We will help you with tips on how to improve English quickly and easily. These days we are so busy with work, children, shopping, running errands, making time for friends, visiting family, etc., and we all want to know the easiest, quickest, and most effective way to improve English. But when do we have time to sit down and improve a language? Check out some tips on how to improve English quickly and easily.
First and foremost, realistically, you have to spend time every week studying English, even if it is only a few minutes a day. My advice for improving vocabulary is very easy. See point 2.
Every morning think of four words in your language that you don’t know in English and write them down in a notebook. Even before you grab your cup of coffee, use a dictionary or the Internet to look up the meaning of the English words. These will be your vocabulary for the day. You have to repeat the words throughout the day. Carry the notebook with you, in your car, in your bag, on your desk, always have it at hand! Easy – and it only takes a few minutes a day. Learning four new English words a day means a total of 28 new words a week. And don’t worry if you’re not entirely sure you’re using the words correctly, it’s about at least exposing yourself to new vocabulary.
Do you work better at night or in the morning? Decide when you are best placed to improve English easily and choose the time that works best for you.
Normally a child improves surrounded by his or her mother tongue, experiences linguistic immersion and gradually, over the years, improves different aspects of his or her language. They learn to read, write, listen and speak. Some things will be easier than others, but all of them are very important. So to improve English quickly and easily, think about how much it helped you to improve your own language – reading, writing and speaking – and try to remember which method was easiest for you. For example, if you found it easy to improve by reading at school, try to find easy English books to read and build your confidence, vocabulary and comprehension. Or if you enjoyed grammar, do online grammar activities with EF English Live.
For example in the pronunciation of English such as ‘what, where, ‘when’, ‘the cat, sat on the mat’, or in the conjugation of verbs such as ‘go, going, gone’. Go from easy to difficult, although sometimes it is good to challenge yourself as trying to express something more complicated will motivate you to improve even more. When you are improving your English vocabulary, associate the word with a picture in your head. For example, for the ‘flower’ picture a beautiful plant growing, while you might think of someone using ‘flour’ to make bread.
My next tip is to research the topic of your next online English lesson. Impress your teacher by knowing the related vocabulary or you may have found questions you want to ask. Try logging on to your computer 10 minutes before class and prepare your head for English. Reading about the topic in advance can help you prepare for class and allow you to express yourself better. Of course, our EF English Live teachers are there to help you understand and practise with you, but spending a little time beforehand to prepare won’t do you any harm.
Speaking of accents, can you imagine speaking only with teachers from America or Australia? I know that some students feel comfortable with certain teachers or accents, but this can mean limiting your oral competence in the future. It’s a good idea to change teachers so that you hear what English sounds like all over the world.
During group lessons, some students turn down the volume of their classmates until it’s their turn to speak. Not a good idea! Listen to what others say. First, they may make mistakes that you make too and you can both improve when the teacher corrects them. Second, English is universal. You have to get used to hearing it from people all over the world. A French person speaking English may sound different from a Chinese person. English is the language of the world, so it’s important to understand the variations.
At the end of the lesson, don’t forget to review the slides and vocabulary or re-read the notes for corrections. If there are words you don’t know, write them down and review them later. The next day you should try to revise by writing down what you have improved or talking to someone about the lesson in English.
Find as many opportunities as possible to listen to the language you are improving. If you live in a country where English-language channels are on TV, tune in! If you have homework to do at home, leave the TV on in the background. Even if you don’t realise it, your brain is absorbing the language. On the other hand, it’s easy to watch a film online as many times as you want with subtitles to check the meaning with Netflix. Or choose action movies where the story is easier to understand. Then read a synopsis to see if you understood what happened. You can even try writing a review of the film. Listening to music in English, audiobooks or podcasts is also a great option. You can do this in your spare time while cleaning at home or on your way to work. Even if you don’t understand everything, you will be exposed to English and your listening skills will gradually develop.
Mobile technology provides us with the opportunity to overcome this time deficit by turning “idle time” into “useful time”. In my case, my tablet gives me access to three or four more productive hours a week, without taking away from sleep, family, etc. With my tablet, I can now do something useful while waiting for the bus, travelling by train or finishing my after-lunch coffee. If I have to wait 30 minutes here or there between meetings, my tablet makes it easy for me to accomplish something interesting and valuable without stress. There are many gaps in life that we can fill with useful tasks if the necessary technology is portable and always accessible. That’s why we’ve made EF English Live portable. The number 1 goal of our virtual English language school has always been to find ways to make improving English online easier and more convenient. That’s why now, in addition to our new and improved content, easy level progression, and access to more group classes every day, EF English Live is now available for iPad® and Android tablets.
Organise a time every week in English. Meet up to chat and talk but you can only speak in English.
Or make an agreement with your family that Saturday breakfast will be your time in English so that everyone will improve English and benefit from your lessons!
Possibly my favourite English improving tip is to think in English. Yes, you heard me right, try thinking in English. No matter how busy you are, before you do something you have to think, right? Why not think in English? Force yourself to do it. It’s going to be hard at first because your brain will naturally want to think in your language. If you don’t know how to say a word, write it down in the notebook you have with you and ask for it in class or look it up. I know it may sound crazy (I think that’s why I like it so much), but trust me, it will help. Do it out loud too, but better not in public, we don’t want anyone to think you’re going crazy.
I like to sit down every Sunday evening and see what I have to finish the following week and complete at the end of the month. This is something you should do too. Sit down once a week and decide where you want to be the following week. Do you want to finish a lesson in the unit? Maybe when the month is over you would like to be able to write about yourself at a higher level. When you have set your weekly and monthly goals, do everything you can to achieve them – make sure you reward yourself too!
I hope you have found some of these tips for improving English useful. Follow these tips, apply them every day and improve English quickly. Any exposure to English, whether it is in your head, in class or looking it up in a dictionary is beneficial and helps you to become fluent quickly. Finally, don’t forget to congratulate yourself on what you have achieved, and don’t just focus on what you haven’t achieved.
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