When you are attempting to learn English you have to make sure that you are taking the time to understand how you can succeed. English is a hard language to learn and you want to make sure that you are setting yourself up to be successful.
First, you want to make sure that you are passionate about the language. Taking the time to cultivate your desire to learn English is important and you want to make sure that you know how you are going to want to learn.
Wanting to learn will also change your attitude about the way that you learn. You have to make sure that you are excited about your studies and you look forward to learning the language throughout the time that you are studying.
You should also make sure that you set goals for yourself and you have a way of rewarding yourself. There are many people that get too frustrated with this process and give up because they feel like they just cannot learn the language.
Narrowing down your goals to make sure that you are capable of reaching them is very important. The more that you understand about what you are capable of and which goals are going to work for you in your life the better off you will be.
Taking the time to understand how you are going to set reasonable goals may require the input of another. This input should come from someone that knows the ropes of learning English and has dealt with others that are learning as well.
When you talk with someone that knows more about the situation than you do you will have a much better idea of what is actually plausible. Setting goals that are ridiculous or unattainable can be very discouraging and frustrating.
You should also make sure that you are taking the time to understand how you learn the best. If you need to hire someone to teach you what you need to learn take the time to find a teacher that you get along with and that can help you.
You should also make sure that you set aside time each day to study. When you can set aside time each day to study you may find that you are able to pick up on the language quicker than if you were to study for a long period of time inconsistently.
Repetition becomes very important when you are learning any new language. There are so many different rules and exceptions to rules that can occur when you are dealing with the English language that you must make sure you are consistently reiterating to yourself.
When you are learning the language you also want to take the time to immerse yourself with native speakers. Hearing the language and trying to understand and talk to native speakers can be very beneficial.
Do not be scared to take the time to talk with native speakers. There are a lot of people that are too embarrassed or too scared that they will fail so they refuse to practice the parts of the language that they have learned.
When you find yourself being scared learn to deal with that fear and talk anyways. The more that you are able to talk and figure out how to correct yourself the easier it will be to carry on a fluid conversation in English.
A much less intimidating way of immersing yourself in the language is to watch television. When you are watching television you have to make sure that you are focusing to understand each word that is being said and not just the general theme.
When you are focusing on each word you may also start to learn and recognize different fluctuations in tone and pitch. These can change the meaning of a word and you want to pick up on the way that the television characters say them.
Although you cannot talk back to the television, watching television in English can greatly improve the skills that you are developing. You may find a television show that you enjoy that will not be difficult to watch.
You can also listen to the radio or read books in English as often as you can. These are two different ways that you can expose yourself and immerse yourself into the English language without too much effort.
Learning the English language may be hard. If you take the time to set goals and practice consistently you may be able to find the success you are looking for.
Tommy Greene is a master linguist and an ESL professor. He has authored hundreds of articles and recommends this program for Koreans learning English.