Learning English From Home
Are you thinking about learning english from home? Learning a new language is a huge undertaking and will take a lot of time and dedication.
It is a slow going process, so it’s important not to get frustrated and give up at the first signs of difficulty.
Think about infants and toddlers learning their first words and sentences.
It takes them years to properly learn their first language, and children’s brains are a lot more malleable than adults.
If you’re interested in learning English, there are a few different ways that you can do this, one of which is from the comfort of your own home.
Why Should You Learn English At Home?
As adults, there are many responsibilities and commitments that keep our days full and busy. It can be really difficult to carve out some time each day to take a class to help you learn English.
Rather than having to arrange your day according to a set schedule and go out of your way to a physical class, learning English from home allows you the freedom to work from wherever you want, whenever you want, even if that means just during the 15 minute drive to pick up your kids from school.
Learning from home requires no travel, no set schedule, and best of all, you can work at your own pace. It can also be less intimidating not having to be on the same learning level as other students in a class.
The less pressure there is and the less competitive you make the experience, the more likely you are to learn and retain the information.
Let’s explore some tips to make this journey as smooth as possible.
1. Make Yourself Comfortable
Learning a new language can seem very intimidating at first. Make yourself comfortable to take some of the pressure off and relieve your nerves.
Put on some comfortable clothing and find a quiet place at home where you can both focus and feel comfy. If you have a reading corner or comfy couch where no one will disturb you, take advantage.
2. Create a Study Plan
When you’re doing any kind of work from home, it’s important not to let your comfort and home luxuries get in the way of your focus.
You may be surrounded by a lot of distractions such as television, the fridge, or family members mulling about.
Create a schedule for yourself and stick to it as best as you can. Set clear goals and realistic timeframes for study. Consider all of the following:
What days do you have more free time? Schedule these days to be your set English learning days.
Which days are you busiest? There’s no need to rush your progress. You want to make sure you are studying English without a busy mindset. If you’re focusing on how much you have left to do for the day, your learning session will be less productive. Set these as days off.
Consider what your weak points are and set goals to start overcoming them over the next three months. Always plan ahead so you can track your progress versus your goals.
Find ways to connect your hobbies and personal interests with English. This will give you space to practice during your regular activities.
3. Set Up a Home English Library
Create a set of helpful resources that include:
-General English textbook
-English books (magazines, newspapers, novels)
-Reference sources on phrases, idioms, and advanced vocabulary
-Various online resources (YouTube channels, FB groups, audiobooks, etc)
4. Connect With the Culture of English Speakers
Immersing yourself in the world and mindset of the language you are learning will help you develop a better understanding of the language as you are progressing.
5. Watch Films With English Subtitles
When you watch a movie in your native language, turn on the English subtitles so you can start associating what you understand with the words as they appear on the screen.
If you are already familiar with the storyline of the movie, you can focus on the English subtitles and start understanding the words and concepts.
6. Watch the News in English
If you are familiar with the current events, you can start watching the news in English.
It will be a challenge at first, as the news anchors tend to be very rapid fire with their delivery, but watching a bit each day, you’ll begin to understand and expand your vocabulary.
7. Watch English TV
Television is a great way to gain access to English as it is used colloquially. You’ll be able to watch characters interact and use the language the way people would in real life.
8. Listen to Audiobooks
Similarly to television, listening to English audiobooks is a great way to start learning how to understand the written language.
It can be difficult to read and understand on your own, so following along with an audiobook is a great way to understand pronunciation and learn new words.
9. Study Grammar
Grammar is an important part of the English language. To best utilize the language the way a native speaker would, plan some time weekly to complete exercises in a grammar workbook.
10. Make Textbooks Your Friend
Studying through a textbook will help provide a level of structure to your study plan. It’s a great way to map where you should begin and how you should progress.
11. Find Your Passion For Reading
There’s no better way to learn English than to practice. Reading simple books in English (even if they are children level books) are a great way to build your vocabulary, understand sentence structure, grammar, and English speaking culture.
12. Play Some English Online Games
If you are a more visual learner with a passion for gaming, this tip if for you! Grab a headset and play multiplayer online of your favorite games.
This is a great way to communicate with native English speakers while doing something you enjoy. It’s a wonderful, low pressure way to practice.
13. Play English Board Games
Invite some English speaking friends over for a game night. Play some classic games you love and communicate in English. This will be a great challenge and good practice.
14. Create a Personal Reward System
If you’ve set up a study plan, it’s easy to monitor your progress based on previously set goals. Each time you achieve a goal, especially if according to schedule, treat yourself.
This can be something as simple as a sweet treat you don’t usually have, or as fun as a movie night out for yourself. You’ll be inspired to keep reaching goals and the learning process will be a whole lot more fun!