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English Resource

This resource is designed to help students and graduates around the world tackle academic college English assignments, even if English is not their native language. Enjoy the abundance of guides, manuals and samples written for ESL students.

The Best Way to Learn English

You may have heard the claim before. Apparently, the best way to learn any language is to simple be dropped into a foreign country with no resources, no plan and no help. This way does work, but it’s a pretty dramatic way to make someone learn English. You’re more or less forced to survive on your intuition and what you can hope to understand from the people around you. For many people, this is not a recipe for great language mastery: it’s a recipe for devastating failure. There are better ways to learn English than simple being ‘thrown to the wolves.’ The best way, however, holds similar traits: it requires the learner to be confronted with, and use English as constantly as possible.

When you’re attempting to learn English, you need to incorporate into your life as your language – not as something you translate into your language. Forget trying to translate words or sentences in your head. Forget trying to compare English words to your native tongue words. You want to learn English the same way you learned your first language: through usage, social interaction and application. To do this, you must use and study English every single day. Use a technological learning program, online classes, books, videos or other materials to help you get a basic understanding of the language. Make flash cards, study notes and imaginary conversations. If possible, take tests or quizzes where you can identify errors, pick relevant responses or learn ne vocabulary. This will supply you with basic, fundamental knowledge of the language, and better prepare you for using it in real life.

One of the best ways to make sure you learn English effectively and quickly is to have a native English-speaker always nearby to converse with. This can be a friend, relative, coworker, anyone. As long as they are an English speaker, you can use them as practice for your English skills. Ask them to be your study partner and have extensive, diverse conversations with them on many topics. Allow them to give you input on your strengths and weaknesses with the language. You can apply this concept to an even wider scope. Again, the best way to learn English it to use it: so go to an English-speaking store, see a movie in English with no subtitles, or bring your friend to a party where most of the individuals speak English. The wider and more diverse your range of exposure to the language is, the faster you’ll be able to adapt. Just remember: practice makes perfect, and that’s especially true when learning a language!