So you’ve started learning English. You’re going to classes, you’re doing your homework but you’re still not making a lot of progress... Well, not to worry! We’ve put together a list of tips from our teachers and students to help you learn English- fast!
Tips for Learning English
1) Read in English
Reading in a different language can sometimes feel intimidating, but that’s often because we try and read books that are too difficult for our level. Start off with simpler books or use Graded Readers (books that are half in English and half in another language) to help you along your way. You can also check out this list of books for English beginners.
2) Watch TV in English
Okay, so you’ve probably seen Game of Thrones by now, but there’s so much more you can do to learn English with TV series. Check out some of these amazing series in English and try watching them with English subtitles (not subtitles in your own language). You’ll be surprised how much you pick up!
3) Listen to as much English as possible
If you’re a fan of podcasts, start listening to them in English! Fan of rock metal? Find some English rock bands and actually investigate what the lyrics mean. You’ll find your speaking skills start to improve too.
4) Find a language exchange
We’ve already explored some of the best ways to find a language exchange partner. But there are SO many ways of finding exchange partners. Try posting on your school message board, or even ask someone else in your English class who might want to practise with you.
5) Do things in English you ENJOY
There’s no point attempting to read the Harry Potter books in English if you hated the books in Italian. Instead, choose to do things in English that you know you’ll like. Do you love cooking? Then watch an English cookery show. Are you a huge fan of Ariana Grande? Then follow her on Twitter and try to understand what she tweets. Learning a language should be fun, so don’t make it a chore.
6) Get digital
Let’s be honest, most of us spend the majority of our spare time on social media. If this is true for you, then try and incorporate English into your digital life. Follow English groups, news outlets and celebrities on FB, Instagram and Twitter. You’ll find you get much better used to reading in English and also learn loads of fun internet slang.
7) Make English-speaking friends
English speakers are everywhere. You just need to find them. If you’re living in a major city, or even medium-sized town, in Europe, Asia or Latin America then chances are there are native English speakers in your hometown just waiting to be found. Try attending local international parties, language exchanges or even hanging out at your local Irish pub and you’re bound to find to find an English speaker looking for a friend.
8) Be motivated
It can be really easy to give up when you don’t understand something, but try not to quit! Learning a language takes time but you will get there eventually. The most important thing is to keep trying.
9) Speak as much as possible.
Try to speak in English at every opportunity and don't be afraid of making mistakes. Ask questions in class, practise speaking in the shower, whatever it takes to build your confidence!
So this is not easy for everyone. Travel is expensive and sometimes VISA restrictions can get in your way, but if you do have the means, then traveling to an English speaking country is a great way to surround yourself with the language- as long as you actually spend your time with native speakers!
If you’re interested in spending some time learning English abroad, then check out our English language courses in the UK. Or check out Learn English with BSC to start learning English with songs and videos.
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