10 easy ways to improve your English

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10 simple things you can do to improve your English:

  1. Watch TV shows and films in English

    Watch TV shows and films to get used to the sounds of English words. Turn on the English subtitles if there are any. See how the words are spelt, hear how they are pronounced and read along.

  2. Read out loud

    Read newspaper or magazine articles out loud. Find out how hard words are pronounced. Use a dictionary like Merriam-Webster. Click on the listen symbol.

  3. Read English materials

    Read newspapers, magazines, and books every day. Learn new words and expressions. Learn about the community around you!

  4. Listen and sing with English songs on the radio

    Listen to English songs. It is a fun way to learn English without even trying. Choose a song you like. Look for the lyrics online.

  5. Learn a new word everyday

    Choose one new word every day. Write it down in a journal. Look for the meaning from a dictionary. Use it in your writing or conversations.

  6. Carry a dictionary

    Carry a dictionary all the time. Download an application on your mobile or tablet. There are many free apps available.

  7. Keep a journal

    Use new words you learned when writing in your journal. Write about your daily life or your thoughts and feelings. Write a few sentences at the start. Write longer paragraphs as you become more confident.

  8. Surround yourself with English-speaking people

    Use the words and phrases you’ve learnt when speaking. Listen to the way they pronounce words. Observe how they use idioms and phrases.

  9. Ask

    Ask if you do not understand what someone is telling you. Ask politely.

  10. Never stop learning

    Find ways to practice English after your ESL course is done. Join a club, volunteer or take a new class. Meet new people, practise your language skills and learn something new.

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Community Resources

ESL Notes.com’s The English Learner Movie Guides has everything you need to start learning English while watching movies.

Go to your nearest library for the latest books (or search online at eLibraries Manitoba). You can also ask the librarian for ideas on which books and (audio books) are suitable for ESL learners.

Check out the latest Leisure Guide for fun activities that you and your family could participate in.

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