Passion is the number one quality you need to learn English. However, there
are many other things you need to consider learning English. Don’t do a
single thing, instead do a number of things to learn English. The
biggest problem most people face in learning a new language is their own
fear. They worry that they will make mistakes and people will laugh at
them. Don’t do this. The fastest way to learn anything is to do it –
again and again until you get it right. Like anything else, learning
English requires practice.
Don’t let a little fear
stop you from getting big rewards of language learning. What did you do
when you fell down in childhood? You got up and then
started walking. So you need this approach to learn English. If you make
a mistake, don’t give up, continue your practice until you learn it.
Some students don’t use many
resources. They either listen to English or read English Grammar or just
practice speaking English. Since most people learn from teachers, they
depend on teachers and don’t try to work hard by themselves. Even if
you study English at a language school, it doesn’t mean you can’t learn
outside of class. Using as many different sources, methods and tools as
possible will allow you to learn faster. There are many different ways
you can improve your English, so don’t limit yourself to only one or
The internet is a fantastic
resource for virtually anything and for for language learner, Internet
is a great support. Reserve some time for practice,
some for grammar and some for listening. Don’t depend on one skill. You
need to integrate everything.
This means that you should surround
yourself with English. You should think in English, Watch English
movies, Listen to English music and meet people who can speak English.
The absolute best way to learn English is to surround yourself with
it. Take notes in English, put English books around your room, listen
to English language radio broadcasts. Speak English with your friends
whenever you can. The more English material that you have around you,
the faster you will learn and the more likely it is that you will begin “Think in English”.
If you want to learn a
language, you must stay in contact with those who speak that language.
It means you must listen to those who speak the language you want to
learn. They may be native speakers or those already expert in speaking.
So listen to them as much as possible. There are some good English
teachers who had to learn English as a second language before they could
teach it. By listening to the speakers of English, students of English
can get to the rhythm or flow of the English Language.
This is the fun
side of language learning. You can also learn English by watching
movies, listening to songs and watching TV. This is not only a fun way
to learn but it is also very effective. By watching English films
(especially those with English subtitles) you can expand
your vocabulary and hear the flow of speech from the actors. If you
listen to the news you can also hear different accents. Music can be a
very effective method of learning English. In fact, it is often used as
a way of improving comprehension.
The best way to learn though, is to get the lyrics (words) to the
songs you are listening to and try to read them as the artist sings.
You can easily get songs on the Internet. This way you can
practice your listening and reading at the same time. And if you like
to sing, your speaking practice will be great. Don’t watch movies
for story line or action, don’t listen to music for fun only; watch
them for English language.
The other methods are fine
but nothing works like studying English. Only by studying things like
grammar and vocabulary and doing exercises can you really improve your
knowledge of any language. I know grammar is not everything, grammar is
not the only thing but it’s extremely helpful and the most important
when used with other methods. Grammar and reading books with the above
methods will greatly and speedily enhance your language. So study as
often as possible!. Do exercises and take tests. I know tests may not be
fun but by completing exercises and taking tests you can really improve
your English. One of the best reasons for doing lots of exercises and
tests is that they give you an idea to compare your present results with
those of the past. By taking tests, you can tell how you know of
English. By only listening and speaking, you cannot judge how much you
know. Often, it is by comparing your score on a test you took yesterday
with one you took a month or six months ago that you realize just how
much you have learned. If you never test yourself, you will never know
how much you are progressing. Read English, test your English and then
see how much you improve.
Listen to English
language courses which are specially designed for you to learn English
fast. Listen to audio books or CDs in English. Simply listening isn’t
very helpful, it must be reinforced with speaking. Speak and record your
own voice and then playback for listening. Nobody likes to hear their
voice on tape but like tests, it is good to compare your tapes from time
to time. When you record today and compare with your recording after a
month, this really tells you how much you have gained and how much more
effectively you are speaking.