English for Beginners: Essential Tips
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I know that learning a new language can be daunting, especially if you are a beginner. I know that from experience since I used to study Italian and it was really challenging for me. But, the first thing that I tell to my students, and to myself, is to not be scared, to set goals and to keep up with work.
Why you want to learn English?
This may sound silly, but if you do not have a real motivation at some point you will give up. Let`s be realistic, English is not easy, so if you are not motivated eventually you will give up. Find your motivation and use your goals to motivate yourself. For instance I use English everywhere I go. I love to travel and I find it so easy to go to unknown places because I know that I can always find what I am looking for because I posses the most powerful tool, the language.
Practice your vocabulary
One way to practice your vocabulary is to imagine different situations. So for instance if you are learning about clothes, imagine that you are shopping and you want to buy something but they do not have the exact thing you are looking for so you have to buy something else. Just let your imagination guide you.
Keep a journal in English
Well, this part you do not have to do, since you are posting comments on the page here. So you can write about everything you feel comfortable about. You can tell us how your day was, introduce yourself and so much more. One thing that I use with my students is retelling a movie. If I tell them to retell a book I know that I will not see any results, but I know that they love watching movies so it is a good start.
This is an addition to what I just said, but watching movies turns out to be a fun way to improve your English. One thing that I suggest is to put an English subtitles, that way you are listening to the words and at the same time you are seeing the words as well. But if you are a beginner then you should put the subtitles in your native language.
Another thing you can do is to listen to audio books. You can do it on the go while you are going to work or school or even in your kitchen while you are preparing a meal for your family. Click on the photo below and find affordable audio books even today.
Read books in English
Read everything you can in English. As a teacher I would suggest you to read books but I know that is not everyone`s favourite activity, so you can read magazines for instance. I have so many things to say about this part so I would have a follow up article regarding reading, and I will share some tricks with you.
Try to read aloud, so you can hear your voice too, especially if you are a beginner. This way you will improve your pronunciation.
Expand your vocabulary
Some of my students hate English just because it has so many words with the same meaning. These words are called synonyms. So my suggestion would be to find at least couple of synonyms for every new word you learn.
Talk with native speakers
There are some websites that offer you to speak with native speakers but to be honest they are a bit pricey, so I will think about this matter and have a follow up on the subject.
Learn from your mistakes
Do not get offended if someone corrects your mistakes. It is nothing personal, they are just trying to help you in the best way they can. Practice your grammar, since it is an essential part of the English Language.
Songs are a great source for learning English. You can download them on your phone and listen to them while you are going to and back from work or when you are at the gym.
Be a selective listener
Beginners have problems focusing the first time they hear someone speaking in English. Once you start panicking you will not be able to follow the conversation. Focus on the things you know instead of the things that you do not know. If you catch the words that you know you will figure out of context what a person is trying to tell you.
I hope that the article was helpful! If you have any suggestions or ideas leave them in the comments section below. We really want to know what method worked the best for you?
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