Monday, 31 December 2012

New Year's resolutions for English learners

Here we are again,  another year is about to end and a new one to begin. On the last day of this year - just like a year ago - millions of people are thinking about their New Year's resolutions. Will they stick to them?

If you are a learner who wants to take your English to the next level, here are some New Year's resolutions for you that will have made a big difference this time next year:

- Get yourself motivated

List all the benefits that a high level of English will bring to your personal, social and professional life. Then, spring into action and make it happen.

- Immerse yourself in the language

All language skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) have to be developed in order to become proficient. That requires a lot of exposure to the language. You can get that exposure by reading fiction, newspapers, magazines, etc; creating your own blog; watching your favourite movies and series in English; talking to native (or non-native) people on Skype, etc.

- Visit an English-speaking country

Making a trip to England, Ireland, USA or any other English-speaking country is a great opportunity to experience the language and culture first hand. Remember, travel broadens the mind!

- Go the full distance

It takes many years to achieve proficiency in a foreign language so you've got to work hard and put in the time. If you continually fall by the wayside, you'll never reach your goal.

- Have fun as you learn English

Learning grammar is not everybody's cup of tea, but learning English is much more than grammar. As mentioned above, you need to develop all language skills in order to improve your English. You can do that by using interesting and motivating resources: movies, series, songs, jokes, etc. You can learn English and have lots of fun at the same time.

Happy New Year to everyone!

Apart from improving your English, have you got any other New Year's resolutions?
Do more exercise
Lose weight
Give up smoking
Spend more time with the family
Enjoy life more
Learn another language
Travel more
Buy Francisco Javier a drink at the pub

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