Many spend years, and still do not reach the desired level. Only a handful of English are fluent in English, although the benefits of this are obvious to everyone, writes Marina Moghilko on a blog. LinguaTrip.
Fortunately, using the right techniques, you can significantly speed up the learning process! I will share with you a list of 30 lifehack tips that I used to learn English. They are guaranteed to improve your language in the shortest possible time.
What's the secret?
The main thing in language learning is regular practice and maximum “immersion” in the language. Think for yourself: after all, young children learn to communicate in their native language without dictionaries and lessons. Similarly, for effective learning you need to literally surround yourself with language.
But for starters ...
Get rid of prejudice
Can you learn English only in childhood? In fact, numerous studies show that adults learn the language even easier than children!
Do you have a bad memory? If you are just starting to learn a language, I have good news for you: you need to learn all the 25 most frequently used words in order to understand 25% of the entire written text! To understand half, it takes about 100 words. You can memorize 100 words?
Don't you have time? Firstly, in studying English, it is not duration that is more important than learning. Secondly, this is usually just an excuse: can't you carve out half an hour a day to reach the goal?
Practice English without even noticing it.
Change the interface language of the mobile phone, computer and other devices to English. So you will learn some new words and expressions and get used to interacting with the English text.
Stick on all the items in the house stickers with their names. You will be surprised how many items in your apartment, the names of which you do not know. Glue the names on the doors of the rooms, appliances, furniture, cabinets and even boxes of cereal.
Read and memorize the words of your favorite songs and sing along to them! Online Genius There are not only words, but also explanations of the meaning of individual phrases of almost all popular songs.
Expand your English vocabulary
When you are looking for a translation of an unfamiliar word, not only look in the dictionary, but also hammer it into the Google image search. Very often, images will give you a much greater idea of the meaning of a word than a textual description. Of course, this method works best for nouns that describe specific objects.
For all new words, try to find out their sound. Just type the words in google translate and click on the “Listen” icon at the bottom of the text box. It’s usually enough to hear the pronunciation of a word once to remember it.
If you already understand the English text, use English-English dictionary instead of English-Russian.
Watch the video in English
Look for YouTube recordings of speeches from interesting conferences. Speakers usually speak clearly, but at the same time a living language.
Video tutorials can also be interesting. The main thing is to find bored! I like English Lessons with Alex.
About movies and TV shows in English has been written many times, but not in vain! See, depending on the level, with Russian or English subtitles, or completely without them. Have you seen “Silicon Valley”?
Read in English
If your level is still low, read books for young children. They are short and written in simple language.
Read English-language comics, better popular - about Batman, Superman, etc. They are also short, and the pictures help to understand what is happening.
Did you know that there is Wikipedia in plain English? Articles in it are written with simplified grammar and a set of words. Read interesting topics for you or start with selected articles.
As for books, start with those that you have already read in Russian. By the way, translations of books from Russian into English are usually written in simpler English language than the original English-language books.
Listen to English Speech
Be sure to listen to the speech of the speakers, even if you are just starting to learn a language. It is important not only to understand everything, how to get used to its sound and rhythm. Do not worry, gradually you will begin to understand what is being said.
Watch or listen to news records, preferably the BBC and CNN. News presenters speak with a standard accent (British from the BBC and American from CNN).
Include English speech (same news) background. Unconsciously, you will get used to it and pick up often encountered traction.
To get started, find an interlocutor with whom you can often do! Need a constant practice of communication.
Look for speaking clubs in your city. But remember: in order to make sense of them, you need to take the initiative and not only listen to others, but also speak more yourself!
The most effective option remains lessons with a professional teacher and native speaker. He should have a good accent, because you will unknowingly adopt it. In order not to waste time, choose English classes on Skype (besides, they are usually cheaper).
When you have a chance, just start talking! And no “sorry for my English”. The interlocutor will appreciate your desire and will gladly forgive you mistakes without further requests. Apologies will only add embarrassment, first of all to you.
Immerse yourself in the English language environment
When planning your vacation abroad, think about an English-speaking country - England, USA, Malta, Canada or Australia.
Well, do not get tired of repeating that nothing will give you such progress as language courses in the country where it is spoken! Go to English courses abroad. You can go there with any level of language and at any age.