One of the first things to say if you are learning English is that it is not something that can be done really easily – time and effort is required if you are to succeed in learning the language. Here are some tips for improving your skills:
- The answer is in the question:
Listen carefully when someone asks you a question in English and you’ll be able to answer every time. English questions are like mirrors:
Does he…? Yes, he does.
Can she…? Yes, she can.
Is it…? Yes, it is.
If someone asks you a question and you’re not sure how to answer, start by thinking about the words used in the question. The person has already said most of the words you need to make your answer. Instead of just memorising English grammar, start to look for patterns like this one. There are a lot of simple ways to ‘cheat’ and make it easier to remember the right words.
- Watch English or American films and TV series:
By doing this, you are surrounding yourself with the English language which means that although you might not be able to understand everything, you can get used to listening to the speed at which English and American people speak.
- Practice in full sentences as well as just learning vocab and grammar rules:
Speaking English fluently means being able to express your thoughts, feelings and ideas. Your goal is to speak English in full sentences, so why not learn it in full sentences? You’ll find that English is more useful in your everyday life if you study whole phrases, rather than just vocabulary and verbs. Start by thinking about phrases that you use frequently in your native language, and then learn how to say them in English.
- Don’t be afraid to make mistakes:
Sometimes it can be difficult to put all those rules and words together into a simple sentence. Don’t let the fear of saying something wrong stop you from speaking at all. Even if you think you’re making a mistake, keep speaking anyway. Most of the time, people will understand what you’re trying to say, even if you make a mistake. Plus, the more you speak, the easier it gets, and the more quickly the right words will come to mind.
- Talk with native speakers:
You can do this in many ways, but one of the best ways is to visit an English speaking place. Because English people are lazy and don’t often learn other languages, they are only able to speak English, so due to this it is a perfect opportunity to practice as they will not be able to help you in your native language which can sometimes be better for your development.
- Take advantage of free online material:
Nowadays there are so many resources available online that you’d be silly not to utilise them. Many language learning apps are free to buy, which can give you a very strong basis to start or further your language skills.
Overall it is clear that there are many tips for learning English, and if you follow those listed above, then your English will definitely improve.
Written by Stephen Kent, International Speaker at Iberlingva