1. Read English language comics. Even more than books with lots of dialogue,
comics can be easy to understand and full of idiomatic language as it is
actually spoken. There can be difficulties with slang, difficult to understand
jokes and/ or dialogue written how people speak rather than with normal
spellings, so try to choose which comic carefully. Usually, serious or
adventure comics are easier to understand than funny ones.
2. Read English language entertainment guides. Nowadays most big cities in the
world have an English language magazine and/ or online guide to the movies,
plays, exhibitions that are on in the city that week. Reading this in English
is not only good value, but it could also guide you to places that English
speakers are interested in and where you might hear some English spoken around
3. Read English language magazines. If you can read two versions of the same
magazine (Newsweek in your language and in English, for example), that could
make understanding it much easier.
4. Take a one week intensive course. Although you cannot expect to come out of
a very short course speaking much better English than when you started it, if
you continue studying a little over the following weeks and months, the
knowledge you gained then will gradually come out and mean that your level of
speaking, listening etc. are better than they would have been if you hadn't
taken that course. This positive effect can still be true up to a year later.
5. Follow your intensive course up with an extensive course. The more time you
can spend studying English the better, but studying periodic intensive courses
with a few hours of study a week in between is probably better value for money
than any other system as it gives your brain time to subconsciously learn and
start using the new language you have learnt before you introduce the next new
"chunk" of language.
6. Supplement your group class with a one to one class. Another good way to
combine two different kinds of classes is to study both in a group class and
one to one. Having a one to one teacher, even if just a couple of times a
month, will mean that you can be taught exactly the language that you need,
that you will have more time to speak, and that you can have as much error
correction as you like.
7. Supplement your one to one class with a group class. The benefits of having
a group class are often less clear to students, but they include the fact that
you will learn to deal with several people speaking at once, have a chance to
practice skills such as interrupting people, and will hear a range of different
viewpoints and topics.
8. Teach your children or friends some English. Recent research has shown that
elder children tend to be a couple of IQ points above their younger siblings,
and the most likely reason is that explaining things to their little brothers
and sisters gives them an intellectual boost. In the same way, teaching someone
lower level than you the English you already know is a great way of permanently
fixing that knowledge in your own brain.
9. Ask your company to start English lessons. Even if you don't need to speak
English at work, English lessons can be a fun and reasonably priced way for
your company to spend their training budget in a popular way.
10. Have English radio on in the background while you are doing your housework.
Even if you are not listening carefully, it will help you subconsciously feel
the natural English rhythm and intonation
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