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How Can You Learn English Abroad?

The English Language is a popular subject in schools, taught in different countries around the world. Students in these...

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The English Language is a popular subject in schools, taught in different countries around the world. Students in these countries, such as Germany, Nigeria, China and Bolivia, have to take English classes, just as they do maths and science classes.

These countries have their native languages. However, they believe it is essential to learn to speak, read and write in English because it is the language of business.

Are you learning English because it is one of your school subjects? Or you are studying the language because it will improve your chances of finding a good job. Maybe you just have a passion for learning and have decided to study English.

Whatever your reasons are, these tips will help you as you study the English Language.

Take English Lessons

Taking English lessons is the best way to start learning English because you will learn English grammar from the very beginning.

Some languages, such as Afrikaans and Mandarin, have only a few grammar rules that are easy to follow. Others, such as Polish and German, are complex languages with complicated grammar.

English grammar falls around the midway point between Mandarin and German on the scale of complexity. It can be difficult sometimes, especially because of its numerous irregular verbs. However, it is relatively easy to learn these rules, which is key to proficiency in English.

If you’re going to spend so much time and effort to learn English, you should learn the language’s basics from your first lesson. It beats learning incorrect grammar and circling back to learn the correct way to say things later.

Pronunciation is another good reason to take English classes, at least as a beginner.

English has some complicated sounds, especially the ‘th’ sound, which many languages don’t have. Also, vowel combinations can be difficult to understand. For instance, the word ‘boat’ is a one-syllable word but ‘cooperate’ has five syllables; the second ‘o’ is a syllable by itself.

If taking English courses in a language school or online is not an option, you could study English grammar and pronunciation with an English tutor.

The significant advantage of learning English with a private tutor is scheduling. Tutors will arrange to meet you when you have the time, even during the evenings and on the weekends. Scheduling your lessons will be easier if you take English lessons with a tutor online.

Connect with Native English Speakers

It would be a good idea to connect with native English speakers a few months after you start your English lessons. By that time, you already have a good understanding of English grammar and know enough vocabulary to hold simple conversations.

If you’re not ready to talk with a native English speaker yet, you can use language exchange apps and websites such as HiNative.

HiNative will let you type a question or message for every member of the community to read and answer. You can ask them to correct your English text or ask questions about the English language.

You can also practice your pronunciation with HiNative. It works the same way as sending a voice text: open the app, click on the microphone button and start speaking.

When you feel you’re ready to speak directly with the English language learning community, HiNative is an excellent way to connect with native English speakers. Until then, you can use other apps to help you learn English.

The Best Apps and Websites to Learn English 

You may already know some apps to learn English: Duolingo, Memrise and Rosetta Stone. They are all good tools to help you learn new words and stay connected to English, but their function is limited.

For example, Rosetta Stone only allows you to advance to a certain level of English learning; after that, you have to pay to continue using the app.

Other apps, like Memrise and LinguaLift, afford you more ways to learn and practice your English. Memrise is a fun learning tool with games and memes to help you use and remember the new English words you learn.

LinguaLift takes your desire to learn English more seriously. They put together a whole English course to help you learn grammar, vocabulary and spelling. Also, they include information about English-speaking countries and their cultures in lessons.

Films and Music to Help You Learn English

You can also learn about the culture of English-speaking countries by watching English language films and listening to English songs. It might feel like you’re taking a rest from your language studies, but these tools can help you learn English too.

When you watch your favorite films, listening to the English-language version is better than switching the sound to your native language. That way, you can train your ears to become familiar with the sounds of English the way natives speak it.

If you’re just beginning to learn English, you may turn the subtitles to your language. However, as your English improves, you may switch the subtitles to English. It is a fantastic way to improve your reading skills.

Also, if it won’t annoy the people you’re watching the film with, pause the show to write down any words you don’t recognize when they appear in the subtitles. You can look them up in your dictionary later.

You should do the same for your favorite English songs too.

As you listen to English songs, you will hear new words and phrases that you’ve not learned in your English classes. You can look up the songs’ lyrics on the internet to see all the words you don’t know. You have to agree that it’s an excellent way to make first contact with new words!

Singing in English is a fun way to practice your pronunciation in English because the joy of singing will take away your worries about correct pronunciation.

Using these methods, you can learn English even though you may not be living in an English-speaking country right now.

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