60 Tips to Improve Your English Fluency
- Grammar is not essential.
Those who are new to the English language always commit the mistake of putting extra effort in their grammar rather than in their conversational English. And because this particular language is complex with its rules and styles, these learners’ minds are jumbled with the grammar rules, resulting to them stuttering and having problems in trying to get their point across.
The trick here is to focus more on conversing if you want to become a good English speaker someday. Just speak your mind out, and if you have problems in looking for the right word, you can always ask a friend or the person you’re conversing with. Again, you DON’T have to worry about your grammar; as long as you are able to convey your message to your listener(s), everything’s fine.
- Read aloud.
Fluency doesn’t happen by simply reading a book. You have to read the texts out loud too, if you want to improve your speaking. Yes, you will feel silly being so loud while studying, but reading aloud is very beneficial for a learner such as yourself.
Reading out loud demonstrates the relationship between the printed word and the meaning. Through reading out loud, the learner can practice how the word is pronounced and used. This exercise also allows the learner to use the word in appropriate situations.
- Listen to audiobooks and podcasts on headphones.
It has been tried and tested that reading and listening are strikingly similar cognitive processes. That is, listening plays an important role when trying to understand the English language.
Aside from reading, you also have to LISTEN. This is another step one must take if you want to be fluent in speaking the English language. And the good news: audiobooks and podcasts are very much available everywhere! You just need to search your local libraries or even the internet. Use their availability to your advantage!
- Though grammar is not essential, it certainly helps in learning sentence formation.
Although we’ve explained in our first tip how grammar is not very important when speaking, grammar is still vital when it comes to the English language.
Think of your sentence structure as your car and your grammar as your fuel. If you need your car to work, you have to put in your fuel. In the same way, if you want to effectively express your message to your listener, you have to have a bit of knowledge on grammar to make sense.
- Create and live in an English environment.
Immerse yourself to different cultures and viewpoints. You have to learn if you want to survive in this new country. Being in a different country pushes you to explore and develop your language skills. You get to learn more, like idioms and colloquialisms, and speak more. Your pronunciation and vocabulary will definitely progress to the highest level.
Also, don’t limit yourself to people who speak your native tongue; surround yourself with a group that’s dominantly English-speaking. In this way, you get to practice what you’ve studied and learn more, even when you’re not in the classroom. Don’t be afraid to make that one giant step!
- Come out of your comfort zone. Leave your mother tongue.
Just like in tip#5, it’s time to broaden your horizons and shed away your insecurities.
Studying abroad can greatly widen your connections with different people from across the globe. Get to experience life in another country or tour around the world. Discover new foods and make new friends. Speak the English language as much as possible to familiarize yourself with it. The closer you are to mastering the language, the bigger the boost will be to your self-confidence.
- Learn chunks/phrases/sentences.
“Stop chasing your tail! It’s never going to work,” says his friend.
The term “chasing your tail” doesn’t necessarily mean that one has a tail and he’s chasing it nonstop. This is an idiomatic expression for “spending too much time and effort over something that gives little achievement.”
The English language is a complex and tricky subject. It is your job to absorb what you’ve read and apply the knowledge in your everyday use. You may be a walking dictionary with your unlimited supply of words, but this proves useless if you can’t actually apply all of these when conversing.
The best thing for learning these sentence “chunks” is to get a native, English-speaking friend, who is more than willing to hand out tips on conversational English and not purely on grammar rules.
- Repeat conversations in English.
If you love watching movies or TV shows, another way of learning the language is to jot down the lines or phrases and then repeat them afterward as practice.
This doesn’t mean that you have to do it all the time and therefore miss your show in favor of learning. Think of this as an assignment: if you’re done with your assignment, what’s stopping you from having fun, right? Do this for your enjoyment. You get to watch TV shows and at the same time learn!
- Form an English club.
The first rule of Fight Club is: You do not talk about Fight Club. The second rule of Fight Club is: You do not talk about Fight Club.
However, we’re talking about an English club and not a Fight Club. So don’t keep it a secret – invite everyone you know who’s interested. When learning a new language, one usually does it in a classroom. After classes, you can group up with your classmates and have a neat discussion on what you’ve tackled today. Exchange notes and practice what you’ve scribbled in your notes.
If you’re not in a classroom setting, join clubs or forums that are available in the internet. For example, if you love sports, join a forum that centers mainly on sports. Look for any topic that will interest you and join in on the conversation. This will greatly build your speaking skills.
- Learning a language is like swimming; you can’t learn just by reading books. You need to be practical.
Reading books helps greatly, but to be a pro at speaking, you have to… well, you have to speak. You don’t really bring a book with you while you’re practicing the basics of swimming, right? In the same way, you aren’t required to bring a book on English and communication when you have to speak with someone.
Let the language flow naturally. Practice it with a classmate or a friend. You can even practice with yourself, which eventually brings us to…
- Use a mirror for improving body language and pronunciation.
This will sound strange, especially if you’re the type of person to look at the mirror only once or twice a day (or maybe a week?). But practicing in front of the mirror helps you establish proper eye contact. If you want, you can also practice smiling while in front of the mirror – this will help build your pleasing demeanor.
To practice in front of a mirror, you must first pick a topic you like. Be natural when speaking, but also keep a close eye on your pronunciation. The mirror will help you see if your tongue and lips are in correct positions.
- Use a voice recorder.
Simply listening and repeating what you’ve heard from your instructors (or from instructional videos) isn’t enough. It is crucial that you hear yourself too, and that is why you need a voice recorder for this job.
With your recordings, you can easily compare yourself with other native-speaking people and correct your grammar and pronunciation.
- Tell a story – comics/movie/incident narration
Pronunciation is as important as grammar, perhaps even more important than grammar if we’re talking about conversational English. To enhance your speaking skills, you have to train your mind and speak.
Talk whatever comes to your mind. You can talk about your day, your favorite hobbies and places, childhood stories, and even your thoughts on a particular movie or TV show. Whatever you think is important or worth sharing, share it your listener. The more you talk about anything, the more at ease you will feel in using the English language.
- Daily two-minute talk.
Pair this up with talking in front of the mirror or while you’re recording. A two-minute talk will enhance your conversational skills and improve your pronunciation as the days go by.
- Role-play model conversations.
Role-playing is done between two or more people, where you are assigned to act out a particular scenario with your given roles. Pick an English-speaking friend (or someone who’s a master at the language) and practice speaking. Allow your friend to correct you on your grammar and pronunciation. Keep an open mind to criticisms.
Role-playing also allows you to prepare for a situation (you and your partner can practice on what to do in an interview, a case presentation, etc.), build up your experience and self-confidence when faced with a particular problem, and develop quick thinking in a given scenario.
- Don’t give much importance to your accent, but learn to understand other’s accent.
The objective is to learn as much as you can on the language and be able to speak in this new language in a way that other people can still understand you. As such, don’t put too much focus on your own accent. As long as people get what you want to tell them, it’s all good.
However, you are expected to understand other people’s accent. You may have a good grasp on the language, but the accent may throw you off the loop. For example, speakers with British accent don’t roll their “R” and pronounce their “U” in stupid as “you”. Meanwhile, for Aussie accent, speakers tend to say “ah” for words ending in “-er” (e.g., together is “to-ge-tha”).
- Stay with English-speaking companions.
This issue has already been tackled in tip#5. To be good in speaking English (or to improve), you have to surround yourself with English-speaking people. This will force you to speak the language and this will also give you the chance to hear how people speak and pronounce certain words. You can also learn a bit of their accent, how they communicate with their actions, and the like.
- Watch TV channels.
This has been mentioned time and time again, but it’s too important not to repeat. Benefits from watching TV are the following:
- Some TV shows increase your knowledge, not only in grammar and punctuation, but also in critical thinking. No joke, but some TV shows can actually make you smarter, as is discussed by Steven Johnson in his book.
- At the comforts of your own home, you can learn about other people and their different cultures. Your television opens up a new world for you to explore, without having to travel.
- Some shows make you laugh. Need I say more?
- TV shows help you bond with others. For example, you can freely discuss the latest episode of your favorite TV show with some others who watch the show like you.
- Use movie subtitles.
Subtitles are words that appear on the screen during a movie, video, or television show and that are translations of what the actors are saying. Reading subtitles dramatically improves your reading and literacy skills.
- Watch drama and biography-genre movies.
Just like watching TV shows, movies allow you to be in a different place and experience the different cultures and personalities of the characters. Plus, dramas can help you unwind and release a bit of your emotional tension. Dramas can help you relax and let go.
- Learn slang.
When someone tells you not to worry because everything is “in the bag”, do you immediately think of a huge bag containing every necessary thing you need? If you answered yes, then you might need to polish your knowledge on “slang.”
Those who are strangers to the English language tend to focus more on the language’s standard vocabulary, and just when they think they’ve grasped it fully, they meet up with newer terms from TV shows or other people – terms that were, unfortunately, not discussed in their lessons.
Learning a bit of slang prevents confusion.
- Read newspapers, novels, or comic books.
Reading greatly improves your vocabulary. If you want to be updated on the current events, newspapers are great sources of information. You can either buy them or browse news articles on the internet.
As for novels or comic books, reading them allows you to visualize and use your imagination. Also, they’re fun to read and are great for distracting you from your boredom.
- Improve vocabulary, since fluency needs vocabulary.
You might have experienced having to talk, only to pause and think for that one particular word you’re looking for. You snap your fingers and scrunch your brows together while trying to supply the right word, only to give up and believe that your vocabulary is simply lacking.
You don’t have to feel so frustrated. This is very common, especially for those who are still learning the English language. But how does one improve their vocabulary? Here are a few suggestions.
- Learn as many words as you can in one topic. For example, your topic is about camping. Look for objects (nouns), actions (verbs), and descriptions (adjectives) that are related to camping.
- Once you’ve encountered a new word, immediately write it down and use it in a sentence.
- Own a notebook where you can jot down the words, their definitions, and how they can be used in a sentence. Review your vocabulary notebook frequently.
- Start with the words that are commonly used in English.
- Describe an image.
Pictures are perfect resources if you want to practice your oral fluency in English. To test your oral skills, you can use your own pictures or pictures of things that interest you. You can even use these pictures as your writing prompts.
So how do you use the pictures when learning the language? Here are some suggestions.
- You can verbally discuss what you see in the picture and make a list of every significant thing you can find.
- You can make up a story of the picture. If it’s a personal picture, you can tell the story of why and where the picture was taken.
- If you have more than one picture, make a comparison between them.
- You can also make an opinion or form a reaction to the picture.
- Use new words frequently.
The English language is rich in words and terms that are quite perplexing for those who are still learning the language. Luckily for these learners, they do not need to learn all these words to fully master the language, although it is still advisable that they know what a particular word means and how it is used.
Every time you encounter a new word, be sure to look it up in the dictionary. Find out what this word’s synonyms are and how this word can be used in a sentence. Use the words as frequently as you can, be it in writing or speaking.
- Use “one word a day” mail services.
Improve your English skills with Paul Smith’s “One-Word-A-Day”. As promised in their website, you get to receive an important word or idiom every weekday.
- Learn how to ask questions.
Asking questions is one of the basics in learning English. How can you learn if you don’t ask questions? And if you don’t understand something, what do you do? You ask questions, right? Also, this is one of the easiest ways to start a conversation. But if you’re new to the language, then how does one make a question?
We have a formula for that: the QUASM.
QU is the question (e.g., who, what, where, when, how, why)
A is the auxiliary verb (e.g., does, do, is, are)
S is the subject
M is the main verb
- Use “text to mp3 converters” and listen to them.
To be able to understand what you’ve read is very important as a learner. However, reading comprehension also requires that learners are able to pronounce the content given to them, which may be hard for a beginner at first. Fortunately for these struggling readers, today’s lesson plans already include the use of text-to-speech software and other read-aloud services.
The benefits of listening to converted texts include improved reading speed and reading comprehension. Reading also becomes less stressful and less tiring, allowing the learner to relax comfortably while listening to the text. Lastly, this form of learning greatly increases the learner’s vocabulary, pronunciation, and accent.
- Describe a process.
One key strategy for improving your fluency skills is through repeated reading, which in turn has two key elements: (1) read and re-read the same text all over again and (2) practice reading orally while having a friend give your corrections and guidance.
For this exercise, you can practice orally. Think of a good topic to discuss and read it. If you want, you can review and make notes about what you think are important or should be highlighted. Then, with a friend, recite the topic in ways that you understood it. You can summarize it or provide your own input. And while you’re doing this, your friend should also listen and point out your mistakes.
- Join Language Exchange sites.
Language Exchange is a simple way of learning a new language while also offering your native tongue in return. Here, you can either learn a new language from scratch or review what you’ve learned from your past lessons. You can also expand your social and cultural understanding by partaking in this exchange.
And perhaps the biggest advantage of Language Exchange sites is that you don’t have to pay for the lessons. All you have to do is help your own partner comprehend your native tongue. For every piece of lesson you give, you get one in exchange. Plus, you and your partner solely focus on each other, thus making the exchange more personal. If you have any more questions, you’re free to ask, without having to worry if you’re disrupting someone else’s concentration.
- Learn the importance of pronunciation in speaking. How do you know the pronunciation?
A massive amount of knowledge on grammar rules and vocabulary are essential for communication, but pronunciation also plays a heavy role in this too. Being able to properly speak the words will make it easier for others to understand your point. When people fail to get your point, there is a huge chance that you will be asked to repeat yourself, and that gets pretty tiresome in the long run.
But how does one improve his pronunciation? Well, here are some tips to help you out.
- If you can recall, practicing your speaking skills has been repeated in this report for so many times because it’s IMPORTANT. Polish your skills every day and in any way. Practice with a friend or in front of the mirror. Correct your pronunciation by listening to audio lessons, TV shows, movies, and such.
- Think about what you want to say before you say it.
- Remember that the English language is complex. One word does not automatically have one meaning. Check the dictionary for some tips on how the word is used and how it is pronounced when used in this particular sentence.
- Also remember the accent. It’s been discussed in tip#16.
- While speaking, create the next sentence in mind.
You have a problem with speaking English, and you are shy about making mistakes. You have your replies in mind, yes, but you just can’t put your thoughts to words and you end up just nodding or shaking your head when someone addresses you. This heavily affects your self-confidence, so before you speak up, it’s best that you have formulated the sentence beforehand.
If you find yourself always at a loss for words, READ a lot and TALK to others and to yourself. Remember the mirror? Use the mirror to PRACTICE.
Use simple language when communicating as well. You don’t have to use out-of-world terms just to make an impact. Think slowly and carefully as well. If you let your mind wander too much, you might end up stuttering your sentences, making you less coherent. And, of course, a less coherent sentence will definitely need to be repeated to be understood. Lastly, if you’re not sure with how to say something, then don’t say it. You can try looking it up on the internet or dictionary, but when speaking, you’re not given the luxury of the time to do just that. It’s best if you don’t say it at all if you’re not too confident about it.
- Replace words in a sentence and create new sentences.
Remember tip#23, where you were advised to write your vocabulary stack in a notebook and review these words? Make it a habit to use these words in sentences; make your own list of sentences too, using any of those words in your vocabulary stack.
And if you’re reading an article or jotting down movie or TV show lines, read again these lines after you’re done and reword these sentences. Make sure that you’re retaining the meaning of each line. Be concise and, as much as possible, find out the meaning of each word in the sentence.
This is a very tiresome process, but the effects are interminable.
- Talk to yourself in your mind.
The human mind is a powerful thing. What we do and say are merely results of what our brain is thinking – if our minds say stop, then our body will follow. If our minds say this isn’t a good idea, then we hesitate with our actions. That said, talking to ourselves doesn’t necessarily mean we’re crazy. In fact, scientists claim that we increase our perception and critical thinking from this action.
And do you know what happens when we improve our perception and critical thinking?
We can think more clearly, and our minds can easily supply us with an answer in a flash. For example, you are in a debate. With increased perception and critical thinking, you can easily discuss your side, point out the flaws of the opposing team, and defend your stand against the discussions. Now isn’t this important when we communicate with other people?
- Take several rehearsals for special occasions.
When you’re taking a class on learning the English language, it will be inevitable that your teacher will ask you to talk in front of the class for a report or to simply introduce yourself. Before this activity, it is best that you’ve done a lot of rehearsals first.
Talk to yourself in front of a mirror (tip#11). Ask a friend to help you out. While you’re taking a shower, practice speaking. Nothing should stop you while you’re trying to perfect your communication skills.
- Useful tenses: only six out of twelve.
There are twelve tenses in the English language, namely the following:
- Simple present tense
- Present perfect tense
- Present progressive tense
- Present perfect progressive tense
- Simple past tense
- Past perfect tense
- Past progressive tense
- Past perfect progressive tense
- Simple future tense
- Future perfect tense
- Future progressive tense
- Future perfect progressive tense
However, it is best that you concentrate on being simple. Many would recommend that you use the basics: past, present, and future.
- Keep a phrase book.
A phrase book is a book that contains idiomatic expressions and their respective translations of a foreign language. If we go back to tip#7, idiomatic expressions abound in the English language.
When you encounter an idiomatic expression, immediately write it down in your phrase book. Read and review it every day; use these expressions in a sentence. With a friend, you can ask if you’re correctly using the idiomatic expression or not.
- Do not underestimate reading and listening. They lead to speaking.
The ability to speak comes from what we read and hear. Through reading and listening, we also improve our reading comprehension, expand our vocabulary, and furnish our grammar, writing, and spelling.
To perfect your speaking skills, you have to read and listen every day, even if it’s just 30 minutes or an hour of your life. Read and listen without stopping, and if you encounter a new word, look it up in the dictionary or the internet. Read and listen to anything that sparks your interest or is easy to understand. Read and listen at the same time. Lastly, read and listen books in your language with a corresponding translation – this will help you understand the text easier.
- Talk to school-going kids.
Kids are fountains of energy and enthusiasm. Ask them about their day, and they will reply with a whole summary of what they ate in the morning, what they did in their class, and what they talked about with their friends.
Talking to kids helps you build your interpersonal communication skills. Also ask them about their lessons on English, if they have it. Learning English from these fresh and young minds can help you discover new ideas. Kids also have a knack of finding things that are simple to understand but gives out a lot of information worth noting.
- Tell a story in different tenses.
It’s been discussed in tip#36 that the English language has a few tenses that can be used to depict if the action was done in the past, present, or in the near future. But what does that have to do with speaking the language?
Another great way to effectively enhance your skills in English is to tell a story (this was discussed in tip#13). But if you really want to test your abilities, try telling your story in different tenses. When you use the past, present, and future tenses, you notice that some of the verbs have been altered and the use of the “be” verbs varies. Just try this exercise – it will be a bit annoying at first, but the more you practice, the better you will get as time goes by.
- Learn through videos – pronunciation, slang, and vocabulary.
In tip#13, we discussed about pronunciation. We’ve already enumerated the importance of pronunciation when speaking, and we’ve also listed the many ways on how you can improve your pronunciation. Don’t forget them!
If you can recall tip#21, where we talked about slang, you’ll know that this can cause confusion between you and the person you’re talking to. What is “remember” to you might be “re-mem-buh” to your interlocutor. When moving to a newer country or when speaking to someone who doesn’t speak your native tongue, you have to know this person’s slang too. It will definitely save you from many awkward moments.
Lastly, we have vocabulary, which was discussed in tip#23. To be able to speak your mind and continue your conversation without stopping, you should increase your vocabulary stash. Remember your vocabulary notebook? Yes, do it. Do it now.
But other than reading, you should watch too! Check the internet for videos that will help you learn with your pronunciation. There are also videos that teach about slang and how to properly open your mouth when speaking. Check them all out!
- Use Skype or WhatsApp calling.
The great thing about Skype and WhatsApp is that both are free and allows you to contact friends and family from around the globe. Use this to your advantage: if you’re a part of an online class, add your classmates to a group and have group debates and discussions. You can also do this if you’re a part of an online gaming community, a member of a fan club dedicated to sports (or any hobbies you might have), or just looking out for people who have the same interests as you.
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- Offer yourself rewards or punishments.
You already have a goal and that is to learn a new language. But have you ever thought of what you need to do when you’ve reached a particular goal for the day? Or perhaps, have you ever given yourself a punishment for not doing a job right?
To learn, you need motivation. Scientists have proven in a study that a reward system is a good motivator for pushing your limits. Set up milestone goals and find good reasons to achieve these goals. Just think of what you can achieve if you receive benefits from learning!
For one, you will actually feel good, like you’ve accomplished something that few people can do. And if you think that’s not enough, you can also reward yourself with tangible rewards like going out to the movies, eating out your favorite dessert, or buying yourself a new outfit. The point of the reward system is that the rewards don’t have to be unnecessarily lavish. They are there because you want to win; it’s as simple as that.
- Divide long-term goals into smaller units.
Learning a new language requires time management and effort. To succeed, you will need to effectively manage your time, and one of the best ways of doing so is by using a cyclical system.
That is, you first need to set up your goals before even starting. Why do you want to learn a new language? What is your game plan? How many days or hours can you allot in your class? What are the requirements? And so on…
Then you begin to divide your game plan into manageable pieces. This allows you to tackle the issues step by step, while at the same time reducing procrastination. This will be challenging at first, but you’ll eventually get the hang of it. Make a monthly planner or a weekly objectives list. Practice time awareness and time tracking. The ultimate objective is to achieve all your plans at the allotted time that you’ve set.
- Find and adopt whether you are a visual/auditory/kinesthetic learner.
Every person is unique, from the way we look to the way we learn. Now, carefully assess yourself. What is your dominant learning style? Or rather, in what way do you study your lessons effectively? Do you write, read, or speak up? If you have difficulty answering those questions, here are some tips.
Auditory learners tend to talk to themselves and have difficulty with reading and writing tasks. People associated with this type learn more or do great when they’re talking to someone or when they hear the lessons in discussions.
Visual learners are either linguistic or spatial. Linguistic learners are more interested in written language, like reading or writing tasks. They enjoy writing things down and can remember what they’ve discovered by writing it down. Spatial learners, on the other hand, have difficulty in written language but they excel when it comes to visual materials like graphs, charts, videos, and such.
Kinesthetic learners do better when they’re moving (kinesthetic) or touching (tactile). Without external stimuli, they easily lose concentration. For example, some of these learners will write notes down for the sake of doing something with their hands. They use highlighters or draw pictures so the information will stick in their minds.
- Use a visual dictionary.
A visual dictionary is a type of dictionary that uses pictures to show the definition of the word. Knowing how an item will look like and how is it called in English is especially important for someone who’s learning the language.
To make this activity more exciting, you can look at the pictures and make sentences about the item. You can also compare the English word with your native language, if you want.
- Motivation to learn English.
There comes a point in your life where you just want to learn new things and discover cultures that differ from yours. You want to enjoy too, and what’s a better feeling than knowing that you can communicate with other people who don’t speak your native tongue?
Motivation comes in different forms. You can imagine yourself in the future, talking to English-speaking people as fluently as they can. You get to broaden your social circle because of this. You can easily find jobs because you have the communication skills. You can even travel, without fearing communication barrier!
- Have a daily routine for learning and practicing.
If you want to be a champion, you have to train like one, so says GSP. Now, if you want to be an expert at English, then you have to STUDY and PRACTICE until you get things right.
So how do you start a routine? First, you have to understand that these kinds of things don’t come on a silver platter. You have to work for it. There is no super-fast and super-effective way of mastering English; you have to work, work, and WORK.
You also need to balance out the areas of your language learning. For example, you have to work on your writing for 10 minutes, then do a little bit of reading after. You can speak out loud your reading material, so you’re practicing your speaking too. Do a little bit of listening activities as well. And don’t forget your grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation activities.
- Never avoid an opportunity to speak English.
Learning a new language is like being a kid all over again. You are expected to learn the basics and take baby steps until you are finally able to fully express yourself with words. This can be a very daunting experience, especially those who are used to having control over their lives.
To overcome such fear, you need to accept it. Fear is normal – everyone experiences the feeling of dread over something that’s new or unexplored. Next, you have to accept that at some point, you will commit a mistake or two. Mistakes are inevitable, but they shouldn’t be a reason for you to quit. Instead, you use your mistakes as another form of learning. Lastly, find time to relax and just enjoy the process. Don’t let the fear take over – look for reasons to make learning a fun and exciting daily habit.
- Take deep breaths to avoid anxiety.
Relaxation is important, especially in times of hassles and panic attacks. To effectively fight against stress, you need your body and mind to rest and relax. Take the time to just close your eyes and do breathing exercises. Sit on a comfortable chair with your back straight and your arms on armrests. Inhale deeply through your nose, lasting for at least 5 to 7 seconds. Hold for a few seconds and then breathe out slowly through the mouth. Repeat this exercise 10 times.
Taking calming breaths soothes the body and activates your natural relaxation response. Your heartbeats and breathing become slow, your muscles relax, and your blood pressure and metabolism decrease. You’ll also feel like a million bucks after the session!
- Avoid procrastination.
Procrastination is the enemy of every working individual. You know you have the desire to win and get things straight, but sometimes your motivation is slipping, as if it was stolen by an invisible enemy when you weren’t looking.
So how do you avoid this ugly monster we call procrastination?
You can create a to-do list. Make sure that you put the things/activities you are likely to avoid – don’t include those activities you do on a normal basis. Set a deadline. Eliminate the temptations. Or rather, don’t give in to these temptations. Your goal is to finish what you’ve started, not get distracted along the way. Focus on the prize, and if you can, also give punishments for when you’ve done something wrong. And of course, ask for someone’s help.
- Have burning desires.
You’re learning a new language for a reason. Perhaps you’re planning to travel someday or maybe even staying in another country for good. Maybe it’s out of curiosity. Whatever the reason is, you’re learning but sometimes you need the extra push to get through it.
To reach the finish line, you have to put it in your mind that you’re picking the right choice. Learning a new language is never detrimental to you or to anyone else. Also, you have to be confident in yourself and know that you can do this. Nothing should stop you from pursuing your goal! And while you’re in this journey of discovery, find some friends who share a common goal. These steps should keep your motivation burning.
- Overcome your fears first.
Fear eats away your self-confidence and leaves you doubting your every move and action. When left alone, fear can control you, making you believe that you can’t do this or that because you lack the skills, the motivation, everything.
But you know what? Don’t let that thing stop you! Overcome your fears by carefully judging them one by one. Start from the beginning and focus. Take small steps before making that giant leap. Don’t let the fear freeze you – take action. It doesn’t have to be grand; the goal is simply to get through with it and make a move. Once you finally realize that your fear shouldn’t be a reason for halting your progress, you will feel free and just a notch more confident. Treasure that newfound confidence and let it grow.
- Avoid people with crab mentality.
Crab mentality is a term for when an individual brings down a colleague (or just another person) who has attained more than that person. These types of people are everywhere, although most are commonly found in the workplace.
Avoid these types of people at all cost. They are there to pull you down, just like crabs pulling down another when they are trapped. They will not help you grow. Instead, they will only grow more jealous if you succeed and ecstatic if you fail. These people are toxic in your life. If you know one, do yourself a favor and forget that person.
- Keep motivating yourself daily.
Motivation has been discussed through and through previously. If you don’t have any motivation, you’ll never progress, so get one right now! And if you lose that motivation, do your best to remember and revive it.
- Miracles won’t happen. You have to do it yourself.
Just because you have the desire to learn, doesn’t mean you’ll master it in just a day. Learning a new language will take time, and you will have your patience tested out as you move along.
Always remember that you have to do this your way. There is no magical item or spell to help you master the language in less than a week, but you do have the resources and friends to help you out with your development. You just need to invest a bit of your time and mind to accomplish this.
- Importance of motivation and perspiration.
You will need your blood, sweat, and tears if you want to ace this. Well, alright, the blood part isn’t really necessary, unless you count the paper cuts you might get while you’re perusing your books and other lesson plans, but you will need your sweat (and tears, if you’re the emotional type).
You will need to sweat and work hard, so do your best!
- Have confidence.
Feeling good about yourself can be tricky. You don’t really want to come off as arrogant, but at the same time, you also need to feel confident once in a while. But how do you build your confidence?
For a start, you will need to identify your negative thoughts and replace them with positive thoughts. Do not allow any of these negative thoughts to win against the positive ones. Maintain good rapport with people who matter, especially with your family and friends. Identify your talents and take pride with what you can do and what you’ve already accomplished. Smile at the face of danger.
- Don’t be afraid to make mistakes.
Mistakes happen all the time. After all, we’re humans, and it is in our nature to fail once in a while. And that’s okay! Because through these mistakes, we get to learn what is right and wrong.
- Learn from others.
Learning things on our own can be hard because it takes too much time, it eats a lot of your resources, like money, and is very mentally draining. Luckily, you can learn from others, in a direct or indirect way.
Learning directly happens when you interview people on what their style is, listen to their replies, and then imitate their tips. For example, when you were a kid, you asked your parents how to ride a bike and they provide you the necessary information that you want.
Learning indirectly, on the other hand, is done through observation and then ultimately imitate the action. For example, you want to ride a bike, but you don’t know how so you carefully observe your older siblings on how they do it.
Whatever learning style you choose, don’t be reluctant in asking for help!