There are four main skills involved with learning any language: Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing. Learning English can be fun and easy, it’s just a matter of finding the right solution for your individual learning style. How do you learn best?
As a child the first language skill you acquire is listening. Children listen to their mother using simple ‘baby talk’ and are exposed to nursery rhymes, easy children’s songs, lullabies and stories. Watching pre-school cartoons and TV shows gives children the basic language they need to understand more difficult sentences and situations.
This is also true for adults. Understanding what people are saying is much easier than producing correct sentences yourself. We believe the first and best way of learning English is to expose yourself or your child to simple native entertainment such as English DVDs and music.
It is difficult to teach yourself to speak a new language, and very important to have a good teacher. By far the best way is to live in an English-speaking country, surrounded by the culture and forced to communicate with native speakers. We understand that this option is not possible for most students, but there are plenty of other ways to surround yourself with English that will help you reach your goal.
Language exchange, paid English tutors, group English lessons, socialising with ex-pats, online English classes, Skype lessons, homestay, short stays and working holidays, English audio lessons like Linguaphone, and sophisticated computer programs such as Rosetta Stone; all these and more mean there is always a solution to fit your time and budget.
When learning to read English it is important to start with basic phonics, the way letters sound when spoken. There are relatively few letters in the Roman English Alphabet, but each one can have many sounds depending on where it is in a word and which letter comes before or after.
We reccommend starting with short, simple words and their sounds. Once confident with the simple words move on to the more complicated rules and exceptions that take years to master, even for native speakers. We have some easy English reading lessons, games and activities for you to follow, and are always adding more resources.
English writing worksheets for practising handwriting, punctuation and grammar. Resources for all levels and abilities, starting with simple pencil control and activities for children, drawing exercises to teach good form, letter tracing, transcription exercises, games, puzzles and more.
See our recommended tools to help you study anywhere, any time. Including mobile applications, videos and text books, along with other ideas to help with essay writing, letter writing, and business or personal email correspondence.
There are hundreds of English qualifications from different schools around the World, but how do you know which one is right for you? Are you hoping to study abroad at an English-speaking University, or maybe you need to impress a potential employer? Whatever your motivation, it is important to understand which exam you need, before committing valuable time and energy to study.
With this guide you can learn about the most common and widely recognised exams available, how they compare to each other, and in many cases try out some official sample questions from the examiner, or test-like questions created by us to help you gauge your level and get a feel for different exam styles.