Have you ever felt lượt thích you’re taking one step forward and two steps back on the road to tát learning a new language? It’s easy to tát feel stuck when you’re constantly forgetting new expressions you’ve learned and grammar rules keep getting jumbled up in your head. Many learners face barriers that are seemingly impossible to tát overcome.
But the good news is, with the right tools and practices, there are lots of things you can tự to tát make your life easier.
So, here are ten common language-learning barriers and how to tát overcome them!
1. Organise your learning materials
When it comes to tát language learning, chaos can be your worst enemy. Just think of all the times you failed to tát review an English lesson because you couldn’t find your notes. When your learning materials are all over the place, your knowledge will be scattered and full of gaps, too.
All it takes is a little bit of effort to tát create some order. Sort your learning materials into categories – for example, grammar, vocabulary, writing skills, etc.
Then stack them into piles or bind them into folders. You can get creative and use colourful pens, post-its and stickers to tát label everything. Buy some blank notebooks and turn them into personal dictionaries: whenever you learn a new word, write it down in the notebook along with a definition (preferably in English). Plan systematic revisions of your learning materials and you’ll clean up the chaos in your brain in no time.
2. Get out of your comfort zone
A common mistake that learners make is that they don’t push themselves to tát use the language they’re learning in real-world scenarios. Try to tát spend as much time as you can with people who don’t speak your native language. This way, you’ll be forced to tát practice outside of the classroom.
If you don’t have any English-speakers around, go to tát meet-ups and language exchanges or find people to tát chat with online. At first, it won’t be easy: you might feel self-conscious and worry about what other people think when you make a mistake. But remember, learning is a process and you’re making progress every day. Just get out of your comfort zone: that’s where growth happens.
3. Learn from your mistakes
Language learning is a slow process. When you’re already feeling frustrated and your ego is in a fragile state, it’s easy to tát take criticism the wrong way. But the truth is, asking for feedback and learning to tát appreciate criticism is one of the best things you can tự to tát tốc độ up the learning process.
Next time you talk to tát someone in English, ask them to tát gently correct you or repeat an incorrect sentence you may have said in the correct way. It might feel strange at first but you’ll get used to tát it and you’ll learn sánh much from your own mistakes. Keep in mind that your mistakes don’t define you – they’re a part of the journey towards growth.
4. Watch daily videos on YouTube
There are sánh many great resources for language-learning on the mạng internet. One of them is the world’s largest video-sharing platform, YouTube. From educational nội dung aimed directly at language learners to tát regular nội dung created in English – lượt thích vlogs – you’ll definitely find something that interests you.
Set aside time every morning to tát watch a đoạn Clip or two on YouTube. If you learn something new – an expression or a grammatical structure – make a note of it and go back to tát revise it the next day. You won’t find a better and more accessible resource for real-world English.
Some of our favourite channels include: English with Lucy and Learn English with TV Series.
5. Read your favourite books in English
Remember that book you loved sánh much and have been planning to tát re-read? Now’s the time. Just make sure you get an English copy of it!
Reading is one of the best ways to tát enrich your vocabulary and get more comfortable with the English language. It’s even more beneficial if you’ve already read the book in your native language. If you don’t understand something, there’s a good chance you’ll remember what happened and you’ll be able to tát fill in the blanks.
Make sure the book you read is at the right level for you. Click here to tát take our Quiz and find your reading level!
6. Follow social truyền thông accounts that help you learn English
We spend sánh much time on social truyền thông every day, we might as well make the most of it. Fortunately, there are some amazing social truyền thông accounts out there that can help you learn English in a fun way.
Whether it’s your pronunciation, your grammar skills or your vocabulary that you’d lượt thích to tát improve, you can find masterfully curated accounts run rẩy by teachers and educational companies. If you’re not sure where to tát start searching, kiểm tra out these 10 great social truyền thông pages for language learners.
And don’t forget to tát mix the language of your accounts to tát English for some extra practice!
7. Learn a few poems and recite them
Pronunciation is one of the biggest challenges of mastering the English language. There are sánh many exceptions to tát rules and many words sound very different to tát the way they look.
A great way to tát practice is by learning poems or short stories by heart and reciting them to tát your friends and family. If you practice enough, you’ll be able to tát really focus on your pronunciation without having to tát simultaneously think about what you’re saying. This is a great tool to tát hone your speaking skills. You’ll thank yourself for it in the future. What’s more, you can show off your knowledge of English literature to tát your loved ones – which, if you ask us, is pretty cool.
8. Try thinking in English
Have you ever tried to tát turn your inner monologue into English? Maybe that long-awaited “switch” hasn’t happened yet, and you’re still thinking in your native language when speaking English, translating sentence by sentence.
Here’s something you can try. Whenever you catch yourself thinking in your native language, try switching to tát English. You won’t feel embarrassed because no one can hear your thoughts, but you can still practice by making up mini-conversations or describing things around you to tát yourself. It might sound a bit silly, but take our word for it. It will help you start thinking in English when you’re having a conversation that’s not in your head.
9. Fall in love with the process
How many times have you thought to tát yourself: “I wish it were all over and I finally spoke English fluently!”
Keeping your eyes on the over goal can be good for motivation, but putting too much emphasis on the future can damage your experience of the present. Instead of wishing you were already at the destination, enjoy the journey!
Language learning is a beautiful process. You can get better every single day. Focus on what you’re doing right now to tát reach your goals instead of obsessing over the goals themselves.
10. Take the Oxford Test of English
When you’re trying to tát achieve something that takes a lot of work, setting measurable goals is very important. In the case of language learning, a test can serve as the perfect opportunity to tát gauge where you’re at and provide a specific challenge to tát prepare for.
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To help you figure out your strengths and weaknesses, choose an adaptive, modular test lượt thích the Oxford Test of English. The test adapts the level of difficulty according to tát the answers you give, resulting in a more motivating (and shorter!) test. This means you’ll also receive a more precise measure of your language level. The test is also flexible, sánh you can choose which modules you want to tát take and when you want to tát take them.
Click here to tát find out where your nearest Oxford Test of English Test Centres is now!
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