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Ten Helpful Tips to Improve Your English

Ten Helpful Tips to Improve Your English

Date: Jan 23 2010

Topic: Listening

Author: Phoenixfiras


1.Listen to MP3s. Although buying music on the internet is becoming more popular in many countries, not so many people know that you can download speech radio such as audio books (an actor reading out a novel) and speech radio. Not only is this better practice for your English than listening to English music, from sources like Scientific American, BBC and Australia's ABC Radio it is also free.

2.Listen to English music. Even listening to music while doing something else can help a little for things like getting used to the natural rhythm and tone of English speech, although the more time and attention you give to a song the more you will learn from listening to it again in the future.

3.Read the lyrics to a song. Although just listening to a song in English can be a good way of really learning the words of the chorus in an easily memorable way, if you want to really get something out of listening to English music you will need to take some time to read the lyrics of the song with a dictionary. If the lyrics are not given in the CD booklet, you may be able to find them on the internet, but please note that some lyrics sites deliberately put a few errors into their lyrics for copyright reasons. Once you have read and understood the lyrics,  if you then listen and read at the same time, this can be a good way of understanding how sounds change in fast, natural, informal speech.

4.Sing karaoke in English. The next stage after understanding and memorizing a song is obviously to sing it. Although some words have their pronunciation changed completely to fit in with a song, most of the words have the same sounds and stressed syllables as in normal speech. Remembering which words rhyme at the end of each line can also be a good way of starting to learn English pronunciation.

5.Write a film, music, hotel or book review. Another motivating and easy way to make yourself write in English is to write a review for a site such as Amazon or Internet Movie Database. Many non-native speakers write reviews on sites like this, and if you have some special understanding of the book, music or film due to your first language or knowing the artist personally, that would be very interesting for the English speakers who read and write reviews on the site.

6.Only search in English. Switching your search engine to the English language version of msn, yahoo, Google etc. can not only be a good way of practising fast reading for specific information in English, but could also give you a wider choice of sites to choose from and give you an idea of what foreigners are writing about your country and area.

7.Read a book you've already read or seen the movie of in your own language. Although most language learners under Advanced level would probably learn more from reading a graded reader or something from the internet than they would from reading an original book written for English speakers, for some people reading something like Harry Potter in the original can be a great motivator to improve their English. To make this easier for you and make sure that it motivates you rather than just making your tired, try reading a book that you already know the story of. This not only makes it easier to understand and guess vocabulary, but you are also more likely to remember the language in it. If you have not read the book before, reading a plot summary from the internet can also help in the same way.

8.Read a translation into English. Another way of making sure books are easier to understand is to choose a book that was originally translated into English, preferably from your own language. Even if you haven't read the book in your own language, you will find the English is written in a slightly simplified way that is more similar to how your own language is written than a book originally written in English would be.

9.Skip the first ten pages. If you have given up with a book in English or are reading it very slowly, try skimming through the first ten pages or skipping them completely. The start of most books tend to be mainly description and are therefore full of difficult vocabulary and don't have a clear story line yet to help you understand what is happening and to motivate you to turn the next page. If the book is still too difficult even after the introductionary part is finished, it is probably time to give that book up for now and try it again after you have read some easier things.

10.Read a book with lots of dialogue. Opening up books before you buy one and flicking through them to find one with lots of direct dialogue in it has several advantages. If there is less text on the page due to all the speech marks etc, this can make it easier to read and easier to write translations on. Dialogue is also much easier to understand than descriptive parts of a book, and is much more like the language you will want to learn in order to be able to speak English.


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Learning language is really through the process of imitation. The tips you have written will really be useful since most of them involve listening and speaking the language. However, we must remember that learning a new language also depends on the proximity of learners to the language. If one tries to learn a language really hard but is never acquainted to the language, for instance hears it regularly, I think it will be a challenge for the learner to really acquire a foreign language. But if learning the language is really the interest of the person, I don’t think proximity will be an issue in learning it.



07:43 AM Oct 15 2015 |



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08:46 PM Nov 21 2014 |



very useful !

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03:48 AM Aug 27 2014 |




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05:35 AM Aug 24 2014 |



very useful!!thanks

03:53 AM Jun 25 2011 |



very useful!!thanks!!!

03:01 AM Jun 25 2011 |




very useful !
thx !!

02:30 AM Jun 25 2011 |


United Kingdom

I like the way you elaborated, these tips may create several of benefits to very person that is interested, 

I used  english grammar in use, New exercises are helping me out in all way….


Thanks again for the valuable post here

12:12 PM Mar 29 2011 |


Syrian Arab Republic

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01:02 AM Mar 10 2011 |


Syrian Arab Republic

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11:51 PM Mar 09 2011 |


United Kingdom

Much appreciated, i will be following these rules, thanks




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09:16 AM Feb 04 2011 |


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04:54 PM Jan 13 2011 |



Thank you , I wil follow these valuable tips

11:41 AM Jan 13 2011 |


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12:23 AM Jan 13 2011 |


United Kingdom

Thanks for sharing such valuable tips to us….i would follow these as i was looking for the same….


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English Grammar In Use

01:01 PM Jan 10 2011 |

Mohammed Basaleem


thnx for the tips they are greatful. but do you think people spend most of their time in reading and listening to Music or books instead of how to use english language with foreginers ? I mean their are better ways to improve your language …

03:18 PM Sep 29 2010 |




I like the 7th tip.It'll be really helpful!

11:16 AM Sep 28 2010 |


Syrian Arab Republic

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12:27 PM Sep 18 2010 |

karan patel


a lot of thanks for this suggestion. i really want to improve my english for this i read english news daily as well as i always try to speak in english but i felt problem in vocablery so i hezitate  to speak english fluently in front of unknown person particularly. 

10:34 AM Sep 16 2010 |

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