Most traditional methods of learning a language are boring. From lecture halls to language learning books, the old ways to learn English don’t apply in a modern world.
With the abundance of communication tools and technology out there, there’s no reason to bore yourself to sleep while learning English. In fact, with the rise of education shifting online, you don’t need to be confined to offline learning.
Today, we’re going to share some fun and powerful ways to learn English online if you’re busy. Depending on your personality and learning style, you can choose from one or several of these methods and apply them in your life. We hope you enjoy.
For Beginner ESL Learners
1. Memorize 10 New Words a Day for 100 Days
An additional option is to check out our free learn a language challenge. We created this free challenge after looking into studies on the effectiveness of learning the most common words in English and other languages. Research has shown that by memorizing 1,000 of the most common words in any language will help you become familiar with 85%+ of the oral language.
2. Maintain a daily journal of what you’re grateful for in English
One of the best practices we could do as human beings is to practice gratitude on a daily basis. We recommend spending a few minutes every morning and a few minutes at the end of the night listing 3 things you’re grateful for. Or you can purchase the Five-Minute Journal which has the proper templates prepared for you, including inspirational quotes and questions.
3. Read Children Books On Kindle in English
You may have to leave the ego at the door before reading children books in English. But you’ll be rewarded for it, as children books are perfectly designed for English beginners to master their vocabulary and grammar skills.
4. Switch your social media feed into English
Facebook, Twitter, Reddit. All of these social media channels can be a time sucker. But if used strategically, it can be a valuable use of your time. You could do this in two ways:
1. Switch your language consumption from your native language into English
2. Post your status updates in your native language AND also include English (or just use English)
5. Watch your favorite show on Netflix with English Audio or Subtitles
Since you’re already spending your weekends and nights ‘Netflixing and Chilling’, why not challenge yourself to learn English online as well? It’s likely that your favorite shows are already streaming in English, so you just have to choose whether you want English subtitles or no subtitles.
As a rule of thumb, if you’re:
- A beginner English speaker: watch with English subtitles and audio in your native language
- An intermediate English speaker: watch with English audio and English subtitles
- An advanced English speaker: watch with just English audio
For Intermediate ESL Learners
6. Work with a private English teacher online using Rype
If this is your first time hearing about us, you can treat Rype as your personal trainer for languages. We’ve helped thousands of students around the world learn English online and other popular languages such as Spanish and French. Our method is using the power of live 1-on-1 video lessons and daily immersion, where our students can book lessons every single day with our handpicked professional language teachers.
7. Follow the top language bloggers online
The best language blogs are the ones that are written in the language you’re trying to learn. Luckily for us, that’s easy to find for learning English. When it comes to fun and effectiveness, we love recommending creative English blogs like ESL Hip Hop. It takes the popular genre of hip hop music and celebrities, and integrates it into learning English at the same time.
If hip hop isn’t your thing, you can take a look at our complete list of top language blogs online and find the ones best fit for you.
8. Memorize the chorus of your favorite English song
Music is one of the most powerful ways to learn English or any foreign language. You can start by memorizing the chorus of your favorite song, and singing along while you’re working, doing laundry, or jamming with your friends. Once you have the hang of it, challenge yourself to memorize the entire song using lyric tools like Genius.com.
Don’t worry about understanding the meaning of the lyrics in the beginning. In fact, even native English speakers don’t understand half of what artists are saying in their songs!
9. Find and build a relationship with a pen pal online
Pen pal can also be translated into a conversation partner or a language exchange partner. There are online communities that connect you to language exchange meetups in your local city, where you can meet like-minded people and a conversation partner. The ideal partner you want to find at the language exchange is someone that’s a fluent English speaker that wants to learn the native language you currently speak. This way it’s a mutually beneficial relationship, and you can help each other learn your respective languages.
10. Play Scrabble online with friends
Scrabble is a classic game when it comes to improving your vocabulary skills. While it may feel like a piece of cake playing in your native language, it’s a completely different ball game when you play it in English. Gather some friends that are also looking to improve their English vocabulary skills, and play together online or host a game at your place this weekend!
For Advanced ESL Learners
11. Play games online and interact with other English speakers
If you’re already a gamer, you’ll be pleased to know the avid community of English gamers that can help you learn English online. It may not be the most professional style of English you can learn, but it will help you pick up some popular English slangs and the patterns of native speakers.
12. Be entertained by watching popular English Youtubers
There are an endless list of English Youtube vloggers that you can follow to learn English online. You do want to make sure that you’re following someone that:
- Is aligned to the type of English you want to speak (if you want to live in the US, watch US vloggers, etc.)
- Speaks clearly, professionally, and has a channel around talking to his or her audience
- Captures your attention and creates videos around a topic of your interest (i.e. Travel, Sports, Business, etc.)
13. Start your own blog in English
Go beyond the daily journaling by starting your own blog in English. It takes an advanced English speaker to take on this challenge because you’ll need to be able to communicate professionally, while being able to resonate with your readers. We also don’t want to limit yourself to just writing, since you may be more comfortable speaking English instead of writing it. You can explore the options of podcasting or creating a Youtube channel talking about your favorite topic or even sharing the journey of your English learning progress.
14. Get inspired watching the best TED Talks in English
TED is a global event that brings together the world’s top leaders, influencers, and speakers into one room. Previous speakers include Bill Gates, Tony Robbins, Ray Kurzweil, and more. Due to the calibre of these speakers, you may need to look up some of the words that are used during their presentation.
15. Listen to an English podcast on your way to work
Podcasts are an effective and efficient way to learn English while on-the-go. Keep in mind that you’ll likely be performing another task while you’re listening, so you want to pay close attention. You can either choose to listen to popular podcasts that are in English or specific language learning podcasts that can help you learn English. If you want the former, you can check out our complete list of free English podcasts online.
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