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20 Ways to Learn English At Home and Learn English At Your Own Pace
20 Ways to Learn English At Home and Learn English At Your Own Pace
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20 Ways to Learn English At Home
20 Ways to Learn English At Home and Learn English At Your Own Pace
How can I become fluent in English?
Answer by Arnel Nisbet, ( Online English Coach and content creator, @ Arnel’s Everyday English – Arnel has been teaching motivated English learners just like you for over eight years. Over these years, it’s been an absolute pleasure to help students :). All credit goes to Arnel Nisbet Thank you!
Here are 20 Tips! Yes, you can improve your English at home.
Thank you, Youtube – Arnel’s Everyday English.
1. You need to have mini goals
LONG TERM GOALS are great: I want to speak English perfectly in five months /I don’t want to have my accent / In two months, I can get a 7 on the IELTS.
But, MINI GOALS can be more helpful:
- This week I am going to work on using the ‘present perfect’.
- This week I need to practise for a job interview in English.
I will study vocabulary related to the job and practise with a friend.
- Every day, I want to write 1 paragraph in my diary.
2. You need a book
If you don’t have a teacher, or are trying to study English alone, you need a book. This can be a grammar book, vocabulary book or exam preparation book. Study one unit at a time.
3. Use YouTube
There are so many great English teaching videos out there. Use YouTube to help you with your vocabulary, grammar or exam preparation.
4. Write example sentences
Use what you’ve learnt in tips 1 and 2 to write example sentences. For example, if you’ve been studying the conditionals, write sentences using this grammar:
- If I eat peanuts, I get an allergic reaction. (0 Conditional)
- If I have to look at one more job application, I’ll scream! (1st Conditional)
5. Watch TV and films with subtitles
Use subtitles when you watch TV and films. Don’t feel guilty! They are excellent resources. You can practise your listening and reading when you use subtitles. Look for new vocabulary, grammatical structures, and interesting language.
6. Make a decision – films
Are you watching a film to study or to relax? Make sure you separate the two.
- If you are studying…
-have your dictionary ready.
-pause the film whenever you need to write new vocabulary.
-repeat clips until you fully understand what someone is saying.
-test your listening without subtitles, and then check yourself with subtitles.
- If you are relaxing…
-enjoy the film.
-have some popcorn!
7. Make a decision – reading
This is related to Tip 6. If you’re reading in English, make sure you separate ‘relaxing reading’ and ‘studying reading’. If you combine the two, you can’t really enjoy your reading, and at the same time you can’t really completely study. Make a decision.
- If you’re studying…
-write new vocabulary in a specific notebook (phrase level vocabulary! See Tip # 11)
-think about why a certain tense is used (Hm…why did the writer use ‘past perfect’ here?)
- If you’re relaxing…
enjoy the book.
(eat some popcorn.)
8. Do things you enjoy…in English
Everything you love to do, you can do in English. If you like cooking, use a recipe that’s in English. If you like sports, watch sports with English commentary. This will make learning English feel a lot more enjoyable. It’s wonderful to have a large vocabulary on things you love; then you can talk about them easily!
9. Change your phone and PC settings
Nowadays we are always on our phone or computer. It’s time to change your settings, so you are constantly exposed to English. You will start learning new vocabulary for your emails and internet activity!
10. Keep a diary
Every day, write what you’ve done. Write about your daily activities, feelings, and ideas. You can even write short stories. The English does not need to be perfect. You need to start becoming comfortable using English.
The more comfortable you are… the more confident you become….the more you use your English…. the better your English becomes.
11. Learn phrase level vocabulary
English is a very idiomatic language. For example: The test was a piece of cake. (Piece of cake = very easy)
We don’t literally mean a slice of cake to eat. If you translate English word for word, the language becomes very confusing. Memorise groups of words: take a nap, it’s up to you, on a number of occasions….
12. Record yourself speaking
If you have a mobile phone, you have a voice recorder. Speak for 1 minute non-stop about a topic you like. This topic can be anything: restaurants, your best friend, the shirt you are wearing etc. Listen to yourself. Can you self correct?
- How is your pronunciation?
- Do you always use the same vocabulary?
- Do you take a long time to pause and think?
It’s not easy listening to your own voice, but give it a try.
13. Highlight things in newspapers and magazines
Many people don’t buy newspapers and magazines anymore. But you should! They are very cheap study materials. Use a highlighter and highlight different grammatical structures, new vocabulary, prepositions etc. You can also write mini notes directly on the paper.
Using newspapers and magazines is the perfect way to implement, Tip # 14…
14. Don’t get distracted
Our phone is constantly telling us what is happening. A new Instagram like! A new Facebook comment! A new email! Low battery!! No WiFi!!!!!!!!
It’s difficult to really learn if you are constantly being distracted. If you are studying English, make sure all of your gadgets (phone, PC etc.) are turned off. It’s time to focus.
15. Be consistent
You need to do something every day. You don’t want to study for 5 hours on Monday, and then do nothing for the rest of the week. Every day, you should make time for something English related.
I know life can be very stressful, and sometimes English is the last thing you want to think about. But just do 5 minutes. Watch a fun YouTube video that is in English or review yesterday’s vocabulary. Do something every day, every week, and every month.
16. Be patient
Have you ever thought:
- I’m not improving! I’ve been studying English for years and it’s not getting better!
- I’ve taken the IELTS English exam three times and I always get the same score. Why am I not improving?
It takes a very long time before you become proficient in English. Remember, it’s not easy understanding the present perfect, prepositions, spelling vs. pronunciation etc.
Remember Tip #15? Be consistent, be patient and you WILL get better.
17. Be aware
It’s important to be aware, that at every level of English, you will reach a plateau. For weeks/months, you won’t feel like you are improving. This is normal.
Also, the more advanced you are, the more difficult it is to see your improvements.
18. Take a break
Really take a break. Relax and stop thinking about English for a while. Your mind needs a rest. If you start to feel bored, frustrated or confused, take that break.
19. Don’t feel guilty about taking a break
Everyone needs breaks. Maybe you need a few days without thinking about English, or maybe you need 5 minutes. After your break, you will be more motivated and more productive.
20. Maintaining is just as important as improving
It’s not always about improving. You also need to maintain your current level. Have you ever said:
- My English was better when I was younger?
- In the past I could speak better English.
- Wow, I studied this grammar in school but now I don’t remember it.
Focus on keeping your current level.
Reference: Arnel Nisbet. “Is there any way to improve my English at home?” originally appeared on Quora, the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.
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FluentU – Keep a Diary or Blog in English
As well as sharpening up your grammar skills, writing will also improve your ability to use everyday English.
Thank you, FluentU – Language immersion is the key to learning a foreign language. FluentU brings language learning to life through language immersion with real-world videos. (By FluentU – CLAIRE BHANDARI).
English Live EF – Find fun ways to learn new words
If you like singing, then look up the words for your favorite English songs. Or if you remember what you see, write new words on ‘Post-it’ notes and stick them up around your house. Make funny example sentences or draw little pictures next to new vocabulary to help you remember it.
Thank you, English Live EF – Study English online with Qualified Teachers – EF English Live. Whatever your goals, our online English course guarantees your success. (By English Live EF – WIL)
EC English – Brainstorm
To become a better writer brainstorm as many ideas and thoughts onto paper without worrying about grammar or spelling. Then think about the structure. After that, write your piece using good grammar and spelling. Finally, read it through or give it to someone else to check for mistakes.
Thank you, EC English – EC English offers tailored language course shaped to deliver the solutions you’re looking for. Learn to work, to pass exams or just for the sake of it.
OTUK – Connect with the culture behind the language!
If you take an active interest in the culture of the UK or USA, then learning English will be a more rewarding experience. Language and culture are closely connected, so it is often hard to understand one without the other.
Thank you, OTUK – British English lessons via Skype with qualified UK tutors. Effective, flexible one-
English at Home – Practice makes perfect!
This is probably the most important tip. The more you practise, the better you get – and the more confident you will become. When you practise important phrases, they become natural and easy for you. If you aren’t in an English-speaking country, you can go to conversation clubs, or go online via a Google+ hangout, for example. (The Speak English! ebook has a list of places where you can chat for free online.)
Thank you, English at Home – Hi there! I’m Clare, the founder of english-at-home.com. I’ve taught English for more than 20 years in different countries around the world – and I’m also the author of more than SIX English-learning books. More than 150,000 people learn English with me every month – and I can help you too!
IDC – Read Everything in English
Try to read regularly in English until you can read everything in English. This means starting small. You may want to begin by reading children’s books or comic books, but you should move on to reading newspapers and web pages in English. Along these same lines, you should strive to read menus and signage in English. Rather than sticking to flashcards, try labeling items in your home in English, so that you may read and visualize these items daily.
Thank you, Inlingua Washington DC – Inlingua Washington DC is the premier language school in our region, with more than 30 years’ experience and the world-class inlingua® Method. [email protected]idc.edu.
mosalingua – Forget About Grammar!
Although grammar is useful for understanding the mechanisms of a language, it is not essential. At least, not in the early days and not to learn to speak quickly. No need to know all the grammatical rules right away. In fact, learning grammar can actually harm your oral expression (there’s no time to think about grammar when you’re speaking) and your motivation. However, we have already seen that practicing the language is essential for learning it.
When you have very little time, you do not need to encumber yourself with grammar that is not essential. Concentrate on useful vocabulary. Learn typical phrases in which conjugation and grammar are already constructed. Distinguish the context(s) in which these sentence phrases are to be used. And use it. That’s it: the result will be that you speak much more naturally.
Thank you, mosalingua – MosaLingua | Learn Languages Efficiently (Online & Mobile).
Genlish – Read children’s storybook
The most common mistake we make while learning English is to pick up difficult texts to read. Doing this boosts our morale as we feel that we are making an effort to learn English. We underline words, find out the meanings and so on. But does all of this help? Probably not. This is because we fail to retain all this knowledge. Start with short and easy to read stories. Always remember, you cannot run before you learn to walk! Also read: Comic Books can help you learn English!
Thank you, Genlish – Genlish- an anagram of English- Our name spells out our passion- Yes, English is our passion and it’s what drives us. English, as a language has an unfathomable presence in our lives! No other language in India is so coveted and no other language has the power to impact our personality!
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If you think about it, our lives are an endless pursuit of answers and new questions. So how can YOU take action to ensure that your learning never comes to an end?