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Listen to Simon talking about how he learned several languages in a variety of different ways.

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Upper intermediate: B2


I have a research about British Council website "using British council Website by Students to Improve Their Speaking skills" but I didn't find enough information about the topic in the internet, and I need some book titles or pdf wich contain information about British Council wabsite, so any suggestions???

In my point of view, it depends on which English level you are. It is very important to study basic English from the classroom first as if you learn how to survive in the war zone. But then your English is getting better you should try English in real life in instance watching a TV show or reading newspaper on the topic you are interested in first. Please do not wait to practice these things until you finish the highest level. As I told you earlier, we have to balance these skill. And do not feel embarrassed for mistakes but let mistakes teach you how to be stronger.

This is really meaningful experience in learning languages. Honestly, I haven't been having a lot of time to attend classes, and they are not affordable for me too. By the way, I've apply this tips to learn English beforehand but I'm still not decent as I hoped during last 2 years since started English. However, after learning this topic, I believe myself more and my faith is also enhanced. I will try my best erfort maintaning learning English consistently.
Please help me correct my comment, I am genuinly receive it.

Hello sambala,

We're very glad that you think you'll benefit from LearnEnglish. There are a lot of free resources here and many of our users have reported big improvement. I'm afraid, however, that we don't provide the service of correcting users' texts, as that would soon be the only thing we had time for. If you have a question about a specific sentence related to a page, we can help you, though - please don't hesitate.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

I am new in this wonderful place, I want to improve in my English skills, I hope learn as I can as possible. Thank you British Council. If somebody want to correct my writing, It will be great for me.

Hello jannis,

Welcome to LearnEnglish! The best place to start is our Help section, which has useful information on using the site and on learning English most effectively. You should also take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions page, which has advice on specific aspects of learning English.

We don't correct users' posts on LearnEnglish, I'm afraid. We are a small team here and with so many users it is just not possible for us to do this. However, we do answer questions in the comments sections as far as we are able.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you so much for your comments. I rally appreciate them, and I will take your advice right now.

I agrred the article written that a great way to learning language is discussions with people

Choosing a concrete theme or topic which is interesting to you make learning language much easier. For instance, I'm a big fan of formula 1 racing and I've watched every Grand Prix since 1992. From this year I decided to watch formula 1 in English on SkyTV to enhance my language skills. Till then I've already got a lot of knowledge of formula 1 world in my native Russian language, so switching the language didn't make any troubles for me.

Yes definately, interacting with others and watching local programs will help to improve the efficiency of language. It helps in usage of words in right context.