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Hi, how can I improve my English?I am not very good at writing and speaking and...

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wine-seller | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Honors

Posted June 19, 2010 at 12:10 AM via web

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Hi, how can I improve my English?

I am not very good at writing and speaking and reading. I am interested in learning English but when I want to read a text or story because there are many new vocabularies I become tired. How can I improve my reading and speaking and writing? Is there any text or story that I can read continuously? Id like to be very good at english and will be able to teach Enlglish too. please help me.

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brettd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted June 19, 2010 at 12:30 AM (Answer #2)

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First of all, your written English isn't bad at all.  In fact, it is better than many native speakers who post on this site, so take heart in that you have obviously made progress already.

The next thing to do is to have someone at your college assess your reading level.  If you go to the Education Department or Student Services, they should be able to help you.  By finding out your reading level, you can choose books written at or a little above the level you read at and gradually increase their difficult.  Don't expect miracles - give yourself some time to improve.

For writing, give yourself lots of extra time to write papers for your classes.  This way you can write a "rough" draft, and then take it in to the professor or the writing center where they will help you improve it from there.  Soon you will find you do not need much help to write well.

For speaking the language, I feel immersion is the best method.  Speak as little of your native language as possible, for a while at least, and make friends with native speakers.  Send time with them and engage them in conversation.  You'll find most people more than willing to help you to learn.  Good luck, and don't give up.

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mosikaa | High School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted June 19, 2010 at 1:33 AM (Answer #3)

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Read books it will improve your Knowledge .....

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besure77 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted June 19, 2010 at 7:38 AM (Answer #4)

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Practice, practice, practice! Learning a new language takes time so be patient with yourself. It seems that you already have a pretty good grasp on writing. I would talk to a counselor at the college that you attend. Tell him or her that you would like to build your English speaking, writing, and reading skills. There are more than likely many courses that you can take to help you accomplish this goal.

Do not attempt to read text that is too difficult. It is better if you start off reading easier text and progress from there. You certainly do not want to overwhelm yourself and become frustrated.

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted June 19, 2010 at 7:36 PM (Answer #5)

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Indeed, I think that you can do much to be able to make a good start with English a stronger one.  It sounds like you have the heart and drive, which is essential.  I think being able to read a English newspaper might be a good start to this process.  Newspapers report news common to everyone, so being able to match up what you already understanding your native language to what is being discussed in the newspaper will allow you to better understand the English terms to describe the experience.  I think that this might be a very good starting point.  If newspapers are not an option, reading news organizations reports on the web might be another alternative.  I would also suggesting watching English programming on the television with the "Closed Caption" options present.  It would enable you the chance to hear spoken English and read the text underneath, strengthening your grasp of written and spoken English.  If you don't have this option on your television, watching English movies on DVD with the English subtitles for hearing impaired activated would also help.

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted June 23, 2010 at 3:42 PM (Answer #6)

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Choose books that you know well already and listen to them on tape or DVD to recognize the English version.  There isn't any better way to learn than complete (or complete as possible if you live outside an English-speaking country) immersion.  Listen to English music, watch English TV, speak English as much as possible with native speakers, read English magazines and books.  Magazines might work best for you now since you write that reading long stories makes you tired.

The minute you realize that you are able to THINK in English, you will know that you are fluent.  This is the point where you no longer have to pause and translate in your mind from English to your native language and back. 

I wish you much luck!  Having taught English as a foreign language, I know how rewarding it can be to make progress.  My years of teaching English to second-language learners were among my favorite.

Much luck to you, my friend!

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krishna-agrawala | College Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted July 3, 2010 at 10:54 PM (Answer #7)

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Judging from your statement, "I am not very good at writing and speaking and reading", it is quite possible that your basic need is not to just improve your proficiency in a particular language like English, but to improve your general proficiency in expressing yourself in any language including your native language. The fact that you don't find much interest in reading "a text or story" is further indication of this possibility. In this situation in addition to improving your general proficiency in reading, writing and speaking, you can try some of the following ways.

  1. Try to improve your ability in your native language also in addition to that in English.
  2. Try to locate and read material in English that deals with subjects of your interest, and does not contain many unfamiliar words. There are many different books in English language that are written for people with different level of proficiency in English language. You need to find books that are appropriate for your current level. As you become more proficient, you can move to higher level texts.
  3. When you come across an unfamiliar word, don't just skip it. Look up in dictionary and learn its meaning as well as pronunciation and spelling immediately.
  4. Best way to learn a language is to practice speaking and writing it - particularly speaking it. Try to find occasions when you can speak and practice your English. Forming a group of friends interested in improving English and practicing speaking English within that group can be very good way of doing this.
  5. Writing small and simple essays, particularly writing simple and short essays which require you to say something about yourself, your experiences or feelings, go a long way in improving your ability to express yourself and in generating your interest in languages.
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saleemn | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted July 14, 2010 at 11:48 AM (Answer #8)

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books  can improve your knowledge a lot i am not doing well in school because i'm not clever but in my free tiome i learn a lot in english you should try answering question and answer question just pray for me i get good results please

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Lori Steinbach | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted September 24, 2010 at 12:42 PM (Answer #9)

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I agree with everyone in this discussion.  Look at other things in your life, and you'll see that the only way to get really good at something is to practice.  Television, books, other classmates, lectures, church are all places where you'll hear the language spoken.  Once you hear something new--a new word or some other new language concept--use it right away.  if you've got some friends around you where you confident doing so, ask them to correct your errors.  I've taught many foreign exchange students, and I've seen a real willingness by others to help when they feel free to do so.  There will be some good laughs along the way as well, I'm sure, but it's one of the best ways to learn.  Keep practicing and you'll be great!

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