Learning a new language can be difficult, but there are some little habits that can make it easier and a lot more fun! In fact, if you’re already taking classes you might find these habits useful both for your learning and everyday life.
MOVIES AND MUSIC
In many countries all English movies and TV shows are dubbed, and when you turn on your TV you simply watch the translated version. If you want to improve your listening skills though, start watching movies in the original language. Start by adding subtitles in your own language, and when you feel a little more confident switch them to English as well.
Another good habit is to listen to your music while reading and learning the lyrics. This can be a lot of fun, and will definitely impress your friends at karaoke nights!
DO YOUR HOBBIES IN ENGLISH
Sometimes studying a new language is as easy as a click! If you have hobbies that allow it, or even if you simply like to use social media during your day, you should try to do your favourite activities English.
Something very simple would be to change the language on your phone and on your social media accounts, or to start playing video games using English as the set language. If you like to practice yoga or do exercise at home you could also try to follow courses in English or work out with English speaking trainers. Making these simple changes in your day-to-day activities can seriously improve your vocabulary over time.
JOIN ENGLISH SPEAKING COMMUNITIES AND GROUPS
If you have specific interests and you surf the web a lot, start joining online communities to discuss and learn about something you do or you would like to learn about. Websites like Reddit and Facebook groups are great places to meet people and exchange ideas.
If you like cooking, for example, you could try to experiment with new recipes by joining an English speaking cooking community online. Here you can read and learn specific vocabulary from others, and even contribute your own dishes! This is for any social media platform - even commenting on Instagram gives a great opportunity to practice.
DON’T RUSH YOUR STUDYING
It is normal while learning something to feel impatient at one point and to try to force ourselves to study. This is something you should be aware of, as trying to overload your brain is not an efficient method!
While cramming can feel like it’s working in the moment, much of the information will go over your head and all you’ll end up remembering is how tired you feel. It is much better instead to study regularly and with consistency. Learning to know your limits is a great way to keep the rhythm going!
If you are trying to find a way to learn more words to improve your speaking and expand your vocabulary, try using some flash cards! Apps like Anki and Chegg use a scientifically-proven strategy to help you actually remember the words you’re studying. It’s a good (and better) alternative to just reading lists of vocabulary, and you can do it easily from your phone or computer.
If you’re looking for even more ideas for your study routine, make sure you check out my blog post on what I recommend you do for homework. And of course, one of the best things you can do to improve is to find a quality teacher to help guide you through the process!