We’ve gathered tips gleaned from our own language learning experience (each member of our team speaks at least 2 languages, and most speak more!) after having tested the most effective techniques, methods and tools to get results and learn English quickly.
Also, check out our comprehensive guide to all of the essential resources for improving your pronunciation in English. At MosaLingua, we are convinced that mastering English pronunciation is essential for making progress in your overall level of English.
Warning: It is not necessarily a matter of becoming bilingual.
It is mostly to be comfortable in English, and in just a few weeks, to be able to participate in a conversation without being lost or to start a discussion in English without blushing.
Our Tips for How to Learn English Quickly
#1: To learn English quickly, only learn USEFUL vocabulary and expressions
In other words, you do not need to learn words you will not use (at least not for the moment). That explains that you only need to learn 20% of things that will serve you in 80% of cases to learn English quickly. You learn only the minimum and save time in learning.
Learn only useful vocabulary so you can focus on what is called frequency lists. Lists of vocabulary that have been created according to the frequency and use of words, which are generally grouped by themes. In this Wikipedia article, for example, you will find frequent lists (ie lists of frequently used words) on television or in movies, in a family environment, in poetry or even in episodes of the Simpsons. Another example: Our learning apps are based on frequency lists to provide you with the most useful vocabulary.
Note: depending on your objectives, the vocabulary lists that you need to learn will not necessarily be the same. The usefulness of a word depends on your learning objective. Do you want to learn English quickly to go on vacation in an English-speaking country (vocabulary list for tourism), to take an exam (technical vocabulary list), to get closer to an Australian (list of social vocabulary with a little Aussie slang)? There are many reasons to learn English and they will not necessarily direct you to the same words.
#2: Practice with natives, no matter your level!
Basically, do not be afraid to throw yourself into language learning. Practicing a language is the best way to learn quickly. Yes, but how do you practice English in your room or in a small town where there are few native speakers, if any at all?
Well, thankfully there are many language exchange sites, such as italki. These sites allow you to find conversation partners abroad (native speakers, preferably) and talk to them via Skype or integrated video chat platforms. It’s also sometimes called a linguistic tandem. The best way to learn English quickly? Talk about 1 hour a week with a native English speaker (half an hour in their language, half an hour in yours). And you will see that it is possible to learn English quickly without even having to leave your room. In this video I explain why you don’t have to go abroad to learn a language:
If you are afraid of not finding your words or making mistakes: do not panic! Speaking a foreign language is like a sport: you will see that simply by starting to practice, you will be able to improve yourself.
And to get off to a good start, here are our tips for successful language exchanges:
- 3 Suggestions for Getting the Most out of Online Conversation Courses
- The 7 Golden Rules for Studying with a Language Partner
#3: Correct your mistakes so you do not repeat them
A super efficient way to make progress is to combine the use of iTalki (test out their Notebook feature) with your MosaLingua apps.
The first way to use MosaLingua is by using it to help you not repeat an error using its repetition system. Let me explain: when you are corrected, take the sentence that you made an error with and create a new personal card in the app so that you learn the correct form. You can even add an explanation in the other fields of the card to memorize the rule. Thanks to MosaLingua’s super powerful repeater system, you can permanently memorize these cards and never repeat mistakes.
You can even add an explanation in the other fields of the card to memorize the rule. In our case, this would be: “fewer because you can count the items; when you can’t count, use ‘less,’ ‘Less milk.'” We used English for the example but you can apply the same logic to all languages. Thanks to MosaLingua’s super powerful repeater system, you can permanently memorize these cards and never repeat mistakes.
A second way to use the MosaLingua app to improve your writing is to search for it on the MosaLingua app. If you notice that you made a mistake on a certain word or if your conversation partner reports that you made an error on a word, then you can search for it on the MosaLingua app and add it to your learning stack. If it doesn’t already exist in the app, then you can always add it by creating a personal card.
In both cases, you will be able to write it in the app during the writing step.
Writing it will help you memorize your spelling.
#4: Make use of your downtime
Your typical day is probably filled with tons of dead time. For example? Waiting in line to pay for your groceries, on the subway, the bus or the tram, even on the toilet!
The idea is to exploit the times when you are idle to listen to the radio in English with Tune In, watch a small YouTube video with your smartphone, listen to a podcast or review your flashcards on MosaLingua. Any sort of downtime is good to take the plunge into English. (see Tip #7 on regularity and repetition).
#5: Making learning more fun
Learning a language shouldn’t be a drag. However, oftentimes people feel it is because they use the wrong method. Between us, English classes in college, during which we had to memorize the three forms of irregular verbs, was far from exciting. You made the choice to learn English quickly, so you can easily make this activity fun and dynamic.
When it comes to learning a language, we go through four stages: reading comprehension, listening comprehension, writing and speaking. Here we focus on the second point: listening comprehension. An essential point if you are considering going to live in an English speaking country or just to converse with a native. It is also important in order to accustom your ear to English, to distinguish the different nuances of pronunciation, to learn new vocabulary. You can simply:
- Listen to radio via TuneIn for example
- Watch a movie in English from our list of The Best Movies to Learn British English
- Follow an English Television to choose from a long list
- Listen to audiobooks
- Play with video games in English
- YouTube English Channels to Become Fluent in English
#6: Forget about grammar!
Although grammar is useful for understanding the mechanisms of a language, it is not essential. At least, not in the early days and not to learn to speak quickly. No need to know all the grammatical rules right away. In fact, learning grammar can actually harm your oral expression (there’s no time to think about grammar when you’re speaking) and your motivation. However, we have already seen that practicing the language is essential for learning it.
When you have very little time, you do not need to encumber yourself with grammar that is not essential. Concentrate on useful vocabulary. Learn typical phrases in which conjugation and grammar are already constructed. Distinguish the context(s) in which these sentence phrases are to be used. And use it. That’s it: the result will be that you speak much more naturally.
#7: Strive for consistency
If you are afraid of not being able to study your English regularly, you can set goals. The setting of objectives has a motivating aspect, essential in the learning of a language. Why not, for example, set yourself a 30-day challenge? The advantage of the 30-day challenge is that it also creates a habit, which you will find difficult to get away from afterward. This habit of learning will become unconscious and acquired. You can also set the goals of learning 10 words a day, 300 words per month, and so on.
Last technique: if you really are afraid to forget to revise your English, put on an alarm clock or a reminder! (it works).
Bonus tip: take a non-traditional English course
We recently launched a training module to help you improve your oral expression to English. For more information, visit our MosaSpeak English page.
Speaking English Quickly Is Possible… Now It’s Up to You!
Whether you have three months, a month or even three weeks, you will see that by applying all these tricks and techniques, you will make progress quickly and get amazing results. But let’s be clear, for these tricks to work, you have to be MOTIVATED (here is a video in 7 languages where I explain reasons to learn) and practice on a regular basis.
So, Are You Ready to Learn English Quickly?
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