What NOT to do when learning English!

DON’T wait for class to learn!

DON’T wait for class to learn!

One needs lots (and lots) of practice to learn a new language. Don’t restrict your learning to the classroom. Watch more TV in English, read a book, practice speaking with a friend. Use every chance that you get to communicate in English.

DON’T learn in infrequent bursts!

DON’T learn in infrequent bursts!

Let there not be long intervals in your study time. It really, really helps to be regular. Set aside 30-60 minutes every day to revise your lesson or do a new activity, or even chat with a friend.

DON’T only focus on grammar!

DON’T only focus on grammar!

Knowing all the rules of grammar may not be enough to help you to communicate properly. Focus on the functional aspect of your communication as well – start a collection of colloquial expressions, tell a story, or learn a song!

STOP translating!

STOP translating!

One of the most important things that you can do is to stop thinking in your native language (mother tongue). Instead, focus on the words, phrases and patterns that you do know, to help you to understand or speak in English.

DON’T keep quiet when you are not sure!

DON’T keep quiet when you are not sure!

It helps to clarify your doubts as soon as they arise. When you are not sure – ASK. Get your doubts cleared. Request the teacher for an example of usage. Use the new word or structure in a sentence of your own.

STOP putting yourself down!

STOP putting yourself down!

Learning a new language includes making mistakes – lots of them! How else will you learn? So, don’t put yourself down or feel terrible each time you make a mistake. Instead, correct it and use the corrected version as often as possible.

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