Study skills tips

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Many studies about language learning ask the question: What makes a good language learner? There are some things that good language learners do and some things they don't do. Here are some of the most useful suggestions from studies.

  • Don't be afraid of making mistakes. People often get things wrong. Good language learners notice their mistakes and learn from them.
  • Do group activities. People use language to communicate with other people. A good language learner always looks for opportunities to talk with other students.
  • Make notes during every class. Notes help you to remember new language. Look at your notes when you do your homework.
  • Use a dictionary. Good language learners often use dictionaries to check the meaning of words they don't know. They also make their own vocabulary lists.
  • Think in the language you're learning outside the classroom. When you're shopping or walking down the street, remember useful words and phrases. Sometimes, when you're at home, say new words to practise your pronunciation.
  • Do extra practice. Test and improve your language, reading and listening skills with self-study material. You can find a lot of this online.
  • Imagine yourself speaking in the language. Many good language learners can see and hear themselves speaking in the language. This helps their motivation.
  • Enjoy the process. Good language learners have fun with the language. Watch a TV series or film, listen to songs, play video games or read a book. It's never too late to become a good language learner.
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A2 English level (pre-intermediate)

Submitted by huahua on Fri, 23/09/2022 - 05:52


I revise the lessons and exercises that I 've learned.
For me, when I make mistakes, giving feedback from the guide makes me more to remember.
Applying the words in real life is very important.

Submitted by vet.dr.muharre… on Tue, 09/08/2022 - 08:38


ı usually work to memorize vocabulary what my learned words and ı use this words when talk my friends. one of a place f ı went ı speak

Submitted by Nandar Su Hlaing on Sat, 06/08/2022 - 10:46


Learning English is really vital for everyone who wasn't born in English country. It is international Language so if you want to go abroad or get a well paid job or need to communicate people who is a foreigner, you can connect with English Language. Learning is never late, only you need to do continuously, you will see your improvement.

Submitted by jyoti Chaudhary on Sun, 29/05/2022 - 12:17


What other tips do you have for learning a new language?

I usually watch English movies and series. in another way, I always listen to podcasts while walking. the most important thing when you want to improve your language the only way you can improve first to observe something in English and then you can practise your English with speak skills

Submitted by nadyanightingale on Tue, 12/04/2022 - 12:04


The tip about the pronunciation war very useful. I also listen a lot to radio in the foreign language. It helps me get news from different countries without an emotional connection, so that it's perfect and you just analyse the information and don't get emotional and don't get involved in it, you can make up your mind though.

Submitted by Polad Samadli on Mon, 04/04/2022 - 18:06


You can use Discord servers to talk to people who are trying to learn the same language with you from all around the world.

Submitted by Emin on Sat, 18/12/2021 - 13:40


ı usually choose a topic and speak with myself.for example ' I ask what is your favorite place and why? After that ı answer.ı listen to records and podcasts an hour a day.

Submitted by ANOUAR on Thu, 02/12/2021 - 13:58


It's a good idea to translate music in english to your native language it helps very much because we listen to music over and over and that helps stick words in our heads.

Submitted by LamVanPhuong on Tue, 19/10/2021 - 12:51


actually i do not have many tips for learning a new language, i only have a advice that do not give up if you have some difficulty when you learn a language get up and remember why you started.

Submitted by Momocompanyman on Sat, 16/10/2021 - 17:13


Practice language skills everyday, like speaking with mirror.

Online exams are easy to do at home, you can do them whenever you want. It also makes good language skills develop as well.

Submitted by Suraj paliwal on Sat, 16/10/2021 - 15:35


I'm doing a lot of practice in English.i watching movies, series and reading novels in English. That's very useful to learn new language.

Submitted by Suraj paliwal on Sun, 09/05/2021 - 10:29

According to me best English learner always have passion for learn English. His every moment thinking about English. I think Speaking parrt is the most of than three parts. It's have mostly distress part. I try to tackle this problem.

Submitted by Andrea Valencia on Tue, 20/04/2021 - 00:10

I study another new language, I talk to people and I always do extra practice.

Submitted by MikhailZatopliaev on Tue, 13/04/2021 - 23:26

Very important for me understand why I do things, if I know that, It motivate me. I will explain, I learn English for learn Economic because very good materials about Economic in English.

Submitted by Venequin on Mon, 05/04/2021 - 21:05

To Keep everyday a same amount of time at least of 30 min to learn the language you want to.

Submitted by TIa vinaka on Wed, 24/03/2021 - 03:09

Those tips are so useful, Thanks!! Singing in English is one of my favorite learning!

Submitted by Gab Cod on Wed, 10/03/2021 - 19:28

My tips is switch your phone's settings in English.

Submitted by Hoang Hai on Wed, 24/02/2021 - 04:09

In my opinion, a good tip to improve your speaking skill especially when you don't have any partner is mimic actor in the movie, show, lesson.

Submitted by Wevellyn on Sat, 20/02/2021 - 16:19

You need to dive on language every day, because when you're in touch with language you can learn a lot more. For example: when you go to learn a new recipe, you can search this recipe in english, when you go to learn a new music or dance, you can search about it in english.

Submitted by Leila77 on Sat, 13/02/2021 - 12:28

I think that to learn a new language you should practise it every day.

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Submitted by Sara Kalafat on Fri, 05/02/2021 - 16:25

Reading the paragraphs loudly and hear your self while you are reading it help to improve your speaking and reading at same time

Submitted by German on Thu, 04/02/2021 - 02:48

I think is important for learn another languaje to have a schedule for learn outside the class and being disciplinated. It´s importat too, if there is the opprtunity, to visit a country or place where speak that languaje which yiu are learning

Submitted by Vanessa Villeg… on Sat, 09/01/2021 - 01:40

These are my tips for learning a new language: -Sing the lyrics of your favorite songs. -Exaggerate the most used sounds of the language you are learning, for example, in english you can exaggerate the letter "L" or "R" as a mockery of the language, this is going to help you for natural pronuntiation. -Write your thoughts and emotions in the language you want to learn like "I feel sad because..." or "I like this song because..." -Don't try to memorize, just learn.

Submitted by Rabia Syed on Mon, 04/01/2021 - 14:25

These tips Are very Helpful for me. one thing I am doing to Make my own Vocabulary Dictionary. I try to follow all these tips for become a learner.
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Submitted by Rafaela1 on Tue, 15/12/2020 - 15:02

Visit this site! ;)

Submitted by Thinthinmyoe on Tue, 15/12/2020 - 08:59

I think it is very important to be life-long learning to be a good language learner.In fact,we should always touch and study language which we really want to be skillful.We must be patient and hard-working.

Submitted by Augusto Hidalgo on Mon, 07/12/2020 - 14:18

What other tips do you have for learning a new language? 1.- Talking the new language every time 2.- Listen music in the language that you like learn and try to traduce it 3.- Practice Duolingo =D

Submitted by Wevellyn on Thu, 03/12/2020 - 19:44

I think that we need to live the language in everyday life, read a news, do shopping list, listen music.

Submitted by farid007 on Sat, 28/11/2020 - 17:55

Moving in English speaking country can help a lot to learn English. It is good choice for people enjoying English. But it is costly just like language learning.

Submitted by Ehsan on Sun, 22/11/2020 - 15:19

There are many methods and tools to learn foreign languages in particular English. Some of them include: Reading books, listening to music, watching videos, talking to another person, going to class, using mobile apps, using computer software, using websites, using social media groups and channels and so on. It just needs some motivation and effort.

Submitted by Asni on Sun, 08/11/2020 - 22:25

-Try to guess the names of the things you come across in everyday life, vegetables, furniture, anything you see. Maybe, you won't be able to remember them for the first few times you look them up, but by doing it frequently the names will end up sticking in your memory. -Speaking websites or applications where you can speak to people you don't know and once the conversation is over it is so unlikely that you talk to them again. This tip is perfect for shy people, because even if you make all the mistakes of the world, you won't care it is like talking to a machine speaker. -Optimize your time and speed up your learning process by surrounding yourself by English, set your phone, computer browser, TV in English. - If you're interested in other things, other courses, try to learn or study them in English, often they have text transcripts that might help you a lot.

Submitted by Moon Wathan on Wed, 21/10/2020 - 13:30

Try to make sentence with new words and use in public. It's easy to remember this new word easily. Try to speak in English in front of mirror and use English to English dictionary is the most important to learn English. And listen the native speaker and try to say later. I suggest to read English story or novel to improve reading and note down new word and if you don't know this new word, you should find this new word in dictionary immediately and try to make sentence with this.

Submitted by habibao.medo on Thu, 15/10/2020 - 08:28

try talking to yourself in english in the front of the mirror or something i think it helps

Submitted by Lilly098 on Thu, 15/10/2020 - 01:09

When I started studying English, noting my thoughts in English helped me a lot. Once I got used to writing what I felt, I have started thinking everything in English. So, I will add noting your thoughts daily as an other tip.

Submitted by Aneta Jablecka on Mon, 28/09/2020 - 14:09

I can't understand English when someone is talking to me whereas I can understand it when it is written down.
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Submitted by Rafaela1 on Sun, 13/09/2020 - 12:13

High motivation for learning ...! ;)

Submitted by elsiaraujo on Sun, 13/09/2020 - 00:58

When I see a movie for first time I see with the subtitles, then, two o three days later, I see the same movie again but without subtitles and i repeat this process (with the same movie) five or six times

Submitted by Gabrielaalfonzo on Sat, 12/09/2020 - 15:49

Change the language of the phone or the computer , listen to songs, watch series without subtitles and talk with friends abroad.

Submitted by Olieth28 on Fri, 11/09/2020 - 13:05

I always try to speak in english to myself everyday, at least the new words I've learnt. Also when I listen to music I search for the song with English lyrics, so like that I'm singing and listening the pronunciation.

Submitted by Gabrielaks15 on Thu, 10/09/2020 - 18:55

I always learn other languages by watching, speaking and listening international programs, magazines music, series, movies and people from all around the world. I write down each new or colloquial phrase that they say, I observe how they express themselves with each thing or situation and thus I learn what they say in those specific moments.

Submitted by Nguyen Anh Tu on Wed, 09/09/2020 - 01:47

I think when we learn a new language, the most important thing is correct pronunciation.

Submitted by Roblox on Sun, 06/09/2020 - 17:44

what I do is I encourage myself to hear a lot of news, tv, or movie to work with my listening skill. The more I hear the more I gain a lot of new vocabulary. I will get used to hearing the words that I do not know how to pronounce it.

Submitted by Faheem Khan on Sat, 29/08/2020 - 10:39

in my opinion when you learn new language you should must listen more and more because when a small kid talking he/she first listen our parents then he/she speak that language. when small born in Canada then he should speak English. when he born in UAE he should speak Arabic and when he born in Pakistan or India or Bangladesh he speak Urdu. so when a small kid listen which language they can speak that language. simply that when you speak any language should must listening practice more and more and this is the easiest way of learning language
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Submitted by danisep on Tue, 25/08/2020 - 21:24

My listening skills are not the best yet for that, I listen to Podcast and also watch tv shows on Youtube, I dont like to take notes but I did because it is important write or make essays, that help to thing fast, moreover I use anki to make my list of new words to learn.

Submitted by Waleed jan223 on Thu, 20/08/2020 - 16:07

I’m Looking to Friends from outside to practice my English language skills and now at the moment I have no friends to practice with what I’m looking forward

Submitted by Rinaa on Sat, 15/08/2020 - 21:59

Lately, I found another helpful method to improve my English in Listening and speaking area. I'm listening to many audiobooks in youtube, the best part is that I'm enjoying each of them.