Today, let’s discuss 15 strategies that you can follow at home, free of charge to improve your English. Just like when learning to ride a bike, these are things you can do on your own. These exercises will you help develop better muscle memory when using English and help you “think” and “speak” in English instead of translating from your first language.
Here we go:
Watch a “How To” video on YouTube. Understand the process and then try to explain it to a friend using only English. Try to describe everything in as much detail as possible. If you get stuck, don’t stop. Keep going until can explain the whole process confidently and fluently.
Where to start – Try this video on how to make perfect scrambled egg!
Read the preview of a book on Amazon. Write down 10 new words you found. Look up the meanings of those words and how they are used in sentences. Write down a synonym for each. Try using these words when you practice speaking with your conversation partner.
Where to start – Try this book on Jeff Bezos and Amazon
Google search the lyrics of an English song. Play the song online and sing along. Learn all the lyrics by heart. Now try to sing along without looking at the words. Pay special attention to how the singers are pronouncing words and stressing on different sounds.
Where to start – Try this Pink Floyd classic
You cannot learn English without practice speaking with native speakers. You just can’t. Sign up for sessions with a program like SpokenEnglishPractice.com and start having Skype conversational lessons every week. This will allow you to practice English the same way you would if you lived in an English speaking country.
Where to start – Try 1 on 1 Spoken English classes
Do these things at home, on your own time. You will realize that you don’t need to spend thousands of dollars on expensive English language courses or in English speaking software!