Tips for All Kinds of Learners
What if you could improve your English by 1% every day? That might not sound too impressive, but it adds up. 1% every day would mean you’d be 37 times better by the end of the year.
Improving in English is a gradual process where you get a little better day after day. Eventually you will look back and be surprised at how far you’ve come! Of course, it helps if you’re having fun along the way. To liven up your English learning, we’ve many creative tips for becoming more fluent this year.Since it’s 2022, we’ve taken full advantage of technology here, from Zoom hangouts and TikTok trends to apps so smart they talk back to you like they’re human.
Get together with other English learners from different parts of the world, and you’ll find that not everyone finds the same English sounds difficult. Sounds like “th” and “r” are difficult for most English learners, but your native language has a major impact on your pronunciation. Try looking up the most common pronunciation mistakes made by speakers of your native language. Use that knowledge to help you practice your own articulation!
The only way to get comfortable with talking in English is to do it constantly, even if it’s just to yourself!
It might feel odd at first, but you can turn this into a habit by keeping an audio diary. Record yourself on your phone describing your day, how you’re feeling, or what your future plans are in English. Then you can even listen back on your recording and notice what you did well and what you can still work on. What’s convenient about this is there’s no pressure—you’re free to pause and repeat and take as much time as you like.
Word stress is one of the most important parts of English pronunciation. Every English word has a syllable that’s the most stressed or emphasized. For example, “des-sert” and “de-sert” look and almost sound alike–except for the difference in word stress. Whenever you learn a new word, always check the word stress in the dictionary. You can also listen closely to where native speakers are placing the emphasis.
You might have noticed that sometimes vowels in English are pronounced as “uh,” such as in “the” (thuh), “again” (uh-gen), and “reason” (ree-zuhn). That’s the “schwa” sound! It’s the most common sound in the English language, but it’s also among the easiest to forget. The “schwa” appears in most unstressed syllables (and the majority of words), so keep it in mind when you’re pronouncing a word.
5. Learn to speak English from TV
Netflix is extremely popular among English learners because watching TV series can be an awesome way to practice your English speaking (not to mention entertaining). Pick a scene from whatever you’re watching, then pause it line by line while repeating what the characters said exactly. Try to not just match the words but also the intonation and speed!
6. Talk to other English speaker Regularly
Self-studying is just one part of the equation—you’ll have to make time to talk to other English speakers too. Even if you’re not in an English-speaking area, this has become a lot easier to do with apps. You can attend conversation clubs and language exchanges on Zoom or in your area too.
DVLC was born in early 2011 and we have had many students from around the world and they have successfully improved their English language in Malaysia ever since DVLC is an innovative training center in Malaysia that not only teach how to speak English well, but also to think more analytically