If you want to learn amazingly fast, here’s a treasure.
When I was studying English I often did the three exercises I’m about to show you. The ideal time to do these exercises is when you’re revising, rather than the first time you go through a lesson.
If you do them frequently, your progress will go up exponentially.
English exercises: Number 1. Reading out loud.
Whenever you go through the recordings in your English course, don’t stop at getting the gist of them. Instead, over a number of weeks, read them out loud, along with the native speakers, until you can keep up with them.
Doing this exercise frequently will skyrocket your speaking skills.Read the texts in your English course out loud, along with the recordings, until you can keep up with them.Click To Tweet
English exercises: Number 2. Dictation.
Do dictations from the recordings in your English course. This is the best way to do this exercise:
- Have pen and paper handy, or a device where you can type text in.
- Go to the first recording in your course and play it through. Just listen to it carefully, without typing or writing anything down. Make sure you don’t look at the transcript.
- Then play the recording again, but this time pause it after a few words or a sentence. Write down what you’ve heard.
- Then play a few more words, pause the recording, and write down the new words.
- Write down the whole recording this way.
- Then play it through one more time and check whether you need to amend anything.
- Once you’re done, compare what you’ve written with the lesson transcript.
- Make a note of the words you’ve got wrong.
- Keep your dictation for future reference.
- A week or two later, do the same dictation again.
- Compare the two and notice your improvement.
English exercises: Number 3. Translation.
Here you’re going to translate a text from your English course into your native language, and then back into English.
This exercise will be hard the first few times you try it. You’ll make many mistakes, but it’ll soon get easier.
This is the ideal way to do this exercise:
- Go to the first English text in your course and translate it into your native language. Write your translation down, one sentence at a time, or type it in.
- Then translate the whole text back into English, without looking at the course text. If you cannot remember a word or phrase, leave a gap.
- When you’re done, go to the English text in your course and compare it with your English translation. Mark the mistakes you’ve made, and keep your translation for future reference.
- A couple of weeks later, redo the same translation. You’ll find that many of your original mistakes have now vanished, and you can translate the whole text faster.
In general, every country has the language it deserves.
Jorge Luis Borges