As one of the most reputable English language schools in Hawaii, we know students don’t become fluent in a foreign language in weeks, months, or even a year or two. You develop your skills gradually, however the way you approach learning can have a huge impact on how quickly you catch on to English. We’re sharing a few practical tips below we think you’ll find helpful in your efforts to speed your way toward becoming fluent in what is thought by many to be the most difficult language in the world.
When you learn a new word, also learn its opposite. Suppose you have learned what the word “happy” means. What is the opposite? Unhappy. You’ve learned what the word “competent” means, but what is its opposite? Incompetent. You’ll quickly see that in many cases, the word with the opposite meaning is simply the same word with “in” or “un” placed in front of it, although this isn’t always the case.
When you learn a new word, start using it immediately – and often. Look for opportunities to use the words you have learned. Whether writing a letter or in your journal, or speaking to a friend or co-worker, use the new words you’ve learned right away. It will quickly become ingrained in your memory!
Record someone whose native language is English. This is a great way to not only study pronunciation, but grasp new words, phrases, or idioms. As long as a friend or family member doesn’t mind, use your phone to record the words they’re saying.
Practice, practice, practice! The only way to build your confidence in speaking English is to practice using new words rather than writing them down and forgetting about them. Consider writing a few sentences that use the new words you’ve learned in various contexts. Once you’ve written three or four sentences, have your instructor take a look to ensure you’ve used them correctly. Then repeat your sentences out loud a few times for several days to become confident in your use of the new words, and to help remember them.
These tips will only work if you use them! Anyone who’s in the process of learning English wants to become fluent as quickly as possible, but just remember it takes time.
At ICC, our English language school in Hawaii caters to students of all ages who are interested in learning the language, teaching English, or using it for communication/career purposes. Contact us today, and begin a fun and exciting journey!