Sometimes overseas students feel stuck in the learning process of a new language, here you can find 10 most practical tips to improve your English skills.
1. Get help! If you don’t understand something you’ve got to ask someone. Ask your teacher, classmates or friends for help. Take a risk and don’t be shy, you will gain more confident if you understand and learn what is the meaning and how is the correct pronunciation of each word.
2. Use English whenever you can. It’s as simple as that. you have decided to come to Australia to learn, take the most of this opportunity, you are paying expensive classes to learn so don’t waste your time and your money, Valore every second you are in Aussie land where you can learn from their culture and you can share with locals, you are in a real atmosphere and environment to learn.
3. Show the world your beautiful voice! Learn English songs and sing along with them to improve fluency and intonation. The music has brought out the best part of listening to songs. Music makes people happy, you can do it on your free time, on the train, bus street. Download one of the karaoke application on your mobile and start to practice, you will notice how you will improve your fluency and pronunciation.
4. Ask your teacher if you can record his lesson. This is a great way to review. You can also listen to them, review the class, see how is their speaking speed and intonation, for sure it will help you to familiarise with the language and be ready for the next lesson.
5. Be the person to start conversations in English. Try to keep the conversations moving and use listening words like: really? – go on…- what happened then?. Listen carefully how native speakers do it, after it, you can repeat with a good pronunciation and your vocabulary will increase.
6. Mix with people from other countries not only people from your own country. It’s not a good idea for you to live in a shared house with people from your own country. Enjoy a more cultural experience by spending time with other nationalities. Participated in Language Exchange, social events, visit bars, restaurants and free events will help to meet new people and extend your knowledge in different areas.
7. For a word you don’t understand in a sentence, look at the other words around it. They will give you a hint. Try to guess the meaning from the context, ask the person you are speaking with for the meaning of the word, or take a note and search in the dictionary, people will understand that you are an overseas student and you are in a learning process.
8. Watch DVDs rather than TV. It’s better to use something that you can watch over again to catch information you might have missed the first time. Movies in English with caption in English that will allow you understand the content of the movies, sometimes we miss words in the sentence and the meaning can suffer a variation.
9. Create an atmosphere in which you want to learn, not because you have to. You’ll learn more when you’re learning because you want to. There are many different options, Australia has a great environment to do lot of activities; contacting organisations where you can practice English like people from MEET UP, there a thousand of them, all depend on your preference and hobbies, another way is to practice a sport, in the same way, you will feel more motivated, you will learn and enjoy.
10. Practice every day. Make yourself a study plan. Decide how much time a week you are going to spend studying and stick to it. Establish a routine, there is plenty of time to do whatever you want, the only thing you have to do is prioritize your activities and be focusing on everything you do, it will help you maximize your time and energy.