What’s the key to learn English fast and well? Is it determination and persistence or is it something that people are just born with? I think it’s neither of those things. The key is to make learning English fun through the right tools and habits. today I’m going to give you three crazy and fun methods to master the English language easily.
First of all, you need to remember learning a language is a long-term process. It won’t happen overnight. Complete mastery in English means proficiency in listening, reading, writing, and speaking. Listening and reading are input, writing and speaking are output. The more you read the more you’ll become proficient in writing. The more you listen the more you’ll become Proficient in speaking.
So you need to practice a lot of listening and reading to master any language. Learning English an hour once a week isn’t usually enough to make any real progress. The best way to quickly improve your English is to spend at least few minutes practicing every day. Immerse yourself as much as possible every time you study and challenge yourself to listen to, read and even say things in English that you think might be too difficult for you.
Keep in mind that a combination of both listening and reading practice is necessary for beginners to keep their level balanced. Your understanding of pronunciation will benefit greatly from being able to read the words as you hear them. Here I am going to give you three fun and crazy tricks to master the English language.
1. Tounge Twisters to Learn English fast
There are hundreds of crazy tongue twisters in English. Pick one for a day and practice it. Ok, let’s try one. Repeat after me.
Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.
Ok.. not bad. Try once again.
Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.
While tongue twisters, in general, are excellent for pronunciation, you can use specific ones to work on specific weaknesses. If you tend to have problems with consonant blends, for example, you’ll want to use twists that encourage the correct pronunciation of those. For example.
She sells sea shells by the sea shore
Tounge Twisters are an excellent and fun way to work on one or two sounds at a time to get the pronunciation just right.
You can find a List of tongue twisters later in this article.
Start by saying the tongue twisters slowly. Then try to speed up. Once you can say a tongue twister through, try to say it two or three times in a row for a bigger challenge.
2. Learn English Fast by singing songs and music.
Why do I believe songs are such an effective learning tools?
1st: It’ll improve your vocabulary and spelling.
2nd: Songs and music always contain a lot of vocabulary phrases and expressions. Besides, since the intended audience is native speakers, songs and music include up to date language and colloquialisms. The language used in songs is casual and actually usable if you chose the right songs.
3rd: Listening to songs will also allow you to focus on your pronunciation and understanding of the English language’s rhythm, tone, and beat.
4th: Many of the words and sound patterns within a song are repetitive and this makes it easier for them to stick in your mind. Tunes and lyrics will often infiltrate our thoughts and play over and over in our minds. All of which will help you to learn English through songs as you easily memorize vocabulary and phrases.
5th: You don’t need to find extra time to practice English with songs. You can take music with you wherever you go. You can have English songs playing in the car, kitchen and even in the bathroom.
But You need to be very careful when selecting songs for learning purpose. You could search video sharing sites such as Youtube and Vimeo. They have vast libraries of music videos. Luckily, most of them will also be subtitled with the lyrics.
Find some simple and cool songs. Download them to your smartphone. Listen to it several times. Watch the mouth movements of the singer. Sing along with the singer. Try to mimic him. Like this… (singing)
3. Shadowing Method to learn English fast
This is the most important and effective method to learn English fast as possible. By practicing this powerful method every day you will master the English language. To implement this advanced “learn English fast” method you need to find a public speaker who has the accent you want to have. Whether it is American, British, or Australian, it doesn’t matter. Find a public speaker who has delivered a considerable number of speeches. You can find smart guys on Youtube or TED talks. You can select any one of my favorite public speakers.
I have a Great list of popular public speakers. If you want my suggestions when picking the right speaker for you, ask me in the comment section. I”m happy to help you.
Now you have a role model. Download one of his/her video. You’ll get text transcription from youtube or Ted Talks website. First, you need to read the transcript thoroughly. Note down all unknown words and phrases. Make sure you leave no word without knowing the meaning. OK, You know the context of the speech. From here on you’ll focus only on the sentence structure, accent, and pronunciation of the speaker. Cool right?
1. Listen to him several times. Notice the speaker’s mouth movements.
2. Read the transcript out loud while listening. (10 or more)
3. Read the transcript with him. Try to mimic his way of pronouncing words, mouth position and accent.
Practice this whole week with one video. Pick another for next week. Practice practice, practice. No doubt, eventually you will become more fluent with a big vocabulary, good grammar, and sentence structure. The only thing you need to keep in mind is, that consistent practice is the key to success. Regards.
List of Tongue Twisters
She sells seashells by the seashore
I saw a kitten eating chicken in the kitchen
I thought I thought of thinking of thanking you
Slim slam slap
A big black bug snoozed on a big black rug
He threw three free throws
Thin sticks, thick bricks
Fred fed Ted bread and Ted fed Fred bread
L vs. R
Red lorry, yellow lorry
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream
Rolling red wagons
Red blood, bad blood
B vs. V
Blue blurry vines blind
Betty loves the velvet vest best
Barber baby bubbles and a bumblebee
Burnt base, vicious vase
Vivacious Val vacuumed Violet’s very vivid vehicle
Eddie edited Earl’s easy music
Gooey gopher guts
Excited executioner exercising his excising powers excessively
Annie ate eight Arctic apples
An orange oval spooks the odd operative
An awful aardvark and an aching ape ate an antelope
Printed papers under pressure make pens prickle
The poor boar pours batter over his putter
Six sticky skeletons
Thunder sunders thick sticks