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8 best proven ways to learn English effectively

Learning English is no mean feat and hence there has always been a curiosity among students as to how effective steps can be taken to improve the language skills within a short period of time. English tuition teachers particularly follow certain techniques and strategies to ensure that students fill in their logic gaps and brush up on the basics in areas like grammar and vocabulary.

 So, what exactly are these ways in which one can learn the English Language effectively?


This may seem like an obvious tip but many people shy in fact away from it due to time and cost. The most efficient way to learn English will be to take a course in it as self-teaching a language may end being way too daunting of a task for many. 

 With a structured course like English tuition, people will be able to pace themselves appropriately and be committed to following it which can also help for motivation. Students can opt for online English tuition or even private home tuition; the choice lies in the hands of the student based on various factors. 


Constantly listening to English during free time is very effective. This is a tip that in fact can work for any language. Listening to English can include watching shows, movies, podcasts or simply listening to others talk. Even if without understanding what the speakers are saying, the words that they say will subconsciously enter the brain. As such, it is much more helpful than people actually think.

 #3: SAY IT 

People should practice speaking English with close friends and/or family. Simply listening to English and memorizing words is not enough to guarantee proficiency in the language. Moreover, learning a new language is generally used for conversing with others, not usually for writing. 

Thus, speaking to friends and family will not only help them practice enunciation but also allow others to correct any mistakes that they make. However, it is important to only do this with close friends and family whose opinion that they trust. If they try practicing with people who do not really care, they can easily demotivate them from learning the language. 


If the primary aim is to learn how to talk in English fast, learners should focus more on speaking, not on grammar or vocabulary. Learning good grammar and a wide range of vocabulary will allow people to be more fluent and clearer in the point that they are trying to make. However, this is in fact not that important or necessary for beginner learners to master. 

Time spent memorizing grammar rules and vocabulary words can be put into much better use practicing to speak the language. So, for new learners trying to improve their communication skills in the language, it is time to put the textbooks away for now and focus on their fluency in speaking it.


New learners should try to find similarities between their native language and English. The hardest part of learning to speak a new language is getting used to the sounds, flow, and rhythm of the language. By relating some sounds of letters or strings of letters to their native language, they can build a sturdy fundamental to build upon. However, new speakers must be cautious of misremembering a sound just because it sounds similar to a sound in their native language. Learning from scratch is easier than learning it wrongly and being forced to correct it later. 


Some people are visual learners instead of auditory learners and thus listening to others speak or watching movies and tv shows may not be very effective. These types of learners should still adopt a similar learning strategy but use visual cues to remember words. For example, when looking at the sun, people can associate the words ‘sun’, ‘warmth’, and ‘hot’ to it which makes it easier than learning each word separately and trying to memorize them without relating them to each other. 


It is somewhat impractical to just learn words by themselves because a very large number of words have multiple meanings. By simply memorizing words individually, it is very easy to misuse it and for others to misunderstand it. 

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The words could have been used for a different intention as compared to what most people would interpret it in the context. Thus, it is more practical to learn common phrases and also learn how certain words are grouped.


Lastly, learning a language isn't easy. The English language can be very confusing at times and it is very important for new speakers to clear any doubts that they have to someone who already has a good understanding of the language. Being ashamed to ask questions is very detrimental to their learning process and will make it much less efficient. Learn to love the process of learning and you will succeed; it’s just a matter of time! 

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