How to Improve Your English

Mature people are so cool. Know why? They are social, they like to talk and they don’t care as much as some people do. Let those ladies in the photo below inspire you. This is your first step to becoming better at English by practice.

Maybe English isn’t your native language and you want to feel more confident when you speak English? In this article, we will guide you with a few tips on how to improve your English skills.

According to Cambridge University, your or your child’s future career will benefit from good English skills. In their article Which English language skills are needed for the future?, the skill of reading is the most important. However, employers ask for people that have all skills.

English is the real global language and is important in education, relations, and business. I am the Chairman of one of the largest Italian Bank Foundations and we are dealing with more than 100 countries. Our work language is English.
Professor Francesco Profumo, Politecnico di Torino, Italy

What Are The Five Skills of Language?

When you learn a new language, you learn the skills in the following order:

  1. Listening
  2. Speaking
  3. Reading
  4. Writing
  5. Grammar

Sometimes the skills are counted as four language skills, excluding grammar. When you learn a new language, you start by listening. The next step would be to copy what you have heard by speaking it yourself.

How to Improve Your English Vocabulary

Produce and consume. Ask an online magazine if they are interested in articles you write for them. Read books and watch movies in English. Try to combine producing texts and consuming texts. This will activate all parts of your brain and the learning phase will accelerate.

Best ways to practice speaking English

Go out of your comfort zone and if an opportunity comes up, try to be social and speak! Chat with strangers. You got nothing to lose. Try not to care if your English isn’t fluent. It’s as easy as that. Search for local meetups or tourists visiting your hometown. Or travel.

Our best piece of advice to start off with would be to try to speak slower. Often when we feel stressed, which could be the case if you don’t speak English very often, we tend to stress about things we do. Try to embrace a slow pace when you speak. It will also help the person you talk to because slower is easier to understand.

How to Improve Your English Writing Skills

Want to practice written conversation in English? This is where StrangerMeetup comes in. We offer users from lots of countries, waiting to chat with you in English. If you are shy, we recommend starting in one of our public chat rooms. When you feel confident in there, ask someone in the chat room for a private chat or start a chat with a stranger.

How can I Improve English by myself?

Maybe you want to improve your English without the feeling of having someone behind your back. These are some ideas of ways to help you improve your English on your own.

  1. Read books in English. Can be borrowed for free at the local library.
  2. Watch movies in English. Use Netflix or watch videos of your interest in English on YouTube.
  3. Speak English to your non-native English friend. Great for both of you! Practicing with a partner can be lots of fun.
  4. Record yourself when you speak English. Listen to the recording. What can be improved?