For today’s lesson, I am going to help you by giving you the top 5 ways to improve your English. For many people, learning a second language is difficult because you don’t get the same amount of exposure as you do for your first language. In other words, our learning can be limited and slowed down when we don’t practice the second language everyday.
For example, if you are a native of Mexico or Korea who has moved to the United States, you may find that you speak Spanish or Korean 90% of the time. The rest of the time you probably find yourself struggling with the more complex words, sentences and phrases. The best way to change that is by adding an organized and structured language learning practice to your daily routine. As I mention below, be consistent with your language practice will ensure that you are building knowledge and momentum every single day!
Does that mean we give up? Not a chance! Our philosophy at LearnAmericanEnglish.com is about taking action and and walking you through the process of learning. Now, let’s take a look at the top 5 ways to improve you English.
Tip #1: Start with basics and learn the alphabet
No one can expect to start learning a second language and expect to pick it up right away. No one. There are simply too many factors that make learning a new language a very complex process. And no two people learn a second language the same way. But I can say that EVERYONE benefits from mastering the basics first. In this case, it’s the English alphabet. Learning it will help you build a strong and necessary foundation for the different letter combinations you’ll learn in the future. For a good website to help you learn the alphabet, click here.
Tip #2: Buy a voice recorder
There are different ways of getting feedback on your pronunciations, but no one will be as critical of it as you. Even if you don’t like hearing your own voice, listening to recordings of your voice is one of the MOST IMPORTANT ways to improve your English. With a decent voice recorder you can listen and analyze your pronunciations of words, phrases and even conversations you have with friends in-person or on the phone. If you have a smartphone or cell phone with audio recording, just use that! Otherwise, check out some cheap alternatives here.
Tip #3: Set aside 30 minutes a day to practice
This goes hand-in-hand with your voice recorder, you just have to motivate yourself to use it! The BEST way to see improvements in your English pronunciations is to be consistent. Remember that word: CONSISTENT. If you are consistent in your language practice, I promise you will see huge improvements week to week and month to month. Just like everything else in life, the only way to be the best is by working hard. My advice is to dedicate yourself by setting aside 30 minutes each day to sit down and learn new vocabulary and practice your pronunciation.
Tip #4: Set daily, weekly and monthly goals
Your main goal is to speak perfect English, right? Or at least it’s one of them. Well, the easiest way to reach your biggest goals is by setting dozens or even hundreds of smaller goals along the way. By creating an outline and list of the various vocabulary lists, phrases and expressions to learn every day, week and month, you will find yourself achieving more and more. This will boost your confidence and create a more organized approach to learning English.
Tip #5: Learn with your friends and family
A helpful way to boost your learning potential is by having fun! Try getting your best friends and even some of your family members involved. Are they trying to improve their English, too? Then have study and practice sessions with them. Including the people you trust and enjoy spending time with will only serve as a benefit in the long run. It adds another layer of accountability, especially when you combine group-learning with a pre-outlined and established routine and practice.
That’s it for today’s lesson: the top 5 ways to improve your English. Always remember ‘the harder you work at it, the better you will be in the end’.