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9 tips how to learn English from scratch

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Some adults think that only children can start learning English from scratch. Some people think that it’s embarrassing for an adult to start from scratch and learn elementary rules and words, someone thinks that only children can successfully learn foreign languages, because they have an excellent memory and learning ability. Both the first and second opinions are wrong. There is nothing shameful in the fact that you begin to learn a language as an adult, quite the contrary: the desire for knowledge always causes respect.

So no matter how old you are, it is important your desire to learn and the willingness to improve your knowledge. Many people ask: “What is the best way to start learning English?”.

The following are the basic 9 steps that you should follow in order to learn.

1. Learn the rules of reading English

Theater begins with a hanger, and English - with the rules of reading. This is the basic part of knowledge, thanks to which you can learn to read in English and pronounce the sounds and words correctly.

We recommend using a simple table from the Internet and learning the rules by heart, as well as to get acquainted with the transcription of the English language. You can do this, for example, on the site

2. Check how words are pronounced.

Even if you know by heart the rules of reading, when learning new words, check how they are pronounced correctly. Cunning English words do not want to be read as they are written. And some of them refuse to obey any rules of reading at all. Therefore, we recommend specifying the pronunciation of each new word in an online dictionary, for example, or on the special site Listen several times how the word sounds, and try to pronounce it the same way. At the same time practice the correct pronunciation.

3. Start building vocabulary

Adopt visual dictionaries, for example, use the site Vivid pictures, words voiced by the speakers and translation into Russian will make it easier for you to learn and memorize new vocabulary.

What are the words to start learning English? We recommend that beginners navigate the word list on Start with simple words of a general subject, remember which words you use most often in your speech in Russian. In addition, we advise you to devote more time to learning the verbs of the English language. It is the verb that makes speech dynamic and natural.

4. Learn grammar

If you imagine a speech in the form of a beautiful necklace, then grammar is a thread on which you place beads-words in order to get a beautiful decoration. Violation of the "rules of the game" English grammar is punishable by misunderstanding of the interlocutor. And to learn these rules is not so difficult, it is enough to study a good textbook.

We recommend taking the first book of the Grammarway book series translated into Russian. Do you think textbooks are boring? It does not matter, fortunately, there is everything on the Internet, including blogs of English teachers. There you can find a clear explanation of grammatical nuances and get advice from experts in this field.

5. Listen to your level podcasts.

As soon as you start taking the first steps, you immediately need to accustom yourself to the sound of a foreign speech. Start with simple podcasts ranging from 30 seconds to 2 minutes. Find simple audio recordings with translation into Russian at

6. See the news in English

After you form the initial English vocabulary, it's time to start watching the news. Recommended resource News texts for the first level are simple. For each news there is an audio recording, so be sure to listen to how the new words sound for you, try to repeat them for the speaker.

7. Read simple texts

While reading, you activate the visual memory: new words and phrases will be easily memorized. And if you want to not only read, but also learn new words, improve your pronunciation, listen to the texts voiced by native speakers, and then read them. You can find simple short texts in your level textbooks, such as the New English File Elementary, or on the Internet.

8. Install useful applications

How to start learning English from scratch by yourself if you have a smartphone or tablet at hand? Applications for learning English are mini-tutorials that will always be in your pocket. The well-known application Lingualeo is ideal for learning new words: thanks to the technique of interval repetition, new vocabulary will not disappear from your memory in a month. And to study the structure, the principle of "work" of the language, we recommend installing Duolingo. This application will allow you, in addition to learning new words, to practice grammar and learn how to build sentences in English, as well as help you develop a good pronunciation.

9. Study online

If you ask Google where to start learning English yourself, a caring search engine will immediately give you a couple of hundred sites with various lessons, online exercises, articles about learning a language. An inexperienced student is immediately tempted to make himself 83 bookmarks “well, very necessary sites where I will be engaged every day.”

We want to warn you against this: in the abundance of bookmarks, you will quickly become confused, and you need to work out systematically, not jumping from one topic to another. Bookmark the 2-3 really good resource for which you will be engaged. This is more than enough. We recommend performing online exercises on or

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