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【Tips for Learning English (Part 2)】

Teacher Michi
(Contributed by Michi)
When we last left off, we talked about the benefits of transcribing and reading comics to learn English. In this post, we’re going to cover more methods you can use to supplement your English learning.
3. Translating
This is an excellent option for those who can read English but have difficulty writing in English. This is also a great option for those who prefer to read works in their native language or perhaps aren’t familiar with any English-speaking authors. Start out translating any simple short stories, poems or song lyrics that interest you and slowly work your way up to translating more difficult material.
4. Get a practice partner
Language exchange with another person seeking to learn your native language is an excellent way to practice and get real time feedback from a native speaker. Try looking online through a reputable language exchange source. Even if you’re unwilling or unable to meet with a partner in person, it can still be very beneficial to talk to a partner via Skype, SMS text or email.
5. Talking to yourself
It can be tough to advance in a language if you don’t have a native speaking practice partner, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get some verbal practice in. Whenever you have a private moment to yourself, try holding a conversation with yourself in English. It might feel strange or silly at first, but it is helpful to hear yourself while speaking in a new language – it will give you a better understanding of where your pronunciation needs improvement and whether or not your sentences sound natural.
Check out the third and final post for more tips!

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