How to Learn English
the Right Way
If you want to know how to learn English
, think for a moment about what
you want to achieve.
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There are also other reasons you may be learning English, and your goal
will be different depending on your reasons.
English to Communicate
If you want to learn English to be able to communicate, possibly when
you are traveling, then to be honest with you, you don't need to worry
too much about having perfect
As long as you can understand other people and be understood by them
then this will be enough.
If this is what you want, then there are several ways you can learn.
A self study book
and CD pack, computer program or website
really useful, as long as you have the self-discipline to study.
to as much English as possible, and speak
it wherever you can to
Concentrate on conversation
, and listening.
If you can join some conversation classes, then that will really help
English for exams
If you need to learn or improve your English to pass an exam
almost certainly need to attend classes.
Self-study materials will help you, but you will also need special
advice on preparing for your exam, and exam techniques.
English for work
If you are studying English for work purposes then again a class would
really help you learn.
You will be able to role play
particular situations such as telephone
conversations, meetings, and presentations. If you study on your own
you will not have an opportunity to do this.
There is also some general advice that will help you learn English.
The most important piece of advice is:
WHAT YOU LEARN!
If you study hard but never use English, then you will not improve. You
will also never know if you understand it properly, as no one will be
able to give you any feedback.
The second important piece of advice is:
SOMEONE TO HELP YOU!
Even if you are studying on your own, find a friend, colleague or
classmate who you can practice with.
Someone to correct your mistakes when you speak, or to look at a piece
of writing for you, can make a huge difference to the rate at which you
The third piece of advice is:
AS MUCH TIME WITH ENGLISH SPEAKERS AS POSSIBLE!
Even if you don't know any English speakers, watch English language
movies, listen to English language radio, or read English language
books, magazines, newspapers and websites.
The fourth piece of advice is:
USE A GOOD DICTIONARY!
If you hear or read a new word, look it up in a
. These are the words you will remember. And
try to use them as soon as you can after learning them. That way they
will stay in your mind for longer.
For more data on remembering the new words that you learn, read these
to Study Vocabulary Words
for Teaching Vocabulary: How Can You Teach (or Learn) New Words?