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Top 5 Tips to Improve English Language

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Do you want to learn English online?  Well here at Linguapractica we meet students every day from all around the world and here are our top 5 tips that we offer you to help improve your English skills.  After delivering thousands of online English lessons we understand what it takes to be successful in English language learning on Skype or Google Hangouts.  Some people may be able to learn English or any other language more easily than others, but there are always things that everybody can do to give themselves the best opportunity of absorbing all the information that is required when learning a language. Here is our top 5:

1. Patience

Higher Level English: Probably one of the most important characteristics of a good language learner. Learning a language is not easy, if it was then everyone would be a polyglot! It requires an awful lot of patience and perseverance. A person cannot expect to be talking to someone about politics or finance within a few weeks of starting a language. Compare it to cooking. You don’t walk into the kitchen for the first time and concoct a three course meal immediately. You must first learn the basics around cooking and then become more comfortable with ingredients as you progress. It’s the same with language learning!

Simpler English: Patience is important when learning a language. Learning a language is not easy, otherwise everyone would speak many languages! You need to have a lot of patience and commitment. It takes a long time to talk about difficult subjects like politics or finance. Compare languages to cooking. You first need to understand the small ingredients before making some food, you can’t just begin with making a big dinner for 20 people. It is the same with languages, you need to understand the small things before starting the big things.

2. Confidence

Higher level English: Not being afraid to make mistakes is very important. As with many things in life, making mistakes can be positive as you learn what not to do in future. It’s the same with languages. The more you speak and listen to others the more you will iron out any errors or mistakes. The earlier you learn to embrace and accept the fact that you’ll make mistakes when learning a language, the quicker you will build your confidence and also your language proficiency.

Simpler English: Making mistakes is not always a bad thing, because you can avoid making the same mistake in future. The more you speak and listen to a foreign language, the more you will stop mistakes. If you can accept that mistakes are normal when you learn a language, then you can build your confidence and level of English.

3. Commitment

Higher Level English: Studying a language for 1 hour per week is not enough. Of course, there is no magic number of hours that you need to devote each week, but you need to be at least looking closer to 1 hour per day to see real improvements. Some may view this as quite a long time, but you can easily break this up into more manageable parts. For example, you could spend 15 minutes on the bus to work memorising 10 new words. Do the same on the way home and you’ve already done 30 minutes without it eating into your spare time!

Simpler English: You need to study a language for more than 1 hour per week. It would be better if you could study approximately 1 hour per day to see good improvements with your English. You might think this is a long time, but you can divide the time in the day. For example, on the bus when you go to work or school, learn 10 new words for the 15 minute journey. Repeat this when you go home on the bus. Then in the evening 30 minutes more studying and you will become better.

4. Persistence

Higher Level English: Most people cannot expect to learn anything by just reading something once or twice and hoping to recall the exact information a few weeks later. Think about what happens when you get a new phone number. It often takes you half a dozen times of telling different people what it is before you actually can remember it off by heart. The same goes for languages. You need to learn some vocabulary for example, then come back to it time and time again afterwards. This is essential for consolidating what you’ve previously read. In time, you will remember more.

Simple English: You need to read something many times before you remember it. The same is with a new phone number. You don’t remember it immediately; you need some time to remember all the numbers. This is just like languages. Learn some vocabulary first, then repeat those same words again and again in the future so you don’t forget.

5. Positive attitude

Higher Level English: A positive mental attitude is important in so many aspects of our lives. When learning a language you will stand a better chance of succeeding if you are able to stay positive. You will be making mistakes, you will experience frustration in not being able to communicate your thoughts, you will have people treat you differently abroad because they are not sensitive to the fact that you are trying to speak their language. Having a positive mental attitude at all times will provide you with a barrier to negative things that you will experience along the way.

Simpler English: You must stay positive. You will have a better chance of becoming better at languages. You must accept that you will make some mistakes, and you will find it difficult sometimes. However, if have a positive attitude you will not be worried about the small difficulties you experience.

Michael, M