Ways to improve your English learning techniques
Learning English contains several aspects. These tips will help you to improve your English.
- Figure out how you learn. This could be making notes, talking out loud, using the Lingwiser App. Everyone is different, so find out what suits you best.
- Study material at your learning level. It’s good to set yourself a challenge, but avoid reading advanced text if you’re not ready. Think of it like a house, you would not build the walls without first setting a foundation.
- Create yourself a test. You could get friends and family to help. You will find yourself studying more when you have a goal to work towards.
- Don’t rush, take your time on what you’re learning, to help you retain the information.
- Try and avoid memorising lists. You may have tried this method when practising for a test. This is a great method for short term, however not so much for long term.
- There are 4 core skills for learning any language, which you will need to master. They are reading, writing, speaking, and listening. You will need to practise all four.
- Don’t study for a long period of time. Try to take regular breaks every 30 minutes or so. Having a break will allow you to process what you learnt.
- Use the Lingwiser App, to help you memorise words and phrases.
- Don’t just learn words, anyone can do that. Only an English speaker would know the meaning of each word. So focus on learning what they mean as well.
- Avoid putting things off, procrastination can become a very bad habit. To help yourself, set yourself some deadlines.
- Synonyms are a great way to expand your vocabulary. And prevents you from sounding repetitive.
- Try not to have long breaks in between learning. You will see your vocabulary will decrease.
- Prefixes “un- re- dis-“ (at the beginning of a word) and suffixes “-ly –ment –ful” (at the end of a word) will help you figure out the meaning of words.
- If you are hiring a teacher make sure they are properly qualified and that they suit your learning style.
- Sit at the front during lessons to minimize distractions and help you concentrate
- Turn off your phone during class.
- Surround yourself with people who also want to speak English, this will be mutually beneficial and help you both progress.
- Set yourself a challenge, to speak and write in nothing but English for a whole day. Try and do this with a friend or family member to make it more engaging.
- The English language is unique, because it has many irregular verbs. Make sure you are aware of them and practice them regularly.
- Hone in on your mistakes. When you receive a test paper back, take note of the grammar mistakes you make most often, and make a conscious effort to cut them out.
- Evaluate yourself by making a list of your strengths and weaknesses. Set targets to work toward based on this list.
- Learn some idioms; these will help your speech develop character.
- Verb tenses are used to talk about timing of actions. It is important you know how to use them. For example eat, eaten, eating.
- Phrasal verbs are very important and something that should be study. Phrasal verbs: are, pay for, make up for, and work, to name a few. There are literally thousands. Once you learn a few, you will begin to see a pattern and they will become easier.
- Consider the setting you are in when choosing your words. You would not for example use slang at a job interview, however you may use it while talking on the phone to a friend.
If you have trouble understanding a word then think of the context it is written in. Often you will be able to guess a word based on the words around it. For example, if I were to say “why won’t the ….. stop crying” you might guess the blank is “baby”. This is how we would use context to help us find a word.