Learning to speak, read, and understand English can be a fun and rewarding experience if you bring enthusiasm and patience to your lessons, explore a variety of resources for assisting your linguistic journey, and if you make practice a priority.
Often, a person’s biggest hurdle to learning a language is his or herself! A lack of confidence in your ability to become fluent in English will hold you back from embracing all of the challenges, embarrassing moments, “silly” questions, and opportunities to practice. Maybe you’ve tried learning another language before and never made it past the basic level. Maybe you don’t trust yourself to do what it takes to go from beginner to advanced understanding. Maybe you’ve heard it’s not easy to learn English. However, none of that matters, and you need to believe none of it matters to be successful.
If you are going to start learning the language, the biggest boost you can give yourself is acceptance of the task at hand and confidence in your ability to succeed. Acknowledge that there are people that speak 3, 4, or 10 different languages. Acknowledge your own achievements in life so far and challenges you’ve overcome. Focus on your motivation for learning whether it’s because you want to travel in English speaking countries or expand your business and make more money. What is it about why you want to learn English that is exciting to you? Remind yourself often.
Explore as many resources as you can, and practice, practice, practice! A classroom or tutoring setting can be excellent. The instructor or tutor maps out a coherent approach to learning, you’ll have others to practice with, and you’ll receive feedback as you practice. Finding a native speaker to practice with is a great idea as you’ll be exposed to colloquialisms and slang that you might not hear in a classroom.
You’ll need maximum exposure to the language to improve. Find lessons on Youtube. Try phone apps like Duolingo. Watch TV or movies in English or with English subtitles. Movies and shows for children are a good place to start. Label items in your house in English. Make flashcards. Reading out loud is a good way to improve pronunciation. Keep things interesting for yourself by using different resources.
Have fun with the process, be patient, be open to practice opportunities, and celebrate your achievements along the way! You can do it!