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5 Things to Practice Every Day to Improve Your English – Better Communication Skills – Become Fluent


Hi there, and welcome. In this lesson, I’m going to share with
you five things that you need to practice every day to improve your English. These are the same techniques that I use personally,
and I have seen them work for many of my students. And if you develop these daily habits, they
will make you a fluent and confident speaker of the language. So, let’s talk about them. Number one is read the newspaper. Of course, I mean an English-language one. The newspaper is a rich source of vocabulary
and general knowledge, both of which are important to become a fluent speaker of English. And here’s the smart way to read the paper:
start with the front page; read all the top stories. Then, go to the other news sections (local,
national and international), and read the headlines. If a headline interests you, if you want to
know more about it, then read that story. If a headline is not that interesting or important
to you, then skip it, don’t waste time reading it. After this, go to the editorial section. This is where opinion or op-ed pieces are
found. These are the really interesting articles
in any newspaper, and they are a great place to learn new vocabulary. Read these articles in depth. Spend time analyzing the language used by
the author. Try your best to fully understand the opinions
and arguments presented here; this will improve your own ability to think and reason in English. After this, finish by perusing (that is briefly
reading) sections that are of interest to you: sports, business, entertainment etc. This method will help you save time and get
the most out of reading the newspaper. Aim to do this for about an hour every day. Number two is watch English-language TV shows. By doing this, you will develop your listening
skills, and you will learn many informal expressions that you can use in everyday conversation. There are many different kinds of shows: drama
series, sports programs, movies, documentaries, talk shows, and even the news. So, watch TV shows that interest you. And, as you watch, you should pay attention
to the language: what new words, phrases or idioms do you hear? What tone of voice do the speakers use? What’s their body language like? When you see a fluent speaker, your goal should
be to imitate his or her language and expression. If you’re watching on your computer or DVD
player, a neat trick is to listen to a few sentences, then rewind and practice along
with the speaker. This is a great way to improve your pronunciation. So, get into the habit of watching English-language
TV shows for at least 30 minutes every day. Number three is learn five new words or phrases. These can be from the newspaper, from any
TV shows or movies you see, or even from your everyday conversations with people. Whenever you come across new vocabulary words,
phrasal verbs, or useful expressions, you should note them down. You can do this either in a notebook or in
a file on your computer (like a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet – that’s what I do). Aim to collect five words or phrases per day;
and, when you write them down, also write their dictionary definitions and some example
sentences. The important thing is to review all of this
vocabulary regularly and try to use what you learn in your own speech and writing. If you do this consistently, you will start
to see improvements in your choice of words very soon. Number four is an exercise, and it will train
you to start thinking directly in English rather than translating from your native language. Throughout your day, make sentences in your
mind about what is happening around you. For example, let’s say that you’re sitting
on the bus and you’re going somewhere. In your head, you can start talking in English
– “I’m so glad I got a seat. It would’ve been so annoying if I had to
stand for the whole ride. Look at that couple sitting over there – they
look very happy. They’re joking and laughing about something. Anyway, let’s look out the window. Oh, what a beautiful park. I wish I could visit it sometime.” And so on. You can do this in any situation: when you’re
at home, when you’re bored at work or school, when you’re waiting at the doctor’s office,
when you’re taking a walk. Do this exercise many times every day – make
it a habit to regularly make English sentences in your mind. And number five is recap your day. This is an exercise you should do at the end
of the day – maybe just before you go to bed – or you can even do this as you’re
lying in bed before you sleep. Imagine that you’re telling a friend about
your day in English – say what happened in school, in college or at work. Give as much detail as possible, and make
your descriptions interesting. You can also talk about what your plans are
for tomorrow. Aim to do this for about 5-10 minutes before
you sleep. What I like about this exercise is that you
can do it at the same time every day, which means it’s very easy to make this a habit. So, those are the five things you need to
do every day: read the newspaper, watch English-language television, learn 5 new words or phrases,
make English sentences in your mind regularly, and recap your day before you go to sleep. If you develop these habits, you will become
a more fluent and proficient user of the English language. So, are you going to start doing them? Let me know in the comments. I hope you enjoyed this lesson. As always, happy learning, and I will see
you in another lesson soon.

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