5 things to do at home to help you with your English!
Learning English can be more difficult for some people than others but it is almost always a long process to get to the point where you are happy with your language level. This is completely OK. We never stop learning and we never should, so with that in mind here is a short guide that will help you at home with your English.
Before we start, just remember that learning English doesn’t have to be a difficult process because with the right actions it becomes much easier to learn and so much faster to get to the point where you want to be. Now without further adieu here are 5 things you can do at home to help you with your English.
Change your device settings
If your device is in any other language than the one you are trying to learn you are missing out on a free, easy and effective way to learn vocabulary, writing patterns, word order, structures and loads more. Studies have shown that in order to learn a single word we have to read it at least 10 times.
We use our phones more than 10 times a day so why not try to maximise the chances of learning English just by unlocking your phone? Change the language to English and not just on your phone. You can also do this on your TV, your tablet, your computer, your smart watch, or even your google account. These are all simple, effective and effortless ways that you can continuing studying without any effort.
Watch a film
Think of your top 5 favourite films. The chances are at least one of them was originally recorded in English. If you haven’t already watched it in English why not have a weekly film night? Make an event of it. Get some popcorn, a nice drink, relax, put the subtitles on; in English of course; and sit down and enjoy the film as it was meant to be enjoyed.
The best part is if you miss a word you can just rewind it, and if you are truly stuck you can just translate the word and get back to watching straight away. Bring a friend or partner and have a good night in together.
Listen to the radio
Whatever you get up to during the day, whether that be exercise, chores around the house or simply cooking. Why don’t you listen to the radio at the same time. At least on a subconscious level you’ll be able to train your ears and if there is a song that comes on then sing along to it. Singing is a great way to improve your English at home, as explained here, and you can even get on with things at the same time because it’s not too distracting.
Radio is a great way to stay up to date with news and gossip and it can be light-hearted and entertaining or more serious and factual. You are in control.
If you are looking for a way to add some colour to your house, revise vocabulary in an effective way and practise your English – post-its are very effective.
This one is very simple but we have written a little micro guide just in case. Step 1: buy a pack of post-it notes. Step 2: walk around your house and write the name of everything you can see on your post-it notes in English. Yes everything. Even the things you don’t even know in your native language. Step 3: cover your house in them.
There you are. Three nice easy steps. You can thank me later.
Design and display a timetable
If you are learning English, the likelihood is that you have regular scheduled contact with a teacher if so then you actually already have a timetable, an invisible one, but it’s there. Why not get some paper and draw one out?
It will help you maintain a routine and focus on your goal of improving your English. Draw it out using multiple colours and stick it somewhere visible like the bathroom door or on a mirror. Make sure you include the free lessons we have on our Instagram and Facebook pages every week. There are loads of free interactive classes on grammar, history, idioms, vocabulary and British culture and it really is a great way to improve your English at home.