Use it! And one good start is to read and participate in forums
such as this on the internet. Find a group of people that are
interested in something you are interested in, say martial arts or
the works of Tolkien or Bollywood. Find forums on the internet on
that topic and join in! You will learn a great deal, get more
comfortable with the language and make new friends. And most of
them will be very understanding if they know that English is not
your native language. Comment This reminds me of an old joke:
A fellow with a ticket to a concert at Carnegie Hall was
visiting New York City for the first time. He was unsure of his
directions, but soon saw an elderly gentleman who was carrying a
"That elderly gentleman must be a musician," he said to himself.
"Surely he must know the way to Carnegie Hall."
So the fellow approached the elderly gentleman and asked, "Sir,
how can I get to Carnegie Hall?"
The elderly gentleman stopped, smiled, and answered, "Practise,
The moral (if I may use that word) is that there are no
shortcuts, no quick and easy ways, to improve one's skills in
anything, from athletics to nuclear medicine. You just have to work
at it -- all the time.
I am 64 years of age. I often write two or three business
letters and make a handful of business telephone calls in the
course of a day. I try to read at least one newspaper every day.
There is always at least one book that I am reading, often two or
three. I still use a dictionary several times a week.
Nothing worthwhile is ever achieved without some effort. I do
notice, however, that you already have the ability to spell
properly and compose a coherent and meaningful sentence. That, in
itself, is a very good start.
Let me offer you a few tips.
Once you have written something, put it aside and leave it
alone for a while. Return to it later and try to improve it. Ask
yourself the following questions: What was the purpose of my
writing and did I achieve that purpose? Can I improve the wording
of what I have just written? Does my writing flow smoothly from one
issue to the next? How can I express myself more clearly? Finally,
read any book written on the subject of writing. Doing so will
improve your writing significantly. They're all fairly thin and
most are available in paperback. You might even find one in your
Any language skills can be improved by several means. First,
speak as much as you can: find someone to practice with, and speak
only English with them. Also, read as much as you can: find English
books and newspapers, and use a dictionary when you find a word you
do not understand. Television and radio are also useful: find an
English channel and start paying attention. The internet can help
you practice your language skills as well, and you can find
"penpals" in chat rooms and message boards.
Read good quality literature, books and newspapers etc
Get someone who you consider has good English language to
review your written work and hold sensible conversations with
You could join a debating society or similar group.
If English isn't your native language then look to join a group
of other like minded people e.g. an English as a foreign language
(EFL) class or social group.
Read it, listen to it and have conversations with other
students about it. At all other times, think in it
One of the better ways is to spend a lot of time with people
who speak excellent English, and let them know that you would like
feed-back from them about your speaking skills. These people may
also be willing to guide you toward reading materials suitable to
Many wise men have said the best way to learn something is to
teach it. If you search carefully, you will be able to find English
as a Second Language (ESL) classes near you. Volunteer to help with
practicing, and I personally will bet you a cookie your own English
will improve as you help another.
The best way is to first practice SPEAKING English, and read a
lot of story books. If there are some words you don't understand, a
dictionary, big or small, is a great friend! Sometimes, the
internet is useful for that, too!
In my experience there are a lot of web tools to help you learn
English. EnglishCentral, LiveMocha are just some of the best.
Classes...too expensive, if you want to get free (or very cheap
education), the internet is a wonderful place for learning this
The best way to hone your skill in any language is to use
The French have a proverb that says the best way to learn
French is to have a French girlfriend (or boyfriend).
Other good ways are to read newspapers in the target language,
to follow cartoons (either on paper or on the tv), to visit the
country and chat with people, and to try out some of the famous
poems or jokes in the language you are learning.
Poems and jokes are a good way to learn a language because they
are short and full of meaning.
Go to evening classes with a sympathetic teacher.
The best way to learn English by yourself is to use Rosetta
The most important way to improve your spoken English is by
listening to correct pronunciation and then practicing out loud.
Watching American TV shows can be helpful, but only if you try to
imitate what you hear them say. Your spoken English simply will not
improve just by listening.
You want to be able to hear the difference between the way you
pronounce words and the way native speakers do. If you cannot hear
the difference, you may want to work with an accent reduction
specialist who can help train your ear to hear the differences, and
then teach you the new ways to hold your mouth and tongue to change
With some time and effort invested, you can improve your spoken
English. Practice is the best way. Also to improve your spoken
English listen to correct pronunciation ( a skilled speaker) and
then practice out loud. Watching TV shows can be helpful, but
listening only, is not as good as then following up by practice.
Also, it may seem strange, but listening to popular music and then
singing the songs helps.
More from our WikiReaders: 1. You mustn't be afraid of making
mistakes but once you make them you have to rectify them with the
help of a grammar book or a dictionary
2. The best way to improve your fluency is to not just speak in
English, but think in English, because if you are thinking in your
mother-tongue and you try to translate your message to English
before actually saying it, you will not only speak in a slow way,
but you will spoil that day's English advantage and learning. Just
try to speak inside of your mind (think) in English, and it will
come out in a more natural way
3. Also, when you're out and about, or even at home, think, and
also SPEAK OUT LOUD, the things you are doing, the things you see.
And speak to other people! Always remember it's good to make
mistakes, because you can learn from them and improve by
remembering what you did wrong and improve that.
4.Its a good idea to speak loudly.
5.Listen to English songs as much as possible and try to sing
6.Read English articles, books and reviews as much as
7.Whenever you come across a new word write it down somewhere
and find out the meaning.
8.BE CONFIDENT. Give your self auto suggestions that you have a
good English trust me it really works.
Read books with a larger vocabulary than you are used to with a
dictionary by your side to help you understand new words.
Reading a lot is a good way of improving one`s grammar and
learning new vocabulary and language structures.
Read english newspaper regularly and also by watching English
Aside from that you should check out some online learning sites
(there's a link to a good one below). Another good idea is to find
someone who talks English as a first language. Talk with them on
MSN or Skype or something and just talk a lot.
What can you do to improve your English, not How can you
To improve you must practice. The best practice is to talk,
talk, talk, talk to as many native English speakers as you can.
When you are learning a foreign language the greatest resource
you have is the people who speak the language so make use of that
resource and practice practice practice.