// 8 Tips to Improve Your English
by Linjie, 1st October 2015
Moving to the UK can be quite daunting, especially when it comes to not having the perfect English. It is very important not to get disheartened if the first few months are hard, there is a natural learning curve to everything. However, here are a few tips that can help you improve your English during your every-day life in the UK.
1.) Surround yourself with native speakers
International students tend to make friends with people from their own country. This is perfectly natural, as speaking in your own language and being with people who are in the same situation can definitely help you to defeat home-sickness. However, surrounding yourself with British students can boost your language skills without you even noticing and also helps you to get to know the culture and the way of thinking.
2.) Don’t be afraid to make mistakes
Everybody makes mistakes, even native speakers can use the wrong form of the past tense or write ‘your’ instead of ‘you’re’. Do not let yourself feel insecure about making mistakes, the more you speak and use English, the more likely you will improve your language skills.
3.) Watch films and read books in English
You are probably doing this already, but it is still one of the best ways to improve your vocabulary and listening skills. Try to refrain yourself from reading or watching films in your native language and use these pastime activities as a pleasurable learning device.
4.) Try to think in English
Even though dictionaries are definitely your best friend when it comes to learning a language, try to make sure not to overuse it. When speaking or writing in English, attempting to think in English rather than your native tongue can make all the difference.
5.) Work on your pronunciation
Poor pronunciation can be one of the barriers of effective communication in a learnt language. Thankfully there are many videos on youtube that can help you improve your pronunciation free of charge. It is also a great idea to record yourself while talking so you can track your improvement.
6.) Change the language on social media, on your phone and on your computer
It may seem quite insignificant, but it is undeniable that you use these devices very frequently. Changing the language will undoubtedly help you to get into the mindset of English while also developing your vocabulary.
7.) Language swap
Take advantage of the fact that you possess knowledge of a language that probably many people wish to learn. Offer teaching your native tongue in exchange for receiving help with your English. Also, many universities offer free conversational classes to international students which are also a great way to naturally improve your verbal skills.
8.) Sign up for CIUK’s English coaching
If you feel even slightly unconfident about your English, have a look at what Career Interactive has to offer. There are great classes on Speed Reading, Business English and Interview coaching, only one click away from you. Sign up today!