It can be difficult to master any language. And if you are learning English, you know how important it is as an international language. Although Mastering the English language can be complex sometimes, with some fun and easy tips you can find ways to really improve and enjoy learning the language.
1. EVERYDAY CONVERSATIONS
The best way to practice English is to speak with native speakers. When you do this, think about the commonly used topics and phrases in everyday, regular conversation.
Go through your day-to-day life, what do you talk about regularly with people? What topics always come up? What questions do different people ask you? Prepare some common phrases and answers in English and practice them when you are speaking with English speakers.
2. TALK TO YOURSELF
Regularly talking out loud to yourself is key to perfecting your spoken English. For example, while you are getting ready in the morning or brushing your hair and getting dressed, describe what you are doing as you go. This will make a visual match to go with the words so you will remember more easily.
3. TALK INTO THE MIRROR
You can also practice speaking while you stand in front of the mirror. It may seem silly, but watching yourself speak can really help; to see how your mouth, face and body move. It also makes you feel like you are talking to someone else, like you are having a conversation.
4. TONGUE TWISTERS
English tongue twisters are a series of words that are difficult to say, even for native English speakers! But they are also a lot of fun and make you laugh. And they are a great way to help your pronunciation and how to move your mouth and tongue.
5. LISTEN AND COPY
Another fun way to practice speaking is to watch videos in English and play back a short part of it. Repeat what you hear and try to copy the way the speaker talks, in tone, speed and accent.
6. POST IT NOTES
Write new words, or words you struggle to remember or say, on Post-it notes and stick them around your house so you will frequently see them. Or write down a description of what the Post-It is on. This is a great way to make the visual connections between the word or description and the object.
For some people, seeing the words written is a really helpful way to learn the language. And it is an important part of achieving fluency and mastering the English language. Read everything you can. If the ingredients list on something is written in English, read it. Try reading some English language magazines or illustrated books and comics where there is imagery to help you learn.
8. WATCH TV
Watching different TV programs in English will help with listening while entertaining you. And they also allow you to hear the wide range of accents and dialects in the English language.
9. LEARN ENGLISH SLANG
And speaking of dialects, English slang is a fun part of learning the language. Watch some YouTube instructional videos and listen to native speakers saying the words. It is a really interesting way to learn the differences in English culture and to have a more familiar and less formal understanding.
10. LEARN HAND GESTURES AND BODY LANGUAGE
Hand Gestures and Body Language go hand in hand with speaking and the English speaking cultures may have some interesting and fun gestures you don’t know. This is a fun way to add to what you are learning.
11. LEARN ENGLISH JOKES
Again, this is a really fun and entertaining way to learn and to understand the English culture and what they find funny.
12. SING ALONG TO SONGS
Listen to English language songs and learn the lyrics to practice your pronunciation. This is a fun way to memorize words and sentences that are put together in a more creative way to express thoughts and feelings.
13. RECORD YOURSELF SPEAKING
Record yourself speaking in English. Not only does this help to practice speaking, but it also helps to listen back later and see how far you have come, to feel good about your progress.
14. NEW WORDS EVERY DAY
Try to learn a new word every day and write it down. Or if you hear a new word or expression that you would like to remember, make sure to note it down so you do not forget. It is always better to write these down in a sentence with the meaning noted.
Also, writing it down strengthens the learning process. Pretty soon, you will have a whole little notebook full of words that are interesting to you.
15. THINGS THAT INTEREST YOU
It is always easier to learn when it is something you like. So, read or watch a video about a favourite hobby or person. For example, take a favourite singer or actor and watch interviews with them in English.
16. POSITIVE THINKING
This is important. It can be frustrating when learning a second language, and you might lose confidence or belief in yourself and your progress. Try to think about how far you have come, not how far you have to go. This will keep you positive. Listen back over those recordings you made and see how much better you are doing. Remind yourself that you are improving every day.
17. REACH OUT TO OTHERS
Your friends and peers will be learning with you. Practice with these familiar people and keep each other motivated. They can help you with any problems, and you will also learn by helping them with their difficulties. Or go online and find similar groups of learners on social media or in forums to ask questions and help each other out.
18. MAKE ENGLISH FRIENDS
Speaking with native speakers is important when learning English. Make some friends when you are visiting their country, or if they are visiting yours and interact with them. Join them on social media, read their Facebook posts and links to articles in English. Having this regular exposure to English will certainly help your learning.
19. HOW MANY WAYS CAN YOU SAY?
Explore the different ways you can say the same thing. For example, just look at all the ways that you can say goodbye such as bye, farewell, see you later or even take care and have a nice day! This will make your English much more interesting and varied.
20. SWITCH YOUR PHONE OR COMPUTER TO ENGLISH
It might be a challenge at first, but this will really train your brain and familiarise you with the daily aspects of your life through your phone. Or you can start more simply with an English app and go from there.
21. PLAY WORD GAMES
Play word games like Scrabble, Words With Friends or Crossword Puzzles as a fun way to increase and strengthen your vocabulary. It is a good workout for your brain and gets it used to thinking in English, which is a big goal in mastering the language.
Mastering the English language
Learning a language should be a fun experience. And if you really want to master English, creating ways to make it more enjoyable will also make it easier. So give these tips a try to create the best experience for yourself and get you closer to language fluency.