This post is by Holly Deambrosi, CEO of OnTargetEnglish.
Now you’ve done it. You’ve made a commitment to learn English. Maybe you’re a beginner, or perhaps you’ve reached an advanced level. You want to improve yourself and stay motivated to reach your goals. Here are five ways to help you do that.
1. Follow a blog or subscribe to emails about English.
The benefits are many: you get frequent reminders and encouragement to continue learning. Blogs are also great at giving you bite size pieces of information that you can process quickly. So even if you don’t have a great deal of time to devote to your self-education, a blog, like this one at OnTargetEnglish.com, can keep you moving forward in the time you do have.
2. Set aside time every day to practice your English.
Even if you spend just your 10 minute morning shower practicing pronunciation or using those new vocabulary words in sentences, those minutes will add up to hours very quickly. And you’ll be amazed at how quickly your speaking improves.
3. Find someone to encourage and help you practice learning English.
This could be someone you practice vocabulary with or spend time in English conversation with online, on the phone or at a café. Watch movies with a friend in English and see if you can understand the actors without looking at the subtitles. Start an English club in your town.
4. Find the fun in learning English.
Ask yourself what attracted you to learning English in the first place. Find a way to incorporate it into your hobbies. If you like to read the news, challenge yourself to read at least one article in English every day. If you enjoy volunteering, then find a place where you can have contact with other English speakers. Love to teach? Share some lessons on colors and numbers in English with your neighbors’ or relatives’ children.
5. Take pride in the progress you’ve made.
Reward yourself for meeting goals. Share your success with others. Tell them when you’ve finished an English course, read a magazine or book in English or can introduce yourself in English.
What motivates you to keep working on your English skills? Post about it in the comments section.