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5 Tips for Self-directed English Learners

Hi italki members,


     I'm wondering if some of you have tips for self-directed learners that you'd like to share for maintaining motivation and continuing making steady progress learning English. Some strategies that I use to learn Chinese (that could also work for learning English) include:


1. Integrating media from the target culture (TV shows/movies/etc...) into my study program. 

2. Keeping a notebook with me during the day and writing down new words or phrases I hear other people using.

3. Practicing mimicking the way natives speak the language, including sometimes using local slang.

4. Recording myself speaking the language and listening back to myself speaking to locate areas that need improvement. (i.e. speed, pauses in the wrong place, pronunciation mistakes, etc...)

5. Reviewing my study notes, assessing my progress, and periodically setting new language learning goals.


What do you think of these tips? Do you have others to add to the list?

Dec 2, 2014 11:29 PM
Comments · 1

Hey, it's a good list. Specially the point 5. It's good to make a plan to follow and set goals. This way you can see your actual progress, and make better evaluations of your performance. The point 1 is very recommended in general to practice any language because it helps a lot.

I's add to your list to check bibliography, specially a book to follow as reference. For example, to check the most used verbs, nouns, etc. This will help a lot to make the learning plan.

December 3, 2014
Language Skills
Chinese (Mandarin), English, German, Greek
Learning Language
Chinese (Mandarin)