- Have you ever wondered why does everyone emphasize on learning English?Though there are thousands of languages spoken across the world, people only care about learning English. Why? Well, it is because English is a universal language. This language is widely spoken across every corner of the world. But, how did it become a universal language? The existence of English as a universal language can be blamed to the British, who played a major part in spreading this language. The United Kingdom was the first industrialized nation. To raise itself on the global radar and spread its power, the country went on colonizing other nations. The British Empire acquired North America, Australia, New Zealand, the Caribbean, South Asia, major parts of Southern and Western Africa, and some parts of South-East Asia. During this stint, the UK established English-speaking systems in the industry, as well as government. This made English a popular language in every part of the world and it became a universal language. Till today, English is considered as the most powerful language. People want to learn it because it gives them an edge on the personal, social, and professional front. If you too want to gain an edge over others, you must learn English. We have some of the best English learning tips to share with you.
Studying, Learning, Writing, and Speaking English Efficiently
Studying English efficiently is not at all a big task. You can easily learn it and get a good grip on the language. It has no noun genders, no tone system, and no complicated morphology. Once you understand the basic and put an extra effort, you can easily speak and write the language effectively. You just need to focus a little and follow the below-mentioned tips to learn English.
- Tell yourself that making mistake is okay
The fear of making mistake is the first hurdle that stops everyone from speaking any language fluently. You must understand that it will take some time to be fluent and you can only become fluent if you gracefully accept the fact that you might make some mistakes at the beginning, be it English or any other language.
Talking solely about English, there are many common mistakes that a non-native English speaker makes, for instance, the usage of “a” and “the”, the pronunciation of “th”, usage of double negatives, counting the uncountable, confusing between he/she and him/her, etc.
If you let go of your fear of making mistakes and begin speaking confidently; gradually, you would be able to speak fluently without making any mistake. You just need to give a start and be okay about committing mistakes.
- Take help from the media
The media is a powerful tool to enhance your knowledge pertaining to language. The access to English media makes it easy to learn and practice the language. English is a universal language. Movies, TV series, and music in this language are easily available. You can take their help to learn the language and practice.
There are several movies that help in learning different easy and complicated words. For instance, Jurassic Park helps you to learn some fancy scientific words, Notting Hill helps to you imbibe the British, as well as American English, Men in Black helps you to learn the cool and simple language, etc. There are several other movies that you can watch to improve your English including Black Sheep, The Queen, The Hunger Games, The King’s Speech, Clueless, The Lord of the Rings, Titanic, Harry Potter Series, and the list is endless. You can select any interesting movie to hone your English speaking skills.
Coming to the TV series, you can watch anyone from Game of Thrones, Strange things, Vikings, the Flash, Tuders, Friends, Sherlock, Sex and the City, Home and Away, The Simpsons, Shortland Street, Prison Break, Breaking Bad, The Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother, Mad Men, The Office, Desperate Housewives, Misfits, etc.
You can also listen to the English music and learn many new words.
- Read Good Books
Reading vocabulary rich books is a sure shot way of enhancing the English speaking, as well as writing skills. There are several books that are amazingly rich in content. They are the best ways to learn many new and fancy words and to learn sentence formation.
Many authors have their own way of depicting stories. They unfold the story in the most surreal way. They use fancy words and long sentences that come together to enhance the appeal of the language. With these books, you can also improve your writing skills. You can observe their writing pattern and pick-up from them. You can learn to write long sentences in beautiful manners.
You must start with reading self-help books on improving the English communication skills. These books will help you understand the basics. Once you are done with the basics, you can graduate to the next level. You can read novels by some of the most celebrated authors. You can read books like The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame, High Fidelity by Nick Hornby, The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway, Lord of the Flies by William Golding, Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon, Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White, The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton, Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, etc.
- Use websites and applications
If you are looking for other ways than watching media or reading books, you can use the websites and applications to learn basic and advanced English conversational skills.
Websites and applications qualify as the best modes of learning English for those who want a virtual speaking partner. These modern modes offer English-speaking partners to the people who want to learn English. The partners not just help with grammar and vocabulary but also help with pronunciation.
There are several effective interactive websites like BBC Learning English, Babbel, British Council, Duolingo, FluentU, Livemocha, English Central, Phrasemix, etc.
The best applications for learning English include Hello English, Duolingo, Lingbe, Memrise, busuu, Learn English Daily, Beelinguapp, English Speaking Practice, HelloTalk, EngVarta. Almost all these apps are compatible with Android, as well as iOS operating systems.
EngVarta is one of the most sought-after apps for learning basic and advanced English. This app works on Android phones, iPhones, tablets, etc. Via this app, you can connect to the English-speaking experts who help you to eradicate your fear of speaking English, inculcate confidence, and refine your English communication skills.
- Play games
There are many interesting board games that introduce you to new words. You can play these games and solve crosswords and other puzzles to learn new words and boost your English.
Games and puzzles are the best ways to know and memorize vocabulary. These games also help you with spellings and hence, help in sharpening your English writing skills.
Once you start following the above-mentioned tips and tricks, you will see yourself writing and speaking English confidently and fluently. You will soon realize that you no longer fear visiting lawyers or doctors, you no longer fear walking up to the people and talking about anything and everything, you no longer fear filling long forms, and you no longer turn the subtitles on while watching English movies or TV shows. You will realize that the people around you no longer change their language to make you comfortable as you will see yourself comfortable with the language they all are speaking. When you see these changes in yourself, you would know that you have mastered the language.
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