Perfect knowledge of spoken English has long been one of the most essential and at the same time natural skills in the modern world, a guarantee of success in life and a symbol of prestige. In order not to find the right words every time, but to speak English as easily and naturally as riding a bicycle or swimming in a pool, you need to learn English correctly.
Patience and more patience
Having set a goal to learn English, keep in mind that you cannot master it in a month or six months. This is a rather long process. Experts are sure that you can reach a good level in about 2 years – with a minimum of 2 hours of daily classes. After all, language learning has its own peculiarity: up to a certain point, only the “accumulation” of knowledge occurs (this period is the most difficult). At this stage, you are constantly accompanied by the feeling that nothing is working out and you do not understand anything! As a result, many begin to doubt their abilities and give up learning the language. Therefore, it is especially important right now to show willpower – and believe me, you will have a second wind. At some point, the so-called “brain explosion” will occur, you will feel a special pleasure from the fact that you can really understand and speak – and in the future you will respect yourself for your perseverance!
You and only you
Do not believe that you just have to find a magic “pill” – the most modern technique or a super teacher – and you will instantly and without any difficulties master the language. Learning a language is not just about transferring knowledge from one head to another. This is your work, your efforts, your time. And the methods and teachers only help you, directing you on the path of successful language acquisition.
Don’t stop there!
Learning English is an ongoing process. If you have reached a good level, do not stop! Even a very good level is easy to lose. It is known that for 2-3 months spent without classes, the language begins to be forgotten. So practice constantly.
Are we learning English in a group or individually?
Group activities have several advantages. First, you have an additional incentive – to be no worse than the rest. Therefore, you are actively involved both during the lesson and in the preparation of homework. Secondly, the group helps to remove the language barrier, as you overcome your embarrassment in communicating with the participants in the class.
It makes sense to combine individual and group lessons in cases where you need to learn a language in a short time (before an interview, internship, exam) or you need specialized knowledge, specific terms (in the field of medicine, management, technical language).
Be sure to purchase small books in English. These can be simple detective stories, love stories and other “light” literature. You can find books with cassettes with their contents attached. Thanks to the interesting plot and ease of understanding, the w
ords will be remembered by themselves!
Put on your headphones and listen to cassettes with any English text: for the training course you are currently studying, recorded radio or TV shows, texts you read, lyrics or just songs. Even if you don’t focus on understanding the text, the subconscious mind will do the job for you.
Be sure to watch films in English. They are available with or without interlinear translation. Choose light films. “Devil’s advocate”, for example, is not within the power of every professional!
It is impossible to master oral speech without knowledge of grammar. Of course, grammar is a must! Tutorials such as Grammar in Use (Raymond Murphy) can help you master grammar on your own. But in order to communicate with ease, speaking practice is necessary.
If you have traveled abroad, do not hesitate to speak the target language, even with mistakes. The Internet provides a lot of opportunities. Find a pen pal and chat in English.
… that you are learning English. Friends will respect this hobby. And remember: if you started on Monday, then you can’t miss Tuesday!