10 things that don’t help you to improve your…

There are some facts that can be harmful when you are trying to learn and improve your English. Be aware of them and try to always avoid them as much as possible…

 

10 things that are not helping you to improve your English

1. You Don’t Know Why You Want To Learn English

It’s basic to know the answer to that question:
Why do you want to improve your English?

If you can answer this question then you can work your English in the best direction. You have to fulfill the reasons that move you to work your English in the first place.

Learn more…
– The first question to ask before starting to learn English

 

2. You Don’t Have A Goal

Everyone has a different goal to learn and improve English. If you work your English in the direction to reach your goal, it’s going to be easier, faster and more motivating for you.

Before starting to learn English you need to have your goal in mind:

  • Are you going to learn English to find a better job?
  • Do you want to improve your English because you like to travel abroad?
  • Are you looking for news friends around the world?

Having a clear goal is going to help you to improve your English in the right direction and to keep always motivated.

 

3. You Don’t Follow A Personal Strategy

Everyone is different and everyone has different needs. You have to build and follow a personal strategy to be sure that you are working your English in the best direction to reach your personal goal.
Don’t work your English the same way that someone who have nothing in common with you.

 

4. You Don’t Plan Your Work

If you want to really improve your English you have to plan beforehand the work you are going to do. Don’t work your English with any direction. Use your precious time wisely. If you plan correctly your work you are going to improve faster.

Learn more…
– Improve your English faster through a good planning

 

5. You Don’t Check Your Progression

It’s very important to check your progression every now and then:

  • Is the work that you are currently doing really helping to improve your English?
  • What do you need to change in your personal strategy to boost your English Improvement?

 

6. You Are Not Aware Of Your Current English Level

You have to check and be always aware of your English level.

  • What is your current ListeningReadingSpeakingWriting level?
  • Which skills are improving and which ones aren’t?
  • Which skills do you have to prioritize?

Learn more…
– Check the four basic skills before starting to learn and improve your English

 

7. You Avoid What You Don’t Like To Do

We humans tend to avoid the tasks that we don’t like to do. This natural behavior is doing a lot of damage to your English improvement.

if you don’t like to write, you are going to avoid any opportunity you have to work your writing skill. Be aware that if you want to really improve your English, you have to work all the four basic skill (Listening, Reading, Speaking, Writing).

As a personal example
For me it was easier to read a book in English than to find an English friend to talk to. Because of that I worked a lot my reading skill and almost forgot to work my speaking skill.
Don’t avoid anything. You have to work the four skills and even prioritize your weakest ones.

 

8. You Don’t Work On A Regular Basis

You have to work every day. It’s better to work for only 30 minutes seven days a week than 8 hours in a row only on Saturdays.

Learn more…
– How to improve your English even while doing your daily tasks
– How to work your English speaking skill everyday

 

9. You Are Shy

Don’t let your shyness stop your English improvement. You lose a lot of opportunities to improve your English because of your shyness. Don’t find excuses.

  • Use the English language whenever you have the opportunity. It doesn’t matter if you have a basic level.
  • Look for an English conversation group.
  • Find a native English friend in your city.
  • Go to events where English is the language used.

Learn more…
– The most valuable thing to improve your English speaking level

 

10. You Only Like To Work On What You Are Good At

We prefer to keep doing things that we are good because we enjoy while doing them.

For example…
If you are a very good basketball player but always loose when you play chess I bet that you are always going to prefer to play a basketball game than a chess game.

It’s the same for your English…
If it’s easy for you to read English books and in the other hand your speaking level is really bad, then why do you keep reading books and more books when what you really need to do is to speak and speak in English?
Remember that I always recommend you to prioritize and work on your weaknesses in the first place!

 

And Remember…

10 things that are not helping you to improve your English_

-Doesn’t that ring a bell?
-Are you going to change something on how you work your English?
…All your comments are very welcome!!!

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Improve your English faster through a good planning

You are working to improve your English but how can you make the most of your effort?
Sometimes you don’t improve your English as much as possible just because you don’t follow any strategy at all.

I think it’s crucial to follow a personal strategy to really improve your English. It’s also very improtant to check your progress every now and then to be sure that you are following the right path. Moreover it’s going to help you to be motivated.

Now you are thinking: Yes, that’s a great idea, but…How can you achieve that?

 

The Monthly Milestone Strategy

Improve your English faster through a good planning

I suggest you to follow an easy strategy that is going to help you to improve faster and to keep a record of what you are doing. This strategy is also going to boost your motivation.

From now on, follow these 3 easy steps EVERY month:

Step 1:
The first day of the month Milestone
  • Plan and write down your strategy for the whole month.
    • Which skills are you going to work?
      • Reading
      • Listening
      • Speaking
      • Writing

 

  • What specific tasks are you going to do for every skill?
  • Write down your commitment.
Step 2:
During the month
  • Work as planned on the first day of the month.
Step 3:
The last day of the month Milestone
  • You have to check the work you have done.
  • Draw your conclusions.

Let’s see all this in detail:

Tips for the first day of the month Milestone…

  • Be realistic on the effort/time you can spend during the month.
  • You can choose only 1 or 2 or 3 or even 4 skills to work during a month. It depends on your needs.
  • Be aware of the fact that the more skills you choose the less work you are going to do for each one.

Tips for the last day of the month Milestone…

  • If you feel it has been too easy to fulfill your commitment you can maybe plan more work for the next month.
  • If you hadn’t fulfill your tasks or it has been very difficult to fulfill them then you need to reduce the level of the work for the next month.
  • You have to feel that you are really working hard but without too much pressure.

Some good advices to keep always in mind:

  • Be realistic.
  • Try to adjust the tasks to what you can really do and try to always fulfill them.
  • Don’t avoid the tasks that you don’t like.
  • Work in the first place the skills where your level is worst.
  • Be patient during the first months using this strategy. Month after month is going to be easier for you.

 

A Practical Example Of The Monthly Milestone Strategy

Here I show you a personal example of the strategy I follow during a whole month some time ago…

Month: June 2012

First day of the month

Last day of the month

Skill

Tasks

Fulfillment

Listening  Watch 31 episodes of the TV Show “Two and a Half Men“. Half done…..I only watched 17 episodes.
Reading  Read 10 pages everyday of the book that I’m currently reading. (World Without End by Ken Follett) Done…..I read  at least 10 pages every day and even a lot more some days.
Speaking 

 

   
Writing  

Write an entry to my diary everyday.

Done…..I wrote an entry every day (Some days a longer entry some days a shorter one depending of what I have to tell).

Notes:

  • As you can see I decided to work only tree skills and left the speaking skill for another month.
  • I only choose one task per skill. (You can plan more than one task per skill.)

 

And Remenber…

Improve your English faster through a good planning_
-What do you think about this strategy?
-Are you going to try it?
-Don’t doubt to share with us your personal strategy for the next month.
…All your comments are very welcome!!!

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Check the four basic skills before starting to learn…

I’m pretty sure that you are working your English with no planning at all. I did the same in the past.

Of course you are still learning something but I can assure you that you are not improving as much as you could. It’s like trying to walk to a specific location blindfolded. You can still reach the place but it’s going to take you a lot more time and effort.

Moreover I bet that most of you sometimes fell lost and doubt if your English learning process is following the best direction.

Here is what you have to do in the very first place before starting to work your English:

An Easy Strategy To Improve Your English In The Right Direction

Check the four basic skills before starting to learn and improve your English

You know that you have four basics skills to work on:

  • LISTENING
  • SPEAKING
  • WRITING
  • READING

Then you have to ask you two questions:

  1. What is your current level for each one of those skills?
  2. How are you going to prioritize and distribute your time and effort among those 4 skills?

If you take the time to think, answer and write down these questions, you can be reassured that you are taking a better approach to improve your English in a faster and easiest way.

 

I Share With You My Current Personal Strategy

1. What are my current levels for each one of those skills?

SKILL

MY CURRENT LEVEL

LISTENING

Good

READING

Good

SPEAKING

Bad

WRITING

Regular

 

2. How am I going to prioritize and distribute my time and effort among those 4 skills?

It’s easy to see that where I have to work hard is on my speaking skill. Moreover in my work I need to speak English from time to time and I don’t feel at ease. I want to prioritize the work on my Speaking skill.

I also think that besides from speaking a lot I also need to work on my Listening skill. I have a better level but it’s basic to master it because speaking and listening go together in a conversation.

 

3. Then I decide to distribute my time and effort like this:

SKILL

MY CURRENT LEVEL

LISTENING

30%

READING

5%

SPEAKING

60%

WRITING

5%

I use most of my free time speaking with some partners through Skype. (In future posts I’m going to share more information about that).
I also work my listening watching TV shows and especially Stand-up comedy.

If you don’t know what Stand-up comedy is: It’s one comic speaking in front of a live audience. It’s 100% talking and close shots to the speaker what helps a lot to improve. I specially like Comedy Central Presents.
It’s a show where there is a lot of different comedians with a lot of different English accents.

In the other hand my Reading and Writing are for some time in the background.

 

Remember That You Need Your Personal And Unique Strategy

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-What do you think about this?
-What is your own strategy?
…Don’t doubt to share with us your strategy, your success and failures!!!

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