Tuesday, February 28, 2012


Study English Every Day

How many English words can I learn per day?

10 English words or phrases per day aren’t too many, are they? Just give it a try. You will find that you can learn them in next to no time.

So why not take a little time each day (Monday to Friday) to learn 10 new words?

Use the weekend to revise what you have learned during the past week(s). This way you’ll enrich your English vocabulary by 50 new words per week. (That’s 200 new English words after a month!)

English Grammar in Texts

How can you best study and remember certain aspects of English grammar (e.g. tenses)?

When reading English texts (lyrics, novels, news, textbooks) look out for the grammar aspect you want to remember. Mark it and reflect on why it is used there.

To see whether you're right about a rule, look up the topic in an English grammar reference, your English textbook

English Gap-Filling Exercises

Make your own gap-filling exercises from English texts.

Choose a short, interesting English text that is not too difficult (e.g. lyrics, text from your textbook, news, excerpt from a story/novel). Copy the text and delete some words in the copy, e.g.:
verbs in a certain tense

Try to fill the gaps correctly and then take the original text to check your answers.

This sure is more fun when doing it with friends. Everyone prepares a short text and gives a copy to the others, who will try to fill the gaps correctly.

To make things a bit easier, you can provide the words in a different order or as a translation.

Study English with Friends

Meet friends and study English together.

You can repeat your English vocabulary, do your homework together and help each other with English grammar. And why not try one of our games on ego4u. Studying with friends simply is much more fun.

It’s also a good opportunity to exchange ideas on studying in general. Maybe your friends have found out about a good way of studying more effectively. Or, who knows, maybe you can advise your friends on this?

Learn English through Reading

Read English texts as often as you can.

This could be the news, short stories or novels, texts from your textbook or magazines. Choose an interesting text that is not too difficult for you (otherwise it wouldn’t be fun).

Don’t look up every word which is new to you – even without a dictionary you will understand a lot. Just concentrate on what you do understand and try to find out the rest by intelligent guessing. That works rather well, especially if you are interested in the topic. If you are a football fanatic for example, you probably won’t have problems understanding an English text about football. On the other hand, someone who is better in English than you but not interested in football will have more problems understanding the same text.

Watch The English News

Watch the news in your native language and then try to find the English news of the topics. Even if you don't understand some of the words in the English text, you will get the message as you already know what the text is about.

Learn English Through Songs

Vocabulary needs to be revised again and again. Well, what could be better than studying vocabulary by listening to your favourite songs?

Read the lyrics first and try to understand them. You don’t have to translate the lyrics word by word, just try to find out what the song is all about. (Note: ‘Rap’ might not be practical as those songs usually contain slang words that not even ‘ordinary’ English native speakers know.)

Pick some words or phrases from the song that you would like to learn. If necessary, look up their exact meaning in a dictionary. A dictionary might also be useful to find other interesting phrases with the word.

Now, to learn the vocabulary, all you have to do is listening to the song again and again (that shouldn’t be a problem if it’s one of your favourite songs).

Learn English Through Movies

Thanks to DVD, watching films in English has become an easy thing to do.

Choose your favourite film – you’ve watched that film a dozen times and probably know all the dialogues off by heart in your native language. So following the story will be easy for you.

Have paper and pen ready as you may want to jot down useful words or phrases that you wish to learn. English subtitles might be useful for that (although they might differ from what is actually being said).

If you are not used to watching films in English, choose a only few episodes – at the beginning it isn’t easy to concentrate on listening to the foreign language for a long time.

• Firstly, buy a good English dictionary, for this is the most important thing that you will need when learning English. Successful English learners use their dictionaries all the time.

• Secondly, if you want to improve your speaking/writing ability, read the newspaper, and while doing that highlights the words you do not know, and then go and check them on your new dictionary.

• Thirdly, instead of watching TV, listen to the radio.

• Fourthly, talk, talk and talk to anyone at anytime and anywhere.

• And finally, learn to go with the flow while enjoying the many benefits of learning a new language.

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