1. Listen to a lot of English
Scientists who study languages have a special term for one of the ways we learn languages: unconscious or implicit language learning. This kind of learning happens when we are not even trying.
2. Learn the similarities
One of the hardest things about learning a new language is learning all the new sounds. The English language might even have some sounds that your native language never uses!
3. Learn new sounds separately
Learning English changes the way your brain works. Amazingly, learning a new language actually makes your brain grow! One study discovered that, as we learn a language, parts of our brain grow bigger. The bigger the growth, the easier the new language will be for you to learn.
4. Use word associations
When you use word associations you are connecting words with other words, sounds, movements, ideas or pictures. When you hear the sound “woof,” you associate it—connect it—with a dog. When you see a picture of a sun, you immediately think of the words “sun,” “warm” and “hot.” You do not have to spend any time thinking of this, these words come to your mind automatically.
5. Remember patterns, not rules
Can you repeat the pattern? How well you can remember and repeat patterns might mean a lot for how easily you can learn a new language.
6. Learn phrases, not words
Some words have one meaning on their own, but a completely different meaning when they are put together with other words. As we listen to or read a sentence in English, we look for these groups.
7. Learn with music
Do you remember the cute songs you learned when you were very young? I bet you can still sing the songs your mother or your teachers taught you. But you learned those songs a very long time ago! How can you still remember them so well?