Hello dear students! Hope you and your family are doing well and all your loved ones are safe and sound. Talking on a positive note, I hope this home bound time will provide a welcome break to relax and spend time with family, enjoy the beauty of the changing season, and remember and celebrate our common humanity. May we all emerge out of the current situation strongly and with good health. Amen!
English is the most widely spoken language in the world and being fluent in English is a useful tool that opens up a world full of opportunities. I am hereby writing a few simple tips to become proficient in English Language. So let’s start with the art of mastery:
- a) Prepare a List-Do you have some favorite words and phrases you often use in your native language? Take some time and think about this question. It might help to write these words and phrases down in a notebook or your favorite tiny diary, and translate them into English. You can start small. Begin with 1 or 2 ‘new vocabulary’ words/phrases throughout the day, every day, until they are committed to memory and you are able to use the vocabulary words naturally. Continue to use more of the new vocabulary as your skills increase by reviewing your diary each day. At the same time, add more words, phrases, and eventually sentences to your list. You will be amazed at how your list is growing and how much English you actually know! By revisiting your list on a regular basis, your confidence will boost up as you can see how many new words, phrases, sentences you have mastered. All of this will happen because you took the time and effort to ‘’prepare a list’’.
- b) Record yourself and Read aloud each day– Do you know how your voice sounds like in English? Record yourself on your computer, laptop, tablet, mobile or any other taping device, play back the recording and pay close attention to what you hear. Listen closely your pronunciation and tone of speech. Your inner instinct will let you know the areas of improvement. Write those down and continue to work on them. You can take your teacher’s help in that. The importance of reading aloud from a magazine, newspaper or your prepared diary is that it develops mouth muscles for speaking new language.
- c) Talk Slowly– You probably talk much faster in your native language than you do in English. Right? When speaking in English, feel free to slow down. There is no need to hurry. It will easier for you to speak if you don’t rush. The most important part of speaking is communicating and having the listener know what you are saying. So just talk slowly. The more you are comfortable in speaking, the faster you inevitably will speak.
- d) Collect a word a day– Each day, look up one English word (begin with letter A), write the word down in a note card with its meaning and carry it with you for the whole day. Try to use these words as much as possible. The next day, pick new words starting with B, and so on. In the course of month, you will have your own mini dictionary (for making beautiful covers, you can watch DIY tutorials) that you are going to cherish forever.
Becoming fluent in English is a valuable skill. Once you are fluent in English, the world will become your oyster as you can study, work and communicate almost anywhere.