5 proven ways to learn English quickly

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It is important for people who are new to Manitoba to be able to speak English. This will help them in many different ways. For example, it will help them find a job, make friends, and understand the culture.

English is the most popular language in the province. If you know English well, it will help you to settle in faster.

Here are some tips to help you learn to speak English quickly:

  1. Be confident

    It’s normal to feel scared when you’re learning a new language. But you need to have the courage to speak if you want to make progress. Don’t worry if you make mistakes. People will understand and help you out when they see that you are trying your best.

    If you want to start speaking, look for common phrases. Learn some lines that you think you may need. Use a phrasebook or an app.

    You can also learn some Canadian idioms. This will help you join conversations more easily and sound more like a native speaker. Knowing these phrases and idioms will make it easier for you to communicate. Here are examples of common phrases for talking about the weekend:

    Real English Conversation: How to talk about the weekend, EngVid

  2. Surround yourself with English

    Try to be around English as much as possible. Listen, read, speak and write English. This is how you naturally learn a language. Here are some ideas:

    • Listen to Canadian music. If you can, try singing along!
    • Watch movies and TV shows that are in English.
    • Talk in English at home.
    • Go to your phone’s settings and change the language to English.
    • Read books in English. It doesn’t have to be a long book. You can read children’s books, magazines, or comic books.
    • Attend events, gatherings, or classes where you will need to use English.
  3. Dedicate time

    Studying is the best way to learn. Figure out what type of learner you are. Are you a visual learner? Do you learn better by listening? Focus on those techniques. You can also get help from an instructor. They can give you materials to help you learn and stay on track.

  4. Think in English

    As you keep learning English (and the culture), you’ll understand the parts of the language better. With practice, you’ll be able to think in English. You won’t need to translate from your native language.

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  6. Practice

    To learn English, use it every day. Speak and write regularly. Read and listen to increase your vocabulary. Soon you’ll notice that communicating in English is easier.

    Remember to be kind to yourself. Learning a language is not easy. You should be proud of yourself for learning a new skill. Celebrate your successes!

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