Learning English as a Second Language: A How-to Guide

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According to experts, English is king and will stay king forever.

For that reason, learning English as a second language is essential for anyone that wants to get ahead in the world.

Fortunately, it's easier than you think to start learning English. Keep reading for our how-to guide and some tips to help you acquire a second language.

How to Start Learning English

The truth is there are really only two steps you need to learn English. Let's jump right into them.

1. Find a School

The first thing you'll want to do is find a great English language school. Teachers will have lessons planned in such a way that you pick up the most important things first and it will make learning far easier.

2. Practice What You Learned

As you learn, you need to practice what you're learning outside of the classroom. This is what will help you actually learn to speak English rather than simply be able to memorize enough to pass the class.

How to Practice Learning English as a Second Language

There are many ways you can put your new language into practice. We're just going to look at the three most effective ways so you can get the most out of your English language classes.

1. Immerse Yourself in the Language

The best way to learn any language is to do it like a baby. A baby learns their first language by being surrounded by it. It's all they hear and that's how they learn.

So, the more you hear English, the more you're able to learn. When you watch a movie, put it in English or at least use English subtitles. Listen to music in English or podcasts.

You can also read books in English. When you're first starting out, children's books are best because they use simple language and plots that are easier to follow than other books.

2. Practice with Others

Another great way to immerse yourself in the English language and get feedback on how well you're doing is to find other people to speak English with. These can be other students in your class, but native English-speakers are even better.

If you can't find people in person to practice with, you can look online for communities where you can find English partners.

3. Use Your Learning Style

Not everybody learns the same way. There are actually eight learning styles that have been identified.

The eight learning styles are:

  • Naturalist
  • Linguistic learner
  • Visual learner
  • Mathematic learner
  • Musical learner
  • Kinesthetic learner
  • Intrapersonal learner
  • Interpersonal learner

When you figure out how you best learn, then you can use that to your advantage. For example, if you are a visual learner, make flashcards with pictures on them. If you're a kinesthetic learner, act out new words you're learning.

Want More How-Tos?

Now you know more about how you can start learning English as a second language. As you can see, it's as easy as finding a great school and then putting what you learn into practice.

If you want to learn how to do anything else, be sure to look through our other blog posts! We've got a ton of posts so you're sure to find something that sparks your interest.

 

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