Tips for learning English: 18 – Your Accent

Many students have problems related to their accent when they speak or learn English. This usually happens because the vowel sounds in English are so different to the sounds in their native language. I want to remind you that even in the UK, there are so many different accents and if you do come to …

Tips for learning English: 17 – Listen to audiobooks

What better way to enrich your vocabulary and practise your listening skills than listening to audiobooks. Listening to audiobooks can help many parts of your English language learning. When you allow your imagination to run free, you are more likely to enjoy what you are listening to and therefore remember more. Some benefits of audiobooks …

Tips for learning English: 16 – Watch and listen to English films and music

Most people in the world listen to music and watch films and TV series so one of the best and most entertaining ways to practise your English skills is by watching films or listening to music. How great is that?! It’s useful for so many different parts of English, for example, listening skills – listening …

Tips for learning English: 15- Immerse yourself and travel!

Immerse yourself in an English-speaking country – travel, take a course, stay with a friend, go to an English-speaking country. Okay, I know, this isn’t possible for everyone – people have work commitments or families. BUT, if you are fortunate enough to travel or take a course in the UK, it will help you and …

Tips for learning English: 14 – Keep a vocabulary book

There’s many different ways for you to record vocabulary, for example, alphabetically. Or one great way to help you with increasing your vocabulary base is to write the equivalents of all forms of one word, for example, noun – possession, verb – possess, adj – possessive etc. Keeping a book of vocabulary is useful for …

Tips for learning English: 13 – Find a teacher you like

My advice as a teacher is to speak, speak and speak some more. This will improve your fluency and confidence while speaking and you’ll practise a range of vocabulary, however, if you want to improve your accuracy, it’s beneficial to find a teacher. If you want feedback and corrections, a teacher will help you with …

Tips for learning English: 12 – Meet English Speakers

Meet up with English speakers. In the UK, there’s an app to meet local people and be able to talk about many different subjects, it’s called Meetup. Many of my students have used the app successfully. Some students attended art events, social drinks and even knitting events! If you don’t have this app in your …

Tips for learning English: 11 – Listen and imitate

Listen and imitate. When I was learning Portuguese, I learned so many phrases by listening to a famous Brazilian singer (Seu Jorge) and repeating exactly what he was singing. I obviously did this alone in my room because I didn’t want to inflict my voice upon anyone! My method was to listen to his songs …

Tips for learning English: 10 – All skills are linked!

All skills are linked. Listening, writing, reading, speaking – they’re all linked. If you’re main goal is to learn how to speak better, it could help you to write phrases down and repeat them, or listen carefully to what other people say. If you want to improve your writing, reading will definitely help you with …

Tips for learning English: 9 – Find a speaking buddy

Find a speaking buddy. Okay, it sounds simple and I know this isn’t very easy BUT these days there are so many apps available to help you find someone to share your language skills. You can find a TANDEM partner with who you can exchange languages. You can speak for some time in your language …