Where can I learn English better?

How to best learn English: tips, exercises and methods!

In this article you will find out how to learn English quickly and successfully!

Regardless of whether it is English vocabulary, grammar or the English tenses. With ourTips (not only for beginners), Exercises and Methods you will soon understand and speak English! Be it for a vacation / trip or work (business English).

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Get started with learning English with the tips, methods and exercises from this article!

English is THE world language - With a solid knowledge of English, you can not only know yourself make it understandable in large parts of the world. At the same time these no longer viewed as an additional qualification, but in most professions and companies assumed as a core competence.

The more important is it, YourImprove english or to learn it at all if you are still a complete beginner. And of course, quickly, easily, effectively and, above all, successfully - or not? Bad news at the beginning. It won't be that easy and quick. You should be asking yourself

"How long does it take to learn English?". And if you had hoped the answer would be 3 weeks (as some language app providers promise full-bodied), then unfortunately I have to disappoint you. Nobody learns a language in 3 weeks. Not even with the best language learning methods. In 3 to 6 months - depending on the difficulty of the language, time required, learning strategy and, last but not least, motivation - but yes. As long as the aim is not to speak English perfectly.

Find out more about how long it takes to learn a language!

So that you in this time frame succeeds I have you in this post my most important tips and methods, as well as learning offers and aids. With these - plus the right learning plan including implementation - you will learn too speak and understand English in a few months. And in a lot shorter time (Days to weeks) you see the first successes and advances - Promised.

Table of Contents:

  1. How can I learn English quickly?
  2. How to start learning English
  3. What are the best learning aids (including free ones) to learn English effectively?
    1. What's the best way to learn English vocabulary?
    2. What is the best way to learn English grammar (including English tenses)?
    3. What are the best English apps and online English courses?
    4. How can I practice my English listening comprehension?
    5. How do I learn to speak English quickly?

1. How can I learn English quickly?

The two pillars to successfully learn a foreign language are:

  1. Input (Recording) and
  2. output (Application).

Just by memorizing English grammar and vocabulary will you not learn to speak. But neither Do not start talking without a basis of grammar rules and vocabulary can. The key to success therefore lies in you first some knowledge about the English language to acquire and this subsequently to be applied directly, to advance to the next level.

A fact that Gabriel addresses in this video of him:

He also tellsits own story. And how he did it from a student with problems in languages has managed to to speak 6 languages ​​fluently myself today.

So that is what counts Finding a balance between input and output. I know - easier said than done. But then again not that difficult. And essentially a matter of practice. Say that you will find out for yourself by "try and error" how much new content you can record at oncewithout this you (and your brain) overwhelm. And you have already forgotten half of it by the time you use it.

Another crucial factoris (at least as good as) daily learning. Because like a well-known American linguist in a nutshell Has:

To make rapid progress in learning English, it is better to do a little bit every day than a lot once or twice a week.

Unfortunately, I have forgotten the name of the esteemed gentleman (and can no longer find it) - shame on me - if anyone knows it, please just do it a quick message in the comments leave or by mail send.

In other words, you have to plan daily learning activities in your everyday life,because itis better15-30 minutes of doing something every day than 1-2 hours once or twice a week. Unfortunately, that's still the approach of many English learners. you go once a week in a Language course (at the adult education center or a language school) and do at the weekend the "homework" for the week. Learned becomes just for the exams

Only at after 2 years to discover with amazement that a fluent conversation still difficultiesprepares. Alone in the protected framework of the English course, not to mention a casual conversation with a native speaker.

And please don't get me wrong now. Basically, there is nothing wrong with a language course - on the contrary - as long as it has a certain quality. It is only problematic if this is the only language learning activity and it is mistakenly assumed that it is perfectly adequate. Until after a certain time the unpleasant realization comes that this is not the case after all.

Take away message:

You can only learn to speak a foreign language by speaking. And you develop a hearing or speech understanding just by listening to it. In all forms (dialects / accents) and speeds. And to make rapid progress, you have to deal with the language on a daily basis. Even if it is only 15 minutes.

2. How to start learning English?

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So far so good. But what you have probably already asked yourself is how you are aApart from these general rules, proceed when learning English should. Called how and especially with what content - you start should.

At this point I assume that you Teach English alone at home and in self-study want. Otherwise you would not have looked for a general guide on the Internet, but for a language teacher or a language school in your area. Called, You want to choose your learning content and aids yourself. Just, how do you go about doing this?

Now, the choice largely depends on your goals with the language from.

  • Do you want to improve your English to yourself to communicate better when traveling and on vacation
  • Do you want YoursImprove job and career opportunities and therefore learn business English?
  • Do you want that Understand the lyrics of your favorite English band betteror English speaking See films in the original sound?
  • Is this Learning english a hobby (possibly retired) from you. And your goal is nothing more and nothing less than a good command of the language - without a fixed end goal?

No matter which of these goals (or another) is yours - the one Foundation stone for future success you lay with the right learning material. The decisive criterion is here relevance. Only content that is relevant to you First of all, you will be motivated / enjoy learning and secondly through direct application in your memory solidify.

Find out here: How many words does the English language have?

So do you want

Additionally you are suitable gradually increasingly comprehensive Knowledge of English grammar at. And consume suitable English language content - From books / audio books to music, audios and (YouTube) videos to films or series. With this program you cover the first column input (recording).

At the same time you have to produce language for the second pillar (output) yourself and apply the recorded content: Texts - or at least short messages - write as well as speak. In both cases it would be to recommend a language exchange. Say the exchange with an English native speaker who is learning German.

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No matter what goals you ultimately pursue with learning English. A language exchange with a native speaker offers great advantages right from the start. Even if it's only brief, like a little small talk in English while waiting for the bus - or a soccer match.

Because while you Possibly practice writing alone can, would be anyway the correction of your texts is a great advantage. Otherwise, how should you know when you made mistakes and which ones. This is all the more important for English beginners, so that errors do not "grind in", and are then difficult to get used to again.

Learning to speak English on your own you will however difficult to do be. You only learn to speak by speaking - with one or more interlocutors. Even if Talking to yourself is a great help when learning languages are. They cannot replace real conversations. Besides, it does Learning as a couple or in a group soon more fun. And fun shouldn't be neglected when learning a new language. If not even in the foreground. At least that is the attitude that we represent at Sprachheld.

Find out everything about a language exchange with a tandem partner!

Now you theoretically know everything about the two pillars in order to learn English quickly and successfully. In the next step, I would like to provide you with suitable learning aids for practical implementation.

3. What are the best learning aids (including free ones) to learn English effectively?

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You will find one in the following chapters Overview with the best English learning aids. I would like you from this the following combination recommend to make progress as quickly as possible while learning English close:

  1. An English vocabulary trainer: To specifically increase your vocabulary.
  2. A grammar textbook to look up: Online or as a book.
  3. An app or an online language course: Which keeps your motivation high through a playful approach.
  4. Input to improve your listening comprehension: Videos, music, films, series, podcasts, etc.
  5. And last but not least, output in the form of discussions: Either with a tandem partner or a language tutor.

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In this section you will learn everything about the best learning aids for learning English: whether for grammar, vocabulary or to improve your listening comprehension.

3a) What's the best way to learn English vocabulary?

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In this chapter I have you the 9 most important tips to expand your English vocabulary, summarized. These are:

  1. Always learn English vocabulary in context (read in an example sentence): And not in isolation in an English vocabulary list or on an index card.
  2. Repeated application is the key to success - and unapplied repetition: Instead of simply repeating new words as often as possible, you should use them as often as possible.
  3. To make this application easier for you, learn only vocabulary that is relevant to you: In other words, English words that you can use in your work and leisure time.
  4. Pronouncing vocabulary helps memorize these: So read along as you learn.
  5. Learn according to your learner type: Depending on whether you are more of an auditory, visual, haptic (motor) or communicative learner, you should learn using the appropriate methods.
  6. Repeat English vocabulary right before bed: Even if learning while sleeping does not (yet) work - learning, and especially repeating a short time before going to bed, is very effective.
  7. A particularly difficult word does not want to get stuck with you: Then come up with a donkey bridge (figurative connection between the German and English word) for them.
  8. Try out new learning methods: Such as building ideas or the goldlist method.
  9. Use tools like an English vocabulary trainer: Our recommendations are Mosalingua (for beginners / fee-based) and Memorion (for advanced learners / free of charge).

Mosalingua vocabulary trainer: It is available for Android, iOS and as a web version. The Mosalingua vocabulary trainer comes with me 3000 pre-installed index cards with English words, sentences and phrases. That corresponds to that Vocabulary of B2. You can also expand these ready-made vocabulary lists. There is also an audio file for each word with correct English pronunciation. In our opinion, Mosalingua is the best app to expand your English vocabulary, but costs one time around 5 euros (varies slightly depending on your country and the operating system of your smartphone). The web version costs 5 euros per month, but offers some additional functions.

A good vocabulary app is a valuable aid when learning English. Our recommendations for English vocabulary trainers are Mosalingua and Memorion.

Memorion vocabulary app: Is free, but for that only forAndroid available and the You have to enter vocabulary yourself, to create flashcards.Just like that you can do this from other vocabulary trainers like Anki import. Or the lists made available by other usersuse. For English there are already 1200 freely available vocabulary. The memorion flashcard app is our favorite of the free English vocabulary trainers.

Find out details about these and other English vocabulary trainers

3b) What is the best way to learn English grammar (including English tenses)?

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As noted in Chapter 2, you should gradually acquire English grammar. First learn the most important rules and times, to create a base for you which you then build on step-by-step. Every time if you come across a formulation or a grammatical construct in a text, a video or a conversation, which is unknown to you, you then look up the corresponding grammar rule. And you learn.

At the startlimit yourself to:

+ the 4 most important English tenses (Simple Present, Simple Past, Present Perfect and Future I / Will Future),

+ the basics of verb conjugation and sentence structure,

+ as well as something about auxiliary verbs, negation and indirect speech.

You can actually get started with that. The rest of English grammar You learn needs-based.

As free textbook for English grammar I can recommend the Englisch-Lehrbuch.de to you. This offers a neat overview and costs nothing. More free online learning portals about English grammar can be found in our Collection of links to learn english for free.

If you prefer to a high quality textbook want to put - and spend some money on it - then I recommend one of the following English grammar books:

a) English grammar:

This English textbook tries with varied exercises Build up and consolidate your grammar skills. There the level of difficulty within the chapters increases is, the book is too for schoolchildren or English learners of different levels - from beginner to advanced - suitable.

Available at:Books.de (*) andAmazon. (*)

b) Essential Grammar in Use:

This textbook refers toadvanced beginnerand is very suitable for self-study. The various grammar topics are dealt with on 115 double pages - on one page the German-language explanation and opposite the exercise in English. The enclosed CD-ROM contains dialogues and exercises that focus on a playful approach to learning put.

Available at:Books.de (*) andAmazon. (*)

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A good quality textbook is still the best support for learning English grammar. Clear, always at hand and with space for your own notes.

c) English Grammar in Use:

This book was for English learners with language skills at level B (B1-B2) written. The Lessons areclearly structuredand the grammar as well as exercises easy to understand. So this textbook is very good for learning English independently suitable at home. With the purchase of the book you can do it yourself also download as an e-book including audio files.

Available at:Books.de (*) andAmazon. (*)

d) MyGrammarLab:

This textbook tries English too in an easy way bring closer. Through the Use of a simple vocabulary from only 2000English words ("Longman Defining Vocabulary") tries the explanations particularly easy to understand to keep. Additionally to the book will be online materialssuch as B. Videos on particularly important grammar topics or tests to check learning progress, made available. If you want to practice on the go, you can download the exercises to your smartphone.

Available at:Books.de (*) andAmazon. (*)

e) The grammar. English!

The grammar of all language levels from A1 - C1 this book promises to cover them. So it can by beginners as well as advanced well used. All lessons are completed with exercises (including solutions), to apply what you have learned and review progress. Because of the size suitable this book good as a reference work.

Available at:Books.de (*) andAmazon. (*)

Now we are switching from the analog to the digital English aids. And thus from English textbooks to English apps and online language courses.

3c) What are the best English apps and online English courses?

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A language learning app or an online language course are excellent support in learning English. Alone with one, however, you will learn neither English nor any other foreign language successfully. You have to be clear about this. Even if some providers promise this - and in unrealistically short periods of time such as 3, 5 or 6 weeks. As part of your learning plan they are, however highly recommendedwhich is why you in this chapter our recommendations for English apps and online English courses find.

What are the best language apps and online courses for learning English:

Of all the offers we have tested so far
we recommend the following 5: LingQ, Mosalingua, Jicki, LinguaTV and Babbel. These use different methods and techniques of language learning, whereby each one has its own advantages (and disadvantages) owns.