Learning English should be fun and exciting. Here are ten fun and easy ways to learn English for beginners:
1. Go out and learn as you go.
Road signs, bulletin boards, posters, magazine stands, and advertisements can be your teacher. Look at the printed words and list those that are new to you. Study them to enrich your vocabulary. You may also approach someone and ask for directions to the place you want to visit—even if you don’t really need help. Doing so will give you a chance to practice expressing yourself in English
2. Make friends.
Nelson Mandela once said that, “if you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.” Make friends and talk with your American neighbors, classmates, or workmates in English. If you are too shy to make friends in person, you can practice by making friends online. You can even re-read conversations with your online friends to study the English words they used.
3. Watch English movies and TV shows.
At first, it can be hard to understand English movies and TV shows, but watch them anyway. If possible, enable subtitles to maximize the experience. Note the scenes where a particular line of dialogue was delivered. What was the actor feeling when he said it? You can also watch the same movie again – but this time without subtitles – to see if you can understand it better.
4. Watch English instructional videos.
Aside from movies and TV shows, instructional videos can be an effective tool for learning English. If you love to cook, you can check out this article from Forbes for five YouTube channels that will make you a better cook. If you like to exercise, you can subscribe to free workout videos such as those listed by Greatist in this post. Before you know it, you will not only be learning how to cook, build muscle, or lose weight, you will also be enriching your English vocabulary as well!
5. Read English books.
Don’t be in too much of a hurry to buy English books that are meant for advanced readers. You can instead buy educational English books for beginners, because those are easier to understand. You can also turn to Amazon and Scholastic for ESL books for children, teens, and adults. To learn English as you read, highlight the words that are new to you and look up their definition.
6. Tune in to English podcasts and songs.
This is perfect for audio learners or those who learn better by listening. One of the advantages of learning English by listening to podcasts is that you can do it while you’re doing other tasks. Listen while you drive, wash the dishes, clean the house, or do the laundry.
7. Play games.
It can be an interactive online game, grammar quiz, or educational app from the Apple App Store or Google Play. You may check out this link for online games that can help you learn as you play, such as Hang Man, Phrase Making, and Spelling Bee. You can also play traditional “offline” games with your family to learn English, such as Scrabble, crosswords, and charades.
8. Download apps for learning English.
iTunes and Google Play offer a number of non-gaming apps that can help you learn English. Practice English Grammar, for example, helps improve grammar, allowing users to get feedback on their performance and track their progress. Another good app is the English Grammar Book, which can help you learn English on-the-go. Grammar Phone by Poisson Pie is also a helpful app as it teaches users how to avoid grammar errors such as using “affect” instead of “effect” and “their” instead of “they’re.”
9. Keep a journal.
Keeping a daily journal can help you practice and improve your English fluency and skills, particularly English writing. Education World describes keeping a journal as a “painless way to develop skills.” So start writing about everything that matters to you.
10. Take ESL courses.
ESL schools are staffed with teachers who are dedicated to helping you learn English. ESLGI, for example, arranges educational trips and encourages students to relate with locals and express themselves in English. They use different media to cater to a diverse set of students with different learning styles (visual, auditory, kinesthetic, or a combination of these). ESLGI offers an ideal mix of classroom and field activities so that students can truly enjoy as they learn.
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