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How to Learn English

You’re reading this because you want to learn English.

More specifically, you want to know how to learn English. How you can make fast progress to English fluency.

Most learners are frustrated. They don’t feel like they are achieving their English fluency goals. This is not a nice feeling.

Therefore, I want to show you the best way to learn English. And I want to make it specific to you because everyone is different. We all have different strengths and weaknesses. We all need to learn English for our own reasons.

Keep on reading and find out how to learn English so that you can speak with confidence.

Before I Teach You How to Learn English, Let’s Talk about You and Your Goals

Knowing why you want to learn English is important for two reasons.

  1. It helps you focus on what you need to do specifically
  2. It gives you the motivation to stay consistent

Meet Pablo and Sara. They are both from Spain. They both want to learn English.

Sara works in the stock market. She has a job offer from a big company in New York. If she takes the job, she will have to speak solely in English.

Pablo works for his family restaurant in a tourist area. Soon, he will be working as a waiter. Taking orders from English speakers and serving food. He isn’t interested in using his English in other ways.

Both have strong motivation to learn English. But both need English for very different reasons.

Sara needs to learn business English and she also needs conversational English so that she can make friends in New York.

Pablo needs to learn very specific English for his restaurant.

How to Learn English: The Fluency Equation

To keep this simple, let’s say that your goal is to reach a C1-C2 level of English. This is where you can speak freely and understand almost everything you hear.

Here is something that is important to understand.

How to learn English - fluency equation

How quickly you reach English fluency depends on the methods you use and how much time you spend using these methods.

Both are important.

If you spend 40 hours a week studying verb tables, you won’t make fast progress. If you spend 1 hour a week using the best methods, you won’t make fast progress.

With that in mind, let’s start with the best tips for learning English and which methods you should use.

Methods and Tips for Learning English

As you have just learned, the methods that you use to learn English are important.

What’s also important to know is this:

You need to be an independent English learner. You need to take responsibility for your learning. You need to do things that work.

And one last thing before I talk about the methods. Know that there are four skills. These are:

  • Reading
  • Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking

Again, know why you need to learn English and what you’re going to use it for. This will help you become more effective with your time.

Get Lots of Input

This is what I call immersion. This is where you read, watch, and listen to things in English.

The majority of language learning is subconscious. This means that you don’t study a language, instead, you immerse yourself in it.

Getting input allows you to subconsciously learn English. You see words and grammar repeated over and over again. These patterns get stored in your brain. And then, you can write and speak without thinking about rules.

Most learners don’t get enough input.

The good news is that it’s easy to get more. And the easiest way to get more input is by listening more. You can get English listening practice even when you’re doing other things.

Where you live isn’t important. Thanks to the digital revolution, anyone with internet access can get all the English input that they need.

Learn English in Context and through Sentences

Do NOT memorize single words. Do NOT memorize “50 Idioms about Sport/Business etc.” Do NOT memorize language you don’t know how to use.

Instead, learn English in context. This means:

  • Learning through sentences
  • Getting sentences from strong context

Doing this helps you learn how and when to use English words and phrases. And because you are learning words through sentences, you are learning grammar too.

Learning from a strong context means learning something from a book, a TV show, or a conversation. This context tells you in which situations this English is used.

 

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