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

Do the preparation task first. Then listen to the audio and do the exercises.



Language level

Upper intermediate: B2


I always learn languages by interacting with local people and watching local channels.It is always easier to learn a language through visual medium first.

Nice method i would like to follow it.

I like learning languages as well. I learn English by forcing myself to read English articles and watch programs, news and movies. I am not really effective in classroom and find it boring. I choose different topics, learn grammar rules and do the tasks at my own pace. I try to learn every day. That's my method.

I find that is easier to learn English with a profesor or with someone who can correct our mistakes. And, when we achieve a sufficient level in English (vocabulary, grammar...), that is interesting to leave in total immersion in an anglophone country.

I think that it's easier to learn English in a country where people speaks English, in order to practise the language where it is spoken.
For me, considering that I've written above, the most effective language learning method is a medley of methods: taking English classes, watching English TV, reading English newspapers, etc.

hello every one,
this is my first comment here in Learn English, in my point of view i think the best way for me to learn a foreign language is to listen first then speak. for the English language i used to watch English TV like BBC News and Euro News it is very useful also i get so much fun when i watch holly wood movies i turn the voice up and focus on the dialog and read the translation at the same time, it is difficult at the beginning but with time i became much better^-^ .
Now i discovered this online course and it helped me a lot since i joined it.
i hope to become a fluent talker and feel the confidence when i talk .

I want to study english
But I can't speak smooth.can you help me

What is the difference between "being able to" and "able to", as it's mentioned in the paragraph number 2.
This site is really helpful. I do not have much time or habit to learn language, but whenever I have time I open this site and start learning the English language.My question is that, How can I build a strong learning habbit? I am neither a native speaker nor live in a native country to become a fluent speaker.Because I think you learn faster by speaking as writer mention it in the first paragraph as a top learning point.

Hello Hira Afzal,

The verb form is 'be able to' as in I am able to... / You are able to... / He is able to... etc.

The form in the test is a gerund, which is a noun formed from a verb by adding -ing. When you form a gerund from be able to you get being able to

You can read more about gerunds and -ing forms on this page.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Hello everybody,
thank you for the article and asking about our opinion! )I completely agree with mmok´s point of view, particularly with the belief that it is important to embrace the language, in other words, not attempting to learn it because you need it, but because of genuine interest and curiosity. After a huge experience of learning four languages, I have come to the conclusion that time, money and internal motivation are my three keys to the effective language learning. It is worth emphasizing that each one of them is by far delicate and valuable, and depends on circumstances. In addition to the comment of mmok, I would like to highlight that the children give us a brilliant example to follow. They are able to listen for dozens of times to the same poems, songs or fairy tales. After that, they pick up on some most beautiful sounds words for them and repeat them... Awesome )