Hey, it’s Julie 👋 Speaking English is, of course, an important part of working in the UK. But what do you do when English isn’t your first language? How do you get better?
The trick is to fully immerse yourself in the language as. much. as. possible. Here are my tips:
- Learn new vocab daily
Get into the habit of learning 5-10 new words/phrases per day. Start with words or phrases that you’ll need to use regularly at work.
- Take English courses
Learning with a structured course and a teacher is an excellent way to improve your language skills. You can find free and cheap courses online on sites like Udemy.com
- Use a language learning app
Apps are a great way to learn languages on the go. You can use them whilst on your lunch break or during your commute to work. Check out ‘Duolingo’ and ‘Babbel’
- Read and write in English daily
It’s super important that you practise reading and writing in English so you can open yourself up to even more job opportunities. Try finding an interesting article online to read, and writing a few sentences to summarise it in your own words!
- Find a language partner
Having a language partner allows you to learn new vocabulary and put your speaking skills to the test. Tandem.net is a fantastic site to find a language partner.
It’s totally possible for you to drastically improve your English. You just have to be committed to immersing yourself in it for the next 6 months. Trust me, if you do this you’ll be shocked at how you improve!
Live, breathe, sleep & eat English – you can do it! 💪