Though it is not something mandatory – but having a good proficiency with the English language somehow gives you an edge as it is a globally spoken language and that subsequently makes it easier for you to communicate with any individual across the world. No matter who we are speaking to and what the purpose might be ranging from an interview to residing in an English-speaking nation, we should be able to properly communicate our thoughts and this particular language plays a pivotal role in this!
And, it is not such a difficult job to do. Once we familiarize ourselves with different sources and ways of learning English, the rest of our worries will be history. Apart from the regular academic study, there are a few other interesting ways we can employ to learn English, the fun and fast way. Here is a list of 5 ways in which we can learn English ranging from old-school ways to modern ones. Let’s take a look at all these ways:
1. Learning from New Vocabulary
This is one of the old school ways of learning English. You may start by reading newspapers, comic books, articles, and all other readable sources and start noting the words you do not know the meaning of. You can refer to those words in the dictionary and note them in a book and get better each time. This way you will start learning new words every day and knowing how to apply them to your daily conversations helps the most.
This technique is mostly chosen by the professionals and is the least preferred by the teens and the younger ones. It may be tiring at the beginning but once you get used to it, you will be amazed to see the kind of changes in your overall accent.
2. Learning from International Standards
We go down the list with yet another old school way of learning English. This is a technique that almost most of the officials are using to test the level of English that the candidates possess ranging from beginner to advanced and shortlist them for official purposes. Apart from them, there are many proficiency tests available online these days to test our level of understanding of English. Some of them are TOEFL, IELTS, PET, B2 Business Vantage, BEA, and so on.
At any stage of your life, it is advisable to take at least one or two of those tests to check your extent of English fluency. Most of the tests assess you in four aspects, and they are as follows:
By testing yourself on all these aspects you will have a clear understanding of the areas you need to improve and the areas you are good at.
3. Learning from Social Media
Social Media is all around us these days and has proven to be one of the most effective channels of communication regardless of the information to convey. You can easily find a much greater audience online with this effective tool on your leverage. Now comes the actual part, which is to use it to your advantage.
There are many professionals who post quality content in English. You can follow them and begin reading their posts which interest you. The way they change the content based on different needs and situations and the kind of words they conventionally use will get to your brain with time involuntarily just like prayer does. LinkedIn is one such social media platform to find the majority of workplace professionals and thus become full-fledged in English.
4. Learning from Video
This is an extension of learning from social media. There are many video sources such as movies, anime, cartoons, tv shows, and so on available to watch. These are the best and the easiest sources of learning English and thus improving it. Reading might be an intimidating task but watching is not. But just like how you take medicine regardless of it being sour, you need to come out of your comfort zone in this case as well.
The way you can come out of your comfort zone would obviously be to stop watching native versions of those sources and to start switching to English versions instead. You can also make use of captions to help you in beginner phases. In the beginning, it may occur to you that you do not get a thing of what the characters are talking but it works. You just have to give it some time and get used to it. Remember that it is only impossible as long as we think it is.
5. Learning from Music
We wrap up with one of the best ways to improve your English. There are many English songs that many of us just love to listen to. But the least of us bother to look at the lyrics which is where we lose the golden opportunity to improve our English and thus to get the accent.
Looking at the lyrics and learning to sing the whole song will not only help in understanding and enjoying the song much better than before but will also educate you unknowingly about the kind of usages that were used to create meaning and new words to know the meanings of.
Finally, we wrap up the series. As a bonus, there is another way of improving your English which is to simply find a larger and proficient audience to present the skills you learned. This will give you the extra confidence which you may need some time in the future. There are many additional ways to learn English be it the old school way or the creative way. The key is to have patience and the willingness to learn. These are the important aspects to learn pretty much anything!!