improve english

How to improve your listening skills

Make sure you have the right software to take advantage of what is available on the www.

Films in English are an excellent language resource provided if you're 100% sure what films to watch. Watch animation movies from pixar animation studios.

Listening while reading is a good idea too. 

Keep up to date with current events and watch English-language news station, such as BBC World. Watch news reports on events you are already aware of.  Read High school grammar by Wren and Martin for basic English learning.

Improve your Learning Skills 

Learning is a skill and it can be improved.
Your path to learning effectively is through knowing 

• yourself 
• your capacity to learn 
• processes you have successfully used in the past 
• your interest, and knowledge of what you wish to learn 

Motivate yourself
If you are not motivated to learn English you will become frustrated and give up. Ask yourself the following questions, and be 

• Why do you need to learn/improve English?
• Where will you need to use English?
• What skills do you need to learn/improve? (Reading/Writing/Listening/Speaking) 
• How soon do you need to see results?
• How much time can you afford to devote to learning English. 
• How much money can you afford to devote to learning English. 
• Do you have a plan or learning strategy? 
Set yourself achievable goals 

You know how much time you can dedicate to learning English, but a short time each day will produce better, longer-term results than a full day on the weekend and then nothing for two weeks.

Joining a short intensive course could produce better results than joining a course that takes place once a week for six months.

Here are some goals you could set yourself:-

• Join an English course - a virtual one or a real one (and attend regularly). 
• Do your homework.
• Read a book or a magazine every month.
• Learn five new words every day. 
• Visit an English speaking forum every day.
• Read a news article on the net every day. 
• Do 10 minutes listening practice every day.
• Watch movies with English subtitles at least.

A good way to meet your goals is to establish a system of rewards . 

Decide on a reward you will give yourself for fulfilling your goals for a month. 

•A favourite drink 
•A meal out / or a nice meal at home 
•A new outfit
•A manicure or massage 

Good mental health is a prerequisite for scoring good marks .

Improve Your Reading Skills 
Make a habit of reading regularly. Read as many English books, newspapers and magazines as you can get your hands on. 

Reading should be fun, so make sure the texts you choose are not too too difficult for you. If the book or article you are reading is a chore, then find something easier. Try reading graded books written especially for ESL learners. 
Find an author you like and read all their books. By doing this you will get used to the style of a particular author and the typical vocabulary and grammar they use. As you read more of his/her books you will find it easier and easier.

If you have a local library find out if they stock English books or if they have bilingual editions of English classics. Or ask them to stock English translations of books you are already familiar with. 

Try reading things more than once. Read something and then read it again a few weeks/months later. You should find your understanding has improved.

Try to discuss a book you've enjoyed with other people. You can even discuss books with me on the forum , or there are lots of online book clubs and you can even write reviews on book selling sites. 

Don't try to read "the classics". Save them for later, start with contemporary short stories. And don't forget, there are lots of excellent comics out there too.

English speaking tips 

Get over any fear you might have of making mistakes. You will make mistakes.
Be patient with yourself. Learning any language can be frustrating, but frustration won't help you, so let it go.

Grasp every opportunity you have to speak with people in English. 

Talk to friends who are also learning English. Go out together for coffee and only speak English to each other!

Read short stories out loud and try to see, say and hear the words to reinforce your memory. Record your voice and play it back later, how does it sound ? 

Find English speaking friends  :- 

• You might not be able to find any friendly native speakers where you live, but You can find English speaking people on the Internet! If you can't find anyone who'll actually help you, don't worry, you'll still be able to figure out if they can understand you. 
• Get onto Second Life. It's the one place I've found where you're guaranteed a conversation - it's an adult environment, and you won't always want to talk to the people you meet, but for every blood sucking vampire who asks if they can bite you, there are at least ten, nice people who just want to socialize. 

• Look for people with the same interests as you. It's no good asking everyone you meet to help you with your English, rather develop natural friendships based on your hobbies etc. Eventually you will make friends and they will be much more likely to give you correction / guidance.

• Join an English club or conversation group. Around the world there are many English speaking clubs, these clubs aren't just for expats but for people interested in the English way of life. They can be friendly and fun. 
Check magazines as well as your phone book, your local newspaper and your local university. Or if there isn't one in your area - start one! Place an advertisement in your newspaper for people interested in starting a group or go to Meet up.

• Visit an Irish/English/Australian theme pub or British food shop, you can usually find one in the larger cities. Often, the waiters and waitresses come from English-speaking countries, the menu is often in English too!

• Once your English is good enough, go shopping in some tourist areas. You'll find lots of shop assistants speak very good English. 

• If you can travel to an English speaking country, do it.

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