How to Improve Your English

Be patient with yourself. Keep in mind that learning a language is a gradual process – it does not happen overnight.

 ▪ Define your learning objectives early: What do you want to learn and why?

Make learning a habit. Try to learn something every day. It is much better to study (or read, or listen to English news, etc.) for ten minutes each day than to study for two hours once a week.

Choose your materials well. You will need reading, grammar, writing, speaking and listening materials. ESL Pro Systems offers a full range of excellent study materials that can help you improve your English faster.

▪ Vary your learning routine. It is best to do different things each day to help keep the various relationships between each area active. In other words, don’t just study grammar-study all the language skills.

Find friends to study and speak with. Learning English together can be very encouraging. In addition, try to make friends with native speakers. If you don’t live in an English environment, try to interact with people that speak only English. Go to businesses where English is spoken and try to ask for help in English. Don’t look for a person that might help you in your own language.

Choose listening and reading materials that relate to what you are interested in. Begin reading magazines and publications that use fairly easy language such as Reader’s Digest, People, and Biography. Being interested in the subject will make learning more enjoyable, and thus more effective. For example, by watching English films & TV programs (especially those with subtitles) you can expand your vocabulary and hear the flow of speech from the actors. Try to listen to talk radio. This will help you get acquainted with American idioms and slang. There are some very interesting and informative shows well worth listening to.

Music can also be a very effective method for learning English. The best way to learn though, is to get the lyrics (words) to the songs you are listening to and try to read along as the artist sings. This way you can practice your listening and reading at the same time.  And if you like to sing, that’s even better!

▪ Relate grammar to practical usage. Grammar by itself does not help you use the language. You should practice what you are learning by employing it actively. 

▪ Move your mouth! Understanding something doesn’t mean the muscles of your mouth can produce the sounds. Practice what you are learning by saying it aloud. It may seem strange, but it is very effective. 

Communicate! There is nothing like communicating in English and being successful. Grammar exercises are good, but having your friend on the other side of the world understand your e-mail is fantastic!

Use the Internet. The Internet is the most exciting, unlimited English resource that anyone could imagine and is available in almost every country right at your fingertips. Be sure to check out www.free-english.com, www.free-english-games.com, and www.esl-pro.com.

Speak without fear. The biggest problem most people face in learning a new language is their own fear.  They worry that they won’t say things correctly or that they will look stupid so they don’t talk at all.  Don’t do this. The fastest way to learn anything is to do it – again and again until you get it right.  Like anything, learning English requires practice.  Don’t let a little fear stop you from getting what you want.

Final tips:

1. Remember that English learning is a process.
2. Be patient with yourself.
3. Practice, practice, practice!

sumber : free-english.com <newsletter@eslstudytime.com>

About rile

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Posted on April 5, 2007, in Berita & Informasi. Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. So, Rile sendiri gimana nih progress belajar basa inggrisnya. sudah ada partner kah😀

  2. kalo partner sebenernya dah banyak di kampus mas. Ada yahya, mas andri sama temen2 di UPT. Tapi yang masih kurang tuh discipline dan targetan. Padahal aku pengen S2 nich..!!!

  3. Oh wait. Yes, I have. I’m sorry, but I just don’t have it in me right now to type it all out again. Besides, it was just ramblings anyway. You didn’t want to hear me go on and on about this, right?

  4. Ma belajar dari movie dan lagu lagu, sama aja dengan belajar bahasa jepang,, hehehehe,,😉

    lovin’ it,,! a LOT!

  5. emang, bahasa khan kebiasaan juga. Jadi apapun bahasanya minumnya tetep movie

  6. hohoho,, teh sosro sekalee,,

    anw, kenalkaaann,,🙂

  7. belajar bahasa inggris menurut pengalaman pribadi saya :
    – belajar structure, grammar dan filosofi kebanyakan dari kursus
    – memperbanyak perbendaharaan kata dan perbendaharaan kalimat kebanyakan dari membaca. lainnya dari film, sambil melihat ekspresi yang mengucapkan.
    kalau menterjemahkan, jangan menerjemahkan per kata, tapi lihat konteksnya. ‘Always translate by the context’, begitu kata guru les saya dulu.
    – belajar pengucapan dan intonasi kebanyakan dari film
    – belajar cara penyampaian (kapan dan apa yg harus dikatakan), pilihan kalimat dan kata2 kebanyakan dari film
    karena belajar bahasa adalah juga belajar budaya. jadi tidak sekedar menerjemahkan kata2 ke bahasa inggris dan mengucapkannya. tapi harus bisa memilih kata dan kalimat yang tepat.
    – think in english. jadi nggak dipikir dulu mau ngomong apa baru kemudian diterjemahkan ke bahasa inggris. tapi langsung dipikir dalam bahasa inggris! itulah kenapa banyak anak kecil di amrik bisa bahasa inggris. karena mereka berpikir pun dalam bahasa inggris🙂

  8. @rizma
    iya, salam kenal

    @rinto
    nah, yang terakhir itu mas, think in english, aku blum bisa mbayanginnya, apa ini kayak kalo kita pake’ bahasa jawa ato indonesia gitu ya?!

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