At some point in your English learning journey, you’ve struggled. You’ve probably thought that it’s too difficult. Other people in your English class have gotten better grades than you, so you think that you’re just a bad language learner. You’re good at other subjects, but learning English isn’t your talent, right?
Wrong. You’re not a bad language learner, you’ve just been learning in a way that isn’t right for you.
What is the Right Way to Learn English?
So what is the “right” way? This is an extremely common question, and the answer might seem obvious: it’s different for each person. We all learn differently.
You need to experiment with your language learning process to find the perfect regimen for you.
Everyone learns differently—some learn well from textbooks, some are really good at memorization; others need hands on learning (learning from experiences). Any good English learning routine is going to include a combination of all of these.
At RealLife English, we believe that people focus too much on traditional language learning (that is, from textbooks with focus on memorization of rules and new words).
Although knowing some basic grammar structure can help you speak English more correctly, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you can speak it better. The fact is, most native speakers don’t even know the grammar rules. We learn to speak through interaction (the same way you learned your first language).
Create a Better Daily Language Learning Routine
If you learn best with structure, then learn the grammar rules. If you find that grammar rules just make English too confusing to even speak, then throw your textbook out the window (as long as it doesn’t hit anyone in the head!).
Here are some suggestions of different ways to learn English, all of which are easy to do a few minutes each day. With the right mix of these you will find yourself learning English faster and more successfully:
1. An English Teacher-
Can you push yourself to learn and practice English everyday? If you don’t have the will power to do this, then you may want to seek out an English teacher or tutor (if you don’t have one already). No matter what level you’re at, a teacher can help answer your questions and clarify confusions.
You can find a private teacher or go to an English school. There are also dozens of places where you can get classes via Skype, like here.
If you go this route, I recommend that you find a teacher who focuses on conversation and listening, rather than on memorizing grammar rules, but remember to find what works best for you!
2. Learn with what you already love
This is by far one of the most important resources in your English learning regimen (we call it Lifestyle English). Watching TV, movies, and listening to music and podcasts can all help you improve your listening skills, learn new vocabulary and expressions, and become skilled at speaking like a native, while learning about culture at the same time. Lifestyle English can help you to become really engaged in English learning.
We have dozens of articles to help you find the right media for your English learning routine, check them out:
3. Online English learning programs
There are dozens of free programs online for English learning. These are a great option if you can’t afford a teacher, or if you want something to compliment your classroom lessons. I recommend first checking out our Toolbox for English Learning and then these resources for meeting people online.
It’s important to learn English doing things you already like to do. No matter what methods you choose to add to your English learning routine, you need to make sure you practice it every day. The more you can make English part of your life, the better you’re going to be at it!
If you enjoyed this article, please COMMENT below! Tell us how YOU make English a part of your life.
Lastly, I want to invite you to watch this TedTalk from Polyglot Benny Lewis; in which he explains that talent is not the biggest factor in language learning success, but rather, PASSION!