Not Books Alone: Eight Out-of-House Ways to Learn English
8 non-trivial ways to improve English compiled edition Happy Monday.
It's hard to disagree with the arguments for learning English. This language is really able to help you earn more, travel more comfortably and the like. But when you present yourself with textbooks, you find a thousand and one reasons why you don't really need English? What interesting ways of learning there are, says Ivanka Klimenko, teacher and founder of the online school of spoken English "Speak".
Before compiling a list of non-standard ways of learning English, Ivanka in social networks asked the opinion of her students and subscribers. Cramming of textbooks was the leader in the category "The most commonplace and least interesting way". On her own behalf, she added that this is not only ineffective, but also has a side effect - slowly but surely "kills" the love of the language.
Learning English solely from textbooks is a template imposed on us at school or university by teachers who were not ready to put in effort and come up with interesting problems. Therefore, in adulthood, we often unconsciously protest against continuing to learn the language.
There are actually dozens of ways to learn and practice English today. And if one of them is ineffective for you (for example, learning with applications that actually only work on short-term memory), this does not mean that you are hopeless or incapable of languages. This is just a sign that you need a different way.
So what are some interesting ways to improve your English.
1. Write in english
Try journaling, gliding, and making lists in English. It trains long-term memory and helps to reproduce previously written phrases and words in live communication.
2... Read out loud in English
If you consume content in English, this is already a reason to be proud! If not already, read your favorite English-language media or get an interesting novel in the original. The next step is to try reading news, articles, or books aloud. So we turn on at the same time our visual, auditory, and if we hold the book in our hands, then also the kinetic memory.
3. Listen to radio or podcasts in English
As you listen, concentrate on constructing sentences and pronouncing words you already know. Learn to feel spoken language, distinguish between accents in sentences and stress. Repeat words, expressions and sentences behind the speakers. This will help you learn the correct pronunciation, advises Ivanka.
4... Work with your instructor to achieve a specific goal
Find a teacher who will prepare you for an interview, a vacation abroad, a transition to a new language level, and the like. During individual lessons, the chances of leaving any gaps in knowledge are close to zero, because a competent teacher knows well the strengths and weaknesses of his student and knows how to work with them. Therefore, a teacher + a specific goal that is important to you at this stage is a strong combination. If there is no goal, come up with one and be sure to promise yourself a reward for achieving it.
5. Arrange your English days
You can do this at home: Try talking to yourself in front of a mirror - for example, practice expressions learned in class. And if you have pets, speak English with them. Ivanka has two cats, and they often hear the following: “What again? More food? Come on, man, I just fed you an hour ago! "
Or step out of your comfort zone and speak English to people on the street (especially when you hear someone next to you speak the same English). Ivanka's students have a regular conversation in real conditions: they buy a gift, look for the right address, or choose something, communicating with people exclusively in English. You can warn that you have something to do - it will be more comfortable for both participants in the dialogue. If talking to strangers is scary, talk to your significant other, friends, or parents.
6... Join a community or conversation club to learn English
Speaking club is a currently popular format that takes place in every major city offline or online. Ivanka's recent experience was the launch of the Try something new community, whose members tried new activities for a week, shared their emotions in chat (in English, of course), plus weekly communicated with the teacher in the format of a conversation club. A cool experience, not only develops English, but also diversifies the daily routine.
7. Learn English with song
When listening to a track, open the text on the screen. Or search YouTube videos by adding the word “lyrics” to the title. It is difficult to call this method even training - it is almost a rest.
8... Translate everything around
For example, while walking around the store, fantasize about what the books would be called in English, or translate phrases on billboards, labels in supermarkets, or messages from brands. If you practice this method with friends, a lot of laughter and fun is guaranteed.
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In conclusion, Ivanka shared a rule that helps her students progress in their language learning. “This is a short mantra: you should have everyday portion of English. Surround yourself with English, let your brain get used to the language. If you devote at least 15 minutes every day to one of the methods above, you will accelerate the achievement of your goal, ”says the teacher.
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