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107 Ways to Learn English

Learning a new language apart from your native tongue can be overwhelming at first, but there are definitely many ways you can benefit from it.

For instance, picking up a new language can help improve brain activity, boost memory, enhance decision making, explore new worlds and cultures, and ultimately, land new career opportunities if that is your goal.

If English isn’t your native language and you have started your English language learning journey, there are even more ways you can improve your lifestyle.

Benefits of Learning the English Language

English is the second most widely spoken language in the world after Mandarin, and there are presently over 400 million speakers worldwide. That’s a lot of people you can communicate and build relationships with!

If Mandarin is your native tongue, then English is the perfect choice for a second language.

Additionally, English is also the language of science, computers, aviation, diplomacy, and tourism. Being able to speak English will allow you to travel the world and communicate with ease.

If that isn’t enough, speaking English will open up a world of opportunities when it comes to your professional career because it is currently the official language of 53 countries! This is perfect if you are dreaming to move to another country and live the life you want.

English Language Learning Methods

Like learning a new skill, there are many steps you can take to learn English.

People commonly turn to books and audio CDs and start learning the language on their own. While this might work well for some people who are comfortable with self-studying, this might also be unproductive for others who learn more with an actual mentor present so they often opt for an English language class instead.

English language classes are some of the most effective methods to fluency. Each session will have a mentor or teacher, textbooks to work on, and peers you can practice with. However, it can sometimes be costly, and not widely available in some developing countries.

Apart from those mentioned, there are tons of ways you can learn and improve your English language skills. We have compiled 101 Ways you can do to learn English, so feel free to browse our tips and ideas and be on your way to be the next Shakespear!

Make use of the sorting feature of the master list we have provided below according to your preference by clicking on the mini up and down arrows beside each criteria. You can also click on an idea to read more about it.

What is your favorite method to use in learning English? Let us know in the comments below!

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Effectiveness (Higher is better)
Believe in YourselfIncrease your own personal confidence in all areas of life so that you don't get discouraged when you have difficulties learning English.22.83.64.4
Use English in Daily LifeUse english in your daily life as much as possible.1.62.74.24.9
Less Native LanguageUse your native language less.1.83.63.54.4
English is WeirdAccept that English is a weird language, and the rules just don't make sense.1.42.62.32.3
Learn IdiomsLearn English idioms: they can be difficult to memorize, but they are great fun to use, they’ll make your own English more colourful, and you will understand them when others use them.1.72.93.54.4
Make MistakesDon’t be afraid to make mistakes, as people can only correct your mistakes when they hear you make them.1.52.84.14.7
Free SitesPractice English online for free using sites such as UsaLearns.org or Edx.org.1.52.23.64.4
Listen to the RadioIf it's broadcast in your area (or online), look for good English radio stations to play in the background throughout your day.1.52.23.44.3
RelaxationKeep calm, don't worry about anything, and before you start your learning strategy, just fully relax so your mind can learn new English.1.21.93.74.2
NewspapersFind an English newspaper and look for at least one new word each day in the news.1.81.93.64.4
Get HelpIf you don’t understand something, you should have a willing partner that you can turn tun for help such as a teacher, classmate, friend, or family member.1.724.24.4
Be GratefulBe grateful for the English you already know, since there are many people who will never learn as much as you already have!1.41.733.2
Root WordsLearn Root Words which are essential building blocks of many other words. Also this is a part of building better readers and speakers.1.32.63.64.5
Graded ReadersGet some special "graded readers" books that are fitting for your current level.2.72.73.24
Keep a JournalKeep an English diary or journal by writing a few sentences each day or by tracking new words or phrases your learn over time.22.43.64.7
BrainstormBrainstorm as many new ideas and thoughts as you can, and if you find some we don't have listed here let us know!1.42.333.6
PunctuationKeep an eye on your punctuation as it can totally change what you’re trying to say.1.62.644.5
Sing English SongsLearn English songs and sing along with them to improve fluency and intonation.1.41.74.14.6
Record YourselfRecord your voice and listen to your pronunciation and intonation compared to a native English speaker.22.23.64.5
DictionaryAlways keep an English dictionary handy and use it often, as it will help you to keep thinking in English and not translating.2.3244.6
Guess MeaningsYour dictionary should be an aid, not your main teacher: Try to guess the meaning of words rather than going straight for your dictionary.1.82.73.23.6
Cue CardsCarry cue cards with you throughout the day. Cue cards are small cards which you can write new words, phrases or sentences on for easy reference.2.22.82.64.2
Post-it NotesUse post-it notes around your home, and use them to label things in English for practice.22.52.94.5
DebateJoin a debate group to help improve the fluency of your English to a higher level.2.13.42.84.1
Socialize with English SpeakersMake the effort to frequently include English speaking friends and acquantances in social activites (even if they are not native English speakers).2.42.63.74.5
Learn Grammer LaterDon’t panic about your grammar too much early on, instead focus on basic English words, pronunciation and phrases as perfect grammar can wait.1.31.83.33.9
Tongue TwistersEnglish toungue twisters are hard even for native English speakers so you can impress your native English friends by mastering a few of these fun phrases.1.53.32.83.6
Story TellingRoughly translate a story from your own language or culture into English and read it to your friends or family.1.93.42.34.2
English YoutubeSubscribe to interesting Youtube channels that have creators with good pronunciation that speak clearly on camera.2.11.64.14.4
Travel AbroadGo abroad and visit a country with mostly English language natives such as the USA and UK.4.843.64.3
Ask QuestionsMemorize common questions you might have in English, and put yourself in situations where you'll need to ask those questions frequently.1.42.43.74
Full SentencesStudy the differences between full sentences and partial sentences (also called fragments).1.52.12.73.9
English MoviesWatch English movies with lots of great dialogue.2.61.44.34.8
English TV SeriesWatch English TV series.21.64.14.8
ContextWhen you come to a word you don't understand, take a moment to observe the contextual usage the word or phrase before looking it up in a dictionary.1.31.93.44.1
24 Hour English ChallengeChallenge yourself to only speak English for a whole 24 hours.1.733.34.7
Paid Online ClassesEnroll in a paid online class such as classes from uDemy.com and iTalki.com.3.72.33.44.2
Study PlanIdentify why you want to learn English and Find or make your own custom study that lays out your long term strategy for perfecting your English.1.72.62.94
Formal TestsRead through the TOEFL or IELTS descriptions and reviews to see what kind of questions are included in those tests, and take one (or several) to guage your own progress and skill.2.62.82.94.3
Chat OnlineRegister with forums or other online communities and meet chat mates that will practice English with you.2.21.93.64.2
StutteringComplete your idea before speaking, so when you start speaking, you can avoid stuttering and losing your train of thought.1.42.53.64.5
Grammatical RulesGrab a notebook and fill it with grammatical rules you want to remember, such as the Subject-Verb Agreements.1.52.73.14.1
IntonationsStudy the accents and intonations of the English variation you want to master (American, British, Canadian, Australian).2.133.34.1
Write PoemsWrite an English poem and challenge yourself to make it rhyme.1.332.84.3
PhoneticsStudy and use phonetics for early recognition of alphabet: that leads to reading.1.62.33.34.4
Write EssayThink of an interesting topic and try to write an English essay about it.1.42.834.3
Create Study GroupCreate a study group in your circle of classmates, friends, and family who also want to learn English.1.93.22.94.1
FlashcardsMake your own set of flashcards and run regular flashcard drills to improve your vocabulary.1.92.42.73.7
Accept CorrectionsAccept corrections and criticisms from people (especially natives) with regard to your English language usage and don't take it personally.1.32.23.84.4
Schedule TimeSet aside time each day to implement the ideas you decide upon, so that you don't feel rushed.1.31.92.94
Exchange StudentApply in an Student Exchange Program with an English speaking country.4.63.33.54.5
TranslatingDo some English translations from your native language, such as taking an article in your native language and translating it to English.1.72.92.84.4
Word GamesPlay English word games such as Hangman, Crossword, Bookworm, or Scrabble.1.91.63.74.3
Rewriting LyricsListening to a non-English song and rewriting the lyrics into English.1.62.82.73.6
Music VideosWatching music videos with english subtitles.1.71.93.63.5
English CartoonsWatching cartoons that have subtitles.1.823.83.7
Public Speaking ClubJoining speaking clubs like Toasmaster’s to improve your courage in front of crowds.2.62.634.3
Language SettingsChange all language settings on devices and websites to English.1.41.83.94.4
International SchoolEnroll in an international school where most of the curriculum is in English.4.73.73.14.8
Book CourseGet some special textbooks courses that are fitting for your skill level.2.92.83.34.3
Paid English TutorFind a paid private English teacher to help you.4.22.744.7
English CampAttend an English Camp for new learnings.3.22.73.34.4
English InterfaceMake sure all computer and device interfaces are in English.1.41.93.74.1
Read MagazineRead good English magazines.2.42.23.74.3
Read NovelsRead English popular or exciting fictional novels.2.32.43.64.5
Children's Story BooksRead story books intended for very young audiences – the benefits are virtually endless.21.82.94.1
Watch GameshowsWatch English TV game shows, as the excitement can help retention.1.72.13.94
PodcastsListen to English podcasts on topics that interest you.2.122.94.4
Slow AudioIt can be helpful to slow down an audio or video clip so that you have more time to understand the words.1.51.92.74
Read Comic BooksSelect some popular English comic books to help learn simple words and phrases in context.2.21.93.24
ConversationSimulate a full conversation and repeat that same conversation several times over the course of many days or weeks to get a better feel of English conversational flow. person/persons you are talking to.1.42.32.94
Think in EnglishPractice thinking in English (instead of your first language) until it becomes normal.1.42.73.54.5
Formal SettingObserve conversations held in a formal setting vs an informal setting, as there is a definite difference in speaking English in an office meeting and just shooting the breeze with your pals in a coffee shop.1.61.93.24
ImitateListen to others you want to mimic, and imitate their pronunciation again and again.1.52.43.14.2
Language ExamsTake language exams once in a while – I try to take online exams and some courses in English not only for my resume but to sharpen my skills.2.42.43.34.4
Grammer CheckerYou’ll know that you are getting good at English when MS Word or Grammarly accepts your writings as being error-free.1.81.93.74
Teach FamilyTeach your family english, and ask them to teach you English in return!1.43.22.53.7
Watch TV NewsReading and watching news Watch International, English speaking news shows a little bit, but not too much becaus you'll become afraid of the whole world.1.522.73.5
Read ArticlesDo a search on Google or Facebook for your favorite topics, and read some good articles in English.1.61.844.7
Penalty JarStart a penalty jar, where you need to drop a coin whenever you say a word that is not in English.2.62.53.44.3
Role ModelPick one person you want to emulate who will be your Role Model and learn English from them.1.52.53.14
Custom Word ListsBuild custom word lists of words that you yourself want to learn.1.32.334
ChildrenFind children and spend lots of time talking to children in English as they won't critizise you harshly.1.72.52.73.6
Specialty SchoolGo to a specialty school to learn English intensively for a year.4.133.64.4
Picture BooksUse picture books written in English.2.21.82.94.1
GradeschoolGo to a good gradeschool with Good English teachers.3.12.63.34.3
Reading SessionsHave a group reading session, maybe with an English teacher or English Native, or just with your friends.2.12.73.44.4
Write Short StoryWrite a short story in English about a random topic.1.52.53.14.3
Book ReportWrite a book report in English.1.72.82.64.2
Work PolicyEnforce an English-only speaking policy in your work or study area.1.53.33.84.5
Seminars and WorkshopsJoin seminars or workshops that are in English.2.82.53.64.2
Get JobGet a job where you are forced to speak in English daily, and work on your accent.2.23.13.64.5
Pencil NoteWhen you are reading a hard copy book and you come to concepts you'd like to investigate more deeply later on, take brief pencil notes in the margins, then continue reading.1.51.93.24.2
Share QuestionsWhen you are reading something online and you come to something you don't understand, copy the entire text of the article into a Google doc and add comments with your questions so it it super easy to share your questions with someone else online to get answers and a better understanding.1.42.52.53.9
Implement IdeasUse this list to sort through all the other ideas and find 5 or 10 of your favorite ideas, then pick 2 or 3 ideas you are going to implement immediately.1.62.42.23.5
MarryMarry an English speaking person.2.83.83.34.5
TeachTeach someone else the English you already know.1.61.83.34.2
MixingTry to avoid mixing languages or being lazy with English structure.1.52.72.94
TravelTravel to an English speaking country for full emersion.4.73.53.44.5
Positive AssociationsBuild positive associations with English by having lots of fun, especially for the first several times you engage in English activities.1.62.33.34
ConsisitencyBe consistent over time - never skip a day.1.42.73.64.7
Positive FriendsSurround yourself with supportive people, who tell you that you can learn the language. Negative people will only make you too scared to speak or learn.1.52.33.54.6
DocumentariesWatch informational English documentaries on subjects you love, with or without subtitles.1.823.74.4
JargonLearn English terms or jargon for any hobbies or past times you have.1.52.33.84.4
ThesaurusBuy an English thesaurus and use it often.2.41.93.24
VisionBuild a strong vision in your mind of how much better your life will be once you can master the English language. Make it your Mission.1.423.34.3
Multilingual PrideTake pride in being able to speak more than one language well.1.423.64.2

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