Jennifer Jones Duffourg
I, too, learned a foreign language. It's not an overnight process, but practice, practice, practice and immersion (as much as possible) will help in your journey.
1/ Consider enrolling in English classes, either at your school or through free online courses
2/ Consider joining up language clubs. In many international cities, there English speaking expats who like to meet up to have conversational exchanges. 1st 30 mins/hour is in English and 2nd is in the native language. It helps both improve their language skills.
3/ Immerse yourself, if you can. If your school has a study abroad program, and is financially accessible for you to consider, complete immersion in a foreign country is a great way to improve your English.
4/ Watch movies in English language with subtitles on. My French husband has drastically improved his vocabulary and grammar by watching movies in English with French or English subtitles. you pick up all sorts of new words, and it doesn't feel like you're learning. :)
Best of luck!
Hi....Definitely consider the actual courses (both paid and free) which are available, but also be sure to engage people in conversation. A lot of times when people mention that they are learning and ask questions like "how do you say...?" then others are more receptive and open to adjusting the speed of their conversation and/or the tone. Also, in the States, look for Meetup groups or other postings in locations such as Starbucks. Oftentimes, people are willing to engage in conversation, especially those who are also learning the language.
In addition, find someone who you think speaks English fairly well. Ask for their time and possibly read a small article or passage in a book or magazine and ask the person to read it also. You can ask them about the larger, more difficult words and if you are pronouncing them correctly. Talk with them about what you thought the article was about and ask them to question you on something in the article. Doing this daily will help.
Remember, book English is different from spoken English and the words sound VERY different from region to region and from different people depending on the state, city, age, background, or race.
Overall, don't get frustrated....it is a process and takes time! ;-)
Hi Purushotham! I highly recommend an app called "Duolingo". This app uses a gamified approach to learning languages. I used it to work on my Spanish, and it is honestly really fun :)
A language is used for communication. So, keep speaking English in your daily life will be helpful to improve English.
Don't be afraid of making mistakes, even native English speakers make grammar mistakes.
also try to read English newspapers, books etc.
I believe that the way to learn English is to immerse yourself in the media (television, books, newspapers).
Although going to classes can help with the fundamentals, for me (I also went through the process of learning English), just watching shows actively and writing vocab down has helped with fluency.
Finally, as others have mentioned, practice everyday.
Best of luck to you!
Just practicing. The practice makes perfect. Watching English TV program, listing to the music, etc. it will definitely help!
1. Read newspaper, magazine, novel
2. Try to listen to audio books for pronunciation
3. Try apps like duolingo
4. Write Blogs on things that interest you.
5. Do loud reading
6. Take part in events like toastmaster
7. Try speaking in english with friends and colleague or may be call center you call to.
8. Watch english movies and shows
1.To improve your English knowledge please focus on reading speaking writing and listening all these areas.
2.Read books ,newspapers.
3.Don't be afraid to make mistakes since you will only improve/learn from them.
4.If possible join an english speaking class or you an always take help from youtube videos .
5.Lastly keep practising .
Hi and thank you for the question.
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology offers a free series of courses on Coursera to help non-native English speakers improve. You can review the courses at this link:
Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Be confident. People can only correct your mistakes when they hear you make them.
Surround yourself in English. Put yourself in an all English speaking environment where you can learn passively. The best way to learn is through speaking.
Practise every day. Make yourself a study plan. Decide how much time a week you are going to spend studying and stick to it. Establish a routine.
Tell your family and friends about your study plan. Get them to push you to study and also don’t let them interrupt you.
Practise the 4 core skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening. They all need to be worked on for you to improve.
Keep a notebook of new words you learn. Use them in sentences and try to say them at least 3 times when you speak.
Do a lesson at least once a day.
Dr. Liz’s Answer
Something that helped me was hear music that you like, look for the song letter and sing. It's a good way without a pressure to practice this language. In addition, I used videos, see movies, read, always look for things that you like that could be helpful when you are learning. Practice is key, even if you are scary.