How to learn English easily!
One of the most important things about learning a language is input – the language you receive. This can be in the form of spoken language (what you hear) or written language (what you read). Remember, babies and young children learnt their first language by being exposed to a LOT of language without making any conscious effort to learn it.
Vocabulary is the base of all languages. Grammar is just the way the words fit together. So, you need to focus on learning lots of words and expressions. The good news is that you can express yourself clearly with a vocabulary of about 3,000 of the most frequent words (and combinations of them).
Listening to English regularly will help you develop an ear for the language. And once you’ve achieved this, you’ll be able to distinguish words and sounds; and then you’ll start learning really quickly. So, listen to English as often as you can: listen to the radio, watch videos, listen to audio files from language courses, watch movies, listen to songs… the possibilities are endless.
Reading is great for lots of reasons. As you’re reading, you’re absorbing language naturally. On top of that, you can see how the language fits together, giving you a better understanding of grammar. So, what should you read? Once again, the options are limitless: newspaper reports, magazine articles, language coursebook material, Twitter messages, books, graded readers, Facebook posts, instant messages…
Once you’re getting lots of input, you need to practise using the language too. In fact, the more you use English, the quicker you’ll improve. So, speak and write English as much as you can: chat to friends in English (even if they aren’t native speakers), post Facebook updates in English, speak to a language buddy over Skype, write e-mails to friends… there’s so much you can do.
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