Listening Tip #2
Watch a TV show in English
Do you have a favourite TV show? Why not watch it in English? Find an English-language drama or comedy that seems interesting, and start watching it from the beginning. Follow the story-lines and get to know all the characters. If you’ve watched some TV show in your first language, try to watch it in English from the beginning. The information that you already know about the show will help you to understand more.
Why? To learn English, you have to practice consistently for a long time. When you find a TV show you like a lot, it's easy to spend hours and hours watching it.
Reading Tip #2
Read a book that you enjoy. If you like the book, it helps you to stay more focused on it and read it to the end. You should read a book that is not too difficult and not too easy at the same time. If you understand approximately 80% of what you read without consulting a dictionary, it is probably the right level for you. If you read books that are too easy to understand, it won’t help you expand your vocabulary.
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Listening Tip # 1
Listen to the same audio every day for a week
Find an interesting video/podcast, choose one episode and listen to it everyday for a week. You can do it whilst driving to work, riding the bus or doing the dishes.
Listen very carefully and try to pick some interesting phrases or words. In couple of days you can try to practice speaking some parts of the podcast out aloud while listening to it at the same time. Focus on the differences between you and the speaker.
By the end of the week, you should be able understand much more than during the first listening. Your ears will adjust to hearing these particular phrases and sentences, so any new audio that has those phrases is easier to understand.
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Reading Tip # 1
Always make special time to read
Reading for fun can be done anywhere. You could take a book out on a bus, in bed or at the office, and you can enjoy it.
Reading for learning is a bit different. You need to be focused and minimise distraction. You should spend about 30 minutes on focused reading every day. To become better at reading and understanding these are the steps you should do:
Make a special time for reading. Routine will help you to stay on track. The more you read, the quicker you’ll improve. Put all your gadgets, such as a phone, tablet on silent mode.
During the reading, underline unfamiliar words.
Search a picture for words on the Internet. You will be surprised how much pictures can help in understanding the meaning of nouns and verbs.
Look up the meaning in English-English dictionary. You should train yourself to resist translations. It mights be tough at the beginning, but quite soon you’d be very thankful for this brain training.
Write the words down and write at least one sentence for each.
Check it with your teacher next lesson. The teacher will check if you understand this word correctly and also give you a chance to practice it in several contexts. This way you can remember the words better and use them in your speech. And this is exactly what you want to improve your speaking!
Tip # 2 is coming soon...
Which words to learn?
There are thousands of words in English, nobody can possibly remember all of them, right? Right indeed! So what words to learn, shall you ask. It’s simple to decide, here are some suggestions:
learn the words that are important to the subjects you study/work on,
learn the words that you read or hear again and again,
learn the words that you want to use yourself,
do not learn words that are rare or not useful (your teacher can help you with this).
Modern life can be overwhelming and people often think they have no time for anything. How can you find time for English? We offer you to take up the challenge to take control over your learning:
For a day or two try to pay close attention to how many breaks you have a day. What do you do when you drive a car/ride a bus/ cycle? You can fill this time up with some useful listening exercises. Why wouldn’t you listen to audio books or comedy shows? Or maybe you prefer political podcasts? Try to explore all the options and see the progress.
How do you use your lunch break? Try watching interesting youtube videos or read an online newspaper in English.
How do you spend your evenings? Perhaps you would like to watch some TV shows in English while cooking your dinner. You can continue with watching a film or series in English. If you have children to handle, why not try to motivate them to watch cartoons or family films in English? You can watch together as a family.
What is your bed time routine? Probably you can have a fifteen minute read or go through your vocabulary.
Do you have 5 minutes everyday? In order to remember a word, an average person needs to see and use it 8-12 times within a month. So even a 5 minute vocabulary revision will pay off soon.
If you integrate learning English into your life, you won’t believe how much you can improve within short time. Take up a 2 week challenge and see the result for yourself!
Bilingualism is an ability to understand two languages. A lot of psychological studies have proven the benefit of being bilingual. Learning languages doesn't only improve your brain work, but helps you understand different cultures. It makes you more aware of your own language and culture.
How to develop bilingual skills
It's a fact that people of any age learn their second language the same way they learnt their native language. You listened to others and tried to copy their sounds, then sounds became words and words became sentences, and here you are! Learning the second language works the same way. The only milestone is where to find so much English around?
Make a habit to watch/read morning news in English.
Watch films in English at least twice a week (English subtitles or try without subtitles at all).
Change your phone setting into English (try to do it with your computer as well).
Find an English speaking friend/colleague.
Try to attend/watch online lectures in English on you professional field.
Read/watch about your hobbies in English.
Read a book in English.
Watch your favorite TV-series in English.
Subscribe on a couple of YouTube channels in English.
Find someone English-speaking to follow on Twitter.
Boost it with English lessons with a professional teacher.
A professional teacher is not only an instructor, who knows grammar and vocabulary very well, but also an ambassador that helps you develop inter-cultural understanding. A professional teacher guides you through the process and helps you maximize your potential in a monolingual society. Depending on your goal, a professional teacher advises you strategies on how to learn English faster and more effective for you way. Find out more about bilingualism
Keep motivation flying high
Be Encouraged –
Your English Is Probably Better Than You Think It Is!
Unfortunately, a lot of English learners think their English is really bad.
“I always make mistakes.”
“Other people will laugh at me when I speak English.”
“I’ve been studying for years, but my English is still bad.”
Trust our teaching experience - your English is much better than you think. What you need is a little bit confidence. Our teachers have helped a lot of students to overcome their nervousness and start speaking.
Yes, of course there is always something to improve. But you already have good English skills, and we can understand your speaking and writing. That’s a really big accomplishment.
So if you tend to have a low opinion of your English, try to eliminate those negative thoughts by focusing on what you CAN do and expand this list. Our teachers will help you on the road to your better English.
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Learn from your mistakes
Are mistakes good or bad? Let me say something obvious first: mistakes are bad. Nobody would ever choose to say something with a mistake, if they know it’s a mistake, and no teacher will recommend it. But trust us, we love your mistakes. Just because mistake correcting is a great way to learn a language. You can avoid mistakes in English only if you don’t use it.
Probably the most often repeated business tips are that to succeed in business, you need to try numerous different things, until one of them finally works. Even huge corporations frequently release unprofitable products despite spending huge amounts of cash on market research. That is because it's impossible to tell with 100% certainty if clients will purchase a product until it hits the shelves.
Making mistakes in English is not different or embarrassing at all. During the lesson you have them corrected. Our teachers help you analyse, understand and correct your mistakes in English. They also recommend additional materials and provide you with plenty of practice. This way you make less and less mistakes before moving to the next level. Even advanced students and native speakers make mistakes in their English, nobody is perfect. The most important is communication.