Top 5 dos and donts for learning English

We are often asked how can it be easier to learn English. Well today we have put together our Top 5 of the Do's and Don'ts of learning English.

In my experience, an indeed the experience of my students learning English, learning a new language can be both difficult or easy depending on how you approach English language learning.

The main thing to remember in learning a language is to approach it positively. This is just like anything else that you want to learn and learning English should be no different.

Here are our top 5 ways of improving the chances of learning a new language better.


Dont - Sit still when learning English.
Although this may sound the opposite of what you may have been told at school, the fact is those learners who are perhaps distracted or move around will learn more. Your mind will take on board more as it has many things to do. Remember you mind and brain are fabulous tools and the more exercise you give them the better they will become.

Don't - study text books, grammar books or vocabulary books.
The fact is that you will forget. Although you may be reading, without using these almost immediately they will slip to the back of your mind and you will forget.

Don't - sit or stand with a bad posture when learning.
Doing so makes your body uncomfortable and your mind will focus on how uncomfortable you are rather than what you are learning.

Don't memorise grammar rules.
Generally there are too many of them and the chances are when you try to recall the rules you will get them muddled and confused.

Don't just learn with your ears.
Learning a language comes with three things - with the eyes, ears and mouth. Make it easier for yourself by watching how natives speakers speak, how they speak and repeating what they speak. Get yourself an English accent and you will find that English becomes easier than you expect.


Do - move your body when learning English.
As above the more activity you give yur mond and body the more exercise your brain gets and the more you learn.

Do - use gestures and movements to remember English words and phrases.
Your brain will put the movement and the word together to remember the word or phrase. If you watch when people communicate they will communicate with words but also with movement. English learning ius no different. Watch how native speakers communicate with various words.

Do - focus on making small improvements every day with learning English.
Nobody or very few people can learn a new language immediately. By learning a little every day you get motivation to continue with your English langauge learning.

Do - repeat and often.
Sportsmen and women practice and repeat over and over their skill. Learning a language is no different. Practice and repeat your new words and phrases and put them into sentences that you will remember. Repeat these and often and you will find it becomes easier.

Do - revise the previous lesson before trying something new.
Just like sport, athletes must warm up. In learning English is the same. You must warm up your brain to think in English rather than your own  native language. Revise your previous lesson again to get your brain warmed up to learn something new in English. you will find that you will remember more and the new lesson will become easier.

These are our top five and I am sure that you will have your own. Please feel free to share these..