"70 practical tips for improving your English". с сайта usingenglish.com
Start your own English language blog. Начните свой английский блог.
Even for people who don't have to write in English, writing can be a great way of
properly learning the kind of vocabulary you need to describe your own
life and interests. Popular topics include your language learning experience,
your experience studying abroad, your local area,
Write a news diary. Пишите ежедневник с новостями.
Another daily writing task is to write about the news that you read and listen
Sign up for a regular English tip. Подпишитесь на регулярный совет.
Some websites offer a weekly or even daily short English lesson sent to your email
account. If your mobile phone has an e-mail address, it is also possible
to have the tips sent to your phone to read on the way to work or school.
Listen to English music. Even listening to music
while doing something else can help a little for things like getting
used to the natural rhythm and tone of English speech, although the more
time and attention you give to a song the more you will learn from
listening to it again in the future.
Read the lyrics to a song. Читайте субтитры к песне.
Although just listening to a song in English can be a good way of learning the words
in an easily memorable way, if you want to really get
something out of listening to English music you will need to take some
time to read the lyrics of the song with a dictionary. If the lyrics are
not given in the CD booklet, you may be able to find them on the internet,
Sing karaoke in English. The next stage after
understanding and memorising a song is obviously to sing it.
Write a film, music, hotel or book review -обзор. Another
motivating and easy way to make yourself write in English is to write a
review for a site such as Amazon or Internet Movie Database. Many
non-native speakers write reviews on sites like this.
Read a book you've already read or seen the movie of in your own language.
Read a translation into English. Another way of
making sure books are easier to understand is to choose a book that was
originally translated into English, preferably from your own language.
Read a book with lots of dialogue. Dialogue is much easier
to understand than descriptive parts of a book, and is much more like
the language you will want to learn in order to be able to speak
Read English language comics. Even more than books
with lots of dialogue, comics can be easy to understand and full of
idiomatic language as it is actually spoken. There can be difficulties
with slang, difficult to understand jokes and/ or dialogue written how
people speak rather than with normal spellings, so try to choose which
comic carefully. Usually, serious or adventure comics are easier to
understand than funny -прикольные ones.
Read English language magazines -журналы. Like books, if you
can read two versions of the same magazine (Newsweek in your language
and in English, for example), that could make understanding it much
Supplement -дополняйте your group class with a one to one class.
Another good way to combine two different kinds of classes is to study
both in a group class and one to one -т.е. с репетитором.
Having a one to one teacher, even if just a couple of times a month,
will mean that you can be taught exactly the language that you need.
Supplement your one to one class with a group class.
The benefits of having a group class are often less clear to students,
but they include the fact that you will learn to deal with several
people speaking at once, have a chance to practice skills such as
interrupting people, and will hear a range of different viewpoints and
Teach your children or friends some English. Teaching someone lower level than
you the English you already know is a great way of permanently fixing
that knowledge in your own brain.
Ask your company to start English lessons. Even if
you don't need to speak English at work, English lessons can be a fun
and reasonably priced way for your company to spend their training
budget in a popular way.
Have English radio on in the background while you are doing your housework.
Имейте радио включенным на заднем фоне, jul вы делаете домашние дела.
Even if you are not listening carefully, it will help you
get a feel for natural English rhythm and intonation.
Say or think what you are doing in English as you do your daily tasks.
Проговаривайте, что вы делайте во время делания дневных задач.
This gets you used to -привыкшим к thinking in English without translating,
and can be a good way of seeing what simple vocabulary that is
around you everyday you don't know.
Watch English language films with English subtitles.
For people who can't understand a film without subtitles but find
themselves not listening at all when reading subtitles in their own
language, this should be the way of watching a film that you should aim
for. If it is too difficult to watch the whole film this way, try
watching the (usually important) first 10 or 15 minutes of the film with
subtitles in your own language, switch to English subtitles after that,
and only switch back to subtitles in your own language if you get
totally lost following the story of the film.
Watch films in your language with English subtitles.
If you are finding English films with English subtitles too difficult
or you can't find English films with English subtitles in your local
video shop, this is a good second best option. Looking for local films
with English subtitles can also sometimes be a good sign of quality, as
it means the producers of the film are expecting it to be popular
internationally as well.
Watch English films with subtitles in your language.
Again, this is not as good practice as English language films with
English subtitles, but is more relaxing, can be easier to find suitable DVDs.
Watch the same film or TV episode over and over again. -снова и снова.
This can not only save you money on DVDs, but will mean that you can
really learn the language without having to study it. Some comedies can
also get funnier the more you watch them, especially if you watch them
with no subtitles and so understand a little more each time you watch it.
Be realistic about your level. One thing that holds
many language learners back is actually trying too hard and tackling
something that their brain is not ready for yet. Checking your level
with a level check test on the internet, by taking an English language
test (FCE, CAE, IELTS, TOEIC, TOEFL etc.), or by taking a free trial
level check and/ or lesson in a language school will help you find out
what your level is and so choose suitable self-study materials.
Be realistic about your reading level. Most
researchers agree that people learn most when reading something they
understand almost all of. If there are one or two words per page that
you have never seen before, that is about the right level. If there are
three or more on every page, you should switch to something easier and
come back later.
Read graded readers (= easy readers). These are
books that are especially written for language learners like you, e.g.
Penguin Readers. Although it can be difficult to find something as
interesting as things written in newspapers or on the internet, in terms
of learning the language only people who need to read for their work or
an exam usually gain more from reading things written for graded
Read the whole thing with no help. Although using a
dictionary has been shown to help with both short term and long term
learning of vocabulary, the fact that using it slows reading down can
stop some people reading in English at all. Reading a whole book quickly
through just for pleasure from time to time will help you remember how
fun reading in another language can be.
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