Learners are frequently eager to improve their English skills as quickly as possible. Here are a few tips.
- Speak all the time. The phrase “practice makes perfect” might be a cliché, but it is true nonetheless. Nobody ever got better at any skill without repetition and focus. The frequency with which a learner practices English is directly related to the speed that they pick up the language on the way to becoming fluent. Repetition helps with vocabulary retention, syntax flow, and more.
- Turn the subtitles on and try to follow the dialogue. So many movies and songs use English. Try to listen and understand in English, using your native language as an aid when necessary. Or, conversely, listen to a TV show or a video in your native language, but turn on English captions. That way, you can try to read the English subtitles as dialogue is spoken. You will learn new vocabulary and get a better “ear” for spoken English.
- Make English-speaking friends. Whether that person is a foreigner living in your home country, or a friend who is also learning English, finding someone you can practice communicating with is a great way to speed your development.
- If you don’t know any English speakers, consider joining a club. There are many groups of English speakers — probably even in your area! The internet makes meeting new people easy.
- If possible, travel to an English-speaking nation. The reason that people who relocate to live in England, America, or Australia pick up English so much more quickly than those who stay in their home country and study is because of immersion – the total surrounding of oneself with English. When you visit an English speaking country, chances are not a lot of people there will be able to converse in your native tongue. Because of that, you’ll be forced to communicate in English. Be open – most people are kind to foreigners, willing to patiently lend a helping hand if you show the desire to speak English with them.
- Don’t be scared to make mistakes. A lot of learners tend to shy away from speaking (especially with a native speaker) because they’re afraid they’ll speak imperfectly and maybe “lose face”. Usually, this fear is unfounded. Most people understand that learning a new language takes time. The more you practice putting words together, the faster you’ll sound like a native speaker yourself!