Educator/Career Coach, Founder of "Learn Now Learn Well"
Practice, practice, practice.
The more you are able to practice reading, writing, listening, speaking, the faster and easier you will be able to learn a second language. I have taught English as a Second Language for many years and I have had students of all levels of English. The most successful students are the ones that practice and are not afraid to make mistakes or errors. You do not have to always be talking to practice, though. Reading, writing and listening are extremely important skills that you can do on your own. I would suggest the following:
- Speaking - practice with others as much as possible. You can even speak with others online - https://www.fluentu.com/blog/english/english-speaking-online/ . Don't be afraid to practice and try using new vocabulary and grammar to improve even faster.
- Listening - TV shows, movies (with English subtitles at first), radio, audio books are all excellent ways to improve your listening skills. You can also listen to CNN for kids, which shows a lot of pictures and videos and is great for listening practice - https://www.cnn.com/cnn10
- Reading - Online, books, magazines, and articles are all good practice. You don't need to understand every word to improve your reading. Also, I recommend keeping your own dictionary for new vocabulary words.
- Writing - I suggest writing at least one paragraph each day. Write what you did that day, what you are doing right now and what you will do tomorrow. This will help with writing in different tenses and with different vocabulary. This website is also great for English writing and grammar - https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/
Finally, set goals for yourself. For example, each week you will use 20 new vocabulary words in writing and speaking; in one month, you will be able to have a 10 minute conversation with someone, etc.
Remember, the more you are active in learning a second language, the faster and easier it will come to you. Good luck and enjoy the ride!
This professional recommends the following next steps:
- Set goals for yourself so that you can see progress.
- Focus on the four main components of English - Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing
- Have fun!