Whatever your level of English language proficiency, it’s always helpful to be reading, speaking, writing or listening to the language every day. Immersing yourself in the language you are learning can help you become more familiar with it, discover more about it and increase your vocabulary and knowledge of grammar.
If you’re busy, you can easily fit in your language practice while you go about your daily business. Here, for example, are four easy switches you can make that will help you improve your English…
1. Use English on your devices
We all use our mobile phones and tablets on a daily basis, so why not introduce an element of English learning into your usual device activity? It’s easy to change the language – usually, you just need to find the settings, then the language options and select ‘English’. To begin with, it may feel rather daunting, but you’ll soon get used to the different words and commands. You can also apply this to writing texts or WhatsApp messages to your friends – and encourage them to reply in English. If you learn together, you can help each other.
2. Use English in your apps
It’s also simple to change the language on your apps. So, for example, try downloading the Scrabble app, or Words with Friends, and play it with your friends, only using English words. Playing games is a fun way to learn languages, and adding in the interaction with your friends will help you to stay motivated.
3. Use English on your TV
While you watch your favourite television shows or movies, you could turn on the English subtitles. To begin with, this will help you to get used to the language and you might even find yourself mouthing the words. Don’t forget that you can always pause and rewind sections, so you can work out what the direct translations are. If you see a word written several times, you’ll know it’s a popular English word that you will find useful, so make a special effort to learn its meaning. To take this a step further, try switching to watching English-speaking TV shows and movies – they are an entertaining way to learn more about the language.
4. Listen to English lyrics
You might only listen to songs that contain lyrics in your native language, but try selecting a song that is sung in English. These songs will contain many aspects of the English language, including common expressions, everyday language, descriptive terms and slang. It’s also easy to look up the written lyrics of a song on the internet, so you can read the words and then hear them spoken. If you’re not sure where to begin, you can find out some of our blog readers’ favourite English songs here. You may even get so familiar with your song that you’ll naturally start to sing it out loud without even realising it!
Do you have any hints and tips for English language learners? We’d love to hear about your easy learning ideas below…