101 Easy Ways to Learn English
1. Probably the easiest of them all, get some sleep. Science says a good night sleep will allow you to learn and concentrate more, and science is awesome.
2. Surround yourself with English by taking a language course in an English speaking country.
3. Mix it up when traveling or studying abroad. Don’t just cling onto what is familiar. It is essential to mingle with people from other countries, giving you a more rich cultural experience.
4. Apply and accept a job abroad to help build your English skills.
5. Hire a qualified English teacher with the experience to teach you the right stuff, the first time around.
6. Relax and take it day by day, because there isn’t a person in the world that knows the entire English language. Even native English speakers struggle to find the right words at times. You can also build vocabulary by learning similar sounding phrases. 7. After you have mastered the English basics, build on it. Challenge yourself to say the same thing using different words and phrases. This is one way you can make your English expression more colorful. A great example is to think about the myriad of ways you can say “Hello” in English.
8. Take your English class seriously. Just like any other academic endeavor, being on time and ready for class is important. Doing homework and taking notes in class is also another great way to keep your language learning moving in the right direction. You can also review your notes from the previous class to keep your mind sharp.
9. Keep those class time distractions to a minimum. This may mean turning off your smartphone and staying attentive during each English lecture. It is also important not to speak your native tongue in English class, and don’t sit next to anyone who refuses to speak English in class. Bad influences.
10. Start with good study habits. If you want to take your English to the next level, you will need 100 percent focus. Find a quiet place you can get your studying done.
11. Learn from your mistakes and don’t be afraid to make them. When learning a language, mistakes are part of the daily discovery. Stay confident and simply keep talking.
12. Put yourself I an English speaking environment as much as possible. This means speaking English as well, since it is the best way to learn more.
13. Make English practice a daily affair. Carve out a schedule you will stick to, and give yourself a language learning routine for success.
14. Tune your family and friends into your study schedule to avoid unpleasant distractions.
15. Always make the four ESL skills a top priority. Reading, writing, listening, and speaking are essential to every English study session for language growth.
16. Keep an English vocabulary notebook to write down new words and practice using them in sentences. You will want to use both writing and speaking, saying your new words and sentences out loud at least three times daily.
17. Find an online English learning portal. These will help you take a few easy quizzes to keep your language skills sharp.
18. Build your vocabulary in a powerful way by using lists. You can use vocabulary lists to learn and test your knowledge. This is great for those short at home learning sessions before and after your class.
19. Know the best time to study. Your optimal study times may be different than others. You should listen to your body and brain clock to know if you are a morning, afternoon, or evening studier.
20. Use a sentence to remember new words. This will help imprint new vocabulary.
21. Don’t let large English dictionaries intimidate you. There are plenty of fun and exciting English language texts serving the same purpose.
22. If you do love your English dictionary, don’t fall to hard. Your dictionary should only be used when you absolutely can’t think of anything. It shouldn’t become a crutch.
23. Never give up on yourself. Learning a new language is hard. It took you years to learn your native language growing up, so take your time and stay positive.
24. Have fun, because learning while having fun is the best.
25. If speaking is an anxiety bringer, allow yourself a few moments to breath and think before speaking. This will help keep you as cool as a cucumber.
26. Take a trip down English memory lane. Do a few tests from previous English textbooks. You will be happy to see how much you’ve improved.
27. There is no age limit on learning English. If you think you are too young, think again, because you are most certainly never to young for anything. If you think you are too old, think of all the benefits you get from learning a new language. You keep that old noggin sharp and you can meet new people.
28. Try not to get lazy. Laziness will halt your language learning progress, and it could even cause you to lose what you’ve already learned.
29. No results, no problem. Many people simply need to find their style of learning a language. It is not as cut and dry as other topics you have learned in the past, so hang in there, results will follow.
30. Stay on the same level. Using more complicated and challenging learning material will do nothing for your English growth. You will just get frustrated, so keep your resources at the same level as your English.
31. Forget about accents. There are too many English accents to even try to learn. Simply concentrate on learning the language first.
32. All English is the same. Whether British, American, or Australian, English is still English, and you can pick up slang as you go.
33. Speaking of slang, learning common words specific to a country is helpful when traveling. For example, elevator vs. lift is a common one, but most people will get your meaning either way.
34. Have notecards ready to go. You will find a quick review of your notecards a great way to keep your English fluid.
35. Label your house with English sticky notes. You can literally put them on every piece of furniture, all appliances, or the family pet.
36. Harness phrasal verbs; don’t ignore them, because they are very common in native English speech. Focus on each phrasal verb’s meaning and once you begin getting a few of them correct, you will quickly recognize the patterns they follow.
37. Don’t let your nerves get the best of you. Just say what you think. You may be surprised to find out how much you know the first time around.
38. Count to three and think before speaking. Like breathing, a simple count can relax you enough to be confident about your English expression.
39. Get out and meet native English speakers in your town or city. You may find a few online English Meet Up groups in your city as well. You may even find an English club offered at a local college too.
40. Take the first step and practice those ice breakers. If you wait for people to speak English to you first, you may be waiting awhile. Open new conversations and keep the discussion flowing with questions and a common interest.
41. Open yourself up for debate. This is a fun activity you can do with a classmate or even a native English speaker. It is also a great way to practice those much-needed listening skills too.
42. New words are wonderful, but don’t forget about grammar. Link your new words with proper grammar to ensure English proficiency.
43. Take verb tenses to heart. Many languages have much different ways to express verb tenses, and some have very little verb tenses too. English is full of verb tenses, and understanding them will help you grow your language skills.
44. Don’t forget to practice those irregular verbs as well.
45. Long language breaks throughout the month or year can decrease your skill level, so be consistent.
46. Let tests serve as a tool to learn more. There are tons of English students who can ace tests, but when it comes to practical speaking tasks, they fall short.
47. Give language learning your best effort and you will see results.
48. Make English learning a friend activity. It is more fun to practice with a friend, so find one that shares your interest in language.
49. The written word can be very different than its pronunciation. Keep your pronunciation practice an important part of your daily learning.
50. Make a point to remember the “schwa” sound. It is a very tone-deaf sound, but it is the most common vowel in English.
51. The higher your level, the more challenging English becomes. Like anything in life, you will eventually hit an obstacle. Keep making small goals to keep your confidence level as high as your English level.
52. Know your formal and informal settings. This will help you choose the right language for the right situation. If you are using slang in a business meeting, it’s time to study up on your formal English.
53. Understand textbooks are for learning, but not for casual speaking. If you want more practical language in your vocabulary, watch movies and television series for slang, idioms, and phrasal verb use.
54. Speaking of idioms, once you have the basics down, add a few idioms to your learning. They are fun and they will electrify your conversations like a native English speaker.
55. Linking words is another English element you can use to make your speaking and listening abilities better. You can practice linking words ending in a consonant with words beginning in a vowel to get the hang of it. You can also practice vowel-to-vowel word links to add some flavor to your speech too.
56. The Internet is a powerful learning tool. You can find a wealth of English learning resources to help you get more practice at home.
57. Make a strong vs. weak list to evaluate the English skills you need to focus on more. Add a few extra exercises to develop your weak language skills and don’t forget to celebrate those strong points.
58. English students can create a lot of bad habits, especially when it comes to grammar. No one really likes grammar, but it is a necessary part of growing your language skills. Test yourself regularly to kick those bad habits to the curb.
59. Put articles in their correct places. Using a, an, and correctly is a great short-term English goal you can accomplish in a week’s time. Remember, “the” emphasizes something specific while “a” or “an” places a nonspecific meaning on the following word.
60. Put visualization techniques to work. When you are planning on practicing your English skills in a specific setting, like an airport, visualize what you will be asked and how you will respond.
61. Understand body language. Using body language when speaking can emphasize your words, but it may also be offensive depending on where you are. Know what body language is appropriate when traveling to an English speaking country.
62. Give your self scheduled tests, and take them seriously. This will make you focus harder, meaning you will study harder as well.
63. Think about why you are studying English. You may find the language to be a door opener for your future.
64. Make long-term goals to keep you focused.
65. Make short-term goals to keep you motivated and to build confidence.
66. Creating an attitude of wanting to learn versus an attitude of having to learn will increase your love for the language you are studying.
67. Find the methods of learning that work best for you. There tons of language learning strategies out there, but they are not all created equal.
68. Find your learning niche and stick with it. If you learn better by reading, go with it. If you learn better through conversation, keep talking. You can even combine different methods for best results.
69. Employ people to help you succeed. Friends, family, teachers, and classmates are all there to help you accomplish any goal.
70. Always review your notes. One great review method is to rewrite your notes each day in a separate book.
71. Don’t study too long. This may seem like an odd one, but studying for longer than 30 minutes per session is not good. Take a break every 30 minutes to stretch, get a coffee, or even take a walk.
72. Focus on your current level and take your time. If you rush through an English level, you may find yourself lost once you move up.
73. Watch movies on DVD. Or something you can watch over and over in order to get the full meanings of the characters. You will even catch new stuff you may have missed the first time around.
74. TV is great for focused listening, because it is a one-time deal. This makes you pay more attention to the dialogue of the show, just like in real life.
75. Take advantage of graded readers. These are books tailored to specific English levels. You will feel pretty amazing after reading your first book in English.
76. Go back to your youth, because children books are great for learning English.
77. Learning the value of passive sentences using newspaper articles is another excellent English learning tool.
78. When reading in English, first focus on overall meaning. You can always reread, which you should, to catch the meanings of each sentence and paragraph later.
79. Use grouping to understand new words in a sentence. Usually words are grouped together in such a way to highlight another words meaning. This is another valuable reading tool.
80. Most English words have roots and these root words will allow you to decipher the words you may get stuck on. For example, min would be small and max would be large.
81. When learning new vocabulary words, don’t stop at the single new word. It is important to expand on your new words as much as possible. For example, the word heart has several forms and meanings such as heartwarming, heartless, heartening.
82. Prefixes and suffixes can be a useful ally when growing your English knowledge. Learning key prefixes such as dis, un, re, will give your new words a hinting form.
83. English is a stressful language, and not the bad kind of stress. Most words in English have a stress hidden within the syllables. This is important to seek out and use when speaking.
84. Don’t be worried about anything but using English as much and as often as possible. It will only help your grow your language skills.
85. Try not to fall back on your native tongue. Many English learners will try to translate words, leaving you at a loss for words, literally. Try to think in your new language as much as possible.
86. Like almost everything you have learned in your life, you can only be successful by doing. You can read a book about restoring a car, but when it comes to hands on, experience is the only safe bet to achieving your goal.
87. Write in an English journal everyday. You can begin with a few short sentences, and who knows, you may have a blog by the end.
88. Speaking of blogs, why not start one? It is a great way to connect with other English learners around the world, and you can get support from expert native speakers too.
89. Build your writing skills by putting some extra thought into your writing. Brainstorm several ideas and topics before you begin, and structure your page to really put your best English foot forward. And don’t forget to have a native speaker have a look, because learning from mistakes is very helpful when it comes to language.
90. Make punctuation your priority.
91. A beautiful English song may inspire you, so why not sing it? Singing in English will in some cases improve your fluency and intonation. Plus you will have at least one hit karaoke song.
92. Get yourself an English pen pal, or a messaging friend on Facebook if writing letters isn’t your thing.
93. Repeat what you hear. This doesn’t apply to conversation, since repeating what someone says to you may cause trouble. Listen to English CDs or YouTube videos and pause them after a few sentences to repeat what you heard. This will build up your listening skills and pronunciation.
94. Leave the English radio station on. It could even be a podcast, but the point is to train your ears to your new target language, even if you’re not paying attention.
95. Read along with audio books to get more pronunciation and intonation practice.
96. Dictation is another great tool for learning a language, especially English. You will be able to craft better and faster writing and hone your listening skills at the same time.
97. Hit record and do your best. Recording yourself speak English is a sure fire way to fix mistakes. You surely won’t want to sound like the person on the other end of that speaker.
98. Record your English classes. First get permission from your teacher, but recording your class will help you mirror your native English teachers voice and flow.
99. Your English dictionary is not a paperweight.
100. Have fun, because learning a new language is a passport to new exciting cultures around the world.
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