There is no one magic trick that helps everybody learn English in the same way. Find the way that suits you, keep your eye on your goals, and stay regular in your practice. Focus on your own needs and goals to keep your motivation level high. Work on your English based on your centres of interest. You know where you want to go with your English and you are in control.
Just think of a realistic time frame and stick to it, even if it is only twenty minutes a day. Practice sessions which are short but regular will bring more long-lasting results than studying for many hours from time to time. Think about how you can surround yourself with English in your daily life and check out our top tips for beginners in English.
1. SET REALISTIC GOALS
Are you a morning person or a night person? How much time can you realistically dedicate to your weekly study programme of English?
Set up a weekly study plan and think of your objectives. What do you want to know how to do by the end of the week or by the end of the month? Keep your objective in mind and work towards it. Keep a track of your progress in a notebook or a wall chart and tick all of the targets you reach. This will keep you motivated as you will see how well you have reached your goals one after the other.
2. GET CHATTING
Find somebody who shares the same interests and who, like you, wants to practise English. This could be somebody from class, a neighbour or a family member or somebody you meet online. There are many English pages on social media where people are looking for speaking partners.
3. KEEP YOUR EYES AND EARS OPEN
To be a good speaker, you have to be a good listener. Listen to whatever interests you: radio, songs, podcasts, audiobooks...anything. Watch your favourite series, films, documentaries and listen to how the people speak. Don't focus on all the words you do not know but on all the words you do know. There are so many tutorials on YouTube and you don't only have to watch the English grammar or vocabulary tutorials. Interested in food? Watch a cookery tutorial. Interested in cosmetics? Watch a make up tutorial. Anything goes!
4. FIND TIME TO READ
Try to read something in English every day even if it is not for a very long time at the start. Focus on advertisements and signs. Find a book for children to begin with and step by step work your way on to easy reader books which are adapted for foreign learners who are starting in the language. When you gain more confidence, read aloud in front of a mirror or record yourself so you can check your pronunciation and intonation.