You must have heard people say ‘We live in a fast-moving world.’ Isn’t it true? All of us try to accomplish greater things in a short time.
This is the reason why we often lose our patience when things take time. For example, when your internet is slow or while you are traveling. The same thing happens when you are learning a skill. We want to see faster results.
Let’s say while learning English, you know that you need to spend hours learning words and memorizing rules. But there can be alternatives.
In this blog, I am going to give detailed information on how you can learn the English language faster using some proven techniques.
Learning the English language can take a lot of time and also a year. But it’s hard to say what methods can show results. In one of our videos, Vani shared how you can learn a language like polyglots. Polyglots are people who love learning languages. They can understand and speak more than 4 or 5 languages.
English language learners think that to become fluent, they need to know a lot of vocabulary and in-depth grammar wisdom. Whereas, the truth is when you need to learn to express your thoughts beautifully with limited vocabulary. How well somebody communicates in a new language has very little to do with their language level and a lot to do with their attitude.
You cannot ignore the fact that everyone has their own learning style. And it is important to choose which learning style works for you the best. But there is some evergreen tip that not only helps you learn English faster but also works for every English learner. These tips majorly focus on your spoken English and give you a boost of confidence every day.
Here are a few quick tips that can help you learn to speak English fast and in a much more effective way :
Listen to English
Language trainers categorize learning into two types – implicit and explicit learning. Let’s understand what it is –
- Implicit learning – Implicit methods involve the acquisition of knowledge through natural and subconscious methods.
- Explicit Learning – Explicit method of learning is a subconscious way of learning a language that involves learning grammar rules or memorization methods.
If I had to poll students about which method they prefer. The maximum of them would stand for the Implicit method of learning. Of course! Who likes to spend laborious hours learning rules.
This may sound obvious but learning English by listening is one of the best ways to actually not learn but acquire English. Let me explain to you how –
You listen to English music every day….You listen to it again and again….Soon you will start catching up on words and syncing with the lyrics…you will start getting accustomed to English words.
If you think about it, this is how children learn their first language, right?
From an early age, they listen to their parents & people surrounding them. They learn words and pick up the pronunciation slowly and steadily.
How does this happen?
The reason you learn English through listening is that you learn patterns easily. When listening attentively, we understand a lot of English usages like vocabulary, grammatical structures, intonation, accent, and our own interpretation.
How can I get results faster?
The key to learning English faster is Consistency!
There is no greater magic than being consistent. And the key to consistency is to find the action you would, and could, repeat forever. Consistency doesn’t mean perfection but eventual success.
This is the reason English Experts at Engvarta suggest their students to listen to the recordings after each practice session. This helps to retain the feedback and speak English correctly.
Learn new words and retain old words through word association.
Remember, if you can’t use a new word, it is not a part of the vocabulary.
There is no denying the fact that learning vocabulary is one of the most intimidating things to do while learning English. The reason is – You learn a word today and most probably, you’ll forget it the next day.
But there is an unpopular technique that we discuss during Engvarta’s sessions. It is called Word Association. The more complex this technique sounds, the easier it is to do.
Let me tell you how!
Say you hear the word donut. What comes to your mind. Well! I can think about sweetness, coffee, cravings, happiness, and somewhere unhealthy too.
Using this technique, you create a mental picture of concrete and abstract words through our senses which are associated with new words.
Let me give you the exact steps of how you can practice it –
- Oral presentation of new words – Before you do the word association, make sure you pronounce the word correctly three to four times. Cross-check if you are pronouncing right because you need to make sure that you learn the right thing.
- After hearing and pronouncing reasonably well, write it down in a piece of work. I know this is a lot of work, but it’s worth it. After writing it down, know its meaning, and translate the meaning to your native language.
- Finally, let’s consider you are learning a new word like ‘Adversity’
Meaning of adversity is misfortune or unlucky or trouble. Now, think of words that you can associate with adversity. I can think of competition, illness, or failure.
- The ultimate thing you can do is – Use new words in sentences. For example – Failure and illness all are adversity.
Substitute pattern learning with rule memorization.
Before you run away, let me put it this way!
When you speak your native language, do you think about grammar? Nope
Similarly, when kids start learning the language at a young age, they just don’t learn words. But they also follow also the common grammar patterns – the ways that words can be combined – in their correct forms – in phrases and sentences. Phrases like – An old stout man is an example of grammar pattern article + adjective + countable noun.
However, The combination ‘the car red’ is not acceptable in English because the pattern article + noun + adjective is not an English grammar pattern (though it is a grammar pattern in some languages).
In the same way, learning different grammar patterns helps in understanding the language to the core.
The fact is there is no shortcut to learning English. But some tips and strategies can help you get versed with the language faster.
How can EngarVta – an English Learning App can help?
EngVarta provides you with consistent practice of spoken English. English Experts push you beyond your comfort zone and help you make English your best friend. The one-on-one guidance by English Experts during the practice sessions helps you to clear all your doubts and prepare for real-life challenges.
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