How to Learn English Fast

So, you want to know how to learn to speak English…. really fast? 

Language learning is something that takes time. You can’t learn to speak English in a day or a week but you can improve your English speaking skills quickly if you really try.

5 Tips on How to Learn English Fast

1. Do Your Daily Routines in English 
If you are already in the habit of doing things every day, why not try doing the same things but in English.

  • Watch/Read the news
  • Listen to music
  • Write in a journal
  • Read a book
  • Chat online
  • Use social media (Facebook, Twitter, Google+, etc.)
  • Watch TV or movies
  • Listen to the radio

Try to immerse yourself in English. Do as many things in English as you can each day. If you get in the habit of doing somethings in English every day (even for 10 or 15 minutes) you definitely will learn more than attending a boring English class once a week.

2. Make an English Speaking Friend
Spend time with people who are native English speakers or who love English. This could be in your own city or you could learn to speak English online. By connecting and forming relationships with English speakers you will be motivated to speak in English. Also, you will find that the more you practice the easier it will become to talk to someone or have a conversation.

Look for language exchange partners, exchange teachers, students, tourists, expatriates or anyone that you think would like to practice English with you. Remember it doesn’t need to be formal. Just spending 10 or 20 mins. a day speaking in English will likely help you improve quickly.

3. Be Positive. 
If you have a negative mindset… or surround yourself with negative people then you will struggle to improve your English quickly. If you are positive and really think you can learn English; then you will.

By believing that you can learn good English and having a positive attitude you will retain (remember) more English. If you have a negative attitude and keep telling yourself that “It’s too hard.” or “You will never learn.” or “I speak bad English.”… then you will have a very difficult time figuring out how to learn English fast.

Stay positive and think about every thing that you have learned and how much progress you are making.

4. Focus on Your Actions…Not on the End Results. 
If you are need to know how to learn spoken English, guess what? YOU NEED TO SPEAK ENGLISH!
Stop wasting time thinking about speaking English.
Stop wasting your time thinking about being fluent in English.
Stop thinking about embarrassment, fear and mistakes.
Stop reading boring textbooks about English grammar exercises.

Start Speaking English… NOW.

Dreaming about speaking English fluently isn’t going to help you. The only way you can help yourself is to start speaking and listening to more English. You could listen to music, the radio or podcasts. You could watch TV or movies. You could find a English conversation partner or travel to an English speaking country. The most important thing is that you are taking action towards your goal. Focus on the small things that you can do to improve your English.

5. Invest in Yourself. 
You are important. Your future. Your goals. Your education. Try investing in your education… you will see quicker results than endlessly surfing the net looking for free English classes. Why not try online English conversation lessons? If you want to quickly learn to speak English online than you need to invest time, effort and money in yourself and your English learning. If your English really a priority in your life, invest in your education. If you don’t want to learn online, try traveling to an English speaking country. Learning to speak English fluently will change your life…. for the better.

You should have a few ideas on how to learn English fast… or at least faster than you are learning it right now. Good luck! Stay positive! 

Interested in improving your English really fast?

 

11 Tips to Help You Learn English Faster

1. Take a deep breath and SPEAK!
The more you think about speaking, the more nervous you will get. Just try speaking more. Next time you go to English class or speak English, count how many times you speak in five or ten minutes. After that, try to speak more. If you spoke one time today, next English class, try to speak two or three times. The more you speak the more you will learn how to communicate properly.

2. Don’t apologize for not knowing everything or “Not speaking English!”
You are learning English… You are trying, right? That’s what’s important. You don’t say “I don’t know how to cook that.” and stop cooking new things or “I don’t now how to use a computer.” and stop using new computer apps and programs. You just keep doing your best and you learn more and more as time goes on.  Please don’t say ‘I DON’T speak English’. Instead you could say:
• “I am learning English. Could you speak a little slower?”
• “I’m sorry, I didn’t understand.”
• “Could you repeat that?”
• “So, you’re saying that…. [rephrase what you heard]”.
• “What does _________ mean?”

3. Stop translating everything word for word to your language.
Translating everything to your native language is a big NO NO when learning English! If you are doing it, STOP right now! Translating everything is slowing down your progress. If you hear something in English and instantly try to translate it to your native language; you will not be focusing on learning English, but rather translating. When you hear people speaking in English:
Listen for words you DO understand
Use contextual clues… so, if you hear, “There is a big rhinoceros.” If you don’t know what ‘rhinoceros’ means but you see a big animal in a picture, or someone is pointing at something. Use those clues to figure out what it means.

4. Train your ears to understand.
You need to focus and listen. Train you ears to listen for words they (YOU) know in English. Listen for patterns. Don’t focus on grammar or single words. Focus on the phrases. Listen to English movies, music, and TV. Listen to the way things are phrased or ordered. If you train your ears, you will automatically start to understand more when people speak English. Training your ears to listen to English, will help focus on the big picture; understanding English. You cannot become fluent if you are focusing on words, one at a time. It would take you forever to learn English.

5. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes.
Fear can stop you from learning English.
• Do you go to English class and think that everyone is going to make fun of you or laugh at you if you try to speak English?
• Do know all the grammar rules but struggle to have a conversation in English?
• Do you avoid speaking with native English speakers and other people that speak English better than you?
Stop being so afraid to speak English! You need to let go and relax. You need to stop thinking of the ‘What if’s…?’. Instead focus on doing and your actions. No one is perfect. Everyone makes mistakes. The more you do something the better you get at it. To be a better English speaker and understand more English you need to stop being afraid of making mistakes.

6. Keep Trying. Don’t Give Up.
Professional athletes practice a lot. They weren’t born professional athletes. A ton of hard work and hours went into being so good at what they do. They could never be a professional soccer or baseball player without trying. If a professional athlete stopped practicing today, their skills would get worse. They would start making mistakes. The more you practice speaking English, reading English, listening to English, and writing in English the better you will get. You won’t be able to speak English fluently tomorrow or even next month. Over time if you put in the effort, you will be more comfortable and know a lot more English.

7. Keep a small notebook… write down important phrases.
Write down entire phrases that you hear. You could write it down because you think you will use it, you learned something new, or you didn’t understand. When you look back at the notebook later you will have the whole phrase; instead of one word in isolate (alone, with no example). By writing down the entire phrase you mind remember is like that. Next time you need it, the whole phrase will come out, instead of just one word.

8. Stop Negative Self-Talk
Do you find yourself saying or thinking negative things about learning English? Such as,
• “You will never learn English.”
• “Why do I always make mistakes? I am so stupid.”
• “I never know what to say. English is so hard.”
If you do say these things to yourself, then you do have negative self-talk about learning English.
How do you fix negative self-talk?

• Recognize you are being negative.
• Rephrase or change your statement. State the negative in a different manner
Negative Self-Talk: “I will never learn English”.
Positive Self-Talk: “English is difficult but I am going to keep trying. I am sure I will get it soon.”
Being positive will help you learn English quicker.

9. Set goals- Know why you are learning English. What do you want to accomplish? Do you want to speak English fluently? Do you want to get a job speaking English? Are you going to travel to the United States? Do you need to know English for University? Do you want to learn English because all of your friends speak English? Think about why you are learning English and set some goals.
• How long will you study English?
• How will you study or learn English?
• What specifically will you do to learn English?
• How will you know when you meet your goal?
• What will happen when you meet your goal?

10. Try something new
Have been trying to learn English the same way for the last year? Three years? Seven years or more? Try something new! Change is good for you. It will help you grow.
• Try listening to English podcast.
• Take an online English class.
• Listen to music in English.
• Watch TV or news in English.
• Watch YouTube English Lessons
• Take a class from a different teacher.
• Do a language exchange online or in your city
• Find an English speaking friend (native or not)

11. Throw your textbook (or grammar book) out the window. 
Okay…. Maybe you don’t need to be so dramatic but a textbook should be used as a reference. Don’t throw it out the window; put it in the closet. An English textbook should not be your only resource when learning English. It should be there to use from time to time when you have a question or want to look up something. You need to focus on YOU. What do you need to learn? You are an individual. What you need to learn in English is different than what your neighbor, your friend and your boss need to know in English. The textbook will not change based on each individual’s needs… it is a one size fit all. Language learning is NOT one size (or way) fits all!

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