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5 things to practice every day to improve your English communication skills

(upbeat music) – Hello everyone and welcome
back to English with Lucy. Today I’m going to talk
to you about five things that you can practise every single day to improve your English. Learning a language is like learning to play a musical instrument, you can’t just pick up a violin and know how to play it, or at least I didn’t when
I learned the violin. You have to practise a little bit every singe day, and over time you will improve and become fluent. You can’t just practise
loads the day before an exam and expect to be perfect
at playing that violin, it’s exactly the same for languages. The best way to learn a
language is to practise a little bit every single day. And in this lesson I’m going to give you five different ways that
you can incorporate English, or any other language, into your daily life. I think that quite a few of these you wouldn’t have heard before. So let’s get straight into it. Number one, and ugh I am so
excited to be able to mention, one of my favourite things to
listen to ever on my channel, my first piece of advice is
to follow an audio soap-opera. What is a soap-opera I hear you ask, well I shall tell you. A soap-opera is a daily serial, or series, dealing with the daily lives and events of the same
group of characters, normally in the same location. Most commonly they are on television. We have lots in the UK like Eastenders, Coronation Street, Emmerdale, but I’m recommending you
listen to an audio one. And there’s one in particular
I would like to recommend. I really, really recommend
a radio soap-opera by the BBC Radio four, called The Archers. The Archers. The Archers. It’s special for so many reasons, not least because it is the longest running drama in history, it was started in 1950,
first aired in 1951, and also because I think
it is absolutely perfect for English learners. It follows the daily lives and dramas of a group of fictional characters in the fictional countryside
village of Ambridge. Each episode is around
12 to 14 minutes long, I’m not quite sure exactly how long, but it’s definitely under 15 minutes. It’s spoken in relatively clear English, in a variety of British accents, and sometimes not British accents as well, other accents. But it’s fantastic
because the plot summaries are posted on the BBC website. I will link all of this
below in the description box. And the great thing about this is that it deals with daily happenings which is great for your life too, current events, routine things, and you can repeat all
of the parts you missed. It’s on every single
day apart from Saturday, they have a rest, and once a week they condense
all of the week’s episodes into one and that’s called an omnibus, and that’s around 75 minutes long. I love listening to The
Archers when I go running. I listen to it every single day and if I miss one I always catch up. There is no beginning and there
is no finish to the series, there aren’t any seasons. So it might take you a couple of episodes to get used to the story lines and to work out who is who and to recognise the different voices. Give it five or six episodes and you’ll feel really included. It’s wonderful because
it’s free to listen to, it’s beautifully produced, and there is a huge
community of Archers fans. A lot of them are older, but a lot of them are younger too. And if you search hashtag
The Archers on Twitter, big tip here, you’ll see lots of people talking and discussing the topics of the episode and maybe you can interact with them. So I’m going to leave the links for The Archers episodes and also the plot summaries
in the description box, and I really hope some of
you take up this opportunity to listen to a daily
English audio soap-opera. 10 to 15 minutes every day
is definitely gonna help your listening, it’s going
to help your pronunciation. It’s just gonna help your
general enjoyment as well ’cause it’s a great programme. Right, before I get too passionate, let’s move on to piece
of advice number two. So number two is talk daily with natives. Now I bet so many of you are thinking uh I wish, I would love to
talk to natives every day, but I don’t know how and no one seems to want to talk to me. Well I have a couple of suggestions. One is paid for and one is free, and the best thing, in my opinion, would be a combination of the two. Italki have very kindly
sponsored this part of the video and mentioning them is absolutely
relevant for this point, especially as they offer a language exchange partner service, which I will mention in a second. But firstly, if you haven’t
heard of italki before, they are an online language
teacher platform and database. Both native and non-native teachers from across the globe
can create a profile, upload their schedules and then you contact them for lessons. Brilliantly priced lessons may I add. You can learn over 100
different languages, not just English, 24 hours
a day, seven days a week from anywhere in the world, as long as you have a
stable internet connection. It’s so much more affordable than a traditional language school or an in-person language teacher. I tried out italki to learn
a little bit of Indonesian before my holiday to Barley and I was blown away by my
teacher, she was amazing. She had created these
beautiful classes from scratch and I learned so much with her and it really, really improved my holiday, especially as she taught me to say (foreign language). So important. Italki have given me a special
offer to pass on to you. You can get $10 worth of
italki credits for free when you sign up and make
your first lesson purchase. All you have to do is click on the link in the description box. Now obviously having a paid for lesson with a teacher every single day would be the most amazing way to learn a language, but that’s not a possibility for everyone. So I did just want to mention italki’s language exchange partner programme. The link to this is also
in the description box. Basically you can search for speakers of the language you are learning, see if they want to learn your language, and if so you can contact them and potentially arrange
a language exchange. So a combination of both paid for classes and language exchanges would be amazing because you can take what you learned and heard in the language exchange and verify it with your teacher for an extra layer of security to make sure that you’re
not making any mistakes. Now on to tip number three. Set yourself a daily word goal. Learn x amount of words every single day. This tip is really important
because it also links to tip number four. I have mentioned this
strategy in a previous video, but I actually have a
really important extra layer to this strategy that I would
like to discuss with you. In order to build your vocabulary quickly, you need to learn at least
one new word per day, but hopefully more than that. I’ve spoken to you before
about keeping a word diary or just a notebook or
a list on your phone, keep it with you all the time and always be aware wherever you are, do I know that word in English? Do I know how to say that in English? You might see a tree, do I know how to say that specific variety of tree in English? If you don’t write it
down in your own language in this book, in this list, and then at the end of the day, before you go to sleep, research all of these words and translate them into English. It will help you train your brain to always be hungry for English. After a few weeks you will always be looking for new words
that you can learn, words that you didn’t even realise you didn’t know. Now there is something else
that you can do with these words and this brings me on
to point number four. Write a daily journal with a difference. Depending on your level, I would buy a paper journal or diary. I get so tired in the
evening I can’t spend loads and loads of time writing, so I personally would
buy a work week planner or a homework planner or a study planner where you’ve got all seven
days across two pages. In each of those days I would write three or four sentences about my day trying to incorporate
those words that I learned in my daily word list, the words I mentioned in point three. That way, not only are
you learning the new words and learning what they mean, you’re making sure they’re fully
integrated into your brain. And also doing this before you go to sleep will mean they stick in there even more. Then you can wake up in the morning, read what you wrote the night before, and you’ve got those
words fresh in your head, ready for the day ahead. It’s honestly such a fabulous technique because it builds your vocabulary, it improves your writing skills, it improves your reading skills, if you search the
pronunciation of the word it will improve your pronunciation and your listening skills, and if you book in sessions
with language teachers you can have them correct you writing. So every week you can bring
them two fresh pages of writing for them to correct. Honestly, if you do this every day it will help you so much. Right, time for the last point. Point number five, the tip is to perform daily translations of subjects you are interested in. Now I now a lot of you
want to stop translating and think in English, however, I think translation forms a very, very important
part of language learning, especially when it’s around something that you are interested in. It’s really, really good to compare how things are said in different languages and translation helps you with that. In my opinion, the best way
to practise your translation is absolutely free, which is fantastic, and it’s right here on YouTube. Pick the YouTubers that
you really, really like, the YouTubers that talk about subjects that you’re interested in. Maybe it’s photography, maybe it’s technology, maybe it’s pets, maybe it’s makeup. You can actually contribute
to subtitle translations. You may have seen that
underneath all of my videos I have a link where I give the opportunity to contribute subtitle translations. So I write the subtitles in English and then you can write
them in your own language. It’s amazing because it
helps my videos reach and help a wider audience. They also get their name
displayed under the video which is really, really cool. And it helps their translating skills. You can translate videos from your native language into English, that would be a really
good way to practise. But even translating English subtitles into your own native language is a really good reading
and translation exercise. I will post a link with more information on community subtitle translations
in the description box. Right, I have discussed all five points. I really hope you learned something. I really hope you try out one
of my five recommendations. Don’t forget to check out italki, the link is in the description box. You can get $10 worth of italki credits for free when you make
your first lesson purchase. There are also links to
listen to The Archers and also the information on subtitles. Don’t forget to check out
all of my social media, I’ve got my Facebook,
I’ve got my Instagram and I’ve got my twitter, and I shall see you
soon for another lesson. (muah) (beeping) Learning a language is
like learning a musical ahhh. Soap-opera is a drama serial oh dear. Right, before I get too
passionate let’s move on to episode. Ha ha ha. They’re an online database and platform of native blah, blah, blah. Online language teacher platform. All you have to do is
click on the description in the link box. No that was wrong, dammit, I was doing so well. (upbeat music)

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