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We’ve all heard a thousand times that the best way to really learn English is to be totally immersed in the language ; completely surrounded by it everywhere you go. How can we do this? Go through the tips below and enjoy learning English even more.
Tip 1: Find some English radio stations and podcasts in iTunes
There are tons of podcasts about all topics imaginable these days: entertainment, politics, news. A good way to find one is to look for a podcast from a TV channel you usually watch on TV. Look for one that interests you the most and listen to it while walking or going to school by bus or by car. You’ll train your ear that way!
Tip 2: Talk and sing to yourself in English
When you are alone at home, or of course in the shower, start talking and singing! Sing a song in English the way it sounds to you, talk about the weather or any other topic in front of a mirror, for example J.You can sing at home or gather some friends and go to karaoke bar. Singing English songs is a great way to practice speaking and intonation, plus you can have fun singing songs that you already know and enjoy Do this frequently and your pronunciation will drastically improve – guaranteed!
Tip 3: Watch movies, TV clips, episodes or soap operas in English
It doesn’t matter if you don’t understand what they’re saying, watch anyway! Try to understand why something is funny or sad . If the joke is related to the word itself, then maybe that is why the joke does not make sense in your native language. Look for key words to understand the main message of the thing you’re watching and stay positive about it.
Tip 4: Love music? Try figuring out the words/lyrics of your favorite songs
Watch video clips with lyrics on YouTube and sing along. Read the translation and build up your vocabulary. It’s funny and it’s a really good idea!
Tip 5: Pay attention to billboards, signs, advertisements and magazine stands
Look and think about what these ads mean. How many words do you recognize? Did you see that same word elsewhere? Make up sentences about what you’re seeing. And of course, mind the context of words being used.
Tip 6: Do you have an English-speaking idol? Go to YouTube and watch all of his/her interviews in English
You can spend hours listening to interviews and it sure won’t feel like studying. But it is! It helps you a great deal.
Tip 7: Check out the Top Videos on YouTube and watch for at least a few minutes
Most of them are hilarious! It will be so worth it. Try looking at the comments to pick up some words and sentences you aren’t familiar with.
Tip 8: Play Scrabble
It’s a fantastic way to strengthen your English vocabulary. Playing Scrabble challenges you to really think in English as you try to come up with different words with your set of letters. You can also play Scrabble online through websites like Facebook, where the game is called Words With Friends.
Tip 9: Engage in a conversation on Facebook with friends who post in English or find an English speaking one
When you have English speakers in your timeline, you see their posts daily and get inside information about news and other stuff in English. Your friends can be your teachers! Their timeline basically sort out the best material for you to study. Get more English conversation practice also by searching for English friends online. You might be able to connect with another language learner in your area, or even just exchange emails, instant messages or have Skype conversations in English.
Tip 10: Sit near people who are speaking English on the bus, train or in the park. Listen in…
I imagine that it can be a bit difficult in a small town, but not impossible when you go somewhere by train or go on holiday to another country. Don’t be a creepy eavesdropper! But, see what words you can pick up and of course listen to the flow of the conversation. How much did you understand? What general topic were they talking about? Did you hear an interesting word you might want to look up after?
Tip 11: Get a Book of English Jokes
Look for joke books or jokes on the Internet, they are surprisingly useful learning tools. In order to have English conversations, not only do you need to speak the language, but you also have to understand English culture. Humor is very culture-specific; something that’s funny in one country might not make sense in another. Reading a joke book is also a good way to practice tricky concepts like puns and idioms.
Tip 12: Read Blogs About Learning English and even start your own one
Following a blog is an excellent way to add some fun to your English learning. And lucky for you, there are lots of fantastic blogs out there about learning English! I’m sure you’ll find a blog that interests you the most. Once you’re familiar with the idea of a blog, why not start your own in English? Spend a little time writing in English every day. It doesn’t have to be exciting; you could write about what you did that day or how your English studies are going. This exercise is a perfect way to become more comfortable in writing and expressing your ideas and opinions.
Tip 13: Get an English App for your Phone and set phone menu in English
You’re probably constantly on your phone, right? So why not use it as an opportunity to practice English? There are dozens of great apps, and so the hardest part is simply narrowing it down to just a few. You can also set phone menu in English, it makes miracles, believe me!
Tip 14: Produce, produce, produce. No matter how shy you are or how much you don’t “get” English, force yourself to speak
Help out a tourist who looks lost. They won’t mind you struggling with the language while you’re doing them a favor! After class, talk to your teacher about how things are going and what you need help with in English. When traveling, ask around for directions in English, even if you don’t need them! Try purchasing things online and by phone, or using customer support in English.
It does not matter if you talk slowly, you are learning, that’s natural!
Mary Jane Go has been teaching English for over 13 years. She believes that it is very important to learn English and learn it by heart. For her, it's always the right time for a dance party and that hanging out with friends is indispensable.