1.Find some English radio stations and podcasts in iTunes
There are tons of podcasts about all topics imaginable thesedays: entertainment, politics, news. A good way to find one is tolook for a podcast from a TV channel you usually watch in your cable TV. Look for one thatinterests you and listen to it in your car while driving. You’ll train your ear that way!
2.Check out the Top Videos on YouTube and watch for at least a few minutes
Most of them are hilarious! It will be so worth it. Try looking at the comments to pick up somewords and sentences you aren’t familiar with, but be careful there is all kinds of bizarre stuff inYouTube comments.
3.Talk and sing to yourself in English
When you are alone at home, or of course in the shower, start talking! Sing a song in English theway it sounds to you, talk about the weather or any other topic. Do this frequently and yourpronunciation will drastically improve – guaranteed!
4.Do you have an English-speaking idol? Go to YouTube and watch all of his/her interviews inEnglish
You can spend hours doing that listening to interviews and it sure won’t feel like studying. But it is!It helps you a great deal.
5.Sit near people who are speaking English on the bus or in the park. Listen in…
Okay now don’t be a creepy eavesdropper! But, see what words you can pick up and listen tothe flow of the conversation. How much did you understand? What general topic were theytalking about? Did you hear an interesting word you might want to look up after?
6.Pay attention to billboards, signs, advertisements, magazine stands and establishment names
Look and think about what these ads mean. How many words do you recognize? Did you see thatsame word elsewhere? Make up sentences about what you’re seeing.
7.Love music? Try figuring out the words/lyrics of your favorite songs
Watch video clips with lyrics on YouTube and sing along. Read the translation and build up yourvocabulary. Listen to “clean” versions of songs and try to figure out what dirty words were takenout. It’s fun!
8.Watch TV clips, episodes or soap operas in English
It doesn’t matter if you don’t understand what they’re saying, watch anyway! Try to understandwhy something is funny or sad . If the joke is related to the word itself, then maybe that is why thejoke does not make sense in your native language. What would be the best translation into yourlanguage then?
9.Engage in a conversation on Facebook with friends who post in English
When you have English speakers in your timeline, you see their posts daily and get insideinformation about news and viral videos in English. Your friends can be your teachers! Theirtimeline basically sort out the best material for you to study.
10.Produce, produce, produce. No matter how shy you are or how much you don’t “get” English,force yourself to speak
Help out a tourist who looks lost. They won’t mind you struggling with the language while you’redoing them a favor! After class, talk to your teacher about how things are going and what youneed help with in English. When traveling, ask around for directions in English, even if you don’tneed them! Try purchasing things online and by phone, or using customer support in English.
It does not matter if you talk slowly, you are learning, that’s only natural!
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