Becoming an English-speaking whiz may not be too easy for most. It needs sheer determination, patience, and hard work. And if you are a non-native English speaker, it can become even more challenging. But through this article, I will help you improve your English language skills by using some crucial language learning tactics.
Learning a language is a long-term investment. It involves four chief skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Moreover, these skills are correlated & dependent on each other such that you cannot miss any of them. So, let's go through some procedures that will help you improve these skills and become a master of English:
Put yourself in difficult situations!
The best practice to learn English is to subject yourself to challenging scenarios. If you haven't done it before, I dare you to go to your favorite coffee joint or a restaurant and chat with a native English speaker at least once in a while. You might think it is weird. But more than that, it will be helpful.
During the English learning process, your biggest fear is to make mistakes. But don't ever be afraid of mistakes. The more mistakes you make, the more expertise you attain by working on them. Your every mistake will directly translate to one word learned. Now imagine, if you do this daily for six months, you will soon be an expert. Of course, most people will not want to put themselves into these uncomfortable situations. But if you will be among the few who are ready to face this, then lucky you!
Be in a circle of English speakers.
Your environment is responsible for who you will be. What better atmosphere to learn English than being with English speakers? When you place yourself with English speakers, you will undergo additional knowledge that your regular classes might miss.
If you want to attain a new skill, the best way is through apprenticeship. The same is the case with learning English, especially non-verbal skills like facial expressions, tonal variations, etc. For example, consider a random possibility of a Spanish family raising their kid in Chinese surroundings. The child will indeed grow and speak like a Chinese native.
Have a personal trainer
A trainer or teacher probably plays the most critical role in improving English language skills. Teachers act as goal managers and carefully track the progress of their students. Today, there are multiple websites where you can book classes online. Language Academia is one such platform equipped with several dedicated teachers teaching languages ranging from English, French, Spanish, Mandarin, etc.
Have a bilingual dictionary
A bilingual dictionary is a dictionary that contains two languages. Simply put, it translates one language into another. For example, it could be Spanish to English or vice versa. Dictionaries are one of the most efficient tools of learning vocabulary. Along with the meaning of a word, they also cover correct spellings, phonetic symbols for pronunciation, and word derivations.
There are several bilingual dictionary applications that you can install on your mobile or tablet and use to learn new words every day. But I would recommend keeping a physical dictionary as it prevents unnecessary distractions and has a long-lasting learning effect on your mind.
Read English books and watch English movies.
Many books that are worth reading come with a high-level vocabulary. But unfortunately, they are not included in the teaching curriculum. Most self-improvement books like ''Rich Dad Poor Dad" have slightly complex language that a learner should read. Movies acted by native English-speaking actors consist of fluent pronunciation where you can learn how to speak correctly. But the best reason to opt for this option is that you will learn skills and get entertained at the same time.
Writing is the way to speak one's mind. You can merge it with reading and make full use of your active mind. You may create a daily routine of dedicating at least one hour for writing (a blog, essay, or article) about any topic of your interest. Okay, here is a challenge for you. Write for one hour every day for the next hundred days without any miss. At the end of the challenge, you will thank yourself for your dedication, persistence, and astonishing results.
Learning English is supposed to be a daily event, irrespective of your level of expertise. Daily practice is the easiest thing you can do to master vocabulary. There are dictionary applications that give you the word of the day. Learn at least one word every day, and you can see the difference in a few months.