So You Want to Improve Your English?

5 Ways To Improve Your English Without Even Trying!

By Kim Rogers

Learning a second language can be a very stressful and arduous task if you let it. Somehow, the words you learn in the books don’t seem to apply very well to real life situations. Those small and seemingly un-important elements the show a person to be in command of not only the language, but the culture of the people who speak it cannot be adequately expressed by words on paper.

So, how do you learn these little secrets of mastering the ability to articulate yourself in another language?

Here are 5 proven techniques that will help you improve your English without even trying, if you are learning to speak English as a second language. Do they really work? Yes. I’ve tried them myself as I’ve had opportunity to live somewhere where English wasn’t the primary language. I found it to be a fun, exciting, and painless way to learn both the language and the culture. The culture is simply learning the way the natives express their own words. The genuine accent, facial expressions, hand gestures, sighs, moans, groans, laughter, smirks, and other things that go along with everyday conversation.

Regardless of how extensive or not your vocabulary is, if you master the ability to “sound” like you know the language and can speak it, people will be more than generous to assist you.

1. Watch Movies!

Watching movies is always a fun thing to do. In order to get the most out of your movie watching experience, if your vocabulary is limited, watch a movie in English that you are very familiar with in your own language so you always know what’s going on. Try not to translate as you go because you lose blocks of conversation this way. Instead, watch the picture and listen. Hear all the words, but determine what’s going on by the pictures you see and the words you’re hearing that you already know. Believe it or not, other words will sink in too, and so will the accent and everything else that went with what you saw and heard.

As your vocabulary grows, expand your movie selections to other movies you’d like to see but are only available in English. Try to be able to see the film more than once if possible.

According to the location and type of film you intend to view, you will be able to experience different accents, and other cultural expressions of the English language. Pick and choose the things that you think will suit you best. If it doesn’t work out, pick and try something else! Have fun with yourself and your efforts.

2. Watch Soap Operas

The place where extreme expression and limited vocabulary meet! This is such a fascinating way to learn a foreign language. Every accessory that goes with the expression of a word is demonstrated on a soap opera. “Outrage” expressed with a word, facial expression or two, and perhaps even a subsequent face slap, all of that being understandable in any language. “Love”, another universal subject, or violence, good versus evil can all be discerned quickly and easily on a soap opera. Plus, soap operas are naturally designed to allow anyone just tuning in to pick up the story quickly. The characters are easily loveable and deliciously “hate-able” so you turn to it again and again to see what’s going on, and not only improve your English each time, but reinforce what you’ve already learned.

3. Read the Comics/Funny Papers

Very non-stressful! Pictures with words, or words with pictures, however you want to look at it, it’s a great way to learn! For each thought presented there are words that match a picture, and vice versa. It doesn’t matter if you read comic books, or the comics in the Sunday newspaper, read whatever will make you laugh and cause you to enjoy learning at the same time.

4. Read Children’s books

If you know any little kids between the ages of 5-8, try reading one of their books to them. Usually little kids know their favorite books by heart, so if you stumble a little, they’ll be able to help you.

If you enjoy this method of improving your English, and you find yourself to be pretty good at it, then try reading a few Dr. Seuss books. The rhyming will challenge you, but once you master it, your pronunciation of English, and your delivery will have been considerably refined and improved.

5. Take a service job like waiter or waitress; bartender, or sales person.

This type of job can be done if you have a decent vocabulary of verbs, and know how to say “I, we, she, he, they”, etc. The only other thing necessary is a working vocabulary of things relevant to your specific tasks and goals.

For example, as a breakfast waitress, you want to be able to ask if they want their eggs, “scrambled or fried”, if they want “more coffee”, if everything is “alright”, do they want “anything else”, and the total of their bill in their own language!

If you sell real estate, you’ll want to incorporate words like “mortgage, loan, co-sign, 30 year fixed”, etc.

If you sell shoes, you need words like “how does that feel”, are they “too tight, too loose, to short in the toe, to big”, etc.

The longer you work at your job, the more your working vocabulary will improve.

6. Learn these two sentences and you’ll be set for life . . . seriously!

“How do you say (blank)”, in English (Spanish, French, etc.), and “What is that called?” (Point if you have to, and smile too). Smiling is a universal language. Once I learned how to ask these two questions, I was on my way to being conversant in the language of my choice!

I could use my limited vocabulary to ask the question and then when I got my answer I would repeat it a few times to make sure I was saying it correctly, and “BAM” I had a new vocabulary word. And, because I asked my question to the best of my ability in the native tongue, the natives realized my sincere desire to learn, and helped me!

7. What happens if you make a mistake?

Nothing. The world won’t come to an end, and you haven’t embarrassed yourself to the point where you can’t show your face again. Just apologize if that’s what’s called for, or laugh at yourself, make the correction, and count it as a learning experience.

Once I was in a restaurant and I wanted to ask the waiter for a “to go” box, however, I was speaking to my kids in English, and trying to think of what I wanted to ask for in Spanish, and I promptly and incorrectly asked him for a “house to go”. He looked at me kind of funny, but he was very courteous, and didn’t laugh until I laughed.

I’ve committed other language faux pas as well over the years, all of which have been a learning experience, and if given enough time, will become a humorous story as well.

Kim Rogers has lived and worked in the Caribbean, Denmark, and along the Mexican Border. Kim has developed 101 Words that will make You Sound Smarter Right Away! To read more got to [http://www.soundsmarternow.com]

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English Language Learning Tips

Tips To Learn English

author: George Williams

helpful tips sticky noteDo you have any plan to pursue your further education abroad? Will you need English for your career or your education? If so, you may wish to investigate your options for learning, or improving, your English skills.

The TOEFL Test: TOEFL (Test Of English as a Foreign Language) is a test used by many colleges, universities, government agencies and exchange and scholarship programs in the US, UK and Canada as a means of evaluating the language skills of a person whose first language is not English.

You can find TOEFL study guides easily online with other recommended resources listed. You may be able to access some of the sample tests and prepare with personal study. Or you may look for a class with an instructor to help you prepare for the test.

ESL Classes: ESL classes are a common means for students to learn English with group of classmates. These can be in the form of an evening class with various individuals attending or may be part of a college program during the day.

The course length and the topics covered will differ from country to country and school to school. Some summer programs are geared for international students to gain a basic grasp of the language before starting studies in English taught classes of the college or university.

Since the standards of passing a course, or the course material itself, will vary drastically, some students may feel that the language skills gained upon completing the course does not equip them to handle school work or social interactions adequately.

Some schools offer students and alternative of home-stay programs for students. Home-stay programs benefit the student by placing them for several weeks or months with a host family that speaks English. The student is then able to immerse him or herself in the culture and social speaking of the English country they are living in. There are also online ESL programs that may be suitable for distance education, especially if programs are not readily available in your area.

Private Tutors: Another popular method of learning English is with private tutors. The materials and methods used by ESL tutors will vary greatly and it is important to establish what material will be used and to feel comfortable with the tutor. Asking friends or other students for references can be helpful in finding a good tutor.

A combination of these English learning methods will be effective as well. You can take a summer course while staying with a home-stay host family and then arranging for private tutoring during the school year. Making an effort to use your new language skills regularly in social situations will improve your progress regardless of the program or course you are using.

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Foreign Language Learning Roadblocks

He who does not know foreign languages does not know anything about his own.” ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Kunst and Alterthum

Taking out the Roadblocks in Foreign Language Training

taped mouthDo you want to learn a new language but you simply cannot find the time to practice? You may feel that you are too old to learn which can stop you from learning the new communication skills that you could benefit from. You may not know where to go to get started. Sometimes you may be travelling and may find it difficult to find the time to learn.

Are you one of those people who cannot connect the dots to see that learning a new language can benefit you in work, travel and also in your personal life. Have you ever met someone where you couldn’t understand what they were saying? The language barrier can hinder us from being able to relate to people from other cultures.

You can learn a new language regardless of your present situation. The first thing you must do is decide what language you want to learn. There are many methods to learning a foreign language. So, once you have decided what language you want to learn, you must now decide what the best learning environment is for you and fits your schedule.


It may be difficult to find time in your busy schedule if you work long hours. You may also travel which can interfere in your ability to learn a new language. If you have children, you may find it difficult to find any time to learn a foreign language. Children can stop you from attending training programs or to attend any classes. If your children take naps, you can use this time to learn the language you want to learn.

There are learning programs that can fit into any lifestyle. Explore the Internet to find the various ways to learn a new language. You could find thousands of programs that fit your lifestyle.

Scheduled classes are a great way to learn a language, if you have the time. Classes allow you to build up social skills as you can work in a team situation. You can have private classless or you can work with a partner to help build communication skills.

You can join beginner to advanced classes, depending on your level. In some classes, you may start learning conversation methods so that you can use everyday grammar and vocabulary. If you are going on a business trip you may be able to take a quick language learning class. This can help you by providing many helpful skills that can let you improve business communications and relationships. You may also be able to customize classes to fit into your work style and schedule.

On the Internet, you can find many centres to learn. You may be able to arrange the classes to fit your lifestyle and schedule. You can learn from home or on the road, all you need is a computer and an Internet connection. You can learn at your own pace which means you can use any spare time that you have during the day to improve your ability. You could also use Cds, DVDs, videos MP3s which can also help you to learn at your own pace. If you can, you can use a foreign exchange program or work with a foreign partner as well. This can be through emails, on-line voice communications, Instant messaging and some other options. Learning with a foreign exchange partner or a friend can help both of you to build new skills.

Connect with the world by learning a second language.

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Learning A Foreign Language – 5 Mistakes Commonly Made

 “The limits of my language means the limits of my world.” ― Ludwig Wittgenstein

Top 5 Mistakes You Can Make When Learning a Foreign Language by Topp Alice

learning a languageThe Internet has made it easier for us to explore what we want. With a few clicks, you can see different places, talk to people from different countries, watch movies, or even learn new languages. If you are particularly inclined to know what phrases like Intercambios De Idiomas, encuentra penpals, or cursos de Ingles con videos mean, you need a good dose of effort and patience. There are also certain mistakes you must avoid if you want to master a new foreign language:

Not listening well

Language experts suggest that you need to be a very good listener when learning a new language. You might notice how babies stare at you when you are talking and mimic the sounds you produce. You need that kind of focus and willingness to learn. Intercambio de Lenguas or language exchange can only happen if one is ready to listen. This will help you develop a new vocabulary and learn the structure of the new language.

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We listen everyday to people we communicate with on a daily basis but it can be difficult to practice when you are faced with a difficult foreign language. What you can do is to find TV shows, movies, and music using the new language. You can also join social networks that help people learn new languages.

Not being culturally curious

Your natural curiosity and attitude are among the biggest factors in how you will progress when learning a new language. If you are interested in learning Spanish but not keen on learning different aspects of the Spanish culture, you might face more challenges in learning the new language.

Studies have shown that language learners who are culturally curious tend to be more receptive to the foreign language. Experts also encourage having amigos por correspondencia or friend pen pals that use the target language.

Using a single method

Relying on just one method to learn a new language is not enough. You might be learning from language books but the process can be faster if you will watch videos, talk with native speakers, and watch different media using the new language.

Using different methods can help you acquire more skills that you need to master a new language. If you are looking for a language course or an online language community, make sure that you will be able to practice listening, writing, reading, and speaking.

You are Easily Frustrated

Right from the start, you need to set your mind that you cannot learn the new language in a snap. You will be learning new words everyday, learn rules for the new language, and encountering people who know the language you are trying to learn by heart. Try to conquer the challenges you face by utilizing the resources you have like the friends who speak the language, videos, books, online courses, and social networks.

Being too Afraid

Any negativity towards learning a foreign language can slow you down. It can be quite overwhelming but knowing what resources to tap can make life easier for you. Remember to use the new language so you can improve it as you go along.

Do not be afraid to make mistakes, be it spoken or written, since they give you the opportunity to correct the errors before they become part of your system.

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7 Secrets To Learning A New Language – A TED-Ed article

“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language
And next year’s words await another voice.”
T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets

A repost from TED with tips on how to better learn a new language.

These tips make sense and should help you with your language learning. Put them into use, try them and see how learning a new language can be made easier.

How to learn a new language: 7 secrets from TED Translators

by TED Staff

By Krystian Aparta They say that children learn languages the best. But that doesn’t mean that adults should give up. We asked some of the polyglots in TED’s Open Translation Project to share their secrets to mastering a foreign language. Their best strategies distill into seven basic principles: Get real. Decide on a simple, attainable […]

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