“I don’t have time to work on improving my English”
I hear this a lot & I get it.
Time is short & it’s difficult to motivate yourself.
You might already be at an advanced level, but don’t know how to refine your skills.
Life is busy & working on your English communication by yourself is challenging.
So, here are my recommended strategies for you to maximise your vocabulary learning by yourself, one of the target areas to make the difference in improving your English.
1. Read, watch & listen in line with your interests.
People sometimes have a view that they have to read, listen to & watch certain types of literature or serious newspapers to improve their English vocabulary.
My view is that you should follow what usually interests you & how you consume it. So whether it’s online, via apps, on your tablet/ e-reader or an actual newspaper, follow the topics that you enjoy & motivate you.
2. Learn actively.
There is a time & place to skim read or half listen while you’re relaxing. This is not it.
Make the time & ring-fence it to focus on actively reading, making notes & learning new any new vocabulary.
3. Know your learning style.
If you are a visual person, then making notes of any new vocabulary in a notepad is great.
However, if your learning style is more auditory or a combination of approaches works best for you, then look at new ways to note new vocabulary. For example you can record new words with voice memos, or video record yourself .
4. Mix it up.
If you’re reading, then it can help to get the audio version as well, so you can combine listening & reading skills simultaneously. This also gives you the option to alternate between reading & listening to vary the activity & keep it interesting.
5. Do it frequently.
Even if you can only spend 5 mins a day on vocabulary, you will make progress.
You need to be working on your vocabulary at least one a week to make the difference, but it’s preferable to do smaller sessions more frequently to maintain progress.
This is about your development in English communication skills, which will make the difference to your professional delivery and/ or connections in everyday life.
See the time as an investment in your self-development to make the breakthrough in your English communication. Make it happen by being committed.
I would love you to try these recommendations & tell me how you get on. What works for you & do you feel yourself improving?
What other ideas work for you? Let me know!
And please feel free to share my recommendations on, forward to a friend or colleague, who could really use these tips & learn more.
Victoria Rennoldson, Founder of Perfect Cuppa English
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