English is a combination of several origins like Germanic, Latin, and French. Speakers with these native tongues will have some advantage learning. Meanwhile, speakers from areas like Japan could find themselves going through mental hurdles to understand and master mostly unfamiliar sounds. Additionally, with spellings of words changing throughout the English-speaking world, it’s quite difficult to get the correct pronunciation of words. Language acquisition also benefits a person by creating a greater comprehension of how language works and is used. The study found individuals with multilingual communication were able to better read and interpret social situations, which improved their performance in social settings.
Once you can speak English, your travel opportunities won’t only become easier as you become more confident, but you will find you can travel more. And this in turn broadens the mind! Understanding and respecting different cultures also becomes more apparent. Even if you are in a country where English is not the official language, chances are that English will still be used as a tool for communication. It doesn’t matter if you’re a Chinese native or a Spanish native, you can master any language as long as you have the right resources and the motivation to do it.
So, we’ve created a list of some of the best ways through which any native speaker can improve their English skills:
Things to know
Have conversations in English
Listening to the sound of your own voice might be a little bit awkward at first, but you will be able to hear mistakes of which you weren’t previously aware. As helpful as listening and reading tasks may be, you also need to use English interactively and practice your own speaking skills. If you’re lucky, you’ll be friends with a few native speakers who can help you out, but if not then try to meet up with someone else studying English. Another option is to talk to yourself in the mirror or record yourself.
Watch English movies and TV
Learn how a new word is used by watching someone use it in context. You’ll learn about the different contexts that may surround a new word as well as the gestures and mannerisms that often accompany it. Watching movies and television is a casual way to learn words. Similar to reading illustrated books, you get the perk of visual cues, while also benefiting from hearing how the word is usually pronounced.
Try English Tongue Twisters
Word games like this will help you find the right placement for your mouth and tongue, and can even help your pronunciation. Tongue twisters are a series of words that are difficult to say quickly. One example is: “The thirty-three thieves thought that they thrilled the throne throughout Thursday.” Give it a try!
Think in English
A good way to start rethinking is to keep a diary where you express your daily thoughts in English. It does not have to be perfect, it is more about getting out thoughts in English with less and less effort. If you already think in English, it takes less time to produce or respond in everyday conversations. No translation needed!
Expand Your Vocabulary
Learn words or phrases you need to talk about a certain subject. For example, if you need English for business, learn business English phrasal verbs. You may want to learn common everyday English because you will use it no matter what.
Know that the vast majority of people don’t care if you make mistakes. If someone does make fun of you, this person isn’t worth your time. Additionally, confidence comes through skill levels. As you improve, you’ll get more confident. Finally, find someone to practice with – someone who you trust.