If you already know some English but feel you need more focus and motivation in your language learning, I have a few tips for you on how to improve with time.
1. Do 10 minutes every day.
Firstly, it’s important to do a little bit each day. Don’t think that you have to spend significant amount of time on something to be good at it, sometimes, a short period of time is more effective. Even if it’s just 10 minutes a day, it will keep it fresh and interesting for you. The mistakes students often make is that they think they have to spend a lot of time, often learning things they don’t enjoy, and that’s what puts them off learning a new language. Don’t forget, learning English takes time and effort so, the more interesting you make it, the more you will learn.
There are a number of apps that can help you with this, such as Duolingo where you can move up levels and treat it like a game to help you achieve your goal. If apps are not your thing, you can find interesting articles to read, enjoy listening to podcasts about the topic you like or even try doing yoga or other exercises in English.
2. Write what you learn.
Secondly, keeping a record of what you’ve learnt will help you remember it. You can have a special notebook or a place in your phone or computer to record new words or phrases you learn. It may be just one word or a couple of phrases. Also, writing new words on sticky notes and placing them around your house also helps as you will revise them everyday if you want it or not.
3. Repeat and practice.
Following from my previous point, you should put your new words and phrases in practice. Use them in writing or conversations and after some time they will become part of your personal dictionary. The best way to practice of course is to be around native speakers however, if that’s not possible, there are many online chat groups or teachers available to help you. You just need to search for them!
4. Don't be afraid of making mistakes.
Another, very important thing is to not be afraid of making mistakes. Nobody can speak English fluently from their first lesson! You have to accept that you will make mistakes and that’s part of the learning process. Eventually, you will realise what are your mistakes and how you can improve and avoid them. The first step is to be brave to try and communicate with others.
If you're interested in improving your English with me. I will be posting a 30 day language challenge on my website very soon. It could be your motivation to start...It's free and easy to follow. All you need is your willingness to practice!
Let me know what you think. I appreciate your comments.