Learning English can be made easy if we know where to look for it and how to practise it. People look up different ways of learning a language but fail to adhere to the practice of speaking in English regularly. The key to learn English faster is to find the best ways that work for you and apply them.
Learning a new language can seem daunting for many. It takes some time and a lot of consistent effort to become a fluent speaker of the language. In India, most people are usually bilingual which may make it easier for someone to pick up a new language if they are exposed to it. English is taught as a subject across most schools in the country and people may be familiar with the basics of it. Nevertheless, many of us struggle to speak fluently when it comes to real-life situations due to a lack of practice.
Let’s take a look at a few simple ways to learn English faster:
- Take group classes – The best way to practise speaking English is in a class setting where there are people to practise having conversations with and a guide/a teacher/a mentor who encourages learning, corrects errors and gives feedback. Group classes help in building confidence and allow the room for a learner to make mistakes and grow by working on them in a safe environment where they may feel that they are not judged by others. Taking face-to-face or online classes would be an ideal way to facilitate the learning process. There are many apps that help in facilitating a safe place for practicing like enguru.
- Practise with a partner – For some, the learning stops at the end of a course. However, when it comes to becoming fluent in a language, the more we speak, the better we get at it. Having a speaking partner with whom we can converse regularly in English would help us feel more confident and be more familiar with the language. The partner could be someone that you’re comfortable speaking to every day like a friend, a colleague, a sibling, a romantic partner, etc. The more you practise, the better you become!
- Become friends with a native English speaker – One way to expose oneself to a new language would be to travel to a country where the language is widely spoken by natives. Befriending a native speaker and practicing speaking with them will help us in becoming familiar with the pronunciation, commonly used phrases and different dialects. While travelling to another country may not be possible for everyone to achieve, there are ways to befriend a native with the help of online social apps and websites like Instagram, Facebook, or Snapchat.
- Speak English at the workplace and home – Although it may be challenging for many to find a speaking partner elsewhere, the best place to start that practice might be at home, at the workplace, or at the place of education like schools, colleges. There may be people around who may also be seeking an opportunity to apply their knowledge of language fluency. Conversing with them on a regular basis is a great way to get started. For instance, at the workplace or school/university, we may also have the opportunity to deliver presentations, interact with co-workers, classmates, and teachers in English. This is a great way to observe and imitate which is one easy way of learning a language.
- Watch English TV shows and read storybooks – This should come as no surprise. Immersing oneself in books, movies and TV shows is the perfect way to allow a lot of language input to be received. Our learning centres in our brains become exposed to the language constantly and help in learning and remembering vocabulary. Memory plays an important role here. Watching a reality TV show where there are a lot of unscripted dialogues and reading books that have plenty of dialogues will help in learning conversational, everyday functional English. Watching with subtitles and playing it back without subtitles, hones the listening skills and helps in learning the pronunciation.
- Having an English expert give you feedback regularly – Something that people often seem to place a low value on is receiving feedback on the practice applied. Having a person, an English language expert, giving feedback on structuring the ideas or answers, the use of vocabulary and phrases, errors or mistakes made, can help in supporting our learning and growth further. Feedback can be given orally or in written format. Practicing both speaking and writing skills are essential to work on overall fluency. Writing could be in any form like journals, blogs, articles, essays, or even reports. Seeking feedback motivates a person, improves efficiency in learning, and promotes growth.
- Be conscious of your practice – When it comes to learning, there are many tools that assist the process of learning. However, it is up to an individual to figure out what is working for them and what is not. To decipher this, there have to be attempts at practicing consciously. One has to be aware of the language – vocabulary, grammar, the structure they use in their conversations. They’ll have to ask themselves these questions: Am I using new vocabulary each time? Am I using them correctly? Has the grammar been accurately applied? Is there another effective way of structuring my answer?
In brief, following the above tips would certainly facilitate a quick process of learning as long as the individual ensures to practise consistently. Consistency is key without which the learning takes a backseat and it might be a challenge to bring it to the forefront again. It is upon the individual learner to figure out which tips work the best for them and apply different strategies to choose from the various tools and options they have. Lastly, remember to have fun when learning as it can be the easiest way to retain the learning in our memory and recall it whenever required.