9 tips on how to learn English from scratch.
Some adults believe that starting to learn English from scratch can only children. Someone thinks that an adult is ashamed to start from scratch and learn elementary rules and words, someone believes that only children can successfully learn foreign languages, because they have a wonderful memory and the ability to learn. Both the first and second opinion are mistaken. There is nothing shameful in that you begin to learn the language, being an adult, even on the contrary: the craving for knowledge always causes respect.
So no matter how old you are, your desire to learn and your readiness to improve your knowledge is important. Many people ask the question: “How is it better to start learning English?”.
The following are the basic 9 steps that should be followed consistently in the study.
1. Learn the rules of reading English.
The theater starts with a hanger, and English – with reading rules. This is the basic part of knowledge, through which you can learn to read English and pronounce sounds and words correctly.
We recommend using a simple table from the Internet and learn the rules by heart, as well as get acquainted with the transcription of the English language. You can do this, for example, on the site Translate.ru.
2. Specify how the words are pronounced.
Even if you know the rules of reading by heart, when learning new words, check how they are correctly pronounced. Sly English words do not want to be read as they are written. And some of them completely refuse to obey any rules of reading. Therefore, we recommend that you specify the pronunciation of each new word in the online dictionary, for example, Lingvo.ru or on the special site Howjsay.com. Listen to the sound of the word several times, and try to pronounce it in the same way. At the same time you will practice the correct pronunciation.
3. Start to form the vocabulary.
Take on the arsenal of visual dictionaries, for example, use the site Studyfun.ru. Bright pictures, voiced by the speakers of the word and translated into Russian, will facilitate the process of learning and memorizing new vocabulary.
When do you start learning English? We recommend that beginners look at the list of words on the site Englishspeak.com. Start with simple words of a common theme, remember which words you use most often in your speech in Russian. In addition, we advise you to spend more time studying the verbs of the English language. It is the verb that makes the speech dynamic and natural.
If you imagine a speech in the form of a beautiful necklace, then the grammar is a thread on which you have bead-words, in order to get a beautiful decoration. Violation of the “rules of the game” of English grammar is punished by a misunderstanding of the interlocutor. And to learn these rules is not so difficult, it’s enough to study a good textbook.
We recommend that you take the first book from the Grammarway series of benefits translated into Russian. Do you consider textbooks to be boring? No problem, fortunately, on the Internet there is everything, including blogs of English teachers. There you can find an understandable explanation of grammatical nuances and get advice from experts in this field.
5. Listen to podcasts of your level.
As soon as you started to take the first steps, you just need to accustom yourself to the sound of foreign speech. Start with simple podcasts lasting from 30 seconds to 2 minutes. To find simple audio recordings with a translation into Russian, please visit the Teachpro.ru website.
6. See the news in English.
After you form the initial vocabulary in English, it’s time to start watching the news. We recommend the resource Newsinlevels.com. News texts for the first level are simple. For each news there is an audio recording, so be sure to listen to how the new words sound for you, try to repeat them for the announcer.
During the reading, you activate visual memory: new words and phrases will be easily remembered. And if you want to not just read, but also learn new words, improve pronunciation, listen to texts voiced by native speakers, and then read them. Simple short texts can be found in textbooks of your level, for example, New English File Elementary, or on the Internet.
8. Install useful applications.
How to start learning English from scratch on your own, if you have a smartphone or tablet at hand? Applications for learning English are mini-self-instruction books that will always be in your pocket. The well-known Lingualeo application is ideal for learning new words: thanks to the technique of interval repetition, the new vocabulary will not erode from your memory in a month. And to study the structure, the principle of “work” language, we recommend installing Duolingo. This application will allow you, in addition to learning new words, to practice grammar and learn how to build sentences in English, and also help you to develop good pronunciation.
If you ask Google how to start learning English on your own, a caring search engine will immediately give you a couple of hundred sites with different lessons, online exercises, articles about learning the language. An inexperienced student immediately has a temptation to make himself 83 bookmarks “well, very necessary sites, on which I will be engaged every day.”
We want to warn you against this: in the abundance of bookmarks, you will quickly get confused, and you need to deal with it systematically, without jumping from one topic to another. Add 2-3 really good resources to bookmarks on which you will be engaged. This is more than enough.
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