Friday, August 21, 2009

How To Learn English!

Here are some tips which may help you to master the English Language!

Speak without Fear

The biggest problem most people face in learning a new language is their own fear. They worry that they won’t say things correctly or that they will look stupid so they don’t talk at all. Don’t do this. The fastest way to learn anything is to do it – again and again until you get it right. Like anything, learning English requires practice. Don’t let a little fear stop you from getting what you want.

Use all of your Resources

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 two. The internet is a fantastic resource for virtually anything, but for the language learner it's perfect.

Surround Yourself with 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, watch English news, movies and television. 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 “thinking in English.” .

Listen to Native Speakers as Much as Possible

There are some good English teachers that have had to learn English as a second language before they could teach it. However, there are several reasons why many of the best schools prefer to hire native English speakers. One of the reasons is that native speakers have a natural flow to their speech that students of English should try to imitate. The closer ESL / EFL students can get to this rhythm or flow, the more convincing and comfortable they will become.

Watch English Films and Television

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.

Listen to English Music

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. There are several good internet sites where one can find the words for most songs. This way you can practice your listening and reading at the same time. And if you like to sing, fine.

Study As Often As Possible!

Only by studying things like grammar and vocabulary and doing exercises, can you really improve your knowledge of any language.

Do Exercises and Take Tests

Many people think that exercises and tests aren't much fun. However, 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 a benchmark to compare your future results with. 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. Start now by doing some of the many exercises and tests on this site, and return in a few days to see what you've learned. Keep doing this and you really will make some progress with English.

Record Yourself

Nobody likes to hear their own voice on tape but like tests, it is good to compare your tapes from time to time. You may be so impressed with the progress you are making that you may not mind the sound of your voice as much.

Listen to English

By this, we mean, speak on the phone or listen to radio broadcasts, audiobooks or CDs in English. This is different than watching the television or films because you can’t see the person that is speaking to you. Many learners of English say that speaking on the phone is one of the most difficult things that they do and the only way to improve is to practice.


Have fun!


Wednesday, October 8, 2008

English Learning Steps

Hundreds of ESL students and other people ask me the same questions. How to speak English fluently? or How can I improve my English skill? or What is the right way to learn English?I used to answer them base on their obstacles until I discovered their common problems and finally came up with the easy-to-remember steps. Now, if anyone ask me I would simply advice them to think of the word CEK (it similarly pronouce like the word SEX which everyone knows very well!!) which stands for Change attitude , Expose yourself and Keep talking- Change Attitude --> From my experience, this is the most common problems for anyone who wants to learn english. The point is you should realize that your goal is to communicate with people in English.You do not want to be an english professor or a professional translator (Well, if you want to be please skip this article Immediately) so do not worry about 100% correct grammar.It is acceptable for the beginner to say he don't know instead of he doesn't know as long as the listener understands what you are trying to communicate. At least it is less annoying for them to wait for you 1 minute to produce each perfect sentence.-- Expose yourself --> This step means to expose yourself to English environment. Of course, it is better if you could come to US or UK to study or learn English but I would say that you don't have to.This is the year 2006 and English is already everywhere. movie, music, newspaper, articles and hundred of tourists who walk pass you everyday can be great learning sources. Another easy way is to go through the content of this website and ask if you have any questions.-- Keep talking --> Whenever you have a chance to talk or to test your skills, just do it. You can even assume situation and talk to yourself.Do not worry about mistake. Everyone makes mistake, Tiger Woods, David Beckham, Madonna etc. Who are you? Come on. Let's go out and create your own lessons.back to

How to improve your English skills

My most important piece of advice is: "Do something (anything). If you don't do anything, you won't get anywhere. Make it your hobby, not a chore, but above all have fun!"Don't be in too much of a hurry. You're setting off on a long journey and there'll be delays and frustrations along the way. Sometimes you'll be in the fast lane and other times you'll be stuck in traffic, but there will also be lots of interesting things and interesting people along the way. Take your time to really enjoy the experience.There are many ways to improve your level of English, but only you can find the right way for you. Here are a few tips that might help:-Improve your Learning SkillsLearning is a skill and it can be improved.Your path to learning effectively is through knowingyourselfyour capacity to learnprocesses you have successfully used in the pastyour interest, and knowledge of what you wish to learnMotivate yourselfIf you are not motivated to learn English you will become frustrated and give up. Ask yourself the following questions, and be honest:-Why do you need to learn/improve English?Where will you need to use English?What skills do you need to learn/improve? (Reading/Writing/Listening/Speaking)How soon do you need to see results?How much time can you afford to devote to learning English.How much money can you afford to devote to learning English.Do you have a plan or learning strategy?Set yourself achievable goalsYou know how much time you can dedicate to learning English, but a short time each day will produce better, longer-term results than a full day on the weekend and then nothing for two weeks.Joining a short intensive course could produce better results than joining a course that takes place once a week for six months.Here are some goals you could set yourself:-Join an English course (and attend regularly).Do your homework.Read a book a month.Learn a new word every day.Visit an English speaking forum every day.Read a news article on the net every day.Do 10 minutes listening practice every day.Watch an English film at least once a month.Follow a soap, comedy or radio or TV drama.A good way to meet your goals is to establish a system of rewards and punishments.Decide on a reward you will give yourself for fulfilling your goals for a month.A bottle of your favourite drinkA meal out / or a nice meal at homeA new outfitA manicure or massageUnderstanding how you learn best may also help you.

To be able to speak English well you need practice!

To learn a language successfully, it is really important to be able to apply what you have learnt in a wide range of situations. When we use language with real people, in real situations, we learn much faster and grow in confidence.The City People invite you to come and do just that in your own time, in your own way. You can find them at work and at play, in and around The City.Language is communication. The City People are all real actors who want you to talk to them, you'll find them interesting and above all helpful. Let's meet some of them:If you feel like shopping, Donatella can help you find the perfect outfit at her Periwinkles clothes store. (As a Languagelab student your clothes are free).For your next job move, visit Bette, to get help with your job search, applications and interviews at Smart Temps.Need a break? You are always welcome at the Conversations cafĂ© to chat with Millie etPebbles.Why not go and talk to Lane, the local newspaper owner, who is happy to discuss the latest news with you.For a little creative expression, visit Griffin, who is passionate about writing music for movies and needs you to practice his scripts.If you want to listen to a story or two, sit down with Socrates.If you´re not a talkative person, don´t worry. The great thing about the City people is you can improve your listening skills until you are ready to speak. We will also give you a reference sheet for ideas of what to say. Watch your confidence grow as you learn to chat with different native speakers in real life situations. Improve your listening and spontaneous speaking.The key is to go and visit them, start talking, enjoy yourself, and realise you can do it!src:

Learn English online with great teachers.

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Friday, April 7, 2006

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