Learning a second language is hard. Using the senses like sound, touch and taste will help you learn how to improve the English speaking fluency.
Here are a few actions to take to help improve your English.
Learn the lyrics to songs you know the sound of already.
Listening to a word and drawing a photo to fit is very helpful. This exercise lets you involve your senses.
Post It notes on appliances and items around the house.
Learning words for the elements like earth wind fire water. Dog cat sister, and other heartbeats in the house.
Add to your vocabulary in content clusters. “at the park” “in the woods” “at the store” “in the house”.
Go to the scene of the crime. At the gym, learn the words for things you encounter at the gym. You can even search Google for things you see.
Read English children’s books at the library. You can learn English easy by associating the english words with picture of plants and animals and other items you already understand.
Learn from Emojis. We have them cause they’re kinda universal.
Use emojis to create a simple story using images from your own language. Then translate into English.
Pig flies to a wedding.
Music plays. She dances.
She gets pregnant. They plant a garden in the sun.
do do! be dobedo!
Now that you’ve created a little story with some visuals.
You can remember them easier once you translate them.
Create a story using emojis! Text it to yourself. Then look up the translation.
Another exercise to try is to participate in a game-style app like Duolingo.
You’ll get badges and learn new words. It’s slow-going, but doable.
A friend told me once she learned 1200 new Spanish words in a week on Duolingo … and now she speaks Spanish with her kids. That’s the dream, right? Bilingual kids?
Describe a photo.
Use your own language to write a description of a photo.
3 – 12 photos. Take a few days.
Translate that description into the language you’re learning.
Now as you learn the new words, you know what the words are describing via the photograph, not just comparing letters to letters.
Is this auditory, visual, or kinetic?
Main Types of Learning
There are lots of difficult parts of learning English. Same if it’s your second language or your first!
Melodic Rhythm is a really potent form of learning so anything you can put to a beat.
Learning the alphabet is nice.
That’s melodic rhythm learning.
It’s sing-songy and that is helpful to remember.
Visual -what can I do to improve my English speaking
Use visual cues.
Write stories with visuals, from emojis to characters in a book.
Learn vocabulary associated with a location while physically in the setting.
Take a class or get a job with native speakers temporarily so you can have daily interaction.
If you can’t find people to talk to, watch interviews and pause the speaker. Answer the question yourself out loud.
You can’t learn how to speak English by reading. You can learn to read English by reading. But to speak it, you must talk. And you can!
Read out loud to satisfy the needs of your learning style.
Make ten stories using emojis and translate them into English. You get to understand in your language, picture it in visuals, and then think about the visuals while you learn the new words.
Now you can make SUN & SOL two sides of the same visual coin in your head.
By putting characters and action to a story using emojis you already know, you’re depicting a story, which is how humans best remember.
We used to have to walk everywhere we went. All we expected when we got to where we were going was food, dancing, and a good story.
Practice story telling in your language, translate to English. You already know the story, so you will just be learning the words. You’ll have the visual to go back to.