As the world progresses towards being crystallized into a global village, it has become increasingly important to be able to communicate in a universal language that is perhaps English in most cases. Be it a workplace, an educational institute or even the internet, not knowing English can be very daunting.
Here are a few simple steps to help improve your English and speak without any hesitation.
Believe in yourself
The first thing one should do whenever preparing to start something new is to believe in themselves. Always remember confidence is the key to success.
Start with the basics
The next step in improving one’s English is starting with the basics. Try to write down a short paragraph describing your surroundings and get it reviewed by a friend or a colleague who has more command over this subject and ask them to identify your mistakes. Start by practicing with whatever seems to trouble you the most, there are many websites on the internet where there are multiple exercises available for practice.
Read, read and read again
Just like practice makes it perfect, reading will also help you understand the meaning of words and will teach you how to use them in differing contexts. If you are not able to pronounce a word, you can always Google its pronunciation.
Conversation is the key
Spare some time and sit with a friend who is well versed in this subject and talk to them about random topics like ‘how your day was’, ‘what you aspire to be’ or literally anything that comes to your mind. Conversing will teach you how to fetch new ideas and frame complex sentences while understanding your mistakes better. It will also boost your confidence and will help you speak with certainty around others.
Building up your vocabulary bank
The simplest way to approach this step is to look for simpler synonyms to replace the world you use regularly, and once you know how to use that, move onto more complex synonyms and their correct contextual use. For example:
The goods have arrived. The shipment has arrived. The consignment has arrived.
Practice makes it perfect
Once you’ve got a strong hold on all the basic steps, you can start writing pieces and compare them to the ones you wrote towards the beginning of this process and see the staggering differences that can come about simply by following a few basic steps.
Take things easy
There is no need to be hard on yourself as everyone learns at their own pace, and so will you. Set realistic targets and practice every day even if it is just for an hour or two, however always keep the main goal in mind. You may relax while watching an English movie while learning passively. Learning can be fun if you choose to make it so. Improvise, adapt and overcome.
As English is very different to our mother tongue, many face a lot of obstacles that hurdle the process of learning and growing. However, what must be remembered is that with a little help and practice, anything is achievable.