usually I read interesting and easy story books and surround myself by English stuffs like youtube, games etc.
I listen to AJ.Hoge's power English lessons everyday ,and If you're at Intermediate Level try that, I'll help you a lot
his site is : effortlessEnglishclub.com
He gives you some tips about how to improve your English skills like reading, listening, speaking Etc.
and I haven't taken any English class up until now
I can communicate easily with people but still I'm working on my English
you can also subscribe to Steve Kaufmann and Aj's youtube channels for some tips about learning languages
here are the links:
so I don't think that you need anything else just use their tips and start right now
The last couple of comments focused on the word 'dominate'. At least one of them was because this sounds amusing to us. So may I just point something out?
Your use of the English word 'dominate' is wrong here. It is not possible to dominate a language : this is 'Spanglish' and it makes no sense. The direct English equivalent of 'dominar una lengua' is master a language, but a more natural expression would be become fluent : 'What is the best way to become fluent in a language?'.
You've been given some good advice, by the way. Good luck with your studies.
I agree with David.
There is no shortcut to mastering a language if you want to "dominate" a language by yourself. In this case you might have to study more on reading because that is a hard but practical avenue you to reach English to an advanced level, much better than some people are always seeking language partners to practice speaking only.
Hi, Daniel. I just joined italki, which is why I did not answer your question sooner, but I wanted to respond specifically to your concern about taking the TOEFL.
I am a native speaker of English, so I have never needed to take such a placement test as a foreign student of English. However, I did have many writing assignments and tests in my English composition and literature classes in high school and college, and I never had any real trouble with those for one simple reason: I am a very heavy reader - several books a week, all my life - and that much exposure to formal English outside of school meant that I never struggled at all in English classes. Somehow I already knew how to write clearly and correctly.
So, my suggestion for preparing for the TOEFL is simply to listen and read as much as possible until you can understand nearly everything without trouble.
That probably sounds too simple, and it is certainly not something you can do in a few weeks, or even a few months. But, over a year or two it might make a very big difference in your comprehension of English. Also, it will eventually do a lot for your confidence, because when you get to the point that you understand almost everything, then it will be obvious that a placement test should not be any problem.
Lots of reading will also do surprising things for your writing ability. This is actually a very weird thing, but I was a professional technical writer for many years, and my only real preparation was years of heavy reading. As I said above, I had the usual basic English classes in school, but nothing at a professional level. So, I can only conclude that my sense of formal style must have come from all that reading of the work of other writers.
So, I hope that helps.
De todos modos, buena suerte.