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Episode 09: Aaagghhh... my injured leg!

Interview advice from poor Johnny the injured footballer.

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Language level

Intermediate: B1


Hello my friends,

I have learned English for 12 years. From 4 years of intermediate school, 3 years of high school and 5 years of university, but I can't use English well. I think I am not lazy, maybe the methods I learned before which isn't correctly. Before, I learned vocabularies and grammar so much, but now i forgot them so fast.
So at the moment, search on google "How To Learn English Effectively" and I find out some methods:
1. Free Reading and only learned about 3000 words: This method show me that I only learn about 3000 words, because People can communicate by using them. We obtain 3000 words by reading newspaper and our brain will remember automatically them.

2. Aj Hoge-Effortles English (I think you know this method)

3. Your website with lessons are interesting.

And I wonder what correctly method for me, or I combine all upper methods.
Can you give me your advice?
Thanks you so much!

Hello nguyennha1211,

I'm not familiar with the other two websites you mentioned, so I can't say anything about them, but reading is certainly important, so if the first website involves reading practise, then that sounds worthwhile.

It might help to think of learning English as being like learning to play a musical instrument or a sport. If you want to play the violin, you can learn the names of all the pieces of the violin, about different scales and keys; you can also practise holding it and learn the names of all the harmonies involved in it that you want to play. (This is all similar to learning vocabulary and grammar.) But if you want to play music, you have to practise playing music. You have to practise - preferably every day - and you have to make lots of mistakes and work hard to correct them.

Learning English is similar - it sounds like what you need is to use it. If you can find someone to speak with regularly, even if only for a short time, that will really help. It doesn't need to be a native speaker or teacher (though especially a teacher can really help you). I think our site is also an excellent resource, and I'd especially recommend the Elementary Podcasts and Big City Small World.

Listen to the first episode, and try to understand it without the transcript first. Then read the transcript as you listen. Identify phrases that you'd like to learn, and imitate the pronunciation that you hear. Practise saying them to yourself or to others as often as you can - this will help your mouth become used to making the sounds, and help you remember them. This should give you some confidence and make your speaking more fluent. You should also keep a record of new words and expressions you learn in a vocabulary notebook, which you should study.

The more you practise, the more I think you will find that improve!

Please let us know how it goes and don't hesitate to write if you have any questions.

Best wishes,

The LearnEnglish Team

thank you very much

Hello, Dear Team of British Council web site. Actually, I¨m doing The Big City. Series 1.6. I find out that this method to study English is very funny, and really help to improve quickly our learning skills. Thank you so much. I´m looking forward to do it at all, but I know I have to go step by step.
Your sincerly.

Hi nelsonraul41,

Thanks very much for your kind words - it's always nice to know that people appreciate our work. We wish you the best, and please don't hesitate to ask us if you have any questions.

Best regards,

The LearnEnglish Team

I really liked this series i'm eager to pursue the rest. Interesting and useful.

I realy love this page! It s easy way to study english, thank you very much to english team!

Great website.Thanks The LearnEnglish team.

the game is nosy, but it's very easy :p!!!!!

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