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7 Tips for Success in Learning English



Learning a second language is a challenge, even for the most brainy amongst us. Whether you have already started or are deep into your journey of learning English, we understand it’s not an easy path. No matter how well you are doing so far, we applaud you, as you have already started and you’re clearly reading this article in the hope of improving further. 


It is often said that English is one of the hardest languages to learn. There are lots of nonsensical English words and patterns to the language which can confuse even the native English speaker. There are plenty of rules which are often broken for some unknown reason, unlike other European languages. This, along with mixed pronunciations and sometimes apparently random structuring of sentences (when compared to other languages) makes English one of the most complicated on the planet.


So, what can you do to make learning English a little easier? We have here 7 tips and tricks for success in learning English. Most can be applied at any level from beginner through to almost-fluent, and all are recommended by language experts and teachers. 


Play Games

One of the most commonly recommended tips from teachers and language professors was the use of games and wordplay to help learn languages. It might seem a little backwards to learn language through games instead of conversation, but both actually have their place. Playing games can help you unscramble mixed-up words and phrases in your mind, whilst learning new words at the same time. Games such as word searches, anagrams, hangman or scrabble can be great ways to have fun with the language and learn new words. 


The good thing about playing games is that we remember a lot more whilst we’re having a good time. If you are completely bored and frustrated with your learning experience, you are not likely to take in very much information. However, playing enjoyable games can bring positive reinforcement for words and phrases, helping you remember them better forever.



Here’s something often said in English: “Practice makes perfect!” There’s no quick fix when it comes to learning a language, unfortunately. Practice every aspect of the language as often as you possibly can. If you are learning through a school, class, or course you will likely have plenty of time for practice in class, but you should also be practising outside of class. Studying by yourself can be quite tricky, which is why we recommend downloading an app or using a web-based learning programme to supplement your class time. This way, you will be able to practice on the move, all the time. 


Focus On Conversation

If you can, practice is better when done with other people. The art of conversation is what truly makes a language. Simply learning words, phrases, or spelling on your own does not improve your ability to actually converse. When conversing you need to multitask – listen, speak, and think in English. This is why conversation is so important. Find someone who knows you are learning the language who is willing to sit and speak with you for an hour every now and then. They will naturally help you pick up on mistakes and pronunciation while reinforcing what you are doing well.

Read a Lot

Although listening and speaking in conversation are some of the most important ways of learning, reading can play a huge part as well. It may seem silly, but a top recommendation is to start reading children’s books. The stories may not be thrilling and you may have to deal with some fun child-friendly illustrations, but the reading level can really help you understand the structure of the language. That’s what children’s books are designed to do! As your language education progresses you can increase the reading age material, much like an English child would. If you are more advanced already, simply reading helps cement the language in your brain. Read the news in English, a comic book, some magazines, or even a collection of short stories. All the small bits of reading you do will add up to in-depth language knowledge.


Watch Subtitled Movies

Reading can be assisted by images, which is why we recommend subtitled movies. This can work two ways. You could watch a movie in English and have the subtitles in your language, but this is not what we would recommend. We actually recommend watching a movie in your native language and having English subtitles on the screen. Force yourself to read the subtitles as if you are translating. Watch things you are already familiar with and start to replace your language with the English version.


Mix Up Learning Style & Platform

As you can probably tell by the varied ideas in this article, we recommend mixing up your learning style and using a combination of various techniques. Whatever your base method of learning is, whether that’s a class, an online course, or an app, it’s best to supplement this with other tools. There are plenty of free and cheap language learning apps, free online games, chat rooms, and so many more resources available. Don’t just stare at one iPhone app for a year, mix it up! Different techniques and apps will help you learn quicker and to a higher standard. Do make sure you follow one core program, though.


Don’t Be Afraid to Try!

Finally, and very importantly, do not be afraid to try. Don’t worry about making mistakes, failing, or being unable to speak properly at times. You will only learn through practical methods and trying to have conversations. Most people will be happy to help you and gently correct any mistakes you make. Remember, you’re already super impressive for taking on a tough language in the first place, so you should never be embarrassed by your learning.


These seven tips should help you supplement your English learning alongside any other courses and lessons you are taking. Remember to have fun, practice hard, and speak English as often as possible. Before you know it, you’ll be fluent and everyone will think you always spoke English!