in fact most words follow some kind of rule, e.g. the "magic E" that changes the pronunciation of "mad" and "made".
    55. Record your own voice. For people who don't have much or any correction of pronunciation from a teacher, recording yourself and listening back makes it easier to hear whether you are really making the English sounds that you are trying to or not.
    56. Use computer pronunciation analysis. Although most programmes that claim to tell you when you are pronouncing correctly or not don't actually do that, listening many times and seeing how your voice changes as you try to match the sounds and waveform given by a pronunciation CD ROM can be good practice and more motivating than just recording your own voice.
    57. Learn as many words as you can of one category, e.g. animal words. Learning similar words together can both expand your overall vocabulary and make them easier to learn by forming links between the words in your brain.
    58. Take holidays abroad. This is not only a good opportunity to speak English in situations where you really have to make yourself understood in order to live, but it is also a good motivator to study English seriously in the weeks and months before your trip. If possible, also try to use English even when you could use your own language, e.g. when you pick a guided tour of a museum or historic place or when you book a flight on the internet, and try to avoid package tours.
    59. Draw pictures of the words you want to learn. Especially if you are artistic, this can be a better way of learning vocabulary than writing translations or example sentences.
    60. Find a foreign boyfriend or girlfriend. No tips on how to do this here, but everyone agrees that getting or even just looking for a date in English can be a great motivator to improve your language skills.
    61. Arrange a conversation exchange. Swapping lessons and conversation with someone who wants to learn your language can be a good alternative for those who aren't looking for romance, or can sometimes lead onto dating for those who are!
    62. Sign up for an English language exam. Even if you don't need to take an exam and don't want to or can't take a special course to study for it, paying to take an exam like TOEFL, TOEIC, IELTS or FCE can really motivate you take your English studies seriously.
    63. Model your accent on one particular actor. e.g. try to speak like Robert De Niro . Students who say they want to sound more like a native speaker have the problem that native speakers don't sound all that much like each other. Choosing one model can make the task of improving your pronunciation more clear, and is quite fun. Doing an impression of that person also makes a good party trick.
    64. Use an English-English dictionary. Trying to use a bilingual dictionary less and switching to a monolingual one can help you to stop translating in you head when you are speaking or listening, and other useful English vocabulary can come up while you are using the dictionary.
    65. Occasionally talk to or e-mail your friends in English. Many people find this a bit false or embarrassing, but if you think of it as a study club and set a particular time and/ or place, it is no different from studying maths together.
    66. Go to an English or Irish pub. As well as having a menu in English and being a good way of finding out something about the culture of English speaking countries, you might also find there are free English language listings magazines, English language sports on the TV and/ or foreign people you can speak to.
    67. Buy a speaking electronic dictionary. Although most electronic dictionaries are not as good as paper ones for the amount of information they give you about each word, some of them have the very useful function of saying the word with the correct pronunciation.
    68. Learn your electronic dictionary vocabulary list. Most electronic dictionaries also have a button which you can push to see the last 30 or more words you looked up. By deleting words you decide are useless or you have already learnt from this list, you can use it as a "to do list" of words to learn that you can look at several times a day in the train etc.
    69. Switch operating system to English. Changing the operating language of your mobile phone, video recorder etc. to English can be an easy way of making sure you use the language everyday.
    70. Set goals. Deciding how many hours you want to study, how many words you want to learn or what score you want to get in a test are all good ways of making sure you do extra study.

  18. English is one of the most important languages in the world. This beautiful language is everywhere as it is estimated that over 1 billion people are learning English worldwide at any one time. To study English well, there are key things you should consider.

    1. Know why you want to learn English

    Before you start or go back to studying English, ask yourself why you want to learn English. Is it because you want to? For the best outcomes, studying English should be something you want to do.

    2. Set goals and create an agenda

    If you know why you want to study, it is easy to set goals. For example, perhaps you want to travel and work in an English speaking country. Then your goal might be to choose an ELICOS course like General English (GE). General English focuses on developing the English language and communicative skills needed in a range of everyday contexts. Whatever your goals, write them down and make an agenda to achieve them.

    3. Make a commitment

    Learning English needs a lot of motivation. Once you are ready to begin studying, stick by it until the end.

    4. Realize that you can be good at English

    Anyone can be good at English, and you can, too. Race does not matter. Gender does not matter. Age does not matter. As long as you maintain motivation and take English easily, English is easy indeed.

    5. Don’t mind what other people think

    Some people are shy to speak English because others think of them as being a show off or because others say their English is not good. Don’t let what others think stop you achieving your potential. Take every chance you have. Speak up and be proud to speak English. At Scots, we encourage ‘English Only On Campus’ to reinforce English learning in a safe and proactive manner. That way our students can learn to speak English and think in English.

    6. Have fun learning English

    “The secret of joy in work is contained in one word – excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it.” (Pearl S. Buck). If you are not having fun studying English, you are not learning the right way. You can be a serious student while having fun at the same time.

    7. Take your holidays abroad (If possible)

    Save money, create your abroad travel itinerary and go to your favorite country. Enjoy the trip and utilize this chance to speak and perfect your English. One of the most preferred options is to travel to Australia and attend a premium quality ELICOS course. ELICOS courses are open to all international students, or those on working holiday or visitor visas.

    Source: What Are the Keys to Learning English Well?

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