• How do I practice english
  • Repetition is key

    The more you use the English language, the more it will stay. English must be part of your everyday life.

    Speak English as often as possible, be an active learner.
    When you learn a word, use it !
    When I learn new words or expressions, I try using them in as much situations as I can. If you’re talking with someone they can correct you if needed and if online you can google it or wait for someone to point out the mistakes.

    Online :Comment everywhere

    Leaving a few comments everyday will help you. I comment everywhere : on Youtube, Quora, online newspapers, videogame blogs, Facebook, etc. 

    The comment section is a fantastic tool to learn more about the original content. Ask a question about the article or video and be part of a discussion. IMDb – Movies, TV and Celebrities has a whole forum section for every movie, Kotaku – The Gamer’s Guidehas no restriction on the length of the comments so people can discuss about gaming and go into details and use uncommon words.

    Try talking about a subject YOU know

    You can narrow down the common and predictable topics you’ll face, so be prepared ! Learn the common words related to :  the news, your field of study, your hobbies/interests and your country,etc…

    Then, try talking, in English, about something you like. Chances are, you already know the vocabulary and you’ll expand it along the way.

    Social networks

    Like facebook pages of artists you like, follow interesting people on twitter, subscribe to youtube channels. It helps having a daily dose of English right in your networks. Usually they all talk about the same things : newpapers will talk about the news, Video gamer reviewers will talk about big games, etc 

    So you’ll be in a good context to remember words because. Repetition is key 

  • How do I improve English Vocabulary and pronunciation in busy work life?
  • Keep a good dictionary in addition to English pronunciation dictionary by Daniel Jones on your desk. When you come across a new word look at the dictionary for meaning (multiple meanings also), usage, structure, and pronunciation. Keep on doing this. You will see the difference.

    If you have a smart phone you can download English meaning/pronunciation(voice) app. I think it’s freely available.

  • How can I improve my English vocabulary, grammar, and writing skills?
  • It’s a really interesting question. First thought coming to my mind was – what is your goal with English? – what is the reason you are trying to make your grammar perfect – is it because of some English certificate or test? Or you just want to understand all the grammar constructions, exceptions, tenses and so on?

    If this is the case, I think, the best way to learn grammar is by doing practical exercises and watching videos where grammar is explained on the examples from real life. Very good source for this is to join our English Language Lab.

    if you want to get better in English in general – speaking, reading, listening – I don’t think that extensive knowledge of grammar is necessary. Then you just need to practice English in real life without thinking about grammar.

  • Can I improve my vocabulary and writing skills in a year?
  • You can and should improve your vocabulary and writing skills every single day. Practice is key. If you do it every day, can you imagine what your vocabulary and writing skills will be in a year?
    I graduated from a university nearly a year ago, graduating with numerous awards and a high score. That doesn’t mean I’m finished learning. In fact, it appears as if I’m learning just as much now as I was then. My mind is attuned to learning and gobbles everything I come across. Learning has become a habit. Make learning new vocabulary words and increasing your writing skills a conscious habit. Then, you won’t have to think about it.
    In a year, imagine how much you’ll have grown. You’ll astound yourself, your family, your friends, and you’ll have a huge fan base! What are you waiting for? Go!!

  • What are some good ways to improve English grammar and writing abilities for a non native speaker?
  • If you’re blogging on your own, you only have yourself as the fallback. As you are your own backup, it depends how good you are (or can be) in self-correction. The good news is that most people’s self-correction gets better over time with sustained practice in writing. In short, the more you write, the better your writing skills will be. You know that writing cannot be done in isolation, so plenty of reading will contribute to overall improvement.

    One stopgap measure is to add in another person to your blog as a contributor, editor or admin. That other person then acts as your copyeditor. The problem with that, of course, is copyediting does take time and effort, and that person may (or will) balk at the workload for you (unless you pay the person, which may or may not be possible in your case).

    Another stopgap measure is to use online tools. There are a number of popular ones (hemmingwayapp.com and grammarly.com come to mind immediately). Problem is, they’re mechanistic and rely on dead-pan recognition to give “standardised” results, which may or may not be useful for your purposes.

  • How can a non-native English speaker teach his or her own self and develop to be professional at writing?
  • I am an Indian student. In my country, the English teaching program focuses more on choosing the right form of grammar instead of teaching us how to create ones by ourselves. Therefore, when I came across some bloggers’ sites, I was really embarrassed by my lack of knowledge.

    Is hardly impossible to be a successful writer in a second language: consider Joseph Conrad, whose native language was Polish,  or Vladimir Nabokov  — both of whom are accomplished English stylists despite being from Poland and Russia respectively. Jorge Luis Borges, one of the greatest names of 20th century Spanish literature grew up speaking English at home.   Sometimes an outsider can have insights into  the spirit of a language that a native speaker overlooks.  

    The best technique for any aspiring writer is just to do a lot of reading.  To learn the music of a language, you have to read  a lot of it: fiction and non-fiction, essays, drama and poetry can all teach you important truths about how English works. You may find that a mix of reading and listening to audio books is a more useful than reading alone: there’s a reason most writers work hard to find a “voice,” a unique and personal way of expressing themselves.  Most young writers in any language start with imitation, trying hard to sound like their favorite authors; that’s a fine place to start as long as you eventually grow out of pure imitation.  

    Bloggers might not be the best choice if you want to develop a professional voice.  Blogging encourages an interesting ‘semi-formal’ style and a conversational tone which isn’t right for all situations.  A mix of novels, good non-fiction and dramas will expose you to a much wider range of tones and modes of expression.  

    There are lots of online writers’ groups where aspiring writers go to critique each others work. The internet can be a nasty place so you will probably have to shop around to find a friendly and supportive community — hopefully one that where your fellow writers will tell you honestly what is working and what is not.  

    Above all, don’t get discouraged.  The grammar and vocabulary will eventually become automatic for you, since they are just matters of practice. Finding something you want actually say is the hard part, but that’s true in any language. Good luck!


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