Enjoy learning English Motivation

Enjoy learning English to improve faster

I always keep telling you that one of the most important things is to enjoy learning English.
“There you go again!”. “Is this that important?”
Yes, that’s indeed a very important thing to keep always in mind!

Enjoy learning English” means “To improve your English faster and easier”.

The first thing you have to do is to avoid boring materials, exasperating English methods that make you run out of patience!
But…What can you do about it?
Let me share with you a personal experience about how I learn English…
 
Enjoy learning English
 

Enjoy Learning English

I used to read articles, magazines, newspapers in English in my spare time.
I often came across concepts that were new to me and that I was curious about.
Concepts like Urban legends, Murphy’s laws

At the same time, I was always giving up while trying to improve my English through boring materials (grammar books, English methods, business dialogues…)

I then decided:
It was time to change the way I was trying to learn English.
I would start working my Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing English skills through a topic I was really interested about.
I then chose a very specific topic that I was curious about, as my way to improve English.

 

How Urban Legends Helped Me To Improve My English

Urban Legends being my interest, I then follow the next strategy:
I started reading articles on the internet about urban legends.
I started listening to podcasts and watching videos about urban legends.
I found other Urban legends fans and wrote them in order to share our common interest.
I even made many good friends and started speaking to them through Skype.

Without any effort and while having fun, I was improving my English!
That was awesome!!!
Working my English while having a great time!

 

Find Your Own Topic And Follow My Lead

I want to encourage you to do the same.
Choose a topic that you are really interested about and go ahead!

Enjoy your topic as a leisure activity.
Not as if you were studying English.

Let’s go! It’s time for you to choose your topic and enjoy learning English!!!

 
Share with us the topic you want to improve your English through
What are your interests?
How are you using English in your free time?
All your comments are very welcome!!!

 

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Enjoy while learning English Reading

Enjoy While Learning English

If your goal is to improve your English and don’t give up while trying to, the best advice I can give you is to find a way to enjoy while learning English.

Easy to say, but not that easy to do, right?
What can you do?

 
Enjoy while learning English

 

How To Enjoy While Learning English?

The first thing you have to do is to forget about grammar books and English methods that are useless to you.

Right after that, you have to find a topic, an interest or anything you are interested about. Something that you really really like!

And then, it’s time to look for a Mooc. There are lots of free Moocs about almost any topic you can think about!
By the way, do you know what a Mooc is?

 

What A Mooc Is In 5 Short Sentences

If you don’t have a clue about what a MOOC is, let me explain it shortly:

The word “MOOC” stands for Massive Open Online Course.
It’s a course offered by prestigious universities and organizations.
You can take it online.
It’s free.
There’re thousands of students from around the world enrolled.

 

Looking for your Mooc

Think about…
What would you like to learn about?
What topics are you really interested in?

I bet that you are going to find a Mooc that matches your expectations.
There are Moocs about pretty much any topic you can think about:

History
Public speaking
Programming apps
Philosophy
Music
Finances
Writing
And so on…

 

Where To Find Your Mooc?

I want to share with you 3 of the best platforms where you can find a course that matches your expectations:

Coursera
Edx
Futurelearn

 

Why A Mooc Can Help To Improve Your English

Keep in mind that if you enroll in a MOOC you are going to:

Learn more about a specific topic/interest/hobby…
Practice your Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing skills through videos, articles, MP3s and many other materials you’ll find on the Mooc.
Interact in English with thousands of other students from around the world.

Remember that you can choose any topic you like. As you go through your Mooc you are going to enjoy while learning English.

 
Take action right now and choose the Mooc you are interested in.
Tell us about the Mooc you finally picked out.
Share with us your experience.
All your comments are very welcome!!!

 

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How to really improve your English by choosing the…

You know that you need to read a lot to learn and improve your English. Reading helps you to learn vocabulary, and even better, not only single words but words in the context of sentences.
Moreover, when you read you are learning grammar without even noticing it.
But I guess that sometimes you have a problem…

 

Why Aren’t You Finishing The Books You Start Reading?

How to really improve your English by choosing the right books to read

Why do you think reading in English is boring or maybe too difficult for you?

This situation is very common among the English learners like us. The problem is that you don’t pick up the right book for you.

Here I share with you a basic strategy that is going to help you.

 

How To Choose The Right Book For You And Finish It?

Before choosing a new book to read, you have to answer 3 questions and make 1 commitment:

WHAT BOOK LEVEL?

WHAT BOOK LENGTH?

WHAT BOOK TOPIC?

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WRITE DOWN YOUR PERSONAL COMMITMENT

 

Let’s see all this in detail:

1) What book level?

You have to be always aware of your current reading level. The book you choose has to be a little more difficult than your current level

A too difficult book means discouraging, not fun and going right ahead to failure.

A too easy book means that you are not going to improve as much as possible. You are not challenging yourself in the right way.

2) What book length?

You always have to ask yourself: How much time do I really have to read?

For example if you have a long vacation before you, you can maybe pick up a long book that is going to last for the whole holydays. You maybe have many free hours per day to read.

In the other hand, if because of your work, studies or family obligations  you don’t have much time to read, I recommend Short Stories, comics  or just articles because a long book is going to last for years and I bet that you are going to give up for sure.

Before choosing a new book you have to be able to visualize when you are going to finish it. If the answer to the question “When am I going to finish the book” is “I don’t know” then is not the right book for you, at least for now.

3) What  book topic?

Choose a topic that you really like or that has something to do with your job, hobbies…

If you have a basic level then avoid too much specialized books that required a more advanced level.

4) Your personal commitment

Here, you have to write down:

-How many pages are you going to read per day? (Approximately)

-When are you going to finish the book? (An exact date)

Then you have to commit to the number of pages and the date you write down.

Thanks to that you are going to motivate yourself. You can also check if you are fulfilling your commitment. Then you can be reassured that you are really following the right path to improve your English faster.

 

I Share With You How I Choose A Book

Here I show you a real example from one of the books that I read some time ago:

I asked myself the three basic questions…

What Level? I have a good reading level.
What length? I have a whole month vacation ahead and a lot of free time to read.
What topic? I like very much historical fiction novels.

 

I decided to pick up the book “The Pillars of the Earth” by “Ken Follett
Genre: Historical Fiction
Length: 1.075 pages long
Level:  For fluent readers

 

And I made a commitment…

My personal commitment I have to finish my book before the end of my vacations.The book is 1.075 pages long and I’m going to have 31 days to read it.If we do the math, I have to read 35 pages every day!

 

At the end the consequences of my effort…

The result At the end I didn’t finish the book during my holiday. I only read the book until page 984. I was able to finish the 91 pages left in the next two weeks when I was back to work!!!
I almost fulfill my commitment what I think is positive.

 

 

Every Time You Choose A New Book To Read Remember That…

How to really improve your English by choosing the right books to read_
-What do you thing about?
-What’s your strategy when choosing a book?
-Do you usually finish the books you start reading?
-What book are you currently reading or did you read in the past?
…All your comments are very welcome!!!

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