How to Study/Learn English
It’s not the easiest thing in the world to learn English. English has the reputation of being a hard language, one that takes most people several years to master. It becomes even harder when English is not your first language. However, if you commit yourself to learning English, there is no reason why you shouldn’t be able to speak it fluently soon enough. Here are some great tips that will help you learn English.
What’s Your Motivation for Learning English?
Here’s the question – why do you really want to learn English? What’s your real motivation for learning English? If you are not certain about what your goals are and what you hope to achieve by being able to speak English fluently, you will never have the motivation to work hard on it. English is a very challenging language, it will test you to your limits and on several occasions, you will want to quit out of sheer frustration. But if your motivation is strong enough, it helps you persevere through the hard times. Perhaps your motivation is to get a decent job, or to be able to communicate with someone –whatever it is, use it to spur you on to learn English faster.
Don’t Overstretch Yourself
Be realistic about your expectations. Don’t set goals such as – I will learn English in 30 days. It doesn’t work that way. Even the best students take several months to learn the basics of the language and years before they are able to master English. So, your goals should be realistic.
What you should do is to break your larger goal of mastering English into simpler, easily available goals that can be achieved in a smaller time frame. This could be something like learning the most basic sentence structures within two weeks. And then learning basic vocabulary in one week. Learning the usage of adjectives in the week after that, and so on. You can always set your schedule for learning English based on the syllabus you get at your language school, if you decide to attend one.
Start Communicating in English Right Now
The only way to learn a new language is to communicate in it, as often as you can – and that’s the way to pick up English as well. Here’s the truth about learning English – anyone can learn it and even master it – provided they work hard enough. Practicing your English on a regular basis is critical to your progress with the language. As far as possible, try talking to native English speakers. For this, you should consider participating in online chats or Skype conversations with people who speak English perfectly. Writing English is also equally important. Write letters and emails to people who are fluent in English and ask them to correct you and offer suggestions if you get anything wrong. Don’t be scared of making mistakes – keep trying, keep communicating and you will be surprised at the progress you make.
Get Obsessed With Learning English
The best way to learn English fast is to totally immerse yourself in the language. Read high quality newspapers such as the New York Times, Washington Post and Guardian; as well as magazines such as Time, Newsweek, Fortune, Reader’s Digest and Forbes. Read books by contemporary English fiction and non-fiction writers such as John Grisham, Stephen King and Malcolm Gladwell.
Listen to recordings in English.
Watch documentaries on the Discovery channel. Watch the latest Hollywood blockbusters and American TV shows such as Homeland, Mad Men and The Big Bang Theory, as well as news channels such as CNN, MSNBC, Fox News and try to pick up the accents.
As you do this, you will find yourself getting used to the proper pronunciations of the words. Also, you will pick up the slang words and words that are commonly used by native English speakers. You will pick up commonly used phrases and will be able to distinguish between popular phrases and the not-so-popular ones.
By following these tips you will learn to speak English just as well as any native English speaker, or maybe even better! The important thing is to keep communicating in English and to immerse yourself into the language.