5 powerful tips on how to optimise the way you learn English
English tip number 1 – Motivation
First and foremost, be motivated and understand the importance of mastering the English language, and what it means for you personally and professionally.
Motivated learners learn faster and more efficiently, and being aware of any learning process is fundamental for success.
English tip number 2 – Exposure
Maximise your exposure to the English language. Listen to video, internet radio, read articles on the web or traditional newspapers, music, podcasts… you name it – the more the better.
English tip number 3 – Practice
No student of anything has ever excelled without practicing. Ask the great sportsmen or women or any noteworthy musician on how they reached greatness. They may say talent and luck, but most will say plenty of practice. Do grammar exercises, use dictionaries, talk with advanced, proficient or native speakers of English and you will see excellent results.
English tip number 4 – The 4 main skills
You will need to practice the 4 main skills in language learning; the speaking, the listening, the reading and the writing. All 4 skills are important for what you can produce and on how you learn the language. When you elaborate a piece of writing e.g. a proposal, it is not only the final result that matters, it is the process. Writing develops your English is many ways – so does reading. Reading increases your vocabulary, but it also gives your grammar in context as an added bonus.
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English tip number 5 – Measure your progress
Progress is motivating and motivation accelerates your learning. Progress can only be perceived if you are aware of the process of learning itself, and if you set goals, tangible goals for your English.
Beware of the speed with which you learn English. In many ways, as you become increasingly advanced, progress (or perceived progress) is slowing down. It has been compared to an inverse exponential curve.