In this article, we share our techniques for improving your
motivation for learning English as a foreign language. We used them
all the time when we were learning English and we still use them when
we need to boost our motivation in areas other than English.
Imagine yourself in the future
Imagine you can talk to native speakers just like you talk in your
first language. Imagine other people wanting to speak English as well
as you do. Imagine the possibility of writing e-mail to people from
all over the world.
It is helpful to read an article about the advantages of knowing
English well. There are two such articles on Antimoon: Why learn
English and English makes you feel good.
You should know that it is possible to learn English really well.
Just look at other people who have done it.
Remember that you are already good
You already know some English (you're reading an article in English
right now). That's a big success! Now it's time for more successes.
Time to start using powerful methods of effective learning. Time to
gain an impressive knowledge of English.
Remember there is a lot that you don't know
You are good, but your English probably isn't perfect. You probably
can't understand English-language TV, read books in English, talk to
native speakers easily, write letters without mistakes, etc.
You should never think your English is perfect. Even if you are the
best student in your class, always try to find your weak areas and
work on them. When you've learned to speak English well, your
problems will be quite small: punctuation, rarely used grammar
structures, rare words, understanding "street language". Right now,
your problems are probably more basic: mistakes in pronunciation,
small vocabulary, grammar problems with the present perfect tense and
Use your English whenever you can
This is very, very important. The more you use English, the more you
will want to learn it.
Because English is so popular, you can use it everywhere. You can use
Google to find English-language websites with interesting
information, you can watch American cartoons, you can play adventure
games on your computer, you can read interesting books in English, or
you can do other things that we write about.
If you do these things, you will not only have fun and learn English.
If you see that a new English word lets you understand your favorite
TV show (or communicate with people, or beat a computer game), you
will want to learn more words. So you will learn English more, use it
more, learn it more, use it more... If you also use effective
learning methods, your English will grow faster than you can imagine.
Talk to people about English
This is a very simple method, but it is very effective. Here's how it
You usually talk about things which interest you. But the opposite is
true, too. If you start talking about a boring subject, you will
begin to get interested in it.
Imagine you are studying a subject that you hate. You are bored and
tired, but you have to pass the test tomorrow. If there are people
near you, you have two options: you can tell everybody how much you
are suffering or you can tell those people about the things you've
learned. If you choose the first option, you will only feel worse.
If you choose the second option, and start a conversation on
the "boring" subject, you will begin to look at it in a totally
different way. Suddenly it will become a subject worth talking about —
therefore, an interesting subject.
How can you begin such a conversation? If you're studying English,
you can surprise another person by talking to him/her in English. Say
(in English): Hi, I'm studying English and I hate it. Or you can say
(in your first language): Hey, I've learned 50 English words today.
Do you know what's the English word for ...? If there are no people
near you, you can telephone or send an e-mail message to your friend.
What will your friends say? Probably they won't be very interested,
but it doesn't matter! The important thing is this: After talking
about English, you will study it with much more passion. Try it.
Find a friend who is learning English
If you can find a friend who is learning English and is on a similar
level of skill, you will be in an excellent situation:
you will have someone to talk about English with. These conversations
will increase your interest in English, as explained in the previous
learning English will be easier, because you will be able to discuss
your problems with your friend.
you will study English more, because you will want to be better than
You should meet your friend regularly. Ideally, he/she should live
near you, or go to the same school as you. If you absolutely can't
find anybody willing to learn English with you, you can try to find
somebody by e-mail. This is a worse solution: your conversations will
probably be less frequent, and it is difficult to compete with
someone who you don't know well.
Spend some money on learning English
If you spend your money on something, you will want to use it. For
example, if you buy an expensive tennis racket, you will probably go
out and play tennis every day.
This rule is also true for learning English. If you want to increase
your desire to learn English, buy a new dictionary, an interesting
English-language book, English-language cable TV, etc. The idea is
simple: You paid for it, so you will want to use it, and you will
improve your English.
There is a problem with this method. It only works for a short time.
You usually lose your desire to learn English after a few days. To
keep learning, you would have to buy something every week!
However, this method is helpful, because it gives you an impulse to
start learning. For example, if you buy a dictionary of phrasal
verbs, you will probably learn some words from it. Then you should
try to use them. For example, write an e-mail message with these
words. This will increase your motivation (as explained before), and
you will learn more.
This article is taken from [url]www.antimoon.com[/ur
From my point of view, I reckon chatting with some English friends through the Internet can improve your ability to make conversation in how to start it, the way you open different subjects, and how to end your conversation!! This will not only improve your chatting ability, but it can also help you learn new stuff whether in langauge or in their culture. The second source that I find really useful is television; you can practise your listening ability by listening to the news, documentaries, soap operas, movies, series, current affairs, ect. To me, I feel a lot better following this way as I'm a bit shy to start conversations with someone
Iam waiting for your responses to help saudi students in malaysia to learn english language so rapidly from ur advices . please dont be stingy so, try to give the readers your apinion or some steps to let them get the benefits
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