In this post, I am going to tell you how you can spend 8 months and start speaking English. The tips I am going to share with you are all based on my own teaching experience and not something that I believe or think is right. This is something that I know is right and they are more likely to work out.
There was a student who I taught English. When she came to our center her English was almost next to nothing. She knew absolutely no English. When she finished Beginner after 4 months and joined Elementary group she could already speak English quite well. Well, with problems of course … but if she suddenly finds herself in any English speaking country today she can explain herself and travel around the city without any problems.
So if Beginner level students started speaking English in such a short period of time, it means you can also do. Why not?!
1. Sign up for good language courses
I will write a more detailed blog post about this but if I say briefly a good language course for me is the one which promises less and over delivers. They hire only highly qualified teachers of English (not students or recent graduates from a financial institute for example) and seriously work with their clients (students and their parents). They never promise any ground breaking results. They just do their job.
Bottom line: join Direct English language center?
2. Get ready to work hard
Want to be able to speak after only 8 months? Get ready to work hard. There are no short-cuts. You have to dedicate all your time, energy and efforts and fully concentrate on learning and practicing English. You will have to attend all the lessons and be active. You will have to read, write, speak, compare, contrast, search, analyze, think, wonder, watch, listen and so on and on and on. So be ready for all this.
Bottom line: no short cuts. Only hard work.
3 . Practice what you learn
As soon as you learn something new, do all your best to practice it. By practice I mean you can speak, write, read, listen and help your friends when they have questions. Remember more you help others with their English language problems, more you actually help yourself and grow. So learn and practice what you learn.
Bottom line: practice makes things perfect.
4. Use the Internet resources
If you only use your books which your teacher gave you and do the homework then I am sure you will not go far with that. You will not be able to see big changes in your English in near future. So that’s why get stable Internet access to your house and start using the Internet resources. For example, this website is one big resource you can start from. I am publishing new posts every two days nowadays.
Bottom line: go beyond your school materials.
5 . Make English your priority
Make it number one. Otherwise, it will not work. Believe me. In the world of distractions and too many unnecessary tasks and unrelated school subjects you will easily lose your focus. So sit down. Think for yourself. Make a plan for your near future. And if you see English will help you realize your future dreams or solve current problems, make it priority number one and stick to it.
Bottom line: make English your highest priority.
6 . Stay highly disciplined
Again like I said above this world today is full of distractions such as Facebook, Twitter, Telegram, Whats App and games. So it is very and very difficult to discipline yourself. So that’s why, prioritize your life and get a full control of yourself. How? Set yourself goals for a day, week, month and year. At the end of the period give yourself a report by asking yourself one very simple question “What did I do to move towards my dreams today?”
Bottom line: self-discipline is half success.
7. Keep up the positive attitude
I should have written this as number one tip above, to be honest. Attitude … attitude… a positive attitude my friend… It is all about your attitudes. If you wake up in the morning and feel really bad when you remember you should work on your English then I am sorry you are not going to improve your English in near future. You should be happy that today you are going to work on your English and that you have lots of things to do. If you feel positive, things will work out. Otherwise, they will not.
Bottom line: smile, smile, smile.
8. Focus on your end results
I know it is very easy to say and very hard to do. I know… OK? I know…That’s why when times get difficult for you remember what you want to be able to do once you start speaking English well. Remind yourself how your life will change into good and how you will start working and living.
Bottom line: focus on your future.
9 . Always sleep well
You always hear people saying I work a lot and sleep little. OK… let them do what they want. I will tell you one thing … sleep well and sleep a lot but not too much. I sleep a lot. I sleep from 12:00 to 7:00-8:00 morning. Mmm… not much ah… it is just 7-8 hours. But that is my amount. And it is enough for me to feel fresh and energetic next day. Well OK, on Sundays I sleep more. But you got the point right? Make sure you have enough sleep, not too much and not too little.
Bottom line: take care of your rest time.
10 . Work on your mistakes
When your teacher points out your mistakes and says you have many things to improve, do not get angry with him or her. Whatever that does not kill you will make you stronger, remember? Take everything as a challenge and move on. Work on your mistakes and shoot, shoot, shoot them one by one. Make sure you do not repeat that mistake second or third time.
Bottom line: mistakes mean you are working.
11. Score 85-90 + % in your tests
Forget about scoring 50, 60 or 75 % from your exams you write at the language center. You want to improve and speak English in 8 months? Score only between 85 and 95 % if not 100 %. That is I call results. Well, yes… your results do not talk much about the real level of your English but remember in order to get high marks you have to repeat, analyze and learn a lot. That’s what matters most my friend.
Bottom line: always set high standards for yourself.
12. Never & never miss any lessons
Want to speak English in 8 months? Never and ever miss your English lessons. Never… when I say never I really mean never. And I do not care about those people who say ‘Never say never’. I say never. Attend all your lessons. Make sure you come to all lessons. Whether you have a headache, stomachache, earache, backache, legache, armache, eyeache and many other aches, make sure you come. No excuses! And not just come. Be super active and get from the lessons as much as possible.
Bottom line: for the God’s sake do not miss any of your lessons.
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