Don’t be afraid to make mistakes
None of us are perfect. It is imperfection that makes you and I unique, different individuals. Making mistakes is a completely normal thing, and even useful if we know how to learn and learn from those mistakes.
For learning English, or any other foreign language, the important thing you need to remember is, never be afraid to make mistakes, never be afraid to make mistakes. And believe me, people will not judge, judge or ridicule you when you say it wrong, or make a mistake, but on the contrary, they will praise and encourage you to try harder. Many of them will even help you correct your mistakes and give you advice to help you improve.
For a person who is just starting to learn English, learning to listen is really a terrible thing, because you can’t hear anything from a native speaker. However, just listen, listen a lot, both when you are active and not active. Because only listening to a lot of you will know how to pronounce correctly and form a habit of standard pronunciation for yourself. After a while, you will find your hearing improves and you won’t be as scared as in the early days.
For beginners, first practice listening to each short piece, listen at a very slow speed, repeating it many times until you hear each word clearly. And please buy yourself a notebook to take notes or note down the pronunciation of difficult words, words that are often wrong and learn from them for the next time.
Learn key grammar
To learn English well, it takes a lot of factors and approaches a lot of parts revolving around this language. In which, learning grammar is an important factor that should be prioritized. Grammar is considered the foundation of a language, if you master the grammar, it will be easy to create complete, correct and meaningful sentences, making learning English simpler and more effective.
According to statistics, there are about 200 grammatical structures in English, but don’t worry too much because it is not necessary to learn all of them. According to the experience of many predecessors, you only need to know the 12 basic English words to be able to communicate well with native speakers. So, what you should do is focus on the key grammatical structures that are often encountered in speaking and writing.
Make friends with technology
The Internet is a great tool for learning languages. In addition to searching for English learning resources, you can continue to use Facebook, Snapchat, send messages to foreign friends, listen to music on Youtube, write online content in English. Besides, through the search, you will have the opportunity to access many reference sources, useful documents and suitable for your English learning plan. Be diligent in searching the Internet selectively to know more interesting knowledge about this language.
For English, the application of technology in teaching makes the lesson interesting when technology is now an indispensable part of life, thus helping students focus and enjoy it more. The application of technology in English teaching must include the combined teaching method. This is a method that combines traditional classroom teaching and online lessons to help students increase their exposure to English and make the most of their self-study time.
Learning vocabulary is always a “nameless obsession” for those who learn English. Learning first, forgetting later, after learning, it is not applicable… There are many problems related to learning vocabulary that make you always fall into a state of stress, boredom and fatigue. Vocabulary is very important because it conveys your opinion and ideas. Grammar puts words together, but most of the meaning is in the words. The more words you know, the more you will communicate.
We learn vocabulary largely through reading texts. The more you read, the richer your vocabulary will be. While reading, pay more attention to words you don’t know. Try to guess the meaning from the text first, then look it up in the dictionary. Reading and listening to complex documents is a great way to learn new words.
Create your own English learning environment
Let’s create a learning environment and speak English to make the learning process more effective. You can make friends with native speakers through social media and talk to them every day, asking them for pronunciation and grammar guidance. In addition, if you want to create a dynamic and emotional learning environment, you can go to famous tourist areas with many Western tourists such as lakeside, west lake, old town …. to talk, communicate. communicate with foreigners from there to practice reflexes and improve vocabulary for themselves.
Another way that sounds funny but can be very effective is to stand in front of the mirror, talk to yourself and record. This will help you control your face as well as check pronunciation errors effectively.
Focus on pronunciation
Seen from real life, when a child is born, he learns to speak before he learns to write or learn grammar. In English too, the first step you need to focus on is to learn how to pronounce so that your brain gradually gets used to the phonetics in English and makes the learning process more effective later.
So how to learn English pronunciation effectively? To do this, you first need to know about the English Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). Practice carefully how to read each sound in this table to build a solid foundation for yourself. Next, in order to learn pronunciation effectively, you need to pay attention to the following points:
- Learn to speak with focus: An English word can consist of many syllables, but only one syllable has primary stress. Pay attention and make it a habit to speak with the right focus.
- Learn how to say the right tune: Try to imagine if you speak Vietnamese but keep saying it evenly, without stopping and resting properly, how will the listeners feel? In English, too, you need to speak with rhythm, learn to pause, pause, take a breath and press the right words to create a melody for your dialogue.
- Learn to speak with correct intonation: Intonation expresses the speaker’s feelings or meanings. Each language has its own way of expressing intonation. Surprised, upset, sad, angry… all of the above emotional states can be expressed in spoken language through intonation. Intonation creates emotions for conversations, so listen and imitate the intonation of native speakers to form your own habits.
In short, to pronounce well, listen a lot and “parody” what you have heard as close to a native speaker as possible. If possible, record the process of “parodying” yourself to notice the day-to-day changes and detect mistakes in your pronunciation.
Don’t translate everything
This is a wrong but extremely common habit in English Listening. When listening to English, a lot of people try to translate the message they have just heard into Vietnamese with the argument “to be able to understand”. However, the more I tried to translate into Vietnamese, the more I could not understand what was being said. Translation is a complex process that requires proficiency in both languages, and agility in processing and remembering information. When you’re just starting out, don’t try to force yourself to “cross the threshold” like that.
Finding every word in a dictionary is difficult, while the Internet and Google Translate can make it easy to translate passages. However, this is not helpful for your studies. The reason is that if you translate literally word-for-word into English, native speakers will find it very odd. This translation does not include idioms and is not effective when changing auxiliary verbs or prepositions. On the contrary, if you read a passage in English and try to translate it into your native language, this is not so bad, just takes time and confuses you a bit, but not confusing for the person you are talking to. friend.
Build a clear learning path
A clear learning path is essential for you to start your journey to mastering English. The route is built to help you stay on track and have a clear study plan, thereby helping learners to develop comprehensively their 1 English skills. The first thing that you have to prepare for yourself is: ask yourself about your current level of English and the English goals you want to achieve in the future. From there, you will understand your direction and map out a specific English learning route at home.
However, not everyone can design a route to learn English communication at home that is suitable for them. One thing you should pay attention to is:
- If you are someone who starts learning English from scratch, practice pronunciation, listen and build your own vocabulary first.
- If you already have a basic foundation, proceed to delve into each level of English and apply the higher levels of learning to raise your English level.
Parallel development of reading and writing skills
Along with the above notes, parallel development of reading and writing skills is also an essential and important thing that beginners should pay special attention to. Reading is an essential skill and you can learn a lot in the process of reading. When you read English materials, you will learn new sentence structures, new vocabulary or expressions. To remember what you have read, you need to practice a lot with that knowledge and writing is the most used.
When writing, you will have the opportunity to review what you have read and master the use of vocabulary and sentence structure. The more you practice, the more you will master the ways of using vocabulary, sentence structure or expressions in English. Therefore, when reading foreign language materials, do not forget to prepare a small notebook to be ready to record new knowledge.