A few tips for English learners
So you want to know the big secret to learning English, right? You want to know how you can learn the language in the quickest way possible and you want to speak fluently and as soon as possible, preferably by tomorrow. Well, I'm sorry to be the one to tell you, but unfortunately learning a language is not a magical and easily attainable thing in life. It take hard work, dedication, and it's a big commitment.
Don't worry though, pick your head back up, hope is not lost! While learning another language isn't the easiest thing to do on Earth, there are ways we can make it easier, more enjoyable and quicker to learn. Here I have gathered some of my best tips that I can offer ESL learners. So lift up that head, put a smile on your face and let's learn English the best way we can!
Top tips for learning English
Alright, first things first, how do you learn English and are you happy with your situation? What exactly do I mean by this? I want to know, how do you learn. Do you go to a English center after work? Are you learning in school? Do you take English courses online?
How do you practice your English?
After answering this question, answer this: Are you happy with your situation? In other words, is it working and are you satisfied? If your answer is 'no' then you have a big problem already. You must learn in a way that is best for you. For example. If you are busy at work all day and absolutely dread going to your English classes afterwards because your tired and hungry and have many things to do after work, then you should consider trying online courses. Online courses are more convenient for the busy business person. You can take classes at your own leisure and prices are usually comparable.
This is the first and more important thing to consider. If you absolutely hate your English learning situation, you are already on the road to giving up and making your English learning experience more difficult.
Once you have found your place for learning English there are a few extra tips that you can do to help make your learning more effective and overall better.
If you are learning online: Make sure your kids are out of the room, the TV is off, and you are in a nice and quiet environment. Make sure you take classes at a time this is truly convenient for you. If you are taking classes at 1:00AM, you are not really going to retain and learn very much at this crazy hour of night.
If you are learning at a center: Make sure you are learning with curriculum that is meant for you and your level. Sometimes at centers, they use one book or learning tool for everyone, but not everyone is the same. Don't let them get ahead of your abilities so they can â€œkeep you on track with the course.â€ If you're not ready to move on to the next section, just tell them so. If you continue without knowing the previous content well enough you can become overwhelmed and want to give-up.
Should you be a beginner, try making the basics go a bit quicker. Make notes around your house for the objects in your home. Learn the greetings by placing a note card with the phrases and greetings we use next to your phone. Find beginner English games online and practice even just 10 minutes a day. Getting the basics down, especially when speaking about vocabulary, is the biggest hurdle. Get over that step quicker by making your studying a bit more intense. You'll feel confident after getting the basics down quickly too.
My best tip that I love to give my students is a weird one and you may think I am a bit looney once you hear it... I want you to think to yourself in English. This is especially ideal for you busy bee's out there. Maybe you can't get to your English class today? It's OK, just think in English for at least 20-30 minutes a day or more if you can. It will be difficult at first to remember and you will think in your native language initially, however make yourself translate your thoughts. For example, if are thinking about what you need to do today, you might think:
'OK, I need to go to the grocery store, then get a haircut, and then pick up my daughter from dance class today.'
This will of course be thought in your native language instinctively, but you now must translate that thought into English. Don't know a word? Write it down and look it up. Think of a question? Write it down to ask your English teacher or to post on an ESL learning forum (like this one!)
Carry a small notepad for these ideas and questions. Make the list of words that you don't know your â€œwords of the dayâ€ and learn them every morning or evening. This is an easy way to expand your vocabulary.
I hope some of these tips helped you. What's your biggest hurdle with learning English? What have you done to overcome it? Got anymore to share with our readers? Have you found your own magical way of learning English? Thanks in advanced for sharing your awesome ideas.
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