Every student would prefer to take the short road and learn the basics of a new language in the fastest way possible. This is of course possible with a lot of dedication, inspiration and a clear agenda. It won’t be easy but with a lot of work and a proper game plan one could achieve a proficient level of English in a pretty short time. There are of course some tricks to this and while it’s important to know how to start it might be even more important to know what not to do. Here is a short list with the most important do’s and don’ts when it comes to learning the English language fast.
Hard work and practice – There is no substitute for either one of those. You can’t achieve much without hard work and practicing is still the best method to get over the trickier aspects of the language like grammar and pronunciation.
Use what you learn immediately – It doesn’t matter if you learn a new word, some new aspect of the grammar part or how to pronounce something more authentically. Make sure you use it as soon as you mastered it. There is absolutely no better way to remember something. You won’t just get a memory boost, you will also get the satisfaction of using your newly learned language. This will also motivate you to learn more and to keep practicing.
Try everything once – There are a lot of ways you can improve your knowledge. Classic approaches like taking a class or alternative ones like practicing while you watch TV or trying to think in your chosen language. Whatever it is, try it. You can decide later if the method is rewarding or a waste of time but if you want to learn English fast, make sure you try just about any approach.
You won’t be perfect from the start – Let’s set one thing straight. Regardless of how talented you are, how fast you pick things up or how much you study; you won’t be perfect from your first try. Don’t lose hope or be too hard on yourself just because you don’t have a perfect accent, you can’t converse with a native speaker or you won’t remember every grammar rule from the get go. Give yourself room to make mistakes; it will prove a more efficient way of learning.
It’s a marathon not a sprint – Make sure you don’t obsess on a single aspect of the learning process. Don’t hesitate to leave something behind and pick it up later. If you’re having trouble with a word, a grammar lesson or the way you pronounce something; don’t obsess about it. Move on and try it again when you’re more rested. It’s not a personal failure, rather a waste of time. The English language has a massive vocabulary and offers many lessons. Try to get as many under your belt as possible and focus on learning as much as you can in no specific order.
Involve your native language – Don’t be afraid to involve your native language in the process. It will take some time until you are fluent. Use what you know, fill in the rest in your native language, it’s perfectly normal.