01 January 2011

Make a New Year's resolution regarding your English learning.

Take advantage of this annual fresh start to make a New Year's resolution regarding your English learning.

Resolution 1: Make English a priority
Between work, school, chores, family, friends, exercise, and fun, we're all busy, and it can seem impossible to squeeze anything else in. But there are a number of easy ways to fit more English into your life, including by using English where you would normally use your native language.

Resolution 2: Practice English every day
The more time you spend learning and practicing English, the more quickly you will learn and the better you will remember. Resolve to practice English every day.

Resolution 3: Join classes, meetings, movies, and other opportunities for more English practice are just around the corner.

Resolution 4: Don't be shy
Many, many English learners hesitate to use their English because it's not perfect. Don't be one of them - avail yourself of any opportunity to practice, mistakes and all.

Resolution 5: Watch English movies, TV, or theater
Make an effort to watch things in English once in a while. English departments of community colleges sometimes put on plays, and independent cinemas are usually good for a English movie now and then. Otherwise, check out the foreign section of your nearest video store, or consider subscribing to an email DVD service.

Resolution 6: Listen to English
You don't have to go to England or America or Australia to listen to English - there are all kinds of resources right here on this site and elsewhere on the internet. Make an effort to listen to English regularly.

Resolution 7: Read in English
Read the English news (online or off), read a book, read a magazine, read a blog - just try to read something in English at least once a week.

Resolution 8: Get rid of mistakes
If you're like me, there are some mistakes that you make over and over. Resolve to get rid of at least one, with regular practice and self-correction. Can't think of anything? See how you do on a English proficiency test.

Resolution 9: Have fun
English learning doesn't have to be tedious - play games, read comics, listen to music. Anything you do that involves English is good.

Resolution 10: Plan a trip
Why not put your English to the real test? A visit to Uk or another English-speaking area can be interesting, informative, and inspiring.

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