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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Submitted by Anna Nakamura on Sun, 19/07/2020 - 12:23

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To improve my English skill, I often watch English movies with English subtitles. I think it's good way. I always try to understand what the characters say in the movies. But I cant understand it perfectly because native speaker speak so fast. If I watch the movie with English subtitles, I can notice that the characters use easier English than I thought it would be. So I can understand more. It's so fun for me. I think it's the best way to improve English skill.

Submitted by Natsumi Tamura on Sat, 18/07/2020 - 15:16

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I think watching overseas anime, dramas and movies is one way to learn a new language. If you're still starting to learn a new language, I recommend watching anime because it uses simple words, and when you get used to it, I think it's good to see overseas movies. The above learning method is recommended because it is important to have fun learning the language.

Submitted by Shoma Tateishi on Sat, 18/07/2020 - 14:38

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I think the tips for learning a new language are watching foreign movies and listening to foreign music. I think these are good ways to have fun learning a language. There are two improvements in doing these things. The first is to improve ability to hear the language. Words are often used in songs and videos. Therefore, I think I will get used to listening to words naturally. The second is to improve vocabulary. Words that I don't understand often appear in foreign works. I can increase my vocabulary by looking up words in a dictionary. It feels difficult at first, but I think it's good.

Submitted by Akemi Matsumoto on Fri, 17/07/2020 - 13:10

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I think listen a lot is a good way to study a foreign language. In detail, it is like watching movies or listen to music in the language we want to learn. Also, this method helped me a lot when I had difficulty to solve listening tests. But this way of learning could be tricky sometimes because if we do not enjoy that method it would not make sense. So, what I want to say is that if you want to learn a foreign language you also have to enjoy the process.

Submitted by Kaho Dokko on Fri, 17/07/2020 - 08:34

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I have two tips for learning new language. First, watching foreign movies and dramas or listening foreign music. You can enjoy learning a new language through them. In the beginning, you may be not able to catch them, but your ears will be used to a new language. Second, increasing your vocabulary every day. It's important to keep it until the meaning come to you as soon as you see the word. I could pass EIKEN Grade Pre-1 thanks to the practice.

Submitted by Hennadii on Thu, 16/07/2020 - 16:06

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I've been learning English for many years so I get enough experience to have some tips. First of all, you need a goal. You can't learn English in general, you have to do it on purpose: study, work or something. I suggest setting an ambitious goal - be ready for IELTS or TOEFL exam. Maybe you want to take this exam or maybe you don't but it's a quite challenging goal which claims huge effort to achieve. If you prepare yourself for the exam, I mean being confident in all four skills - speaking, reading, listening, and writing - you will be ready to face any task at work or at study.

Submitted by Naru Yasuda on Thu, 16/07/2020 - 07:21

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I think other tips for learning a new language is to use that language in everyday life. But it is very difficult. I think we don't use other language because all people speak Japanese. Therefor we think difficult. So, if you have a time to other country, it is big chance to learn language. But many people don't have a chance to go this country. So, I recommend listening to CD and read around. If you have a movie spoken other language, it is good. Movie have a seen to everyday life. If you see movie many times, you can learn language.

Submitted by Machida on Tue, 14/07/2020 - 09:06

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I think watching foreign movies and listening to music is good. I think most of people don't like study. But if your favorite singer is a foreigner, you naturally want to understand the meaning of lyrics, don't you? So we can study happily while listening to songs. The reason I decided to study foreign languages is because my favorite artist is foreigner. I think I want to understand them, so I can study hard.

Submitted by Noyama Juri on Mon, 13/07/2020 - 10:53

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Hello. what I need to learn a new language is listening to foreign songs and watching movies. those are very English lessons. I also think speaking with people from overseas will help improve your English ability. I think the tips for learning a new language from these are listening to foreign songs, watching movies and talking to foreigners.

Submitted by Saria Muraoka on Mon, 13/07/2020 - 08:28

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When I became a college student, I started learning a new language. At first it was very difficult and I couldn't do anything. When I checked it on the internet, I found a application. It's free and anyone can use it. In addition, it's like a game. I don't feel like studying, it's very fun. The application can study words and grammar. We can review the wrong problem. I was surprised that we could practice pronunciation. I thought I couldn't practice pronunciation by myself, so I was very happy. I'll continue to use it from now on. I want everyone to try it.

Submitted by Suellen Esteves on Fri, 10/07/2020 - 00:39

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My tip is to PRACTICE. Every day, practice a lot, practice reading, writing, speaking or listening, everything is valid.

Submitted by CAU Franzoia on Thu, 09/07/2020 - 05:29

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Hello, I am from Argentina and I would like to give you my recommendations. First of all I think this advide could be helpful for anyone who want to be fluent in english. A good advice is do anything with the language that you want to learn such as: read a book, listen to music and understand the context. My thought are concern about the process to transform our brain in order to get a good level of english/spanish or whatever language you want to learn. Also it is important to be aware about the consequence to translate every single word in your mother language. If you do that, you wIll be struggling to make progress. Sorry about my mistakes I only started learing english recently.

Submitted by Dastenova Firuza on Tue, 07/07/2020 - 14:08

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using stickers with new words every day improves our vocabulary.

Submitted by R on Mon, 06/07/2020 - 17:06

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I usually do what this sentence. I like foreign music and sometimes listen to it. I think listening to foreign music is useful for learning language. I study English so now I mostly listen to English music. But I'm also studying Chinese and Malay. So if I have time, I want to listen to music in these two languages. Watching foreign dramas may also help us learn language. One of my friends is watching foreign dramas without subtitles. I've never done this, but I'll try it next time. It may be difficult to see without subtitles, so I would like to add subtitles at first.

Submitted by NANAKA on Mon, 06/07/2020 - 15:24

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Hello! I'm stuck in a rut with my learning English recently, so that I've just started dohing and imitating Red Kiwi. What is Red Kiwi? It is an app to learn languages. By using it, We can have English lessons anywhere, anytime. Of course it's free. I like this way of studying because this is like playing a game. Speaking is one thing. Readig and writing is another. Practice, practice, practice!

Submitted by Maiko Tanzawa on Mon, 06/07/2020 - 09:15

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Some other tips that come to my mind when learning a language are to use social media and other means to find and contact a native speaker of the language you want to learn. Now that the Internet is well developed and you can easily connect with people from overseas, I think you should actively use it. I think this site is exactly the same. In addition, learning foreign language by incorporating it into your favorite things, or if you are learning multiple languages, find common points and different points yourself, organize them and learn while consciously learning I think it will be easier to understand about.

Submitted by Yonemura Tomoya on Mon, 06/07/2020 - 08:30

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Hello. I have two tips for learning a new language. First, talking with native speaker. English education of Japan develop for the last several decades, so there are some ALT or teacher in all school. I think it is good oppotunity to talk with native Speaker. By doing so, your speaking and listening skills will improve. Second, teaching other people. It is very difficult. If you can teach other people, your understanding will increace. I think taht what you have interest is the most important thing.

Submitted by tomoka on Mon, 06/07/2020 - 08:01

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I hear it is good for language learners to watch overseas dramas with a new language's subtitles. I think it is good way of studying languages. I major in a foreign language, so I know how difficult is to master the skill of speaking them. Of course, I must study hard them by writing or reading. But there are a lot of attractive dramas in the world. Furthermore, if the drama is made in the country I study the language, maybe it is useful for me. In fact, there are people around me can speak English by doing them. From this opinion, I recommend language learners to study language by using overseas works.

Submitted by mahiro on Mon, 06/07/2020 - 06:46

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Hello. This sentence summary is about there are some things that good language learners do and some things they don't do. There are 8 suggestion sentence. I think most need sentence that don't be afraid of making mistakes. Because I often afraid of making mistakes. But I know, don't be afraid of making mistakes. Therefor I keep challenging to speak in English.

Submitted by Dilnoza Sulaymonova on Fri, 12/06/2020 - 08:47

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The best way is learning more and more new vocabulary and to improve speaking skill

Submitted by Sharif Tayyebi on Sat, 06/06/2020 - 08:49

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I usually do some of tips that I read in this part. I think all these tips are very nice and useful. In my opinion, a language is a tool to make communication, so we should use it in every part of our live and use it as a tool of communication. Nowadys, messaging, writing letters, chatting, using in phone calls, reading books and websites, makkng Facebook page, twitter, and so on are the other part of communication which we use them. I think, we should use a language in all aspects of our life. For example, I have a Facebook page, and sometimes I write on in English which I am learning now. I often request for help or ask for my mistakes from my friends, and they usually share with me. Sometimes I learn a lot of things from my friends. I suggest to everybody that they use Facebook and so on like a tool of learning. It will be a great way in our free time, but I should notice that using Facebook and other communication tools must be for free time and we shouldn't always use them. Thank you so much

Submitted by mouna99 on Tue, 19/05/2020 - 15:35

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Try to find a speak partner, read books and stories with audio it helps to know the pronunciation of the words.

Submitted by mahiro on Tue, 19/05/2020 - 14:48

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Hello everyone. I'm a college student it major in foreign language class. I use here in lesson. I decided to s English because of my school trip. So I talk native speaker and I lean a lot of vocabulary every day. I want to available, stay at home. Thank you in advance.

Submitted by Muhammad Bagir on Sun, 17/05/2020 - 04:58

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I think, the first thing that you should have is the reason why you do this. On a chance i read a phrase from Nietzche, he said "If you find the answer of your 'why' question, there will be no question 'how' can stopping you.

Submitted by Yernar on Fri, 08/05/2020 - 11:27

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Hello, world! We are all here multinational persons from different parts of earth. Each of us everyday speak on own national languages. In my country we everyday speak only on Russian and Kazakh languages. But each citizens are trying learn English. We has a thousands courses where we have been offered learn english. Who knows why english makes so great? I have been leaning english for 20 years but after I took a look on lewyer book I figured out that my english only on the starter. ))

Submitted by jason2295 on Wed, 06/05/2020 - 03:46

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Please below some tips abour learning a new language.... 1. Do many exercises as you can. 2. Learn new vocabulary. 3. Forget grammar structure, estudy hard listening and reading. 4. Get news native speakers friends. 5. Try no to translate, think in language you want to learn. 6. Spend at least 2 0 3 hours per day on your language skills.

Submitted by YEBI on Fri, 01/05/2020 - 23:48

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To learn a new language, I thing that you must to have motivation. With this, all things we do will be easy. So, all time, listen music, watch movies, read test and search new words to improve your vocabulary

Submitted by Djoo on Mon, 27/04/2020 - 06:36

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I think listening to a native speakers is one to the most important things for learning a new languge. Because all People use this methode when them young ;we heard from our parents and familie then from other people.

Submitted by OlaIELTS on Thu, 09/04/2020 - 03:20

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Other tips for learning new langauge includes: - Do your homework. - Do extra practice. - Doing group activities. - And making progress.

Submitted by Milena Lucero … on Mon, 06/04/2020 - 17:06

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Hello everyone, I agree with the reading, I think that the practice and immersion in the language help us to learn it. I practice with my friends, listen to music, read news o articles of interest, watch movies. Just I do it interesting and enjoyable for me

Submitted by NicollGonz13 on Mon, 06/04/2020 - 16:13

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Each of the tips are great and many of them I do every day to improve my English, I felt quite happy because I was able to read everything without using a translator.

Submitted by Lauracastanos on Mon, 06/04/2020 - 12:26

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i wacht movies and series in english and study with duolingo

Submitted by jahidbd on Sun, 05/04/2020 - 09:53

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Learning new language is always fun. I think vocabulary is the most important for learning English. If I have good occupy of vocabulary then I cold do very well in any language. Because if I know the word meaning then I cold understand everything in any language very quickly.

Submitted by cuneyt on Sat, 04/04/2020 - 23:20

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Hello everyone, I prefer to read the famous persons' biographies these days. Before I tried a lot of methods. I was bored. I really bored when I starts read some english language documents. After I decided to read the evocatory english language articles. It was be simple for me reading skills. I sugest you. You should study in that way what you like to study. I and bewared and shied when I didn't join this website. I noticed everything. Actually we learn to writing make mistakes. It is very normal. We can do correct. After that I don worry in this respect. DO NOT WORRY, BE HAPPY:) Best Regards.

Submitted by Daudau0601 on Sat, 04/04/2020 - 04:55

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I think all tips are very useful for me. I usually listening to music to improve my listening skill, oh this skill is so hard for me. especially, when i find this web, i feel so amazing because this web not only help me improve 4 English skill but also very excited and effective.

Submitted by V on Sat, 04/04/2020 - 02:41

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I would like to suggest to read as much as possible; this can be a book, a newspaper or instructions back of the product you purchase etc. Don't afraid to make conversation with other people; it will boost your confidence level. It is also important to keep practice writing. It will help you improve your spellings, and grammar and vocabulary. At last, be patient, things often take time before they show desirable results.

Submitted by Giahaitruong on Mon, 02/03/2020 - 12:18

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learn English everytime and sing Karaoke some english songs. It could make you love study english and able to learns new words easy.

Submitted by Alaa Basha on Sun, 16/02/2020 - 09:01

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A friend of mine advised me once that I have to read a lot. It helps you to find new words and keep you up with nowadays English.

Submitted by Dariusz on Wed, 29/01/2020 - 00:36

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Thank you for this lesson with tips and suggestions, I agree for all and I can add one more tip - when you're learning some new word or phrase connect this with some emotions, it helps you to remember.

Submitted by shahhoseini on Mon, 27/01/2020 - 15:08

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I think I must practice very much.

Submitted by Fikymaulana on Fri, 27/12/2019 - 10:38

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Those are very useful tips for me. moreover, this website not only has a great appearance but also makes me comfortable with various kind of practice materials

Submitted by Magedelabd on Thu, 26/12/2019 - 14:22

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The best idea to learn the language is to live in the country for sometimes .

Submitted by cuniglios on Fri, 15/11/2019 - 20:38

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Hi everyone, I tell you my experience to English learning. My last teacher of English class, we recomend that make conceptual net. There could we a different topics and all the word related on this, where could we included pictures, simbology, colors, etc (all these that it could help us) etc. She doesn't like that we used the dictionary, except for particular words, she preffered that we think on the mein ideas, and general understanding of the text. Other way that I have for practice is, telling with my boyfriend on house. Fortunately, hi know a lot on this language, so he is correcting me. Good lucky to all & regards,

Submitted by Rafaela1 on Fri, 08/11/2019 - 09:28

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Today, my teacher introduced us an app called Johnny Grammar's Word Challenge for learning English. We downloaded the app on our smartphones and tried it as a guest to know how it worked at first. Fortunately, we found it fun, then we registered our user names to compete our achievement with other classmates in the next few weeks. My classmates said, "It's a great stuff!", "Although it's a bit challenging for me even at an 'easy' level, I'll try to be the top!", "I'm going on a game bindge!". For less confident learners like us, it's good to know that there's a way to learn something with fun. In that sense, my teacher is very cleaver and we appreciate the creator of the application who put out great work! :)

Submitted by Maksmatt on Sat, 26/10/2019 - 15:21

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When I do my homework I talk to myselv. That helps me with the pronunciation and train the right muscles in my mouth which I need to form the right phonemes and combination between them. I really think that output (also writing) is very important.

Submitted by drphungmanhtien on Tue, 03/09/2019 - 05:56

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There are good tips for forein language learning. I will try to do that.

Submitted by Rohittttttnair on Tue, 06/08/2019 - 12:35

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Thank you so much for the tips. Can you also suggest me and tell whether I can go with TheScoreBooster's IELTS study plan?

Hello Rohittttttnair

I'm afraid I'm not familiar with that site. As with any such site, I'd encourage you to investigate it carefully before subscribing.

What I can recommend is TakeIELTS, where you can find all kinds of information as well as some free practice materials.

All the best

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by cittàutopica on Thu, 18/07/2019 - 15:51

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The tips given are thorough; but I would like to add a recommendation: it's necessary study continuously, without stop, for the rest of life.
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