When you start learning a language, translating in your head is a natural and necessary thing to do. It can even be useful. However, if you are at a higher level and you really want to progress further, it’s a habit you should try to break. Keep reading to find out why and how to do it.
I did a survey on my Facebook group to see what people found the most difficult aspect of learning English and a lot of people said listening. (You can join my Facebook group by going to www.facebook.com/groups/learnenglishwithkatie.) So, I've put together a list of websites, apps and YouTube channels which I think are good for listening practice.
I've said in another post that I think reading is one of the best things you can do to improve your English. As well as improving your reading skills, reading helps you to improve and review vocabulary. It can help you with your grammar as well because you see how grammar is used in real contexts. The more you read, the more you get a feel for the language.
Do you have English lessons? Have you ever wondered how you can get the most out of your classes? Keep reading for my top ten tips on how to maximise your learning.
I think one of the most important factors in how successful you will be when learning a language is motivation. Motivated students usually do better and learn faster. If you aren’t motivated, you won’t learn as much. However, even the best of us find it difficult to stay motivated all the time! Here are some suggestions to motivate yourself.
The Internet is a fantastic resource for learning English! In fact, I don't think it has ever been so easy for people to learn from home. This post will give you some suggestions for how to use the internet and some useful websites and apps to try.
Grammar is often students' least favourite part of learning English but it's important. Without knowing any grammar, you can't communicate as effectively. Read on to get some advice on how you can improve your grammar skills.
Did you know Instagram is a great source for learning English? Just search for #learnenglish or find some accounts to follow. You can read, listen, learn grammar and vocabulary. You can also follow your friends and practice your writing by leaving comments.
In this post, I'll give you some tips on how to improve your reading skills and I'll explain why reading is such a great thing to do when learning a language.
There are good ways and not so good ways to learn a language. Here are ten things that you should avoid and some advice about what you should do instead!
Do you want to improve your listening skills? The most important thing is to practise, practise, practise but if you would like more tips, keep reading. In this post, I'll give you some more ideas for how to get better at listening and where you can find some good materials.
Writing is often students' least favourite part of learning English. Here I will explain why it's a useful skill to practise and I will give you some tips which I hope will make it a more positive experience! As with all the skills, remember that the more you do it, the easier it will become.
In some languages, the spelling is regular and pronunciation is predictable but this is not always true in English! The ideas below might help you with this.
Students often ask me how to learn and remember new words. They complain that they study new words one day and the next day they have forgotten most of them! I've experienced the same thing myself when I've tried to learn another language. The most important things to do are the first two on the list: record new words and review them regularly.
Here are my favourite apps for learning English. Do you know any more?
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