You know you can definitely learn English by yourself, right? Good! Because wherever you go, the English language is your best friend (tool) for communicating with other people.
By the way, why are you trying Self-Studying English? I think many English learners feel nervous (hesitant) about studying alone.
Anyway, you soon realize that all the resources you need can be found at home
The truth is, the internet is not only your best source for learning English, but also the easiest way to study any time you want. And you get to study at your own pace without having to follow the instructor’s lessons.
Most important of all, you become less dependent on others to learn English. If there is consistent motivation, success won’t be hard to reach (^ ^)
5 Ways to Get Motivated with English Self Study ☆
At first, you should find a way that you are most comfortable with, and something that you enjoy at the same time. this should build your motivation, until you are ready to use other approaches of self-studying English.
① Listen to music and learn all the lyrics
What are your favorite songs at the moment? In order to learn English, you must stick to English songs. Practicing with popular songs is always better because you always can hear them even if you are in the car, the grocery store or the mall.
As for the music genre, you may want to avoid rock and rap because the lyrics are often a blur (too fast or difficult to hear). It won’t be good practice for your diction and pronunciation.
For starters, go to YouTube and search for a music video that you like. Listen to it over and over again until you know the song very well. After that, search for a lyric version of the song, then sing along with it.
Once you’re ready to do the entire song alone, maybe it’s time to do an acapella (no music) by yourself or a karaoke version (music only) of the song (^ ^)
② Watch English videos about your interests
You can also watch YouTube videos. This is good training for your English comprehension and communication. Watching interviews and reviews will help you become familiar with conversational English (how you should communicate with other people).
If you like movies, you can watch interviews of your favorite actors and actresses. You can choose anything you’d like to watch (^ ^)
Watching English movies and TV shows also helps improve how you speak and understand the language. You’ll be able to hear a lot of people talking to each other using the most current forms of English.
This will help you learn commonly used slang terms, English idioms and phrases and help you broaden your English vocabulary.
If you are having problems understanding what the actors are saying, you might try using subtitles at first. Once you are more familiar with the words, try removing the subtitles and test out your English comprehension.
③ Write about something you’re thinking about
Eventually, you will have to put into practice what you have learned through self-study. A great way to start is to write something of your own.Writing your own piece puts all your learning together—how much you know about English grammar, vocabulary and overall understanding.
After writing, feel free to check your own work for any errors.
④ Speak English wherever you go
Practicing and learning English shouldn’t stop at home or with people you know. Talk to someone in English as much as possible and don’t be nervous.
To prepare, before you leave your house, look up all the vocabulary you need to ask questions. This helps you explain what you want, and also helps you understand the answers that you’ll hear.
As much as possible, try and speak English wherever you are and wherever you go, even if the person you’re talking to isn’t really fluent. It’s all about communication (^ ^)
⑤ Chat with someone online
Chatting with someone (friends) online is a fun way to self-study English without even realizing it. It’s different from talking to a teacher, or studying in class, or even using English at work because it’s relaxed, and the language is easy, stress-free way.
You can chat on Facebook Messenger, through Twitter tweets or even through Skype voice calls.
Additionally, getting your friends to speak in English with you makes it a more motivating task for you. Not only you prove to them that your English is getting better, but also you feel more fulfilled knowing that you can speak English freely with your friends anytime.
And English learners want to talk to fellow English learners, right?Then, join the language exchange community so you can communicate with other self-study students like you.
And one more thing ♡
Reading is also as important as listening when learning English. Reading and listening both sharpen the mind and train you to think in English too.
Non-native English speakers always have to translate English in their minds, which causes the delay in their response. However, if the mind is trained to think in English, it will be easier to understand and speak the language.
The more you read, the more exposure to English sentence structure, new vocabulary, and formal and casual speech patterns you get. This means you have a whole lot of sentences to choose from when you start to speak English.
You can read anything you want because every new word learned or old word re-learned is added knowledge and practice for you.
Of course, self-studying English is not easy. But it is definitely possible to do. With hard work and determination, this is a challenge you can overcome. You must always keep yourself motivated and encouraged. Always support yourself and remind yourself why you want to learn English.
Further, setting a goal in mind will keep you going. You can set a weekly goal for yourself like learning 20 new words in a week or talking in pure English in one conversation with a friend. This should help you stay motivated (^ ^)
You can do it!