Learning a new language, like English, is difficult enough but trying to learn while you’re not having fun makes it even harder. For non-native English speakers, learning a language can be daunting and intimidating. However, if you are able to find creative and enjoyable methods to learn English and speak English, the experience will be far more rewarding. Here are some tips that should help you along the way:
1. Ask yourself: “What is my motivation?”
Why do you want to learn English? If you can’t answer that question, trying to learn English may be a waste of your time. Find out what your motivation is the key to your learning success. Do you want to learn English because you want to work in a different country? Do you want to do better at school? Will learning a new language enhance your chances of getting a promotion? Correctly identifying your motivation will encourage you to keep up the pursuit and help you get you through the tough times that accompany learning anything new.
2. Employ alternative learning methods.
Reading an English language textbook cover to cover may not be the best way to learn. This can be boring and you might end up quitting half-way through the learning process. For this reason, English tutors now employ games and puzzles to help students have fun during classes. You should also read fun materials such as comic strips and children’s books. Every person is different. Whatever method you choose, make sure it’s a method suited for you.
3. Make friends with native English speakers
Having friends who are adept at the language will help you learn English much faster. When you’re with native speakers, make it a point to speak in English even if they know how to speak your language. You will discover that you are more comfortable speaking a new language when you are in a friendly atmosphere. Casual conversations are one of the best ways to learn how to speak English correctly.
4. Increase Exposure to English
Always look for ways to further expose yourself to the language. Watch English movies. Listen to English radio. You may opt to put the subtitles on (if this option is available in your language). Just be sure you don’t get too caught up in the plot. After all, your goal is to learn English and speak English. Also listen to popular English songs and take time to read newspapers in the English language. All of these combined can really jump start your learning experience in an entertaining way.
5. Reward Yourself.
Set goals and reward yourself each time your goal is made. Remember, it is important not to push yourself too hard or you may end up being discouraged when your goals don’t come as quickly as you would have liked. Reward yourself for each small victory and you will find that you will become even more motivated to learn English. Celebrate each accomplishment and milestone with your favourite meal, going to movie or taking a day off and spending it with friends. Learning English may be difficult, but it shouldn’t mean you can’t have fun while you’re doing it.