5 Secret Tips and Habits for Effective English
1. Reading Story Books and course material loudly - 20 minutes everyday.
a. We feel confident after reading loudly because of three reasons, first because when we are reading loudly, we are reading grammatically correct English. Second reason is we are listening to correct English and third is our eyes, brain and entire system is coordinating with correct English usage and hence we feel very nice after reading one paragraph. Moreover, reading is the best way to improve vocabulary. So the secret to developing English is to read 20 minutes loudly any text of English daily.
2. Mirror Exercise - 10 minutes everyday.
a. Most of the film actors, theatre personalities, cricketers and military men use Mirror practice to develop passion and self confidence. It is very simple, you just have to stand in front of the mirror and maintain an eye contact with your mirror image. If you feel very uncomfortable, shy or guilty then it shows that you have low self-esteem. You should just keep practicing maintaining eye contact for 5 minutes at a stretch till you get comfortable with it. When you are comfortable, you should start talk to your mirror image maintaining an eye contact on a already prepared topic. After doing that couple of times, you should then speak on any unprepared topic. Maintaining eye contact, getting comfortable with yourself and having high regard for your self is the most important part of Mirror Practice.
3. Talk with your friends, family members, on phone, and with stranger’s everyday.
a. Speaking to known people in English is the best way to improve your English. You should make a point that you speak to at least 1 person in English everyday. Remember to speak short and simple sentences. Also ask any family member or a friend to sit in front of you, he / she may know English or no (if they know, ask them to correct you) just practice speaking with them on various topics. Also you can speak to Mobile Helplines, Call centers of Banks, Credit Card Companies in English as much as possible.
4. Think in English
i. Most of us are not able to speak fluently because we are habituated to thinking in our mother tongue. When you have to speak all of a sudden in English, we try to translate from regional language to English, which is very challenging. Because we think in our mother tongue and try to speak in English, there are many gaps between the words we speak. So, having a constant practice and habit of thinking in English is very important to develop English Fluency.
ii. One should utilize any free time to think in English. You should think in short and simple sentences. Say you are traveling in a train, you should practice thinking, “I am in this local train. It started from Borivali and has just reached Kandivali. It is a 9 coach train. There is a ladies compartment. Two people are standing and five are sitting. This train is fast. It will reach Churchgate at 11 am.“
5. Purchase a Grammar Book
i. When one has to master English Language or any language for that matter, Grammar is the most important part. To speak English language, one has to master all the grammar rules since some of them are complex to understand at initial level. The Essential English Grammar has broken grammar into 114 parts which is called units. Each unit is explained with the help of pictures, charts, daily life examples and tables on the left hand page. The relevant right hand page has execercise on the same.
ii. One should purchase this book and practice. This will ensure that you grammar fundamentals are very strong. The way to use this book is that you read the left hand page, use a pencil to do exercise and then check the answers given at the end of the book. You should complete the entire page before you see the answers.