Easy Ways to Learn the English Language Quicker…
Learning a new language can undoubtedly open up a host of exciting opportunities and experiences for you, from getting a job at the company of your dreams to being able to have a fluent conversation in English with a British national. Grasping the complexities, however, can be notoriously tricky, but with plenty of determination and patience, you can achieve your goal. Why not give it a go?
Here are our 25 top tips on the best way to learn English fast:
- Immerse yourself in British culture
By immersing yourself in the language, you will force your brain to engage with English in a variety of settings. You’re certain to pick up on an array of English idioms, colloquialisms and abbreviations that Brits use on a regular basis; these are shining beacons of fluency and can be the difference between being good and being excellent.
- Watch British TV
Part of the aforementioned immersion can be undertaken from the comfort of your sofa. Yes, watching a variety of different British TV shows will attune your ear to the many wonderful accents that fill these fair isles. Your vocabulary will be expanded, and your ability to comprehend regional accents will improve.
- Watch English speaking movies
Watching English language movies is an incredibly effective way to engage the Wernicke’s area of the brain (the part responsible for determining context and meaning). By watching a story, you’ll be challenging a different part of your English language capabilities. Watching and repeating lines from a movie can also help with improving pronunciation.
- Watch shows for children
If you find watching films a stretch too far, watching children’s shows might be the stepping stone you need. Children’s shows are designed to introduce key topics in a clear and simple way. You’ll also learn some of the language basics that are often overlooked when studying as an adult, such as how to pronounce the alphabet.
- Listen to music
Song lyrics often find their way into our unconscious. For this reason, listening to music can be a useful tool for absorbing new words or phrases. Combine this with a little research, and you’ll start to see your vocabulary grow.
- Listen in to conversations
Forget TV drama; real soap operas are happening in cafes and on public transport right now! Much like eyes, ears can be trained to pick up on particular details, so make the most of your time out in London by listening in on a few conversations.
- Read books and magazines
Learning English is not only about studying textbooks in class. You can also read in private, but make sure you choose a novel or magazine that captures your interest to avoid boredom. Make notes of anything you don’t understand, and don’t be afraid to bring questions into class.
- Socialise, socialise, socialise
Reading English has its purposes, but for practical, everyday use the spoken form is queen. Try to become a social butterfly, and try to have fun while you are speaking.
- Don’t shy away from one-to-one conversations
If you’ve been invited out with a friend who speaks only English, don’t make an excuse not to go. Instead, embrace the opportunity and do all you can to communicate in the best way possible. And don’t be embarrassed to make mistakes, this is the prime time to ask for guidance.
- Keep an English diary
You can engage with the written form of English on a daily basis by keeping a diary and noting down your thoughts. Looking back at it over the year and you should notice significant improvement.
- Write stories
Self-study is the key when it comes to learning English, so keep things interesting by writing stories, poems or anecdotes. Use as much new vocabulary as possible and perhaps even set yourself themes to write about.
- Start a blog
Sharing your learning journey via a blog is another excellent way, once again, to engage those writing skills. It can also act as a guide for those in similar positions. You can share first-hand experience of living in a new city and learning a ‘nuova lingua’. Family and friends will also be able to keep abreast of your progress.
- Have Skype conversations
If immersing yourself into the British way of life isn’t possible, try to set up Skype conversations with native English speakers – be it friends or tutors – as this will help with both your confidence, pronunciation, listening and comprehension.
- Make the most of Twitter
With only 140 characters per Tweet allowed, Twitter forces users to be concise with their vocabulary. Embrace the platform, and see your writing precision improve.
- Follow English-related accounts
Try following social media accounts that will improve your English language skills, Twitter is great for this purpose, look out for @engVid, @EnglishTips4U, or @allearsenglish – each of which offers an array of hints and tips.
- Embrace Facebook
Facebook is kind of like a long Twitter; you’re given more space to talk, which means you can express yourself in more detail. You can write about your daily happenings and comment on other people’s post which will improve your literacy abilities.
- Like English-related Facebook pages
Facebook also has dedicated English-learning pages such as BBC Learning English, English Language Practice and the English Speaking Club. Like the pages, and start reading a host of useful information on issues like why English idioms are used and what they mean.
- Post on Instagram
Combine your visual skill with your language learning ability by posting on Instagram. Describing the image you’ve displayed is a fun way to engage with the language. Take the opportunity to carefully define what your photograph is.
- Watch YouTube videos
YouTube is quite literally packed with English speaking videos around a host of topics, so take the time to peruse the site and see what it has to offer. You can spend a lot of time doing this but make sure you make the most of these YouTube sessions by giving yourself a target such as learning subject-specific vocabulary.
- Record your English lessons
If possible, record your English lessons to listen to at a later date, or consider uploading to a cloud storage space for easy access in case you need to refer to them.
- Record yourself speaking
Want to work on your pronunciation? Record yourself speaking and play it back to see where you are making mistakes and how you can improve.
- Learn English idioms
The plethora of words and phrases in the English language that can’t be translated are often called idioms. Learning these examples (of which include “raining like cats and dogs” or “the best thing since sliced bread”) will give you a better understanding of what locals mean and help you not to “get bent out of shape”.
- Label your home
Developing your vocabulary can be achieved by labelling various objects in your home. Place sticky notes next to each object, and read them out loud whenever you get the chance.
- Write notes to yourself
Start getting in the habit of writing quick notes in English. You’ll become accustomed to thinking on your feet in the language, and you can read them back later to see where you could have improved.
- Work out where you learn best
Do you learn best in the classroom? Perhaps you absorb things more efficiently through self-study? Whatever the case, think about where you are most productive, and try to make that you’re central hub of study. Similarly, try to shape your study times around when you’re at your most productive.
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