How to Learn English Fast - 7 Tips to Quickly Help You Improve
English is fun and relatively easy to learn, and more importantly, it is one of the most spoken languages in the world. With that being said, with over 750,000 words, endless phrasal verbs and the use of many expressions and idioms, it can seem challenging to learn English. But I’m here to tell you that it isn’t! Using the right strategy will change the game.
Here are my 7 tips on how to learn English fast:
1. Speak as much as you can, EVERY DAY!
At a party, in a work meeting, when traveling, on social media; whenever the opportunity presents itself, speak in English. Why? Well, actively engaging in discussions and small talk will help you remember those new vocabulary you memorized last week, correctly structure the words in your sentences, express yourself fluently and confidently, and train your ears to understand spoken English. This helps you improve quickly, as applying what you have studied on the paper is the best way to reinforce that knowledge. However, it doesn’t just stop here – next, you’ve got to…
2. Improve your English by singing songs
The most efficient and fun way to learn a language is by singing and rhyming. Our brain remembers things in rhymes and patterns, that’s why children learn nursery rhymes at an early stage, helping them to quickly learn phonetics and words. Same thing goes with language learners. When learning, we often enjoy a new word or phrase in a well written song, which allows us to easily remember the words. We can memorize better by learning while entertained. Whether it’s pop, rock, hiphop, jazz or opera, speaking is always more beautiful with a melody. So brush up on your vocals and get ready to sing along to your favorite tune!
3. Talk with native English speakers
How obvious could that be. When practicing your English, you wouldn’t want to speak with a beginner who mispronounces words and speaks with an incorrect accent. You would want to choose to speak with a native speaker who can help train your ears and mimic her accent to make you sound more like a native speaker. How many times have you heard someone say, “I know what it means, but I can’t explain it.” Don’t be like that. Seek a native speaker for a language exchange, take online speaking classes to improve your accent, or enroll in a course. Just do what must be done to surround yourself with native speakers!
4. Subscribe to English Youtube channels
Subscribe to your favorite Youtube channels in English and learn lots of new vocabulary. Everything you might possibly imagine, like cooking shows, political debates, humor and entertainment channels are out there for you. It might be difficult to fully understand the whole show at first, but the more you watch the shows the easier it’ll get to become familiar with the accent and speed. As you train your ears to rapidly listen to complex ideas and opinions, you are exposing yourself to the most effective way of learning!
5. Listen to podcasts
Podcasts are another good way of being exposed to the English language. You can listen to one with a wide range of topics, such as the BBC podcast which is especially adapted to English learners of all levels. Ranging from current news, to science and technology, to social issues and lifestyle choices, there’s always an interesting topic to listen to as you practice your English. So, grab your earphones and start listening to a good podcast as you’re commuting to work or school.
6. Travel abroad
There’s no better way to learn English than to be exposed to it everyday, and what better way than being in an actual English speaking country! As we all know, English is the most widely spoken language in the world, so you have a good choice of countries to travel to where you can speak English. There’s America, Canada, Australia, UK, New Zealand and South Africa, just to name a few.
7. Don’t pull yourself down
When you feel like you’re not improving, which can happen to all learners, then don’t talk down to yourself. Saying things like, “I’ll never speak like a native” or “My accent is embarrassing” won’t get you anywhere. It’ll just make you think it’s impossible for you to become fluent in English. Instead, take a short break when needed to regain your focus and pick up where you left off. Always be optimistic and say positive phrases such as, “I am improving everyday”. You should aim for improving a little everyday, and encouraging yourself to progressively reach your dream. Remember one thing, if you believe in yourself, put in hard work, regularly take classes, and learn to be patient, you will master the English language and become a fluent speaker in no time!