1. Listen to mp3 files
Not everyone knows that in addition to music and songs from the Internet, you can also download audio files for practicing English, such as audiobooks, podcasts, etc. This is not only more effective than listening to songs in English, but also free.
2. Listen to songs in English
Listening to songs in English, even while doing other activities, can be of some help in getting used to the natural rhythm of English speech. The more time and attention you give to a song, the more effective it will be to listen to it.
3. Read the lyrics
Even just listening to songs in English can learn the words of the chorus, but if you really want to learn anything while listening to the songs, you will have to spend some time reading the lyrics with the dictionary. If, after reading and understanding the text of a song, listen to the song again, while reading its words, then you can learn to understand how the pronunciation of sounds changes in fast, natural, colloquial speech.
4. Sing karaoke in English
Obviously, the next step after understanding the lyrics of a song and memorizing them is to perform that song. Although the pronunciation of some words in songs can vary greatly to rhyme, most words are pronounced the same as in everyday speech, and have the same stress.
5. Look for information on the Internet in English only
Finding information on Internet search engines in English will not only improve your English reading skills, but it will also give you access to more sites where you can search for information.
6. Read a book you’ve already read in your native language
For most English learners below the Advanced level, reading books in the original can be challenging, so you need motivation to read them. You can try reading books that you have already read in your native language, and which you are already familiar with. This reading not only makes it easier to understand the words and phrases used in the book, but also increases the chances of understanding the language structure used in the book. If you have not read the book before, then you can read the abstract and summary of the book, which can be found on the Internet, and this will also make it easier to read in the original.
7. Read the book translated into English
Another good way to make it easier to understand a book in English is to read a book that was not originally written in English, but was translated into it from another language, preferably from your native language. Even if you have not read the book in your native language, it will still be easier for you to understand it because, as you will notice, it is written in a slightly simplified way, and more closely related to your native language than the book that was originally written in English.
8. Read books with lots of dialogue
There are several reasons why you should flip through and view books before buying. If there is less text on the pages due to quotation marks for entering dialogues and direct speech, then it is easier to write translations of words on them, and such a book is easier to read. In addition, dialogue is much easier to read than descriptive or narrative text, and dialogue is much closer to the real, colloquial language that English learners aspire to.
9. Read comics in English
Comics can be easier to understand, even more so than books with dialogue, and they contain a large number of idiomatic and colloquial expressions as they are used in real speech. However, sometimes difficulties can arise with slang expressions, and with how some words are spelled in comics, so you need to be careful when choosing them. Serious comics are generally easier to understand than humorous ones.
10. Teach English to your children or friends
Recent studies have shown that older children tend to have higher IQs than their younger siblings, and the most likely reason for this is that by explaining everything to their siblings, they increase their intellectual level. By analogy, teaching English to someone who knows it worse than you can be a good way to reinforce the English you already have.
11. Listen to the radio in English while you do chores
Even if you don’t listen to it carefully, listening in this way will help you feel the natural rhythm of English speech and intonation.
12. Speak out loud or mentally in English what you are doing
When doing chores, try to come up with sentences to describe what you are doing, such as “I am unscrewing the ketchup bottle cap.” This exercise will help you start thinking in English, and will help you master simple words to describe those objects and things that you regularly see around you, but which you do not yet know.
13. Watch films in English with English subtitles
This method is especially suitable for those who do not understand the film without subtitles, and who cannot listen to speech if they read subtitles in their native language. If watching a movie in this way seems too difficult for you, try watching the first 10 or 15 minutes of the movie (usually the most important) with subtitles in your native language, then continue watching the movie with English subtitles, and only if the plot becomes completely incomprehensible to you , turn subtitles back on in your native language.
14. Assess your English proficiency reasonably.
Many English learners work too hard and spend too much energy on learning the language, which is often a reason that hinders the development of the language. Test your English by taking a test on the Internet, passing an international English exam (FCE, CAE, IELTS, TOEIC, TOEFL, etc.), or by taking a test at a language school or in English courses to find out your level of language proficiency , and thus select the most appropriate teaching materials.
15. Watch children’s films or TV shows in English
Although some of the words that you can find in children’s films and programs may seem a little strange (for example, many different names for animals, and perhaps the sounds made by animals, as well as children’s names for different things), but that not only words, but the structure of the language in such films and programs is simplified, it can serve as a good motivator for watching them.
16. Read children’s books in English
This is very similar to watching children’s films, but with the advantage that there are more illustrations in children’s books than in adults, and this helps you understand what is written better, and serves as an additional motivator, as it makes the pages of the book brighter and more colorful for reading.
17. Maintain a list of words to memorize
Even if you don’t always take the time to skim this list, and more and more words accumulate in it, the very fact that you choose which words you should learn and write them down can help you remember them.
18. Keep a diary in English
This is a popular way to practice English every day for those who don’t speak English often and who can’t think of what to write about in English. The fact that you are describing real cases that happened to you means that all the words that you use and search in the dictionary will be useful for you and it will be easier to remember them.
19. Participate in online chats
The closest replacement for live communication for those who do not have the opportunity to speak English is online chat, because during a chat you need to think and respond quickly, and the messages used in chats are usually very short and informal, like in live speech.
20. Use a dictionary while watching a movie
Movies often contain the same words many times, so if you look up important words in the dictionary the first time you hear them, then by the end of the movie, you will most likely be able to remember them. The dictionary is easier to use if you are watching a movie with English subtitles.
21. Learn as many words of the same category as possible, for example, words for animals
Memorizing words of the same type can both expand your vocabulary and make it easier to memorize them due to the connection that can be mentally established between these words.
22. Take vacations abroad
This way, not only can you practice using English in situations where you really need to be understood, but it can also be a good motivator for serious English practice weeks and months before you travel. If possible, try to speak English even when you might speak your native language, such as when you are taking a guided tour, tour, hike, or when you book your tickets online.
23. Draw pictures of the words you want to learn
Especially if you are good at drawing, this method can be more effective in replenishing your vocabulary than memorizing the written words.
24. Take the international English exam
Even if you don’t need to take such an exam, or don’t want to, or you cannot take a special course to prepare for it, taking exams such as TOEFL, TOEIC, IELTS or FCE can really motivate you to seriously start learning English. …
25. Set goals
Determining the time to study English per day, determining the number of words to memorize, or determining the result to achieve on any test are all good ways to convince yourself to study English more seriously, and to devote extra time to it.