Many of you have told us you have problems progressing in English because it is not part of your daily life.
Do you agree?
If you’ve responded yes then, you need to read this article because we have some GREAT NEWS for you.
Just because you live in a non-english speaking country, does not mean you cannot make English a daily part of life.
Here are 5 ways to make English a regular part of your life.
1. Twitter and Facebook
Create your own english speaking environment. There are plenty of pages and groups to follow on these two popular social networks, which are perfect for English learners.
Take part in the conversations, share your opinions and thoughts. The best thing about it is that you’ll pick up words and even phrases which are often repeated by most people in the comments section as everyone is discussing that one post. If you feel brave enough, add a comment of your own, get involved and share your thoughts too.
2. Music and Lyrics
We know it works. Music contains tons of useful vocabulary, sentences and words that relate to daily life. Being one of the easier and more enjoyable habits to pick up, you can listen to your favourite songs repeatedly without getting bored.
Nowadays you can find the lyrics to almost every song online, if you have difficulties understanding what the song is about, look up the lyrics online.
Pick your favourite song or something you really like at this moment, google the lyrics and read them while listening to the song. If you’re looking to improve your singing skills in the shower, the repetition will surely help 🙂
3. Fauvorite TV Series – Old & New
Walking dead, Friends, How I Met Your Mother, Game of thrones…..
Any of these in your top 10?
Most of us watch TV daily, if time permits. We are sure you’ve already tried this method or are currently trying it. This is a great way to improve your English speaking and pronunciation.
If you dislike watching programmes in English, the likelihood is it got tiring trying to understand what was being said despite having subtitles. The first thing you should become comfortable with is not understanding everything. At the beginning, it might take you over 2 hours to watch a 30 minute episode but this gives you the time to get familiar with the characters accents and look up the words you don’t know.
If it means you need to pause or rewind, so be it. At the end of the episode, if you manage to pick up on some new words, expressions or phrases, we’d say that’s a big achievement.
4. Following the life of your favourite personality
We all like following the latest news, gossip and updates on our favourite TV stars, sports player, actor or personality. Most of the well known people feature in the news headlines regularly. Following their life’s and stories in English makes your learning experience both interesting and fun.
If you have someone you’re a big fan of, find information about them online. You could start by reading wikipedia to get an overall idea about their life and then google them to find the latest news. There is no doubt that you can also follow their social networks to get a daily update on their activity.
5. Change all your settings
Phone, Computer, Keyboard, all your social accounts, GPS…
What language is your phone in at this moment?
If you’re going to say, your native language then make the change now.
In this ever developing digitalised world, one of the most overlooked aspects of language learning is your daily connection to technology. Integrating daily tech and learning is an essential activity that can easily be adapted into your daily routine.
This small adjustment automatically immerses you into an native English speaking world and culture. Imagine receiving all your newsfeeds in English? On average people check their social media accounts at least 8-10 times a day, if this is not the perfect way to integrate English into your daily life, what is?
So here you have it, 5 ways to boost your daily language learning. You might say you’ve already attempted and tested all these things but the question you need to ask is….
How long did you really stick at it?
It might seem you’ve done it all but remember, every little thing helps and even if you feel that you’re not seeing the progression you’d like, these baby steps eventually transform to big things if not immediately, in the future. Your efforts will not be wasted, the more you do something, the more you’ll witness fluency in speaking, reading and writing. Do not undermine your energy and power, you have it in you. Like your morning tea or coffee, make at least one of these part of your daily routine.
Thanks for the useful post! I totally agree that immersion and regular contact with the language are the main factors in learners gaining better fluency over time. I’ve written a detailed post on this same subject with 50 top tips for improving your fluency in English. Perhaps this will be a good addition to what you have already stated above: onlineteachersuk.com/en/speak-english-fluently
Thank you. These are good tips to improve.
i think this is better than learning by heart
Thanks for your tips, I’m sure that I’ll practice harder.