How to learn English? I use this four point plan that I call DESI. It works well for my students and I thought you would enjoy it.
D stands for desire. Desire means you WANT something really badly. For example, if you see a lot of great food in front of you, then you really desire it. Restaurants in America will let out a lot of good smelling food into the air, so that people driving by will smell it and desire it. It will cause many people to stop and go into that restaurant. I am the same way. When my wife is cooking really good food, I have the desire to go eat it.
You need to have the desire to learn English and that is the biggest thing that will help you learn more. You obviously have the desire to learn more because you are on my website about English.
E stands for emotions. Emotions are your feelings; they are words like sad, anger, fear, happy, glad, fun, funny, fear and other adjectives. When you combine emotions with learning English, then you will learn more in a faster amount of time.
For example, you probably remember the first time that you kissed somebody. That is because you had so many feelings and emotions that your mind will not let you forget that. Combine emotions with learning and you will more likely remember what you are learning.
That is why I create videos around things that you desire and give you an emotional connection like sports, entertainment, the news, fun videos, daily activities and especially debates. Debates can make people very angry and passionate. Therefore, when you debate, you will probably remember all of the words that you used.
Use emotions when you are learning English and watch your English grow.
What's another tip on how to learn English?
S stands for scanning. When you scan something, you look at it quickly and check it out before you read too much of it. I always have my students scan and preview a reading assignment before they start to read. It makes little connections, called schemas, into the brain and that makes learning easier.
It’s like warming up your body before you play sports. You stretch your body and move around a little bit before you play really hard. That way you won’t pull a muscle. Your brain needs a little "warm up" before it learns a lot.
I create fast videos on my “learn English vocabulary” page around topics that you like. I am scanning the headlines for you, so that if you like the article, then you can read more. You can then take that article and listen to it.
Here’s an example. I made this quick video about Lebron James winning the NBA title. Check it out below:
If you liked the video, then you could read the article and turn it into an audio file. The article below is the title I used for the video above.
Click on the two audio files below. They come from the above article.
One is at regular speed and I slowed down the other by 20%. You can then read the article while you listen and your brain is “warmed up” from the video that I made.
By the way, do you want to know how to turn any article into an audio file, so that you can listen to English and learn more? You have to subscribe to my Free Newsletter and I’ll show you and other ways on how to learn English.
I stands for interaction. Interaction means to communicate with people. You really need to practice your English with other people, especially native speakers.
If you don't have access to a native speaker, then make comments on my videos and other videos. You might get into some good conversations with people from around the world. Don’t worry about what other people think! You just have to push yourself and your brain will remember more.
So that’s how to learn English.
What about English grammar and other rules? They are important too, but only about 10%. When you learn “real” English from native speakers, your mind will get most of the rules. It’s necessary about 10% of the time to directly learn a grammar rule to better speak English.
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