How can I improve my English? Each and every learner of English comes across this question.
It’s not a coincidence.
We all have different learning techniques. Some may enjoy reading, which helps them to progress. Others simply sit in front of the TV and watch everything in English, and are able to understand the language perfectly (I know a person like this.)
Some people prefer to be thrown into the deep end and visit an English speaking country.
That would be me. I can learn English or any other language well and quickly, if I travel to that country and immerse myself in their language and culture.
If you are the latter type, The Kaplan International College can help you with that. Their infographic “How to learn English” is an interesting study about the effective ways of learning English.
How To Learn English Infographic
Of course it is not that simple. To travel there, live there, study or work there. Not all of us have the opportunity to do that.
So what can you do when you have to study English at home? I’m going to share ideas that helped me in English learning and resulted in an incredible improvement in my knowledge of this language.
1. Read blogs or news which are important for you in English!
When MyEnglishTeacher.eu was launched I knew absolutely nothing about the online world. I didn’t know how to make the website popular or how to use social media.
At first I started to look for information in my language (Hungarian), but when I didn’t find enough information, I had to check the things in English.
Since then I read everything that interests me and that contains useful information for me, in English. One or two articles per day. I have made tremendous improvement, as now I can understand anything that I read. Isn’t that what you want?
2. Reading itself is not enough. You also have to speak!
After gathering all the necessary information and reading a lot, I had my thoughts and plans about how to make MyEnglishTeacher.eu popular. I started chatting with people.
I corresponded a lot with others and I do it to this day. It can happen through emails, Facebook comments or Twitter. These tools are all perfect for communication. Write comments or start your own blog about something that you are interested in. You should do it! Combine work with pleasure!
3. But written communication is different from live communication!
Yes, I could solve a lot of things with correspondence. But there are some topics that are easier to discuss face to face. Live or through Skype. There is no other solution than speaking!
It is strange at first. You are afraid. Your heart is beating fast. But when it comes to your second live chat you begin to feel relaxed. And the third time really becomes an experience!
Then you happily realize that YOU’VE LEARNED TO SPEAK ENGLISH!
That’s true. You have everything you need now.
- Vocabulary (you gathered it when you were reading in English).
- You can utilize the words you’ve learned and you also know grammar. (You would’ve practised it by writing comments or blogging).
- And finally you can speak with people from different nations face to face, and you not only talk to them, but you understand what they say. (You practised this at stage 3).
Congratulations! You’ve made it!
You now have all the tools you need to become fluent in English. I hope you’ve started already…
If you follow my advice you’ll be able to speak English in a year, if that is what you want!
If you have any questions, feel free to write them in the comment box below. I will always be glad to help.