• Remember that learning a language is a gradual process - it does not happen overnight.
• Define your learning objectives early: What do you want to learn and why? - Take this quiz to find out what kind of English learner you are.
• Make learning a habit. Try to learn something every day. It is much better to study (or read, or listen to English news, etc.) 10 minutes each day than to study for 2 hours once a week. - Take the English tip of the day newsletter to help you.
• Choose your materials well. You will need reading, grammar, writing, speaking and listening materials - Beginners can use this starting English guide, intermediate to advanced learners can use this continue learning English guide.
• Vary your learning routine. It is best to do different things each day to help keep the various relationships between each area active. In other words, don't just study grammar.
• Find friends to study and speak with. Learning English together can be very encouraging. - Society can help you find friends to speak English over the internet.
• Choose listening and reading materials that relate to what you are interested in. Being interested in the subject will make learning more enjoyable - thus more effective.
• Relate grammar to practical usage. Grammar by itself does not help you USE the language. You should practice what you are learning by employing it actively.
• Move your mouth! Understanding something doesn't mean the muscles of your mouth can produce the sounds. Practice speaking what you are learning aloud. It may seem strange, but it is very effective.
• Be patient with yourself. Remember learning is a process - speaking a language well takes time. It is not a computer that is either on or off!
• Communicate! There is nothing like communicating in English and being successful. Grammar exercises are good - having your friend on the other side of the world understand your email is fantastic!
• Use the Internet. The Internet is the most exciting, unlimited English resource that anyone could imagine and it is right at your fingertips.
• Be patient with yourself.
• Practice, practice, practice
English Learning Goals Quiz
Why are You Learning English?
People learn English for many reasons. Unfortunately, people often think that there is only one-way to learning English (or any language for that matter) and that the same things are important for everyone. This is not true. Depending on your English goals, you can understand your reasons for learning English well, and then better plan your learning strategy. Take this ten question quiz to discover what kind of English learner you are in order to help you understand what is really important - and what not so important - for you. At the end of the quiz, you will find out what kind of learner you are and can follow the links to areas of the site that will help you learn what you need!