Keep Calm and Speak English
How important is English? Not as important as your mother language or dialect of course, but it is considered to be a universal language — that is, a language that everyone from any corner of the world understands (generally speaking). As much as good communication is important, so is the proper use of English. So you’ve learned English and grammar at school. How else can you become better at it?
1. When you read or hear anything in English, take the words to heart and understand them. How each sentence was structured and how each word was used matter because a slight difference can change the whole meaning. When you make it a habit, you’ll be more conscious about your own choice of words.
2. Write! One of the most effective ways of improving your English is through writing. The first step is to write what you have in mind. Next is to reread what you’ve just written. Did it convey exactly what you were trying to say? Are there better ways to say it? Should you hit the thesaurus and use other words? Write and write until you have achieved the whole picture you’ve intended to paint!
3. Watch something in English. Not only will you learn more words and expose yourself to the proper use of grammar, but watching these materials will also teach you how to correctly pronounce otherwise confusing words such a “repertoire” and “rendezvous.” Pro tip: Turn on the subtitles so you can also read while watching and listening.
4. Read, read, and read. It could not be emphasized enough how reading can help improve your English prowess. It does not matter which material you find interesting, as long as they are done by graded writers. When you are constantly exposed to professionally composed sentences and chosen words, your English will flow naturally too.
5. Practice! Constant use of English when talking will hone your skills. When you’ve done it right, it can also build confidence! Not only that, but you can spot your own errors and correct them accordingly. Speaking of errors, don’t shy away from constructive criticisms from people who correct your English. Learn from them instead!
If there’s a will, there will always be a way! Do more, learn more, and make these activities a habit. Then you’ll be good at English in no time! Remember, the more things you can do, the higher you can reach.