Everyone who wants to be with English on a first-name basis should remember that to achieve this goal requires developing of 4 key language skills such as listening, reading, speaking and writing. They are needed to become fluent in English whether you are going to study abroad or just planning to work with foreign partners in your country. Also, these skills are necessary when you are going to pass such international tests of English language proficiency as IELTS or TOEFL. Another, equally important thing is to learn language keeping a balance between enriching active vocabulary and using words and phrases grammatically correct. Here are five tips that will help you to learn English as quickly as possible and in the most effective ways.
There are two ways you can go to develop English listening skills. They are watching movies, TV programs, cartoons or listen to the radio, podcasts and music. The first way implies an accompaniment of the image, so it simplifies listening process significantly. If you are on the beginning stages with your English, start with cartoons to build your basic knowledge. Watching movies and TV programs (with or without subtitles) is very useful for making your English sound more natural. To enrich vocabulary continue with listening of podcasts because they are like phrasebooks but for ears. The most enjoyable way is, perhaps, listening to the music which allows you to learn English almost anywhere just pressing the button on your phone or turn on the radio.