How to Learn English Quickly

Instructor: Eric Campos

Eric has tutored in English, writing, history, and other subjects.

Learning English may seem difficult, but there are several methods to learning the language that are both fast and enjoyable. Check out a few strategies to get you learning English quickly!

Watch English Movies And TV Shows

This may seem like just an excuse to sit back and relax, but the truth is that you'll learn more about a language if you can visualize and hear native speakers applying it. Watching English movies and TV shows will be an engaging way for you to learn verb tense, conjugations, and vocabulary used in conversation. You can learn English by watching fictional programs, documentaries, or even the news. The more you hear the language, the more you'll start to connect the words to practical application. You could start with movies or shows that you're familiar with. If available, while the film is playing, have subtitles in your native language switched on. You could also have the movie playing in your native language, if possible, and switch the subtitles to English. This will allow you to connect English with the language you're already accustomed to. When you're ready, start playing media without subtitles to see if English is starting to become more discernible.

Read Beginner English Books

Reading English will help you grasp the language in written form and begin the foundations of learning how to spell and write in English as well. Begin with children's picture books and early reader books. These are good materials to start with because they use simple English and are accompanied by a lot of images. Some materials even break words down phonetically in order to help readers with pronunciation. The images will also help you connect the English words with context.

Read Novels and Literature

When you find yourself starting to grasp English, you can challenge yourself with more advanced reading material. This might be a bit of an investment. If available, you can purchase one copy of a book in your native language and another in English to read in concert together. Read from the book in your native language, and then go over the same section in English. This will let you connect grammar and vocabulary back to your native tongue, and test your knowledge of English.

Listen to Music

Music, like movies and other media, is accessible more than ever via the internet and radio. Learning English by listening to music will not only help you hear English pronunciations, but will also be a great introduction to new vocabulary and modern culture. Simply go online and look up English-language music to listen to. Look up the lyrics for the songs as well and if possible, print them off so they can be easily read.

As you listen to the music, try to follow along with the lyrics. You'll find that the words become more memorable with a rhythm and beat attached to them. Practice your growing English skills by singing the lyrics. This will allow you to compare your pronunciation to that of the singer in the music you're listening to.

Use! actually combines a lot of the methods listed above. For one thing, our courses utilize video lessons to help you visualize and connect to the content being addressed. These video lessons have an audio component too. You can read over the lesson transcripts while you listen to the video lesson, or watch the video lesson before reading the written transcript. These courses also include practice quizzes and exams you can use track your progress in learning English skills.

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