Revealed: 9 big secrets to learn English quickly
You want to learn English quickly.
You know this, but we’ll still say it to you. There is no magic pill to swallow that will lead to weight loss, becoming rich, or learning English. You’ll have to stick with learning every day. You’ll fall, you’ll learn, and you’ll excel.
Our learners have told us that learning English got them their promotion, helped them make new friends, become better communicators and most of all be respected personally and professionally.
What can you do to learn English quickly?
#1 Find your reason
You need to have a great reason to learn English. Choose a reason that is strong and powerful. Your reason is what will help you get back up when you make mistakes, get teased or slow down.
Some examples of poor reasons:
1. Speak fluently in English
2. Go abroad to study
Some examples of great reasons:
1. Within 8 months, I want to be able to read and understand any article in the newspaper.
2. Within 6 months, I want to go up 2 STEP Levels
3. Within 3 months, I want to have conversations in English with native speakers about everyday topics like food, music, travel, sports etc.
#2 Know your level
The most important step in this list is to find your level. Then pick something that is slightly challenging to you. Do not select anything too easy or too hard. It will slow down your learning. There are a lot of free resources on the internet. Select something that you can approximately understand without a dictionary, and difficult enough that you need a dictionary to understand the full meaning. Project Gutenberg is a great free resource for you to experiment with.
#3 Create a personal word deck
Be greedy to build your vocabulary. Learn at least 10 new words a day. The more words you learn, the more familiar you get with the English language. You’ll pick up the accent and pronunciation along the way. If you want to be fluent, you must learn a lot of words and their correct context. Using flashcards will help you build your personal word dictionary.
#4 Make a routine
Keep the language in your sight, so you can keep it in your mind. Do one activity every day – read an article or a few pages of a book, try free writing for 10 minutes, find a friend to speak to once a week about what you’ve learned that week, or listen and practice the lyrics of a song. Doing this every day will keep you motivated, helps you learn every day and allow you to pause without breaking your learning. You’ll be able to catch up quickly the next day.
#5 Set a time
Create a specific hour during the day to build vocabulary, learn new rules and practice exercises. Think of this as your golden hour of learning and use it wisely. Make sure you’re learning something new and not just revising what you already know.
#6 Make as many mistakes as quickly as possible
The more mistakes you make, the faster you’ll be corrected and the earlier you’ll learn. Be brave and don’t be afraid of looking like a fool. Be proud that you already know a language, and you’re learning a new one. If you’re genuinely trying to learn, most people will be more than happy to help you. Let self-doubt keep you humble and self-confidence keep you going.
#7 Look for lessons everywhere
Writers learn by copying sentences of authors they like. Get creative with how you learn. If you like the emails of a colleague at office, find the courage and ask them how they did it. They’ll be happy to show you. At the end of that conversation, you’d have learned how to write good emails! Like how someone speaks? Ask them what articles they read.
#8 Say no to perfection
Perfection takes time. If you want to learn English quickly, don’t seek perfection. Once you get the basics right, you can improve on the specifics. You’ll notice how quickly you move forward when you make peace with the compromise.
#9 Speak. A LOT.
Every morning, upon waking up, think that you are in a land where English is the only language for communication. You must force yourself to think and speak only in English. By doing this, you’ll train your brain to become extra sensitive to all the English around you and you’ll be in a constant state of learning.
Which of these secrets do you commit to, so you can learn English quickly?
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