How to Learn English
English is the most general languagefor the international business world. People who are not native Englishspeakers must immerse themselves in English-speaking environments if they wantto speak English well and be successful.Steps
1. 1Learnthe basic reading and listening abilities of English
2. 2Spendat least one hour everyday listening to news or discussion programs such as NPR(National Public Radio) news or BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation; theWorld Service or Radio Four are best) news
. It's hard to understand whatthey are saying when you first begin to listen to them, but gradually you'llget used to the speed and tone. Then you can get a brief idea of what they aretalking about, although you can't get the detail. You don't need to listen tothe radio for an whole hour at once. It's best to spend twenty or thirtyminutes on listening separately.
3. 3Spendmore than three hours every day on reading English news or articles
. Reading builds up yourvocabulary, idioms, phrases, and the concepts of English structures. If you doenough reading, it will save you a lot of time since you will not need to spendmore time on building your vocabulary or grammar. Read out loud when you do yourreading so that you can improve your pronunciation at the same time.
4. 4Learnthe phonetic alphabet (pronunciation symbols)
. This can help you pronouncecorrectly, and it's necessary to speak with the correct tone if you want tomake some friends with native English speakers. This is a big deal fornon-native English speakers.
5. 5Makesome pen pals and write them at least once everyday
. The best way toimprove your writing is to practice writing as much as you can. The more youwrite the more you know how to use what you've learned from reading andlistening.
6. 6Makefriends with native-English speakers
. This is the most difficult taskbecause of the difference in culture, but you can't really master Englishunless you can communicate with a native English speaker fluently. You have toknow enough things and have good listening skills if you want to have goodconversations with an American or Briton. Remember to ask a lot of questions tokeep the conversation going. When someone asks you a question, give more thanjust the basic information. For example, if someone asks you "Do you likeliving here?" don't just answer "Yes" or "No," buttell them why, too.
7. 7Watchsome English TV
. TV is the best and most inexpensive teacher to learn realEnglish. Not only you can learn formal English from news or debate TV programs,but you can also learn everyday English from soap operas and sitcoms. Becareful because too much jargon or too many idioms make your speech ambiguous.
8. 8Trylistening to the Radio
. Radio is also one of the best and inexpensiveEnglish teachers. Because there is no picture, you cannot lip read. You musttrain your ear to listen.
9. 9Usean English-English dictionary and bring your dictionary wherever you go
. Ifyou find some words that you don't know, look them up in your dictionaryimmediately.
10. 10Use'Espoir Smart English' programs
. You get absorbed in the learning English.You will learn English automatically. This program is specially designed forthe adolescent mind to learn English for their success in career, social, love& personal lives & influence people
11. 11Useyour newly-learned idioms or vocabulary
. Once you use the words which youmemorized, you will never forget them again.
12. 12Thinkin English
. Getting used to using English all the time will make it easierto listen and react with it.
13. 13Joinweb groups or clubs where you can post questions freely and discuss the use ofgrammar
14. 14Takean ESL (English as a Second Language) class at your local community college (ifyou live in the USA
.)Classes are free! Your tax dollar at work!Tips
- Make friends with native English speakers.
- Learn about the cultures of English-speaking countries.
- If you have your sights set on the US, look for literacy programs in your area -- they are often free, learn a trade and do your best to acquire English-speaking friends. Americans like people with an "I can do it!" attitude. In Britain, a useful skill and some modesty are more the key.
- Find a native individual who not only speaks English, but can teach it. Learn grammar and vocabulary using visual, auditory and spoken methods. Spiral the cycle and keep it interesting.
- Children might enjoy learning in a kitchen while drinking milk after school.
- As a teenager, live for a year in an English speaking country. This is much less expensive if you do a barter - accept someone in your house in trade for living in theirs.
- Learn English by reading, listening, studying, and asking questions; practice what you learn by speaking and writing.
- Dictation is an excellent way to improve your listening and spelling skills. Have a friend read a few paragraphs from a book or a newspaper. Write down what you think you hear. Compare what you have written with the actual text.
- If you can dream in English, this means that you have succeeded in becoming a fluent English speaker, but not that your English is perfect.
- Never stop getting new information in English and keep practicing writing and speaking.
- Many old British sitcoms use strong (and sometimes ambiguous) accents and dialects.
- Reading will increase your understanding of English and add to your vocabulary, but it's talking that will increase fluency.