English Learning Tip # 2

Now what?


OK – so you’ve started. Now what?

Now you have to get moving, and practise – a lot.

Have you ever worked out how many years it took you to gain your current level in your native language? (Don’t forget you had exposure to that language 24 hours a day seven days a week.) Now work out how many hours that was. So, if you think you can learn all the English you need in an hour and a half a week – think again.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s fine if you only want to learn certain phrases for travelling or fun: “Two beers please”, or “Hello my name is …”, but if you want to become truly proficient, you’ve got a long way to go.

You can do a lot yourself: you can rehearse conversations and explanations you might need to use in real life, but then you have to get out into that real life. Luckily with the internet you can practise your English online. Find a friendly native speaker who would like to learn your language, or learn about your culture.  If you can’t do that, you can do a lot by finding a language buddy, someone who is learning English and is at a similar level to you. Finding someone who is better than you certainly helps, and once you are more proficient, find someone who needs your help too.

Just remember, English is a living language, you need to live it.


I am a director of the Learn English Network. A non-profit organisation registered in the UK dedicated to helping people learning English and people who teach English online.

Learn English 2019