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  • Hello I'm Emma from mmmEnglish!

  • In this video, we're going to talk about four things

  • that you can do every day to improve your English.

  • I think we can all agree that learning English

  • or learning any language takes time

  • and effort and dedication.

  • But the most successful language learners, they find

  • a way for their language to become

  • a part of their daily life. It just becomes a habit

  • like brushing your teeth.

  • If you want to improve, your English practice should

  • become a daily habit.

  • To help you with this I'm going to share four things

  • that you can and you should be doing every day

  • to improve your English and yes, I am suggesting

  • that you do all four things every day but they're not

  • huge tasks

  • and we're going to talk about how you can make them

  • a bit of fun too

  • so come check it out!

  • Before I share these four things

  • that you should be doing every day,

  • I want to thank our friends Lingoda

  • who've partnered with us to bring you today's lesson.

  • In particular, I want to share how the Lingoda Language

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  • So the very first thing on my list is pronunciation.

  • Yes you should be practising your pronunciation

  • every day.

  • And it's not to try and get rid of your accent

  • but to make it clear enough that others

  • can comfortably understand you when you speak.

  • I can't tell you the number of advanced English students

  • I've had

  • who've had amazing grammar and vocabulary skills

  • but so much trouble communicating

  • because their accent makes it quite challenging

  • for others to understand them.

  • So of course, all of this affects smooth, positive,

  • comfortable conversation.

  • And depending on where you learned English,

  • your teacher may not have focused on pronunciation.

  • It may not have been the priority at the time.

  • You see, if you learned English at school,

  • your teacher's main aim was probably to get you

  • high marks in your exam. Pronunciation was

  • probably not their focus at that time

  • but in the real world when you're using English to speak

  • with other people, your pronunciation, your fluency

  • when you speak, it's so incredibly important.

  • Get into the habit of learning and using the correct

  • pronunciation today because it's going to save you

  • lots of headaches and confusion down the track.

  • Plus, practising your pronunciation every day

  • consistently, it's gonna help you to make noticeable

  • improvements in a short space of time.

  • So how can you start doing this?

  • I recommend that you learn the IPA,

  • the international phonetic alphabet.

  • If you've never heard of it before

  • or you don't know a lot about it,

  • then watch this lesson up here.

  • But learning the IPA will allow you to correctly

  • pronounce every single English word

  • using

  • the

  • correct

  • English

  • sounds.

  • Another great way to practise your pronunciation

  • is with my imitation lessons

  • so in these lessons, I help you to copy me

  • and shadow me as I speak.

  • They're really awesome, quick ten minute videos

  • that you can practise with regularly so add them

  • to a playlist and keep coming back to them

  • and practise with them often.

  • After you've practised a lesson for a few times

  • make a recording of yourself

  • and compare it to my voice.

  • Try to identify some of the mistakes that you're making

  • with your pronunciation.

  • I've added a link to my imitation lessons

  • in the description and I'll add one at the

  • end of this video as well that you can check out.

  • You can also simply read out loud to improve

  • your pronunciation.

  • Doing this every day will help your mouth muscles

  • to get working and creating English sounds

  • and get more comfortable doing it.

  • It's as simple as that

  • and it doesn't need to take you long

  • just five or ten minutes a day is plenty.

  • Just make sure you're doing it consistently.

  • You could even do it by singing English songs.

  • Create one opportunity to absorb English every day.

  • To absorb is to take in information

  • so you're like a sponge soaking things up, taking in

  • new ideas, new words,

  • new ways of expressing yourself

  • and you can do this in lots of different ways,

  • so many ways.

  • Listening to a podcast or an audiobook,

  • you could watch an English movie

  • or any video on Youtube.

  • Read a book or a blog post, In fact,

  • you probably want to mix this up during the week, right?

  • To keep things interesting.

  • A podcast on Monday. Read a book on Tuesday.

  • Whatever floats your boat.

  • Now again, this doesn't have to be a huge

  • time-consuming task but it's worth spending some time

  • searching for the right type of content.

  • It must be stuff that is interesting for you.

  • If you're into football or you love makeup tutorials

  • or romance novels or soap operas.

  • If you love the idea of sailing around the world,

  • I've been watching a YouTube channel called

  • Sailing La Vagabonde and they vlog about their life

  • sailing around the world on a yacht.

  • In fact, if you're interested,

  • I've added the link in the description below.

  • But the point is, find something that interests you

  • and excites you because

  • you need to look forward to doing it every single day.

  • It shouldn't feel like you're doing English practice.

  • So I have two little recommendations here.

  • Firstly, you need to find the time that you're going to

  • do it and declare it. That is your daily time

  • to absorb English so it could be on the bus

  • on your way to work or while you're eating breakfast.

  • I've always found that attaching an activity to the task

  • helps you to make it part of your routine.

  • And while you're doing it, just keep a notebook handy

  • so that you can write down expressions or new words

  • which you can look up and check later on.

  • Simple as that!

  • Writing every day has some amazing benefits.

  • But before I talk about that I want to make it clear,

  • I'm not talking about writing an essay, okay?

  • I'm just talking about writing a few thoughts or a few

  • ideas down. It only has to take a few minutes

  • and nobody ever has to see it.

  • It's just for you. So there's a few reasons why writing

  • every day is an excellent habit to get into.

  • It helps your vocabulary to stick.

  • Writing is one of the best ways to recall

  • new words and expressions that you've come across.

  • When so many of my students have asked me

  • "What is the best way to remember vocabulary?"

  • this is my recommendation.

  • As you're reading or watching TV shows or books,

  • you come across new ideas and words

  • and you write them down but

  • then you start to use them yourself.

  • You think of sentences and your own ideas about

  • how to use these words.

  • That way you're producing your own sentences

  • rather than just listening to other people's

  • and it helps it just stick in your mind.

  • And then you can improve it.

  • Once you've written something,

  • you can do so much with it.

  • You can copy/paste it into a grammar checker

  • like Grammarly to help you to identify some of the errors

  • that you're making.

  • So Grammarly is free to use,

  • I've included a link in the description below

  • because it's awesome.

  • It helps you to see the mistakes that you're making

  • like maybe you're using the wrong preposition

  • or

  • you don't need to use an article when you've written one.

  • So I really recommend that you take a look to help you

  • see and realise the mistakes that you're making

  • and you can also review your own work.

  • Once you've finished writing, leave it for a few days

  • or a few weeks, come back to it.

  • See if you can make any improvements

  • or if you can use a thesaurus

  • to look up synonyms and replace some of the words

  • with more advanced ones.

  • These are just a few ideas but getting into a daily

  • writing practice creates so many opportunities for you

  • to apply what you've learned or what you've seen

  • or what you've experienced in English

  • and then review it and improve it.

  • Lastly, join an English discussion

  • about stuff that interests you.

  • Now this sounds serious and may be complicated

  • but it's not, I promise. I'm just talking about joining an

  • active group or online community

  • where there are people interacting.

  • They're sharing their ideas, they're giving opinions

  • and you're able to respond.

  • So you can comment and actually be part

  • of the discussion as it happens.

  • Now this could be in person but it can easily

  • be as part of an online community.

  • Plus that makes it, you know, even easier to create

  • a daily habit around it

  • because it's simply about checking in

  • and seeing what everyone else has been talking about

  • and giving your two cents worth.

  • So how do you find these places?

  • It takes a little work. You can't just Google 'cooking'

  • and join the first group that you find.

  • Join a few different ones, see which one is the most

  • active, which one has really interesting discussions

  • happening in it.

  • Sometimes nothing gets posted in these groups

  • for days and that's not really helpful for you, right?

  • So I would start by writing down

  • your top five hobbies or interests.

  • Don't start with English language.

  • What else are you into? Are you into

  • politics or yoga or marketing,

  • photography, sports. I mean you probably already follow

  • people or a part of groups that are like this.

  • So all you need to do is commit to checking in

  • once a day and write a comment.

  • It's not