Every September, be it subconsciously or not, I begin to reassess my life. I think about where my career is going, how personal relationships are doing and make a bid to lead a healthier lifestyle. Last September saw an attempt at quitting smoking. This September has brought about a determination to work hard on my career and make my mark on the world.
Seeing as this is a blog for those wanting to learn English, I figured that it’d make sense to come up with 5 tips to kick-start your language learning for FREE this September.
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1. Read this blog (obviously I was going to say that).
5 days a week I’m posting about, well, anything I find interesting and think you will too. As well as exam and grammar tips, you’ll find videos on pronunciation and posts on topics such as current trends and culture. So follow us on facebook and Twitter to stay up to date and check out the blog.
2. Watch films and TV shows in English.
I can’t stress enough how much this helps you to learn a language. Instead of watching a dubbed version of your favourite series or films, set it to English with English subtitles. You’ll see how much your English improves.
3. Get a language exchange partner.
I admit that it may take a couple of awkward conversations to find a decent exchange partner. However once you do, you not only get to practice English regularly, you also gain some friends.
4. Listen to music whilst reading the lyrics.
Many people I know who speak English as a second language say that listening to music and reading the lyrics helped them improve their language skills. Make sure you look up any words you don’t understand, but first focus on understanding the general context of the song.
5. Immerse yourself in the culture.
In my opinion this method is seriously underrated. Taking an interest in the culture and history of the country that speaks your target language is essential. If you can, travel to an English speaking country (I wish that were free, though). If you’re into politics, read about the politics. If you like music, listen to the music originating from there. I think you get the gist!
I hope these tips help you in your bid to learn English! If you’ve got more tips that you think should be shared, let us know in the comments below. We’d love to hear from you!
Reassess [verb]: consider or assess again, in the light of new or different factors.
Figure [verb, informal]: In this context it means to think, consider, or expect to be the case.
Kick-start [verb, informal]: to start or resume a process.
Stress [verb]: give particular emphasis or importance to a point, statement, or idea.
Awkward [adjective]: causing or feeling uneasy embarrassment or inconvenience.
[Get the] gist [noun]: understand the general meaning of something.
Bid [noun]: an attempt or effort to achieve something.