8 Tips to Practice Your English Language Skills

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Everyone who studies a second language wants to become fluent, but not everyone achieves that. The key to becoming fluent is to practice, be confident, and be patient. No one becomes fluent in a second language overnight. There is a lot of work involved in order to achieve fluency. It is not easy to keep yourself motivated to learn and improve, but if you are trying to find ways to practice your English language skills, whether you have just started to learn or have been studying for years, understand that there are several methods that you can utilize to exercise your language skills. Here are 8 ways to practice your English language skills (same applies to any language you are learning):

 

1.     Use Post-It notes…

Post-it notes are great for people who have just started to learn English. You can use post-it notes on things around your house by labeling them with their English words (curtain, drawer, lamp, closet, window frame, etc.) However, don’t limit yourself with just one word; once you have learned the word, add an adjective to it. Once you have mastered the word and adjective, try to add a sentence, for instance, word: fridge/ adjective: white/ sentence: I keep my food inside my white fridge.

 

 

2.     Play games that involve vocabulary…

There are many applications and online games available for free, so explore the resources you have. Look for the games that require spelling, such as: hangman, word scramble, crossword puzzles, word search puzzles, words with friends, etc. You will be surprised how quickly you can learn and memorize new words just by playing games.

 

 

3.     Set your phone language to English…

Change the language settings on your phone to English. As you are probably used to navigating through your phone in your native language, you shouldn’t have much trouble navigating in the new language. Once you change the language on your phone, it will automatically change the language on your social media apps. You probably use your phone and navigate your social media daily; therefore, if your phone is set in the language you are learning, you will be acquiring knowledge of new words and key phrases daily.

 

 

4.     Watch everything in English…

Watch movies, TV series, and TV programs in English with English subtitles. Then, challenge yourself and watch it again without subtitles. You can use the context and gestures to figure out what the characters are saying, without relying on your native language. A good idea is to start watching things that you have interest in because that will motivate you to continue learning. In addition to movies, TV series, and TV programs, watch YouTube videos. On YouTube you can find all sort of videos in English, from tutorials to news. There are many YouTubers who use the platform to teach others a new language, and you should be taking advantage of those “free online classes”.

 

 

5.     Read in English…

Visit the library and get in the habit of reading magazines, newspapers, and books in English. The more your read, the more diverse vocabulary you will have, and the better you will speak. Start reading advanced books, and then challenge yourself with more complex books. Don’t worry if you can’t understand many words, the idea is for you to build your vocabulary by looking up the words you don’t know in the dictionary.

 

 

6.     Listen to English radio and podcast…

Listen to the radio, and not only listen, but it’s also important to sing along. When you are singing you are repeating the words, and that helps you memorize them. There are many different podcasts and radios available online, which makes it easier for everyone to access it. Many podcasts are directly target to students who are learning English, find those and get in the habit to listen them daily.

 

 

7.     Practice with native speakers…

Participate in online chat rooms for English speakers or join Facebook groups that has English as its primary language. Another great and more efficient way to practice with native speakers is to do it in person. You can go to meet-ups in your city for international travelers who are trying to meet locals. That way you will not only practice your language skills, but you might also make a lifelong friend!

 

8.     Travel or study abroad…

 

The best way to practice and improve your English is to travel or study abroad. When you immerse yourself in an English-speaking country, you are not only allowing yourself to practice and improve your language skills, but you are also learning about a new culture.

 

Everyone learns differently! Find the way that works for you and practice daily. Don’t underestimate your skills, believe in yourself, and be confident when you speak English in front of others. You will be surprised how much of your English skills will be improved.

Do you have a tip(s)? Let us know in the comments below.