Many of our students who want to learn English in NYC are impatient to improve their skills as quickly as possible. Some are preparing for an exam such as the TOEFL, while others simply want to blend in and lose their accents. No matter how busy your schedule, the following simple tricks can do a lot to speed up the process.
1. Watch TV and listen to the radio in English. This is a great way to further immerse yourself in the language and get used to colloquial, informal speech. If you can keep up with the unbelievably fast disclaimers spoken at the end of certain radio ads, you’re doing better than some of us native speakers!
2. While practicing at home, speak English out loud to yourself. If you want to learn English in NYC, you’ll have to extend your lessons beyond the classroom. Understanding English on a grammatical level will not make you a better English speaker, so it’s important to exercise your lingual and facial muscles by practicing. You can start by asking yourself simple questions, such as, “What is your favorite book?” If you have a family member at home who is also learning the language, conversing together in English often will help both of you master basic skills in a shorter amount of time.
3. Take some time every day to think in English. That may sound strange, but a greater understanding and ease in a new language comes when you stop translating and fully immerse yourself.
4. Quickly review new lessons before going to bed. Our brains process the day’s new information while we sleep, so looking over what you’ve learned before you go to bed will keep it fresh in your mind.
Try these techniques for yourself as you learn English in NYC. Before you know it, you’ll reach a new level of comprehension and skill you had never thought possible.