13 Ways To Improve Your English

by - February 05, 2016

Assalamualaikum semua...
Dan selaat sejahtera 1 Malaysia .. Heheh...
Dah lama kan... Memang dah lama Ummu tak post ape2 entry kan... HaTulah,, Ummu ... Takpolah.. Takyah cite la kan.. :(  Bukannye korang nak denngaq pon kan.. Hahaha..

Sepertimana tajuk...
I'm gonna share with you about some ways to improve your english .. bla..bla..bla..
Bahasa ni bahasa yang ke-3 yang manusia2 di seluruh dunia guna after Mandarin and Spanish tau... Haaa... so, korang kenalah tahu English ni tau.. Korang pergilah negara Dubai ka,, Beijing ka,, Zimbabwe pun guna English tau,, 
Kalau korang nak kerja pun, pengambilan kerja tu depends on how good you are in English..

Haha.. Ummu also not very good in English.. Main hentam keromo ja speaking English tuh...Well, at least practice kan?. Because practice makes perfect..

Lo ni Ummu nak share ni.. Simple jah.. Ummu yakin English Ummu pun akan okay after doing these ways kot.. Tapi kene berterusan la.. Ye dak??

1) Surround yourself with English

Put yourself in an English-speaking environment so that you can learn passively through listening. College is a great time for you to break barriers, so don’t just stick to familiar friends. Make new friends who speak mostly in English, join college clubs & societies that conduct their activities in English, and most importantly — don’t be shy and just converse in English!

2) Learn one new word each day

Don’t learn ten or twenty words a day — learn just one. This isn’t a sprint; it’s a marathon. Once you’ve learnt the word, keep using it throughout the day in your conversations with friends and family for the day, even if it sounds as ridiculous as, “You’re so funny, I can’t stop cachinnating.” (It means laugh loudly, by the way).

Here are some of our favourite “learn a word a day” sites:
The Learning Network on The New York Times

3) Read, read and read some more!

There’s no running from it — if you want to improve your English, reading is key. Start with the newspaper, or any online site with topics that you find interesting, whether it’s the latest tech news, football, or even gardening! Try reading fictional novels too, which will expose you to a different style of writing. Sites like Project Gutenberg offer a wide range of free e-books.

4) Practise English with a friend
Doing it with a friend always makes things easier, since you will hold each other accountable if one person is slacking off. Speak to each other in English frequently and don’t be afraid to correct one another. To make things more interesting, you can even have an embarrassing punishment for the person who skips out on tasks the most often, like missing to learn a word a day!

5) Listen to English radio stations

FlyFM, Hitz.FM and RedFM are some of the most popular English radio stations in Malaysia. By tuning into these English radio stations, you can train your listening skills and learn how English sentences are constructed. Most of the deejays are entertaining to listen to as well, so you’ll be having some fun at the same time!
6) Pay attention to your surroundings
Whenever you are out and about, take note of all the billboards, posters and signboards that are around you. Advertisements are particularly great because they often use catchy phrases to attract your attention. When you’re in the supermarket, mentally identify the items on display in English. If you don’t know what something is, remember to jot it down and find out later!
7) Start your own blog
Love food? Start a food blog! Know or thing or two about gadgets? Write about that! Writing down your thoughts, ideas and opinions will not only improve your English, but also help you articulate and structure what’s on your mind. It doesn’t matter if it’s about your daily agenda or the most random of topics, keep practising your writing by blogging about your interests!

8) Learn English through song lyrics
There’s no better way to learn while having some fun! Pick your favourite tune, look up the lyrics online and sing along! Songs are great way to learn a new language (not just English!) becausethey contain useful vocabulary and lots of everyday words and phrases, so you won’t be stuck learning words that no one uses anymore. Phrases that are learnt through songs tend to stick better too, because of the catchy tune that comes with it.
Pro Tip: LyricsTraining is a great site where you can choose your favourite song, and while the song is playing, you need to fill in the blanks. It’s a fun way to practise your listening skills!
9) Record yourself speaking

You probably know how English words are supposed to sound like, but do you know how it sounds when they come out of your mouth? Words may sound a little different because you may not be pronouncing words properly. Record yourself reading an article or a book, and go back and listen to what you said, making sure you notice your strengths and weaknesses.
10) Watch movies and TV shows

Movies and TV shows (or even YouTube videos) are a great way to improve your English, and have fun at the same time! Films and videos are usually made for native speakers, so you’ll be hearing the English language just as how you would in real life — spoken quickly with lots of colloquial, everyday phrases as well as slang. Watch whatever that interests you, whether it’s a superhero blockbuster movie, Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show on YouTube or Game of Thrones!

11) Learn as many words as you can from a single category

Are you a foodie? Learn all the words related to food and cooking! If you’re into photography, then pick up words related to that field instead. You may think that this may be too specific, but you’ll be surprised how many words in the English language are related. For example, if you’ve learnt the word flambé as part of your food vocabulary, you will realise that words like flammable, inflammation and flambeau are all connected, and has something to do with flame!
12) Imitate your favourite actor

Personally, I’ve tried this before and it is really fun to do! All you have to do is pick your a celebrity like Robert De Niro or Arnold Schwarzenegger and try speaking like them. Listen to some dialogue and phrases, and repeat what they say. Shadowing someone’s way of speaking can help improve your intonation and pronunciation so that you emphasise the right syllables (e.g. ‘tech-NOH-logy’ not ‘tech-no-lo-gy’) and don’t swallow any consonants (e.g. ‘throw’ not ‘trow’).
13) And most importantly, keep speaking & practising!

This is where most students stumble. Due to lack of confidence, students tend to avoid speaking in English for fear of saying the wrong thing. Don’t be afraid! In order for you to be able to improve, you MUST keep practising and speaking out loud. Find every opportunity to speak in English, whether it’s giving directions to a stranger, ordering a burger from McDonald’s or conversing among your friends.

Always remember that in order to improve in anything, you need lots and lots of practice!

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