Sunday 5 August 2018


One of the things that an English-language learner often forgets is that one must take the initiative to improve oneself. The teacher is there to help you out. But, s/he is more like a guide who would show you the way. At the end of the day, it is the learner who is going to walk that path. There should be an urge in the student to know more, even if there isn't anyone to help him/her out. I am going to suggest a few tried and tested tricks which you can adopt in your daily routine.

Try to understand why you find it difficult to learn English, or any language for that matter. It is the unfamiliarity that creates all the problems. To solve the problem, you need to regard a language as a human being with whom you need to form a relationship. When you fail to understand someone, you have complications. But, when you get used to someone, you get habituated with their characteristics. As a result, the discomfort will no longer be there when you make the unfamiliar familiar. One should read English newspapers, watch English news channels regularly. It would increase one's familiarity with the English language. I would even recommend you to watch English cartoons. If you dislike the present ones on Cartoon Network, try the old ones that are there on YouTube. Spend more time with the language that  you want to learn, and it will definitely love you back. 

There is one more thing that you can try to do. This would develop your listening skills. You can watch a Hollywood film with subtitles. First, watch the film switching off the option for subtitles. You should watch those parts of a film where a lot of conversation takes place. After watching the film for a minute or two, you can try to recall the dialogues and write them in a notebook. Then, you may switch on the option for subtitles, and see whether you have listened properly. You can do the same with songs as well. You just need to get the lyrics which is pretty easy to find on the internet. 

These are a few techniques which one can adopt. I do not guarantee immediate success. However, one should not feel discouraged if it takes time. If you have any queries, don't be shy. Just put it in the comment section. I will get back to you.  

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