It’s a new year and it’s a great time to improve your English. At Oscars International we believe a good start is half the battle. So to help you get going in 2019, we have put together a few ideas that we think will do you and your English a lot of good.
Put labels everywhere in your house. Put yellow post-it notes on your furniture, blue post-its on your appliances, orange post-its in the bathroom and so on. Make sure English is in your face, everywhere 24/7 and give yourself as many visual aids as you possibly can.
Find a job
I know it is easier said than done sometimes but getting a job is a great way to learn a new language. Getting a job in a place where you have to think quickly is great for your language skills and also your friendships. Be careful that the job doesn’t limit your vocabulary but use it as a platform to build confidence and get to know native speakers.
Fall in Love
This might not be for everyone but one of the quickest ways of learning a second language is having a relationship with a person who speaks your target language as their first language. If you do happen to find that special someone, be sure to tell them that it’s O.K. to correct you (just maybe not all the time).
Don’t be afraid to make mistakes
When you are learning a second language it is natural to try to ‘translate’ directly from your own language. For example, many Italians say ‘make a shower’ because it translates from the Italian fare una doccia (fare = to do/to make). Even though everyone can understand them from the context, this collocation is incorrect and should of course be have/take a shower. Mistakes like these are known as interference (from your first language) and are perfectly normal. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes but don’t take it personally when you are corrected.
If you find it difficult to pronounce a word you have just learnt in English try to pair it with another word or other words you are familiar with. English spelling is very difficult and for that reason pronunciation often doesn’t make sense. For example the word through looks nothing like too or you but it is pronounced the same way. Try writing these three words down together and saying them out loud. IN this way you are telling your brain to believe your ears and not just your eyes. It works.