To learn English faster is one of the most desired results for any student. Learning anything faster is better as it helps us achieve our goal quicker.
There is no real ‘holy grail’ or short cut to learn English faster but there are simple ideas that you can practice on a daily basis to help speed up your English learning goals. There are many different tools and study aids you can use from books to apps and many videos such as Youtube. However some of these tools can be expensive and may not give you a great result. My attitude toward learning is that you shouldn’t be paying too much for additional learning material such as apps. Subscribing to online lessons where you have to pay money each week or month can also be overrated especially if you’re not committing to the required effort.
Required Effort ?
This is what I will focus on this article as no matter how many classes and teachers and apps you download or how much money you invest into your study. If you don’t put the required effort in you’re just not going to learn fast at all and you are wasting your time and money.
I am writing this article to try to show aspiring students how to learn faster by building simple process into your every day life. Not spending any more money than needed. Not paying for additional apps and online classes when all you need is your own effort and good work ethic.
Here are a few simple tips to help you learn English faster:
1. Don’t spend too much time learning grammar
English is a very different language to learn. Grammar is the most confusing part to master. Many English words are pronounced the same way but have a totally different meaning and this is where many students become confused. For example:
- Why is “hear” and “here” pronounced the same but both words have different meanings ?
- Why is wright and right pronounced the same and also have different meanings?
- What about “read” (pronounced as red) and “read” (pronounced as reed) depending if the word (a verb) is in past or presence tense?
Grammar takes the longest to learn and spending too much time on grammar will distract you from improving other areas of English learning. Grammar is complicated and you will easily get confused frustrated and feel like giving up. So to simplify it just write a list of 8 to 10 words (i.e. red, read, reed, right, wright, write, They’re, There, Their) Learn to use each one in a sentence. The next day pick 8 more and add them to your daily learning schedule.
2. Focus on conversational style learning
Practise having short or even long conversations. For example chose a topic you’re interested in and talk about it. This will force you to find ‘new words’ because you will be explaining and describing something outside the normal lesson and text books. This will increase your English vocabulary faster. For best result have as many conversations with native English speakers so that they can correct you along the way. Grammar will come in time as the more you hear (not here 😊) people use different grammar words whilst speaking it will slowly begin to make sense in your mind.
3. Spend time every day (1 hour)
Our brains are like a muscle. Referred to as muscle memory. The more often you use it the stronger it becomes. Most classes are from 1 to 5 days per week. If you spend at least 30 minutes to an hour every day learning English then your memory muscle will grow faster. Making English speaking an every day part of life will dramatically increase your learning timeframe
4. Discipline NOT Motivation
Motivation is an emotion and easily disappears. The people at the top of their field whether its sports, entertainment, jobs. They all have strong self discipline. Discipline is the ability to do something when you are not feeling like it. It’s being able to force yourself to complete a task when your mind and body tell you not to. If you can remove motivation and put in place discipline you will go a long way toward learning English faster and any other objectives you wish to achieve
Learning to pronounce English words will be one of the most difficult parts of learning the English language but it doesn’t have to be. Pronunciation becomes easier and easier the more times you attempt
6. Focus on complete sentences NOT single words
Although single words are still important. Learning where these words fit into a sentence or paragraph will help you gain a better understanding of the proper word meanings and when to use them in your conversation and when not to.
7. Make lots of mistakes in front of people
Mistakes are the basis of improvement. Without making mistakes we will not learn to be better. Being afraid of failure is what holds us back as humans to be successful and if you were to ask any successful person how many mistakes they made along their journey they would tell you it was a lot. It was from these mistakes that allowed them to reach their full potential. The key point to take in this paragraph is not to be afraid to make mistakes in front of other people. It can be scary and embarrassing especially if you are a shy person. Many language students are afraid to speak English to people they don’t know as the feel embarrassed and often will prefer to try to learn alone with their podcasts and personal audio lessons. This is a mistake already. Let people hear your mistakes in order for them to correct you. Having a native speaker to learn from will make your English learning experience better and much faster than learning from any other method.
8. Find people to speak with.
Speaking to people is the most powerful method in learning any language. This sounds easier than what is actually is especially if you’re a shy person. Not all of us are socially adequate. People will argue that because migrants of different nationalities tend to only congregate and socialise with their own nationalities causes racism. There is some truth to this however I’m not writing this article about social economics. Speaking will increase your confidence.