Learning English 101: What I Wish I Knew When I Started

Learning English can be challenging, but it’s also incredibly rewarding. Whether you’re a migrant, refugee, or simply looking to improve your language skills, there are some tips and strategies that can help make the process easier and more effective. In this blog post, we’re sharing what we wish we knew when we started learning English.

  1. Focus on Vocabulary: Vocabulary is the foundation of the English language. Focus on building your vocabulary by learning new words and phrases every day. Make a habit of practicing using them in context to improve your reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills.
  2. Learn the Grammar Basics: Grammar is essential to communicating effectively in English. Learn the basics of English grammar and practice using them through reading, writing, and speaking.
  3. Speak with Confidence: Don’t be afraid to speak English, even if you make mistakes. Speaking with confidence will help you build your fluency and improve your pronunciation. Practice speaking with your classmates, with a language partner, or with native speakers.
  4. Listen and Watch English Content: Listening to and watching English language content can help you improve your comprehension and speaking skills. Watch English language movies and TV shows, listen to English language music and podcasts, and participate in English language conversation groups.
  5. Read and Write in English: Reading and writing in English can help you improve your grammar and vocabulary skills. Practice writing short essays, journal entries, or emails in English, and read English language books, news articles, and blogs.
  6. Find a Support System: Learning English can be challenging, but having a support system can make a big difference. Enrol in English language courses at a reputable language school like Carlton Neighbourhood Learning Centre, and seek out opportunities to practice your language skills with other English language learners and native speakers. You can enrol here:

Learning English is a process that takes time and effort, but with the right strategies and support, you can achieve your goals. By focusing on vocabulary, learning the grammar basics, speaking with confidence, listening and watching English content, reading and writing in English, and finding a support system, you’ll be well on your way to success.

CNLC acknowledges the support of the Victorian Government.