How To Improve Your English A,B,C…
Adapted from About.com Guide, By Kenneth Beare,
Learning English (or any language for that matter) is a process. You are continually improving your English and the following “How to” describes a strategy to make sure that you continue to improve effectively.
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- Remember that learning a language is a gradual process – it does not happen overnight.
- Define your learning objectives early: What do you want to learn and why?
- Make learning a habit. Try to learn something every day. It is much better to study (or read, or listen to English news, etc.) 10 minutes each day than to study for 2 hours once a week.
- Remember to make learning a habit! If you study each day for 10 minutes English will be constantly in your head. If you study once a week, English will not be as present in your mind.
- Choose your materials well. You will need reading, grammar, writing, speaking and listening materials
- Vary your learning routine. It is best to do different things each day to help keep the various relationships between each area active. In other words, don’t just study grammar.
- Find friends to study and speak with. Learning English together can be very encouraging.
- Choose listening and reading materials that relate to what you are interested in. Being interested in the subject will make learning more enjoyable – thus more effective.
- Relate grammar to practical usage. Grammar by itself does not help you USE the language. You should practice what you are learning by employing it actively.
- Move your mouth! Understanding something doesn’t mean the muscles of your mouth can produce the sounds. Practice speaking what you are learning aloud: use the muscles of your mouth! Sing, for example. It may seem strange, but it is very effective.
- Be patient with yourself. Remember learning is a process – speaking a language well takes time. It is not a computer that is either on or off!
- Communicate! There is nothing like communicating in English and being successful. Grammar exercises are good – having your friend on the other side of the world understand your email is fantastic!
- Use the Internet. The Internet is the most exciting, unlimited English resource that anyone could imagine and it is right at your finger tips.
- 1. Remember that English learning is a process
- 2. Be patient with yourself
- 3. Practice, practice, practice!