How to learn english

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How To Learn English

My cat speaks English.

Sometimes my cat comes to me and tells me that she is hungry. Or that her leg hurts. How does my cat tell me these things? I don't speak pussy-cat language.

Tips and ideas on the best ways to learn English faster.

Tips for Beginners

You are like a new baby
Babies learn their language slowly.
First they learn to listen.
Then they learnto speak.
Finally, they can read and write.

Listen to English every day
Listen to English radio.
Watch English TV.
Go to English movies.
Use online lessons.

Make an English/ESL friend
Make up conversations.
Practise dialogues.
Use beginner textbooks.

Read English stories
Start with children's storybooks.
Try ESL readers.
Read advertisements, signs and labels.
TryEnglishClub.com for Young Learners.

Write down new words
Start a vocabulary (new word) notebook.
Write words in alphabetical order (A...B...C...).
Make example sentences.
Always use an English-English dictionary first.

Keep an English diary
Start with one sentence.
How do you feel?
How is the weather?
What did you do today?
Write another sentence tomorrow.

Visit an English speaking countryLearn English more quickly.
Stay with an English family.
Hear native speakers talk.
Have a fun experience.

My English Learning Contract
Sample Learning Agenda

Where do I start?
Why do you want to learn English?
Before you begin (or go back to) studying English, ask youself one question. Why do I want to study English? Is it because you want to, or because someone else wants you to?Like every decision in life, studying English must be something you want to do.

Set goals
If you know why you want to study, setting goals is easy. For example, maybe you want to travel to an English-speaking country. Great. Your goal might be to learn "Survival English". Perhaps you already know many useful phrases, but you want to improve your listening skills and pronunciation. Whatever yourgoals are, write them down.

Make an agenda
How long do you need to study to achieve your goals? This answer is different for every student. The important thing is to be realistic. If you work 60 hours per week, don't plan on spending another 40 hours a week studying English. Start off slow, but study regularly. Use material that is challenging, but not too difficult. Find out what works foryou. After you have studied for a few weeks, adjust your study schedule accordingly. Do you study best at night, or on the bus on your way to work? Do you like to study alone in a quiet place, or with friends and background music? Click here for a sample 4 week agenda.

Make a commitment
Learning English requires a lot of motivation. Nobody is going to take your attendance when you aren't inclass. If you are sure you are ready to begin studying, make a commitment. Click here to sign a contract with yourself.

Have fun learning English!
The things we do best in life are the things we enjoy doing. If you aren't having fun learning English, you're not studying the right way! You can be a serious student who has fun at the same time. Make up your own rewards program to give yourselfincentives to stay on task.

Study a Balance of the 4 Key Skills
(Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing)

Most students want to communicate better in English. If this is one of your goals, it is important to study a balance of the four major skills. Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing are the main (macro) skills you need to communicate in any language. Being very good at only one of theseskills will not help you to communicate. For example you need to be able to read well before you can write well. You also need to be able to listen before you can speak. It helps to think of these communicative skills in two groups.

INput <<<
Listening (in through your ears)
Reading (in through your eyes)
OUTput >>>
Speaking (out through your mouth)
Writing (out through...
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