Yesterday, someone on Facebook said that they were living in a remote area with no opportunity to speak English. They asked me for advice about what they could do to practice English. I decided to write about that here today.
Language skills can be divided into two parts, input and output. The input skills are reading and listening. The output skills are writing and speaking. If you want to improve your English, it is important to cover all four skills every day. Here are some tips on how you can do that.
Reading is important because it helps you review vocabulary and grammar. Reading can help you think in English. When you read, try not to use a dictionary. As much as possible, try to guess the meaning of the words you don’t know. If there are too many words you don’t know, then try to find something a little easier to read.
Listening is also a great way to review vocabulary and grammar. Listening also helps you think in English. There are a lot of great resources on the internet these days where you can practice listening. Also check iTunes which has many podcasts in English.
Writing is output. The best thing you can do to practice writing is to write a journal. I have already covered this topic, so click this link for details on writing a journal. Write in a casual, conversational way, just as if you were talking to a friend. When you write, try to use any new vocabulary or expressions you have learned that day.
Speaking is the ultimate form of output. Try to speak as much as you can and as often as you can. If you do not have the chance to speak to someone in English face to face, try Skype. There are a number of Skype communities that you can find people looking to speak and practice English.
I hope this is helpful. I look forward to your comments and suggestions for another one-point lesson.