25 ways to Improve your English

Here are 25 ways to improve your English

  1. Never be afraid to make mistakes. People can only correct your mistakes when they hear them. The best way to learn through trial and error!
  2. Immerse yourself in an English environment. Leave the radio on in the background so that you can train your ears.
  3. Practice makes perfect. Try to establish a routine where you can study as often as possible (a little bit every day is best!).
  4. Try to use new words in a sentence. Examples sentences are often easier to remember than individual words.
  5. Don’t forget to take breaks. Studying on your own can be draining.
  6. Set yourself a test. It is easier to study for something.
  7. Don’t forget to study the 4 core skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening.
  8. Always set a long term goal- it will help you to focus. Don’t forget the bigger picture.
  9. Set short term goals and don’t forget to reward yourself when you hit your target.
  10. Keep a notebook with you so you can add new words at any time.
  11. Use new words in sentences and say them at least 3 times.
  12. People learn in different ways. Find out which methods work best for you- reading, memorising, summarising or speaking are great ways to learn. Maybe you are a more visual person or you learn better by listening to songs?
  13. Don’t be afraid to ask for help! If you don’t understand something, ask friends, teachers or classmates for help.
  14. Always make the time to review past lessons and exercises.
  15. Learn to walk before you run. Concentrate on the level you are at, don’t be in a hurry to move up a level.
  16. Watch English language films or TV shows that you are familiar with.
  17. Read books. Read for a general understanding at first, then go back to look up new words. Children’s books are great for beginners and graded readers for more advanced levels.
  18. Take an English course in an English speaking country or complete an internship abroad.
  19. Keep a journal or diary in English. Start by writing only a few lines a day.
  20. Try not to translate into your own language. Try to think in English it will improve your fluency.
  21. Karaoke time? Learn English songs to improve your fluency and intonation.
  22. Record your own voice. No one likes listening to their own voice, but be brave- it can help you identify problem areas.
  23. Take a deep breath if you get nervous. It is always easier to speak when you are relaxed.
  24. If you aren’t making the progress that you had hoped for, it’s not because you’re bad at languages, it’s simply because you haven’t found your own special way of learning yet.
  25. Don’t give up! Stay positive! Sometimes you will feel that you aren’t learning quickly enough. Everyone feels like this, don’t worry about it. You’ll get there in the end. Enjoy the journey- we learn more when we are having fun!

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