Chances are, if you’re looking to learn English, you probably want to do it as fast as possible.
The truth is, if you want to learn English fast, you need to dedicate a lot of time and effort to your studies. This means learning on your own time. To help you gain fluency as fast as possible, here are some tips.
Find English podcasts or YouTube channels
The great thing about podcasts and YouTube is that you can find content about almost any topic. Choose something you are interested in (sports, cooking, sewing, etc.) and subscribe to a channel in English. You can listen during your commute, a workout or any downtime you have at home. It may be frustrating in the beginning, but after a while, you will begin to pick up on new vocabulary and pronunciations from native speakers that may be different than what you are learning in your classes.
Follow English-speaking people on social networks
Social media presents a unique opportunity for language learners. It is a stream of unique content that is updated every day. It also offers insights into how English is used by everyday speakers. You can choose to follow friends, celebrities or influencers. What you will find is that you will begin to pick up on phrases and words that you wouldn’t hear in everyday speech or in your classes.
Keep notes on words or phrases you learn
Did you ever have a thought you assumed you would never forget? And then a day later, you couldn’t recall what the thought was even about? The same thing happens when you are learning English. You may hear something or read something and think it will stick forever. Instead, whenever you learn something that really interests you or that you think is important, write it down. You can use a notebook or an app that can collect all the important things you learn. It will help you to remember and to become fluent.
Speak as often as possible
Reading, writing and listening are all great skills to have, but to truly be fluent in English, you need to be able to speak the language. The only way to learn to speak English is to practice speaking with native speakers. This can take some effort on your part. You will need to find opportunities to practice. That means finding places or people to speak with or finding English classes that incorporate live speaking practice.
Remember your end goals
You probably have a specific reason why you want to learn English. It could be for work or for a trip you have planned. The reason you are learning English should impact how you are learning. If you are going on a trip, you should focus your studies on travel and tourism vocabulary. The same is true for work. Remembering why you are learning English will help keep you on track to learn quickly.
Learning English is no easy task, but with the tips above paired with professional English classes, you should be able to learn English fast.