We live in a world where learning English as a second language is essential. Not only for professional growth, but a second language brings possibilities to get to know a new culture. However, Learning English is much more than simply memorizing the translation of words into your language. This implies a total understanding of the language structure. The language is always rooted in the culture from which it comes. Therefore, you do not expect to be able to learn English without having adopted certain criteria and thoughts of the new culture in question.
Having the right information on how to start learning English as an ESL student is very important. There is a big difference between partially understanding the language and being fluent. If you want to acquire fluency but don’t know where to start, then this post is for you. We are going to present seven steps to start learning English.
7 Steps to Learn English
1st step: Plan a strategy
Learning English is a goal that cannot be taken lightly. Therefore, you need to plan your learning strategy. No matter how lucky you are, no miracle will happen that allows you to handle a smooth conversation overnight. The path of learning requires strategy and preparation. A good tip to start is to make a space in your agenda to schedule your goals. It is good to prepare a list of everything you expect to learn in a certain period of time. Although you may not meet all the objectives, having your purpose clear at each stage allows you to progress steadily.
2nd step: Choose the teaching method
To start the whole process, you need to think about how you will learn the language. You will need to research and find out which method can help you acquire fluency in English. At this point, it is important to consider your ability to discipline and your daily commitment to the study. Also, it is important to find a material to guide you made by specialists and language scholars,
3rd step: Organize your studies
It is important to make a commitment to yourself and reserve a daily schedule to study and maintain daily contact with the language. For example, you can set aside about 30 minutes to study English. During this period of study, stay fully focused on what you are doing. Find a quiet place that is free from external factors. Set up a study calendar and follow it according to your goals.
The study needs to be a habit, but it cannot take all your time to the point of tiring your mind. Thirty minutes a day is ideal in a daily routine, especially considering that it is a reasonable period for not compromising other daily tasks. In addition to being important to reserve this study time, you will not miss some idle moments throughout the day. Use them to think, read texts, and listen to songs in English.
4th step: Familiarize yourself with the language
To learn to speak, it is necessary to learn to listen. It is not enough to listen without understanding. Create a base in the language, make contact with English daily. Familiarize yourself with it. A good and fun way to start is by watching English movies and series that you already know. Knowing and enjoying the story, it is easier to watch it a second or third time with English subtitles, and then even without subtitles. The same goes for books and music. Listen to some music you already know and like and follow along with the lyrics. You will see that it will be easier to understand.
The important thing is to be immersed in English and contact with the language exists in every way: speaking, listening, writing, and reading. Try taking the English language for small day-to-day tasks, such as social media or your smartphone.
5th step: Start learning
Now, it is important to know how the learning process actually happens. Studying is not just sitting in front of a book and reading it from beginning to end. The act involves discipline and some more effective techniques. Go through the learning process slowly. Do it with fun, so you don’t get bored easily. Below are some of the techniques to help you quickly learn English.
This should be the first phase of learning. Pronunciation is the saying of a word in English correctly. English is used in several countries, so the accent used is not always the same. But the most commonly used are American English and British English.
So, why do you have to learn the pronunciation first? This is because you need to be trained to pronounce correctly in the early stages of learning English. The correct pronunciation will also depend on practice. That is why you will need to practice daily.
If you are wrong in its pronunciation, it will even lead to misunderstanding. Therefore, it is essential for you to start learning correctly from the beginning. A good pronunciation helps you not only to speak well, but also to understand those who already speak the language. Besides, it will also give you the confidence necessary when the time comes to talk with a native.
Learning vocabulary is a must if you want to be able to speak English. You can’t make a sentence if you are confused. Access a list of words and take your time to learn them every day. However, this does not mean you memorize a large number of terms as you will forget them easily. You can write these vocabularies down in a word document, a notebook, or any other system that can help you memorize them easily.
Learning vocabulary is very important when learning English. If you have a little vocabulary with you, you will encounter many difficulties. It could even be that you will easily give up learning English if you learn grammar, but your vocabulary is only a little. Memorize vocabulary continuously, every day. It doesn’t need much, as long as you have to memorize at least one vocabulary one day. Also, don’t forget to practice the correct pronunciation.
Spelling has a relationship with the pronunciation of the correct English vocabulary. So, practicing correct spelling and pronunciation is already a package with learning vocabulary. When you memorize vocabulary, make sure the spelling in each vocabulary is correct. For example, the word “book.” You should know this word is spelled or formed from the letters “b-o-o-k.” By knowing the spelling of each word, you can avoid using the wrong word when writing in English.
In English, there are also several words in the same pronunciation but different spelling. In other terms, it is often called ‘homophones‘ (similar sounds of words). Learn to differentiate them so that you don’t get confused.
When you start with your learning process, remember that every aspect of the language is very important, and grammar may be the most essential. This does not mean that you should learn the rules as if you were a linguist, but understand how the main tenses are structured (past, present, and future in all its variations). Regardless of the method you choose to learn English, it is a good idea to try to learn at least ten new words every week. After a while, your vocabulary will be wide.
6th step: Immerse yourself in the language
Anyone who has learned English and wants to give you some advice will not find better words to refer to than telling you to watch English shows, movies, series, programs, etc. Watching programs and listening to conversations in English is an option that will develop your learning to new levels. In this way, you will have a real-time interaction with the language. In some cases, you will see the type of behavior and expression of the language used in everyday situations.
The best thing about this is that it gives you the tools and level of English of any native person while enjoying your favorite movies and stories. Your success will be determined by your consistency in learning until your English skills experience rapid progress.
7th step: Motivation
The simple desire to learn a new language and the personal goals of can already be quite a motivation. However, there are other factors, such as finding an interaction group where you can meet and talk in English. This will make you practice the language even more and learn during conversations and exchanges of experiences.
Remember that learning English requires more effort. You will never finish learning a language. Even in your native language, there are words and expressions you don’t know. Keep in mind that you can’t learn everything, or forget everything. When you forget something, do not get frustrated or do tantrums with yourself. Just go back and check your notes, and you will be back in the game.
Finally, and most importantly, remember that no one was brought into the world with full knowledge of things. Learning English requires time, effort, and energy. But with practice, desire to learn, and dedication, you will find yourself enjoying watching movies and having conversations in English without struggling.
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