In this lesson, we will learn the 5 most common ways which you can use to upgrade and improve your English by yourself. Read below to gain an in-depth understanding.
Uptake of Ideas
Our brain is in a constant state of churn and flux, processing input, filtering, sorting, prioritising, queueing, discarding and retaining. It is said “What we eat, we become”, and this is no less applicable to language and learning. Our thought process is driven by our reception, either directly or indirectly. Taking in native speech, either through the written or even more efficaciously via the auditory medium, augments phrases, sentence structure instances and conceptions of coherence in our subconscious. Vast amounts of information can be stored in our subconscious repository built slowly over time as compared to forceful mugging up and when a multitude of ideas are planted in it, it is easier for our instinct to arrive at a baseline – a statistical centre, that happens to be proximal to the most correct usage. Attentive listening and engrossed, rapt engagement with dramatic content such as watching Period Dramas or other non-Romcom shows are the most effective ways, although news broadcast on a radio running in the background as white noise might also work wonders over time. Building a phrasal vocabulary is very important, and can occur with or without the investment of conscious thought and effort.
Playing out scenarios in your mind, enacting, simulating, practising before the mirror, and imagining conversations stimulates linguistic development as well as helps create an objective working memory that prevents interactive awkwardness and reduces stage fright and apprehensions and inhibitions of public speaking and correspondence. Putting yourself in different shoes on different terrains in different circumstances and scenarios is a great way to build the spontaneous adaptability of your linguistic prowess. Such simple exercises help build an extensive, prolific vocabulary, foster spontaneity, quick thinking and prompt response, inculcate a well-versed and conversational tone, reduce reaction time, and above all create an adaptive awareness. Imagination is the key to linguistic proficiency and versatality.
Think in English
Start replacing your mother-tongue with English as your ‘thinking language‘. Override your penchant for thinking in vernacular. Whenever the first train of thought leaves you in vernacular or as colloquialisms and slangs, start over and properly structure your thoughts. Over time, the effort required will reduce and the instinct shall become internalised. It is a challenging task to surmount and your knack for your first language would be tenacious, and seldom wither away, but with due sincerity and regularity, English will become second nature, and thoughts would start to “occur” and materialise in it. The day your “inner voices” start manifesting in English, you will know you have succeeded in your pursuit.
Write and Compose
Writing is experimenting. It puts your brain to trial and lets you make amends as you realise your flaws, gaps, capacities, and incapabilities. While writing, it dawns upon you where you are unable to tread and what further room and scope for improvement you have, as the need for various implements arise as and when. Writing also helps affirm your grasp on the existent corpus of comprehension and establish an internal circulation that prevents language, by its nature an ever-evolving entity from unhealthily stagnating and being inflexible and narrowly typecast. Exclusive inputs let language to “set“, deterring the growth of adaptiveness.
Drafting various sorts of formal and informal pieces within the bounds of format but diversified by instance-specification enable a linguistic discipline and readiness that comes in handy in various situations that arise in day-to-day life.
Creative compositions also stimulate thinking and sync imagination with idea-shaping – something that is vital to establish a zero-delay coherence between thought and expression. You get to learn how to put your thought-flow and fabrication into words. Beginners should refrain from poetic composition though, as they might inadvertently laxen up their fundamental, conceptual grammar whilst availing the poetic license.
Partake in fun exercises like crosswords and scrabble that help solidifies your vocabulary and help you muster the faculty of quick lexical recall. In due time, you would be able to conjure synonyms and antonyms out of thin air. FlashCards are also a tried and tested method of enhancing one’s vocabulary.
Solve sentence-completion and jumble-resolution exercises, preferably through a progress-tracking application, which help you grasp sentence structure and collocation.
These measures act gradually, but do not require constant discipline, regularity or consistency, nor do they need to be undertaken as a systematic regimen – they only require genuine commitment and passive adherence, and will make you a natural speaker with little investment.