7 tips for learning English (and other languages)

7 tips for learning English (and other languages)

by Adriana Stein

Updated November 9, 2022

Wondering how to speak better English (or any other language)? It’s actually a lot easier than you might think! If you’re determined to start learning and want to become fluent like a native speaker, there are a few things you can do to make the process easier. As an experienced English teacher, here are my best tips for improving your English in no time.

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1. Find classes that work for you

You’re learning English for your own benefit, right? So you need to learn in the way that is most beneficial for you. That’s why online courses are a great option, because you can schedule them however and whenever you want. Lingoda offers classes 24/7, making it easy to learn English (German, Spanish or French) regardless of borders and time zones. Each class is 60 minutes long and you can schedule as many classes per week (or even per day) according to your schedule. Furthermore, you also choose classes based on the topics that you need to learn. So if you need business English, for example, there are English classes specifically for this industry. Either way, you have full control over making your learning process the best it can be for your needs.

2. Stay consistent

The most important thing about learning a new language (or really anything new) is to practice it consistently – and English is no exception. The best case scenario is to learn a bit of English every day, because the more you practice, the faster you’ll learn. Consistency is key for improving, because that’s how you retain vocabulary and grammar concepts over a longer period of time. You’re doing yourself a great disservice if you take breaks all the time and need to repeat topics. If you truly want to master English, it needs to become a daily habit. The Lingoda Language Sprint will help you with this, and give you the added incentive to get a cash reward!

3. Ask for feedback

Getting feedback is essential to improving, which is another benefit of taking English classes because you can get in touch with teachers directly. Lingoda’s teachers are all native English speakers so they are the best source of information for how particular words or grammar works. Ask lots of questions during class and don’t be afraid to be corrected, because this is the normal process for learning a new language. The teachers always give feedback to everyone for group classes after each class, and if you’d like more specific feedback, teachers often provide their emails for additional help.

4. Speak outside of class

Everything that you learn in class needs to be applied in daily life if you really want to commit it to your long-term memory. You can do this by finding a tandem partner for a language exchange, or speak English with friends. When first starting to learn English, speaking with strangers may sound a bit too daunting, so you can practice with friends instead to help build your confidence up. A drink or too here may also give you a bit of liquid courage!

5. Travel or live in an English speaking country

The best way to learn English is by surrounding yourself with people who speak it. You can either move to another country directly, or at least travel there to get some immersion practice. Immersion in particular helps you learn a language quickly because you speak the language much more often than in a class, and in the best case scenario, those you speak to aren’t fluent in your native language. It teaches you how to use the vocabulary you have on hand to describe something that you don’t have the words for and teaches you how locals actually speak (which is often much more informal than in class). I actually did this in Spain to learn Spanish and went from a beginner to nearly fluent in just a few months, so I promise it works!

6. Listen and watch native speakers

In addition to your classes, learning to speak like a local comes from listening to and watching other native English speakers. As an English teacher myself, my students always asked me what they could be doing outside of class to learn more. I know well that most adults don’t have time for tons of homework, so instead I said “watch more Netflix”. Yes, you read right! Movies and TV are fantastic ways to learn English, because you get familiar with different accents, contextual vocabulary, and particular slang. But make sure that you keep the subtitles off (or at minimum use English subtitles if you’re a beginner). Sounds like way less work than more homework, right?

7. Reward yourself when you complete goals

Learning English (or any language) means that sometimes you’ll make mistakes. But it’s important to focus on what you accomplish instead of where you’re struggling. You might want to use CEFR levels as milestones, because it’s a clear way of knowing how far you’ve progressed. Lingoda classes are broken down into CEFR levels (and even sub-CEFR levels like B1.1 for example), so you’re always learning at exactly the right level. Furthermore, you can get a certificate when you pass a certain CEFR level or take an official exam like IELTS. Once that’s done, do something to personally reward yourself like meeting with friends or going out to eat. The more fun that you make the learning process, the more you’ll enjoy the journey to fluency!

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