We’re finally back after a well-earned holiday. You’ve probably used English a lot this summer. Looking forward to learning more?
While it is sometimes difficult to study effectively on your own, it is great to share the process with others. And classes can be great for making you follow a programme of study.
Understand that studying and speaking are different. The best way transition from a student to a speaker is to change your focus from using your books to using your mouth. Supplement your classroom time with a good amount of time speaking the language with native speakers or friends, whether it is online or face to face.
Choose what works for you. Develop your own list of personalised vocabulary and phrases. Add relevant vocabulary and structures to any topic you’re studying.
Try SRS (Spaced Repetition Systems) and mnemonic memory aids to quickly memorise new vocabulary.
MOVIES AND TV SHOWS
They can help, but not if you plant yourself in front of a screen for several hours a day. Instead, act out your favourite movies. Don’t just watch the movie. Study it.
Break it up into segments of 10 minutes or less, and review the multiple times until you have really learned something significant.
A movie has a lot to offer in terms of body language, accents, inflection and pronunciation. Get involved in the story, repeat lines, copy body movements and make the language come alive!
Most are written poetically, so they aren’t the best source for everyday grammar and vocabulary. Don’t just listen passively. Study the music, repeat segments to really understand it and engage with the song. Sing!
Why don’t you select a book that you have access to in Spanish so you can compare them side by side? Young adult novels work really well for this because the language used isn’t too stylised and the vocabulary won’t be too advanced. Comics are another great way to learn English. And again, remember to tackle the book in segments.