We are living in a difficult time, I know, but we have to try to see the bright side of it. You might not have another opportunity to take time and study like you mean it, so do it now and avoid future excuses like “I never had time to learn English” or “I am too busy”.
Many of my students have classes with me 2 or 3 times a week and honestly that’s not enough. If you really want to learn English it has to be a daily exercise in your life, it has to give you some headaches sometimes, but after a while you will find yourself thinking in English unexpectedly and then your hard work will finally pay off.
Here are a few tips to improve your English drastically:
Reading is an excellent way to improve your vocabulary because:
- It is interesting to read stories and news articles
- There is a real reason to learn the words (to understand the story)
- You will learn a lot of different types of word (verbs, nouns, adjectives, formal and informal English)
- You will see the same word several times in different sentences
- Repetition helps us to learn quickly
I recommend books from the following publishers: Cambridge readers, Macmillan readers, etc and authors like: David Nichols, Richard MacAndrew, Penny Hancock…
You can also try to find audiobooks on youtube according to your English level.
Use a Thesaurus:
A Thesaurus provides words with similar meanings (synonyms) and opposite meanings (antonyms)
I do not recommend websites like: The Sun, The Daily Star, The Daily Mirror, etc because the English used is more informal
If you prefer American news I recommend:
Online magazines are also an excellent way to improve vocabulary. I recommend:
My favourite game is Scattegories, this is a traditional game that my husband and I play with our family on Christmas in Britain, but if you want to play it on your own you can do it online on this website: https://swellgarfo.com/scattergories/ and with an app by the same name.
Crosswords– You can just google it and google will have many options.If you prefer you can order some board games on Amazon as well, for example:
- Boggle: In this game the players have 3 minutes to find the names in the grid (It is quite fun)
- Scrabble: This one the players have to place letters on the board to form words.
Write a Journal
For every new word or expression you should note:
- the meaning and translation into your own language
- how it is pronounced (you can use google for that)
- type of word (verb, noun, adjective)
- synonym & antonyms (use your thesaurus)
- example sentences
Watch English television and films
- 1st- Watch the film in your native language- no subtitles (but only if you are at the beginner level)
- 2nd- Watch the same film with English audio and subtitles
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Here is our Schedule:
Every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday I post a new word to help you to improve your vocabulary
Every Monday I post a video explaining a phrasal verb
Every Wednesday I post a video explaining an English Idiom
Every Friday I post a video explaining some classic movie quotes