Most people think they need to exert an enormous amount of effort to get better at English. This isn’t true. Studying for a few minutes every day is more effective than studying for a few hours every once in a while. The following tips are so easy, you won’t even feel like you’re studying seriously.
These tips are baby steps on the path to better English. Taking a few baby steps every day may not seem like much, but over time they translate into substantial gains.
1) Take 1 online quiz a day
People love to answer online personality quizzes, also known as memes. I know some who’ve spent entire afternoons finding out what their spiritual numbers are, what animals they were in a past life, and what crayon color they are.
Not only does the site let you check your answers immediately, it also explains why your answers are right or wrong.
2) Read 1 online article a day
The time you spend surfing the web gives you countless opportunities to improve your English. All you have to do is find the right websites.
Search for articles on topics you’re interested in. It doesn’t matter if the articles are short. What’s important is that they follow the basic rules of English spelling and grammar.
Here are some websites to help you get started.
What all of these sites have in common is that it takes less than 5 minutes to read each of their articles. That comes in pretty handy for the next tip…
3) Read that article out loud
Kill two birds with one stone. Read your chosen article sliently the first time, then read it out loud. You get to sharpen your reading and speaking skills at the same time.
4) Play online games
There are lots of games that can improve your English vocabulary. My favorites are Text Twist, Boggle and Google Image Labeler. The best thing about these games is that you can play them with other people.
5) Use your cellphone’s T9 dictionary
The reason most people use shortcuts in text messaging is because it takes too long to spell out entire words. Perfectly understandable.
The downside is that people get too used to using shortcuts for everything. They start forgetting how to spell and punctuate properly. F ur 1 of dis ppl, try using your phone’s T9 dictionary feature. It allows you to quickly type text messages in full English without having to key in every single letter.
Have you thought of any other really easy ways to improve English skills?