10 practical things you can do to improve your English

It’s finally 2021!
New year, new (or old) resolutions!

Is “improve my English” on your list for this year’s goals? We can help you with that! First of all, what are your biggest difficulties? Speaking? Listening? Reading? Writing? Or all of them together? No worries, we have some good tips to help you out!

We will start with the biggest secret to become fluent in a new language: practise as much as possible. It sounds pretty obvious but the more you practise and surround yourself with content in English, faster you will get used to it and consequently improve your skills too.

We have a list of 10 things you can do to improve your English (faster!) in 2021. Don’t forget that to make it work you need to compromise to study a bit every single day (or week at least). Here we go:

1. First of all, change your smartphone language and all your apps to English. That way you’ll force yourself to learn and get used to some new words. It’s a great start. Try it today!

2. Practise the four core skills as much as possible: reading, writing, speaking and listening. How? Choose one activity for each category: reading (pick a book), writing (start a journal), speaking (try to chat to someone that doesn’t speak the same language as you) and listening (choose a podcast about things that you have some interest in). It will be fun!

3. Make yourself a study plan. Decide how much time a week you are going to spend studying for each category (reading, writing, speaking and listening) and stick to it. Maybe at least one category per day? Establish a routine. That’s really important.

4. Use post-it notes to label things. Stick them around your home. It’s an easy way to improve your everyday vocabulary.

5.Don’t be afraid of making mistakes. That’s normal when you’re learning a completely new language. Be confident!

6. Ask a native speaker or someone who has a better English than yours to correct you as much as possible. It can be a bit annoying, but it’s game changing! Sometimes you’re so used to making the same mistakes that you don’t even notice them. 

7. Plan future conversations. For example, before you go to a restaurant or to order something, think about what you’re going to say and also what the waiter is likely to ask you. Think of what sentences you’ll use, that way you have less chances to panic and run out of words.

8.The most natural way to learn grammar is through reading. Do it as much as possible. Pick subjects that you have interest in. You can read books, blog posts, reviews, etc.

9. The best way to learn and improve your English is from your own mistakes. Go over your last English tests and literally write down things you need to pay more attention to.

10. Last but not least, go on a language exchange to another country! Living abroad is one of the best ways to improve your English faster because you practise it every single day (sometimes without even notice!). When you go to the supermarket, when you’re talking to a classmate or if you need to ask for some information about the bus route you will need to practise your English. It’s one of the best experiences in life to be able to learn like that! 

If you need help to plan your language exchange program to Ireland, you can count on us. Send an email to info@icot.ie and our team will be more than glad to help you!

You are never too young or too old to start learning English. Don’t make excuses not to learn. What are you waiting for

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