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Simple hacks to improve your English

Speaking good English is a passport to a world of opportunity. Although it is not the most widely spoken language in the world, it is regarded as the lingua franca of commerce and trade and the standard means of communication for airplanes, travel and the internet. It is everywhere and being fluent in the language is a big advantage no matter where you are in the world. But how do you become fluent, if English is not your home language? Or even if it is your home language, how do you take it to the next level? English is complicated and it can be hard to pick up, so to help you with attaining your goals, here are a few tips to ensure you reach your potential with the language

Learn from an expert

One of the best places to start with your quest to be a better English speaker is to find a tutor or language expert who can act as a coach or mentor. If you are living in a place where English is the predominant language it is all the easier to find that person. To find an English tutor Sydney or Brisbane should be very simple. Visit the local library or search online and you will find the names of many people who can help. In short, you are looking for somebody with whom you can hold regular conversations and to whom you can read or converse with. It is first and foremost about using the language and doing so correctly. The rest will follow from there. Just make sure that you are conversing with an expert – while it might be more comfortable talking to a fellow student, the problem is that you will keep making the same mistakes and you revert back to the language with which you are most familiar, especially if you are both more fluent at it.

Focus on what’s important

English is complicated and not always easy to understand. Make it your primary goal to be proficient at speaking it well. Spelling and grammar are a whole different ball game and they can be very daunting. There are many words in English that are spelt the same but mean different things. Or words that are pronounced the same, but which are spelled differently. Damn! The bass of their speakers chased the bass over there to the other side to the dam. It is a perfectly good sentence, but it shows a few examples of how the same word can be used but have two different meanings.

Immerse yourself in it

The best way to learn a language, any language, is to immerse yourself in it completely. Create a situation where you have to use it all the time. A great example of this is travel. For example, if you want to learn Swahili you will find that you pick it up much quicker if you fly to Tanzania and spend a few weeks there. Using it daily, in all your interactions, hearing it on the television and radio and reading it constantly means there is no escape, no shortcuts and you will very quickly find that you are doing a passable job of getting by with the language.

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