You have decided that you want to improve your English level. Good choice. Nowadays, you can find thousands of online resources for you to enhance your English listening and pronunciation skills! Among the advantages of studying English using the internet, there is certainly the convenience, flexibility, and the wide range of contents that can be consulted anywhere and at any time.
Are you still disoriented? This article will reveal a few secrets that, if implemented well, are the most effective prerequisite for improving English.
Books and more to read to learn English
If you’re not a great reader, we can’t force you to be in English. However, you can simply read what you would normally read in your language, but do it in English. It is the best way to develop your vocabulary and learning spelling for grade 9.
Here are a couple of examples:
Read the English news: There are lots of English-language news sites with varied content. The Local is an excellent source of news and curiosities, and the vocabulary is not too complex.
Graded readers: Do you like literature or reading for leisure? So take advantage and do it in English, choosing the “graded readers” of the great classics! This type of book is an adaptation of the original masterpiece, which uses a high-frequency lexicon and simplified syntactic structures according to the chosen level.
Device and app: dedicate the time spend on your devices to the study of English. From your smartphone, PC, tablet, or car, navigate to the settings, then set the language by selecting English. The same goes for applications like Alexa, Google Maps, Facebook, Gmail, etc. You already know the functionalities of these applications, so you also learn the functional-technical language without having to spend time on it.
Newsletter to go: Subscribe to newsletters in English, whether it’s fashion, technology, science, travel, or any subject that teases your fancy.
Learn English by listening to it
Over the years, we have observed that many people are better “on paper” or in reading than with oral skills (listening and speaking). You just need a few small tricks that perfectly embrace your passions and interests to train your ear.
- If you are a music lover, choose your favorite English language songs and listen to them on YouTube, Spotify, Apple Music, etc., with the text (“lyrics”) visible, so you can read the words as you sing! Don’t forget to write down the new words in the Vocab notebook.
- If you like social media, follow certain influencers dedicated to teaching English. It’s a great way to improve your pronunciation by listening to the mini videos, but be prepared, take notes, and study them if you want them to stay in your head.
- If you love cinema and TV series, take advantage and watch your favorite shows on Netflix, Sky, and Prime Video, strictly in English with English subtitles.
- If you want to experiment with DIY (“do it yourself”), why don’t you learn directly in English? They can be tutorials on home projects, how to apply makeup, tempting recipes for the kitchen, or much more. Just find the right video on YouTube, strictly in English, slow down the playback speed to your liking, and get to work!
Other resources and tricks
You may be wondering why this article hasn’t talked about grammar so far. The answer is simple: there is already too much emphasis on grammar and too little on language in context, authentic inputs in the school system. That said, if you really have a passion for rules and syntax, you can give yourself these resources and references on the dedicated page under the heading “Grammar practice,” and to improve your spelling skills, attempt a spelling quiz.
Another resource to consider is an online platform for learning the English language; for example, the SpellQuiz platform, which uses interactive and gamification to make English learning more fun. Sure they are nice and useful for beginners, but little recommended without any other authentic input.
Conclusion: All of the above will help you a lot in developing your reading and listening skills, vocabulary, and structural knowledge. All this, however, does not make broth. The most important and funniest element remains: oral communication! For this, there are no tricks: you have to train with a “study buddy” or better, with linguistics and didactic experts who will support you and give you valuable input. Whether the course is individual or group, the choice is yours; the important thing is to commit yourself to grow and open new horizons!