If you make good use of your English learning time your progress will be amazing. But how do you make good use of your time?
There are great ways of learning, and then there are horrible ways of wasting your time and getting nowhere.
Four great ways to learn English efficiently
Great way #1: study at the right level.
If you’re not sure about your level in English, get a course that covers some material you already know.
The idea here is to never study too high above your level. Otherwise you’ll be wasting time looking up words you’re supposed to know, and you’ll develop gaps in your knowledge.
Great way #2: focus on your lessons.
For just ten or twenty minutes, remove all distractions (social media, TV, phone …), and you’ll learn in those twenty minutes what can otherwise take several hours.
I do that every day with my Japanese and German lessons, and it works wonders.
Great way #3: go through your lessons several times.
Study each lesson in your English course not just once, but several times.
Revising is an essential part of language learning. If you only go through your lessons once, you’ll soon forget most of what you’ve learned. And you’ll also develop gaps that will prevent you from making progress.
Great way #4: listen carefully and often.
Play the recordings in your English course as often as you can. The more you listen to them the faster you’ll develop your listening skills, and the faster you’ll expand your vocabulary.
Those are the four great ways of learning English efficiently. There are also horrible ways of wasting your time, which you must avoid.
How to fail to learn English efficiently
Horrible way #1: making lists of words.
Self-proclaimed language gurus love recommending that you spend endless hours creating word lists.
The problem is, word lists are a sure path to failure. They’re slow to create, boring to look at, and a complete waste of time. What’s worse, you’ll never remember more than a handful of words from a list after a couple of days, no matter how good your memory is.
Instead of making lists of words, focus on the vocabulary audio flashcards in your English course. They’re the best tool for learning new words fast.
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Horrible way #2: using more than one course at a time.
Jumping from one English course to another, from one website to another, will drain your energy. You’ll spend half of your time wondering what to study next.
Instead, focus on one course; the one you like best and suits your lifestyle. That way, to make fast progress, you simply resume where you stopped the day before.
Remember: the smaller the effort, the faster you’ll learn.
Horrible way #3: skipping the material you dislike.
Skipping material in your English course will leave you with gaps.
Don’t skip any part of your lessons, however easy or irrelevant it may seem to you. Skipping material often leads to confusion.
Instead, go through all the sections in your course thoroughly. You won’t regret it when you start making fast progress.
The magic of the tongue is the most dangerous of all spells.