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7 secrets of learning English

You can spend years learning English, but never succeed. And it's not even the lack of ability to learn. Those who manage to master a foreign language, as a rule, consciously or unconsciously adhere to similar principles, writes Faktrum.

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Secret number 1. Motivation

The most important thing is that learning a foreign language is a pleasure. Think what you like to do? Listen to music? Watch movies or presentations of famous experts? You may like to read, listen to audiobooks or discuss news.

Do the same thing in English only. First, a completely new world of ideas and views will open up for you. Secondly, after a while you will be able to understand fluent English speech and be fluent in English (which, at a minimum, should inspire).

Secret number 2. "Living language"

To quickly learn a foreign language, you need to dive into the appropriate environment. However, in everyday life, few succeed. In this case, materials created by native speakers can help. Listen to the speech of British, Canadians and Americans in songs, films, audio books and presentations. Take it by ear, dive, try to understand the essence. Over time, you will get better and better.

None of the tutorials and the textbook will help to achieve such a result, which you will achieve thanks to the "live speech". It has a deeper effect on consciousness, it causes stable associations. Words are remembered more easily in the context of a real speech or work, rather than an educational text of the text.

Another important advantage of authentic content is correct pronunciation. It is better to immediately plunge into the perception of a competent and correctly sounding speech. Then your pronunciation will come much closer to the original, and not to the pronunciation with a Russian accent.

Secret number 3. Modeling and copying

How do children learn language? For several years, they repeat with interest and perseverance all the words heard from those around them: “lofka” gradually becomes “spoon”, and “halasho” after a dozen repetitions takes the form “good”.

Adults have a huge advantage over children in the process of learning a foreign language! We already know at least one language. We have already developed articulation muscles, thinking, figurative and motor memory, hearing. If we know at least one language, we already have enough abilities to learn other languages. The only problem may be related to the fact that some of us “forgot” how they studied their first language.

Did you hear the unfamiliar word in English? Do as a child: repeat it, “taste it”, imagine the meaning of this word, look with interest on the letters with which this word is written. Compare your pronunciation with the original. If you actively use imitation and copying in the process of learning a language, your chances of success are tripled.

Secret number 4. Mutual influence

The development and training of each skill affects the development of the rest. When you hear and listen to the speech of native speakers, you actively develop not only listening comprehension, but also pronunciation. Especially if you say to yourself what you heard.

When reading aloud, you not only train your pronunciation, but also listen to yourself, comparing your pronunciation with a “standard”. With all these actions, you unconsciously lay the foundation for the basics of the grammar and style of the language being studied. Not to mention that with each listening and pronouncing often used words and their meanings are better remembered.

Thinking and speaking are also interrelated. No wonder one of the criteria for fluency in the language is the ability to "think on it." Some time after an active study, phrases in a foreign language begin to appear on their own (at first, they may not be very flexible).

Secret number 5. Optimal intensity

To master a foreign language, studying once a week for an hour is almost impossible. If we summarize the recommendations of various educators and linguists, it turns out that the most optimal mode is to study for 2 – 3 hours every day for a year. Then after a year of classes, even if you started from scratch, you will be able to understand and speak English practically fluently.

There is such a metaphor that the development of a foreign language is more like not a marathon, but an ascent to the ice hill. Much more important is the intensity with which you are engaged, than how long you have been doing it. In order to climb the ice hill, you need a fairly strong momentum. Think about it and decide what the intensity of your classes should be. The only restriction here will be the observance of the first principle - to enjoy the process.

You should not force yourself to sit on the 3 – 5 clock, “learning” the language, better just do what you like. Praise yourself for moving diligently and purposefully towards your goal!

Secret number 6. Regularity

Regularity is even more important than intensity. It is better to study 1.5 – 2 every day for an hour than to spend the whole day studying English, and then throwing away for a week.

The successes associated with self-development - from sports awards to professional victories, are achieved through regular, intense, focused training, which, ideally, is enjoyable.

Apply the principle of regularity to the process of learning English, and the result will not take long to wait! As a result, a habit of learning and practicing a language is developed, and with it steady progress will come.

Secret number 7. Practicality and efficiency

Do not be afraid to experiment and modify the proposed principles. Perhaps you have a very well developed visual or auditory memory. Or you best remember the material after rewriting it. It may be worth sharing with someone interesting information so that it is firmly entrenched in the mind. Or you can be a researcher, then feel free to look for additional materials to fix this or that area to be mastered.

Try to find such tools, methods and techniques of learning the language that will help you!

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