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

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Language level

Upper intermediate: B2


hello i learned the most english from videogames movies and serien (anime)
i know my englisch isnt the best but i try my best
i learn english and japanise and after the hollydays i learn french in school so... i think i have lots of thinks to do
i dont like my techer in germany woh trys to tell me how englisch works ...she is an idiot i can talk better english than her

hello everyone!
im from oman and i have recently started english studies at cavendish school in bournemouth, i havent found the engkish language here at all because i have learned english from a very young age so their wasnt any difficulty with the language

I think if someone want to learn a foreign language they should use different ways. Classes are also necessary especially for beginners.We need to learn gramma, vocabulary, pronunciation with a teacher. But we have to use English every day: to watch TV shows, movies, to listen radio, songs and podcasts for improving our listening skill, to read newspapers, magazines and books for impoving our reading skills, to speake with other people.

Instead of thinking in your native language try to think in English, it will definitely help in improving language. Hope it will help.

I think the best way to learn a launguage is to think in that launguage, speaking that launguage.

First of all I will tell you what happened when I tried to learn in each of 3 ways

"Learning In a classroom setting "
In this I learnt the grammer, how to pronunciate the word, what are the conjunctions,Idioms, what is noun,verb.

Learning by listening to audio
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I felt i get improved when I listened to someone speak[the one which i am interested to learn. It could be science,relationship,debate,interview speeches] audio

Learning by reading the paper
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But when I read the paper, I feel I could not remembered the vocabularies once i finished my paper.

Most importan things I realize is If i visualize the thing what I am reading i can able to learn english.
For instance If I am reading the article of "genetic food is very good "
when i am assuming I am also part of the team who is making the genetic food, I can give the ideas and can guess and learn english


Hello Everyone,

I had experienced in learning one of language.
First step
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I watched basic questions/numbers/I,IInd,IIIrd persons like [ he,she, how to call the younger than/elder than me.
I listened to the songs in the same language what i want to learn.
Initially I can able to understand but didn't have the courage to speak up. over the period of time I started to speak up.

second step:
I watched movies with the subtitle which i knew.I repeatedly watched the same movie for quite 7-10 times.
while i was watching the movie, I used to tell the word/sentence repeatedly.

I even started to speak this language with other people.Gradully its become one of my known language which i can speak up

According to me the best way to learn english is talking with someone and writing mails eachother. i wanna provide my english so i am looking 4 a friend to chat. please help me cos i have an exam on august 17. best wishes to everyone...

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