Simon talks about how he managed to learn five to six different languages in a fun and easy way.


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No doubt, learning a language in a class brings some benefits, but it doesn't help me a lot because there are few teachers who really skillful and experienced enough. That's why it' s not easy for me to study in a class. But there are lots of ways to improve English . I, personally, watch movies and programmes in English, read magazines and articles, listen to the radio, do exercises on my own. Also when traveling, I have a great opportunity to use English . I improve my English every single day because it is my passion.

In my opinion, both of this ways of learning languages are important. I think so, because I believe, that when you learn English in a classroom, you can understand some rules better, than you try to learn by yourself. Also in a classroom you have a possibility to practice your pronunciation But if you don’t practice your language, you can’t learn it very well. So, read English newspapers or watching English TV are very important too.
As for me, I prefer to learn English in a classroom and forcing myself on a practice, because, In my view, it’s very important, when person ,who knows the language very well, explains you the most difficult rules. Also, when you learn English with somebody, you can try your pronunciation. And, of course, another important thing for me is watching English Tv.

Learning English in classroom helps us but in my case I would prefer talking to somebody what I mean practice talking because if I will just stuck it in my head without using it I will surely forget it. Reading also is a big help especially new words. Being interested in it to the point that you will look for a dictionary in your room or in your phone just to look at the meaning of that word.

It wasn't easy for me to give the right answars although Iunderstood what he said !!!

Learning in a Classroom is important especially for begineers, yet everyone has their own needs (take an exam or real coomunication) and opinions about that. In my opinion motivate and engage students in the different tasks is the Teachers' challenge. Moreover I consider important to identify our learning style (field dependent, independent, visual, auditory, tactile), then we can aproach languages from a better perspective. I know that we can pass an advanced exam and might feel that is not enough for real world. Languages are tools for communication and learning is a long term process.

It depends , If you are preparing for language tests , then classes are helpful. You need to know the format and style of test and regular practice is also required. Classes can provide that. If you are learning for fun or your communication needs then regular newspaper reading, watching English tv shows can help you to do so. However in first case also reading news paper and watching English tv are required to practice the language.

I prefer to keep and improve English both in online courses and watching English TV.
Learning a language is effective by reading books and doing exercises in the textbook.

hi everyone!
although I have learnt English through practical conversation with native speakers and out of classroom, but I thing its necessary to attend a few classes. particularly if you are planning on studying in English or tacking certain tests like TOEFL /IELTS. moves and other mass media are also helpful.

Hi everyone

So, I think there are advantages for both methods. The first one (classroom) is important for to develop some skills and give the first steps toward the process of learning another language. I have done two years of classroom before move to another way of learning, and this experience was important to get the tips and to know for where to start the new approach. Now, I am doing classes at home twice a week, in which I try to focus in conversations and right conjugation of the verbs. Additionally, I take a hour per day for listening and reading something interesting on web, like BBC home page, Science Magazine, Seattle News, and others. So far it has worked. The posts at this page, it has also helping me to develop a new vocabulary and write better. I hope, I believe actually :) !

I would like, if possible, a comment about!

Best wishes.

Hi Mariana Paschoalini Frias,

It sounds like you're a very committed learner - it's impressive. I think the most important thing in learning is motivation. If you have this, then you'll make progress even if circumstances are difficult for you.

Keep going, you're on the right road!

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team