English is the official universal language. It is, by far, the language of international trade, finance, diplomacy, etc. It is used not only in English spoken countries, such as Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and The United Kingdom but worldwide. If you want to learn English, there is nothing better than working, studying (Preply, 1-on-1 online lessons for any budget) or going on holidays to the UK, Australia or the USA or, even better, having an English girlfriend or boyfriend.🙂
However, these options are not always available, possible or affordable.
Go to Google and click on Search settings, Languages and select English as your language of choice in “Which language should Google products use?” and “Currently showing search results in:” English.
Make sure you save the settings by smashing the blue SAVE button below the page!
Some examples: Alexa… Where is Chuck Norris? High five! Who’s on first? Simon says, ‘I love Bew’. Speak like Yoda. Tell me a joke/something interesting/a love story. Sing me a song. Play rock, paper, scissors. Knock, Knock. Can you bark? Which came first: chicken or egg? Talk like a pirate. Flatter me. How many kilometers are in a mile? What is the value of Pi? Play BBC World Service. What does rhyme mean?
Try as much as possible not to translate your thoughts and sentences into English, but think directly in English.
To do so, you should avoid using online translators, such as Google Translator and WordReference, but take advantage of monolingual dictionaries like The FreeDictionary, Dictionary.com, and Snappy Words
Visual dictionaries are dictionaries that primarily use pictures or drawings to illustrate the meaning of words. They are also very useful because they help you to think in English, too.
Install or change the default language of your operating system from your native language to English. If you use Windows 10/11, open the Settings windows, Time & Language, Language & Region or Region & Language, Add a language.
If you use GNU/Linux, you can change the language of both the operating system and all your installed applications. It depends on your distribution (Ubuntu, Debian, Arch, Fedora, etc.) and desktop environment (GNOME, Xfce, MATE, Cinnamon, etc.) how to set it. If you are using Ubuntu, go to System Settings, Language & Region, Language and select English (United States).
There are also many applications that let you choose the language during the installation process. Futhermore, modern browsers, such as Brave, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox, allow you to install many extensions that are very useful for learning English. Once you have launched your favorite browser, select Tools/Settings, Add-ons/Extensions.
Firefox offers personalized recommendations. Click on Tools, Add-ons, Recommendations, and install a recommended extension by clicking the + Add to Firefox button. There’s also a blue Find more add-ons button you can click and search for other extensions.
It is very difficult or impossible to achieve a good level of English or any other language without talking to native speakers. You may enrol in an academy or online learning platform, have private lessons (one-to-one or groups), learn it at your school or travel abroad.
Another option is a language exchange. You and another willing man or woman agree to meet up from time to time to practice speaking in each other’s language.
Why is it a good idea? You will learn the language of everyday life in a relaxed atmosphere. I am talking about informal expressions (I gotta leave now; Hi guys, what’s up?), idioms (I can’t make up my mind yet. I know that nobody wants to address the elephant in the room. I’m glad the cat didn’t get your tongue), and slang (Who blew off? Oh, you cheeky monkey!) that native speakers use all the time. Besides, you can get to know some interesting people and expand your social circle. The limit is always your time, not your money. There are several options: face to face conversation; correspondence (a pen-pal is someone you write letters to and receive letters from and come to know by friendly correspondence); or just chat with people using Discord, WhatsApp, Viber, Skype, Messenger, or similar apps.
Making friends online can be one of the easiest and most rewarding ways to improve your English. You can join specific, interested-based communities, be active in those communities daily, and/or start a conversation in a Facebook group; join some Discord communities; meet friends or potential partners through school, work, friends, or dating apps, find social events in your area (Meetup.com), etc.
Best Apps for Learning English: Duolingo is a fun, freemium app for learning English through quick, bite-sized lessons. It uses game-like methods to encourage users to keep coming back to learn every day. Memrise is a language learning program available online and as an app that focuses on teaching real-life, conversational phrases and words. HellowTalk connects you directly with native speakers to chat with them. Rosetta Stone uses an immersive approach to help its students reach native proficiency in their target language. It aims to teach you to speak the language like a native, but it is pretty pricey. Busuu is another digital language learning app. It offers vocabulary and grammar practice through short, self-paced study exercises.
To succeed in life, you need three things: practice, practice, and practice a bit more.
I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed, Michael Jordan.