Tired of studying English? Here’s what you can do to get your enthusiasm back

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Is it getting hard going to language class? Is it impossible to get your homework done?

We all get tired of learning sometimes. Read the list to help you get your motivation back:

Take a break

Stop and take a break. But don’t let your progress go to waste! Try other ways of improving your communication skills. For example:

  • listen to English songs while relaxing
  • watch English shows or movies
  • read English bedtime stories to your kids
  • try small talk with your neighbours
  • read signages, ads, or posters while riding the bus
  • use online tools for learning (see resources below)

Remember why you want to learn

Check your career/personal plan if you have one. Do you study English to:

  • get a job or a promotion?
  • have other career opportunities?
  • get higher education?
  • get along with people around you?

Remembering your goals will help you persevere. You will see that you are getting closer to reaching your goals. It will make learning lighter.

Be like a child

Kids are excited about learning. They ask questions. They don’t care if they make mistakes. When your learning progress is slow, be like a child. Just go for it!

Have fun

Fun activities will help you learn faster. You can try:

  • word games
  • crossword puzzles
  • quizzes

You will increase your vocabulary and improve your spelling while having fun. They also exercise your brain. You lessen the risk of dementia when you are mentally active. They enhance your problem-solving skills and improve your memory. These sites have great puzzles, quizzes and other word games:
Armored Penguin
Learn English Today
Merriam Webster

Find a partner

  • Get someone to study with you. Ask a buddy or friend.
  • Go out with a native speaker to be motivated to improve your English language skills.
  • You will learn how to use common phrases in conversations. You will also get used to how words sound when you always have someone to talk to.

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Community Resources

Go to our Canadian idioms and read More online resources for English language learners. They are always available online.

Join English Online’s Virtual Coffee Chats. It is done on Skype. People talk about living in Manitoba. You can share your opinions, practice your speaking and listening skills, learn about Manitoba and gain friends too. You will have an e-facilitator to guide the conversation.

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