Anyone whose native language isn’t English knows this is a very difficult language to master. As a trusted and reputable English language school in Hawaii, we know there are certain habits (mental and otherwise) that can help make you stronger and more effective in your efforts. Take a look at our suggestions below to see if any would be helpful to you.
Have a positive mental attitude. Your attitude is everything, and when you are enthusiastic and confident that you can conquer something, the possibility you WILL conquer it is much greater.
Realize the importance of your learning environment, and control it as much as possible. Temperature of the room, feeling stressed or disorganized, there are a lot of factors that can impact your ability to learn. If you’re stressed or nervous, focus better by taking a few deep breaths. A room that’s too cold or too warm can affect how much you absorb, so make sure the room you’re studying in is comfortable, and that you study at the time of day you’re most alert.
Welcome change. Learning the English language is certainly a change, so welcome it and accept it with enthusiasm! Being enthusiastic about learning something new is always helpful with how you absorb the information.
Exercise your brain. Although you may not realize it, doing things that make your brain more active helps you learn faster. Whether you work crossword puzzles, read – or use Luminosity or other resources that challenge your cognitive abilities, attention, and memory – it’s important to use the old “noggin” (another term for “head”) and challenge yourself to make your brain more effective.
Share what you’re learning with a family member or friend. Whether you’re Spanish or German, imagine how sharing what you have just learned with a family member or friend who speaks your native language can impact your own learning. For instance, if you have just learned two or three ways to greet people in English, teach your German-speaking family member these same greetings. You’ll retain about 90% of what you learned in class today simply by using it right away.
Hopefully these habits will help you learn English in a way that is easier and perhaps even quicker.
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