How we learn
Language learning is an essential function of the brain that allows us to make sense of our world. Without exposure to language in early childhood, we grow up with a very limited ability to navigate it. Stories of abandoned children have tragically demonstrated the importance of early exposure and the price we pay if we are deprived of languages in the first years.
But babies are, in fact, hard-wired to listen to and mimic languages they hear even before birth, and studies have shown that even without words, babies cry and communicate ‘with an accent. The ability to speak in their mother tongue is built on this deep foundation – and their ability to express themselves progresses at an astonishingly fast rate in the first years of life.
Children acquire language skills through a process scientists call ‘implicit learning’: absorbing and mimicking what they hear. They are simply focused on acquiring the means to communicate what they want in the most effective way possible.
They don’t think about language learning – they simply do it.
Easy way to learn English.
It may seem obvious, but watching everything in English is one of the most helpful things you can do to learn faster and develop your accent. Like watching English movies and web series and also Youtube videos Learning new words is, of course, very helpful, but your accent will thank you as your ears get used to hearing English all the time
I like watching things in the original language, instead of the dubbed version. You can start by watching movies or videos that you’ve already watched or know well in English. It might be hard at first but if you help yourself with subtitles it is going to get easier every time.
Read a book
Try to find an English book at your level, whether you need to start with a children’s book to get the basics or are trying longer novels. You can try reading out loud with a friend, both to practice your speaking and also your comprehension.
Write a story
You can write whatever comes to your mind to help you practice your grammar and search for new words. Plus, reading and then writing the words will help you remember them in the future! You can even read your story out loud later to practice your speaking skills
Keep a Diary or Blog in English
Writing can be a very creative and relaxing activity. Keeping a diary or blog in English is the best way to get regular writing practice. As well as sharpening up your grammar skills, writing will also improve your ability to use everyday English.
You could be writing about your disappointing rainy vacation or the exciting baseball game you watched on TV—it’s up to you!
Of course, you can write entries as often as you want. Even writing one entry a week will give you a huge sense of satisfaction. However, try to write more every week. Set goals for yourself so that you need to write more, faster.
If you’re a perfectionist who hates making mistakes, you can show your diary or blog to native speakers and ask them to correct it for you. Don’t worry if you don’t know any native speakers though, lang-8 is a great language exchange website where language learners can help each other with writing. Looking back at your previous writing work and seeing how you’ve improved over time will boost your confidence, too!
English is a very musical language, so it’s really important to work on perfecting the right kind of sounds and the right flow if you want to sound native.
Read everything you can get your hands on
Classic literature, paperbacks, newspapers, websites, emails, your social media feed, cereal boxes: if it’s in English, read it.
Take every opportunity to talk
Since I didn’t have foreign friends to practice my English with back home, I created opportunities for myself at school. I was always putting my hand up when the teacher needed some volunteers to read a text or to just answer questions when the teacher asked. The more active you are, the more you’ll learn and the faster your native English accent will develop.
Talk with real live humans
What is a language for if not to communicate? Sure, we humans have become experts at communicating without opening our mouths – thanks Whatsapp! – but when push comes to shove, speaking a language indeed helps it stick in your head far better than only reading or writing it. Just think of how many times you’ve heard people say that they “understand, but can’t speak English.” A lot of would-be English speakers have turned talking into a huge insurmountable barrier that only serves to psyche them out. Don’t be like that. Seek out native speakers for an informal language exchange, enroll in a course, or take classes online.
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Why we learn
Children are also primed to learn a language fast to survive and thrive – both at home and in the broader social setting. While they may receive instruction in the language they are using, they remain fundamentally unstructured learners, immersed in the language, and learning through a continuous, messy process of trial and error.
BBC Learning English
Since the beginning of time, BBC TV and radio presenters have spoken in perfect British English, and BBC articles have been written with impeccable grammar. So, who better to learn English with? The BBC’s Learning English blog has hundreds of easy videos, articles, and free exercises to help anyone from beginners to near-native English speakers perfect their grasp of the language.