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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 think that the best way to improve your language is to put it on practice, use what we know, we don't need to know everything, also it is important to learn new vocabulary and expressions. It has been difficult to find an English partner who help me to practice my English. Sometimes it happen just to hold a short conversation for one day and that's all.

In our country ,at grade 7 we are supposed to learn Arabic and English. but in the way they teach , we'll only be able to understand some easy words and I decided to take up English courses myself when I was 11. The classes were really helpful ,but the problem was that after some years I realized that I'm not improving , so i quit. because I believe that you wont learn a language until you find a native speaker of the language you are learning.
Generally, I find learning new languages fascinating.I like the way I have to figure out what other people are saying.currently I'm learning french and Korea in addition to English .Hope that I could speak all of them fluently one day.

The most effective language learning method for me is listening and speaking to the people that has knowledge and understanding about the language.

being linguistic is really fascinating, you can hold the conversations with people all around the world and the language barriers aren't your almost worry when you travel.

I have learnt English for 10 years, and I have only B1 level.
Since 2 years, I practice english every day by writting and sometime by phone.
I travelled in Turkey, China, Portugal and Roumania and I spoke English, it was very intersting and I improved myself. I need to work my english every day.
Thank you so much for your different experiences.

When I went to lower seconday school, French was the only one foreign language in my school and I studied it, according to the traditional method. After I began to study English on my own and I used on line resources. I think there isn't the most effective language learning, but it depends on the purpose of the study.

In my country we should learn two foreing languages at school Arabic and English, actually no one learn much at school just basic words and sentences. So I started to learn English when I was about 11 years old. but there are bunch of illiterate teachers around . They couldn't speak Englsh fluently . In fact they were aweful . They couldn't prounance the words correctly.

My father sent me to English courses in summers and I learned much better there , but it was just summers, so it couldn't be enough. After school I continued learning English more seriously. I took English courses and I thought my English was perfect. actually I was much better than before but not perfect.
If you want to be good in English you should watch English movies, read English newspapers, newsletter, books ... anything . and of course English songs are really helpful because you can remember the rhythmic texts much better .
I also took some French language courses several years ago. I learnثي some new way of learning then. French was more strange for me . I've never learned any French language before that time. Our teacher made us to repeat the sentences as we heard them . It was really good I had no idea what I said because it was the first time I heard those words and stences but I tried and I could say the same sentence that I heard. I think that was a good idea I guess children learn speaking in that way they just repeat what they heard. Maybe they made some mistake but finally thay can say the correct sentences.

I think learn any language is hard. Maybe films and tv shows can help you to improve skills language. But it's just another step in a long way.

From my perspective, I think it depends on your target of learning a new language if it's for fun the casual ways may work, but if you need its for academic purposes classroom and courses are a must.
To be honest, I didn't find an effective method to improve my Englis level from intermediate level to advance, so I am still searching and I appreciate any useful suggestions.

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