You want to improve your skills in a new language, you’re full of motivation, determination and confidence but – where do you start? There’re so many online resources, tutorials and lessons to choose from, some free, others not; there’re also schools and teachers to choose from. With all this choice it becomes hard to know what your best options are. But for sure, enrolling in a language school is, of course, your best bet for learning the fundamentals correctly and for improving.
If you combine an English course with online resources, the results will be better still. If you choose an intensive course, do many exercises and many tutorials, invest real time and effort, the results will be even greater – but there is always the question of motivation. For most of us, it’s all too easy to start off a new project full of enthusiasm, expect quick results, become disheartened, then lose that initial spark of motivation. Have you ever felt that’s it keeping going that the hardest? After the first few (inevitable) disappointments set in, how do you keep going? Wouldn’t it be better, after all, to just start something else?
The key to these problems is consistency – consistency and patience. If we try, for example, to improve our English by focussing on small, day to day, changes, rather than by expecting some sudden, overnight difference, we will see over time our language changing and getting better. Having realistic expectations is important here too. How about setting a goal, along with a date. That could be learning 50 new words by the end of the month, or being able to read a short story in English by your next birthday. In fact, now that we’re talking about it, reading is actually one of the best ways there is to improve your language.
Reading will help you not only to be able to focus, concentrate, improve your vocabulary but it will also help you to have better and more meaningful communication, it will broaden your imagination, reduce stress, make you smarter and more interesting as a person. Reading is an excellent way to combine entertainment with the development of key areas of the brain and memory. Whether you read an academic paper or poetry the multiple benefits will be soon apparent to you and the people around you, just remember to find the genres you enjoy the most! As Groucho Marx satirically said ” I find television to be very educating. Every time somebody turns the set on, I go into another room and read a book.”