Learning the English language isn’t easy, and for beginners it’s especially tough. As an English language school in Hawaii, we know it’s one of the toughest languages in the world to learn, but it’s definitely worth the hard work and effort! What can you do as a beginner to help make it easier? We have a few tips.
First, continue to learn outside of the classroom. Sure, teachers and textbooks are essential when you’re trying to learn English, but practice makes perfect. When you’re not in class, dedicate 30 minutes each day to English, whether it’s writing a letter to a friend, reading a magazine or book written in English, watching a television show or movie, or meeting up for a “language exchange” with native speakers. The more you use it, the easier it becomes!
Practice labeling. Whether it’s the refrigerator, microwave, bathroom vanity, or a can of deodorant or hairspray, put a label on it! Using brightly colored post-it notes that help you identify various items also helps you remember those items (and their proper spellings) in English.
Write everything in English. Whether you’re keeping a journal of the things you do and people you see every day, or making out a grocery list so you won’t forget something at the supermarket, write in English and do it often. Another great idea is to search for a good recipe in a cookbook written in English, and actually make the recipe. When you come across words you don’t understand, look them up online or in a dictionary.
Keep in mind that practice and repetition are key to learning anything new, including English. Practice your speaking skills every chance you get with family or friends, write everything in English (whether lists, social media posts, emails, etc.), read books to help you better understand words or phrases and the context – practice, practice, practice!
Becoming skilled in English doesn’t happen overnight, or even in a few days or weeks. The more you use it, the better you become.
Thinking about attending an English language school in Hawaii? At ICC we have great programs for learners of every age and are dedicated to your success. Browse our website to learn more about us, and begin your path to learning the most important language in the world today.