Speaking good English has become a mandate in order to be successful. But not everyone might have had the privilege of learning English at their schools. And the older they get, the more intimidating learning a language would be. Fortunately though, English isn’t hard to learn at all and with some dedicated smart work you should be able to achieve fluidity in mere months. Here are few tips that could help you master the language:
1.Lose the fear
You will make a lot of mistakes when you speak or write for the first few times. Don’t let it demotivate you. Making mistakes is an inevitable fragment of any learning process and is essential to get better.
2. Stay persistent
Regular practice is the most important aspect of learning a language.If you keep missing days, you will disrupt the flow of learning and it becomes harder and more confusing. Make a schedule and stick to it. Work on a set number of exercises and tests every day.
3. Develop a Reading Habit
Make sure you dedicate a set amount of time to reading every day. It could be an English newspaper, magazines or novels. This will get you used to the core of the language, which is the biggest and hardest step. Remember to make sure you read good and genuine materials. Go for popular books and newspapers.
4. Go Online
There are tons of courses online, which you can enroll to and get guidance from professionals. There are free dictionaries, where you can get everyday word suggestions picked on the basis of words that are widely used. You can easily find everything you need to learn online, all you need is dedication and efforts to make use of them.
5. TataSky Active English
Tata Sky has launched a new service called ‘Active English’ primarily aimed at housewives who find it hard to communicate in English. It helps with the correct pronunciation of words, most commonly encountered conversations and some other basics. It’s not very advanced and doesn’t focus much on the grammatical aspects but is still a great option if you’re just starting out.
6. Google for Your Rescue
Google is a wonderful medium that can help you in every step of Engish learning. Stuck in a word, use Google as a dictionary. Want to translate a sentence from your local language to English? Google translator is for you.
7. Download English Learning Mobile Apps
If you are looking for non-Google solution for learning English, there are tons of mobile apps that you can use. Grammaropolis, grammar app, practice English grammar are some of such apps.
8. Talk to Friends in English
As awkward as it may seem, conversing in English every chance you get will significantly improve your speaking skills and help you find more mistakes. Insist your friends to keep the conversations strictly in English. Find people you could only talk to in English, could be a colleague from another state or anyone who doesn’t speak the same language as yours.
9. Listen to Good English
You can do this by watching popular new channels like BBC or Times of India or interviews/speeches of some notable speakers. You could also opt to watching movies, which would be entertaining as well.
10. Learn More Words
English is half about vocabulary and half about using it. No matter how good you’re at forming sentences, if you run out of words, you can’t come up with anything meaningful. Try learning a few new words every day and using them in your sentences. Even if it’s just 2 words a day, you would have over 700 new words at the end of the year. Remember to revise all the words at least once a week so you don’t forget the older ones.