How do I improve my English

How do I improve my English?

I received a lot of comments and messages asking how I improved my English after writing this answer, so here’s how I did it :)
1.
Read newspaper.
I have been reading Times of India everyday since I was 10 years old.
This is my favorite page.
Start from this page.
This page has everything going right.
The first column starts with a quote, followed by three opinion pieces.
The first two help build a perspective.
The last one is reserved for humor writers like Bachi Karkaria, Bikram Vohra (I love his writings!), Jug Suraiya, Radhika Vaz.
They have a sarcastic take on the events and I love their tone.
This column makes me see the lighter side of things, and I am able to learn a word or two that allows for a lighter edge in conversations.
It also has a devoted comic space, and Dilbert is wonderful.
2.
Practice speaking what you read.
Read an article in newspaper, then close the paper, go in a private space, and speak what you just read.
Imagine as if you are sharing your opinion while talking to someone.
Repeat.
Not just with newspaper articles, but also with book paragraphs.
Read a para, close the book, tell yourself what you read.
This will improve the fluency of sentences coming out from your mouth.
3.
Watch Ted talks and practice speaking afterwards.
Not only will it improve the sentence-formation in your head, it’ll make your communication accent-neutral.
Many of you may speak with heavy regional accents.
I remember my English used to feel very Indian in the initial days.
However, over time, my words have become accent-free and the English that comes out of my mouth feels quite global.
In other words, it has no accent- neither Indian, nor American.
An Indian or American can equally understand it well.
Most of the Ted speakers have a neutral accent.
They aren’t heavily accented towards any region.
Listen to their words carefully.
Pause the video after each sentence.
Then repeat the sentence in the same accent as the speaker did.
If you keep going, you will come to have a refined English soon.
4.
Read newspaper.
I say it again because it deserves to be said twice.
Spend at least an hour with the newspaper daily.
Get a copy and keep it in your bag.
Read it when you are commuting, or in college cafe, or while having tea in office.
Read anything that slightly interests you.
A good start may be movie reviews or articles like this.
5.
Write.
If nothing, document your English learning journey.
It can be on a notebook, on a facebook page, or on any platform you can write a few lines daily.
Journal your best word finds of the day.
Or sentences.
Mention what you did today, and the new things you learned.
Documenting your journey will not only make you confident in your English learning endeavour, it’ll also make your intent stronger so you keep going.
6.
Watch English movies with subtitles.
Or better, watch Hindi movies with Subtitles.
Watch Mirzapur with subtitles.
You’ll know some English you’ll never know otherwise.
Like ‘cuntflaps’ being the English for a popular indian gaali.
‘Are you daft?’’ for ‘chutiya ho kya?’ ‘There are plenty of fish in the sea’ for ‘shehar me aur bhi ladkiyan hain.
’ ‘
Deal with it’ for ‘baat khatam.
’ ‘
This seems perfectly fine’ for ‘ye to jhandu nahi hai.
For certain, you won’t learn this level of Hindi-English translation anywhere.
7.
Read novels.
Novels teach you a lot.
They portray a life story and offer multitude of instances to catch English words to fit in your day-to-day life.
Pick any author you are interested in.
I’ve seen a lot of folks starting from Sidney Sheldon.
Yet if novels are too much for you, read short stories.
I can’t recommend anything more than these three:
They are so amazing you’ll thank me for these :)
If that’s still much for you, read children books.
Hunt your neighborhood and find children textbooks.
They’ve fairly simple English with progressive use of vocabulary.
Super interesting too.
8.
If you want to have a world-class English, you’ll have to work on your vocabulary.
That lies in Dictionary.
Try to learn 10 words per alphabet each day.
That makes for 260 words each day.
Jot them down in your own personal notebook titled ‘dictionary.
’ Keep adding 10 more per alphabet daily.
Revise the earlier ones each day.
Repeat.
Revise.
If you succeed in learning dictionary, in whatever way, you’ll increase your English profoundly.
This sounds tough but to possess something world-class doesn’t come easy.
I did this while preparing for GRE.
9.
Talk in english.
In college.
In office.
Even if someone starts conversation in another language, respond in English.
Be comfortable with uncomfortability.
10.
Do not chat in improper English.
This can easily be said to be the biggest English killer.
Do not indulge in crafting poor language.
Don’t let your English die.
Ds typ of lnguge s d wrst.
Use chat as a learning ground.
What I write on a chat is similar to what I’d write in an email.
My extensive vocabulary and simple language allows for a casual and friendly tone.
11.
Meditate.
It gives clarity to your thoughts.
And when you have clarity in what you want to say, you’ll say it better.
Try it for 5 minutes, sitting right where you are right now and if you do it right, your head will instantly feel a little clearer.
Make it a daily habit.
15 mins morning, 15 in the evening.
That’s how I improved my English, and you can too :)

Originally Answered: How could I develop English speaking abilities ? • Remove Banner
I have already answered a similar question.
Let me reproduce the answer here.

Most of us (especially, Indians) form a sentence in our native language, translate it in English and then use it in a conversation.
You have to stop doing that.
Start thinking in English.
Its a bit tough, but it will become easier and spontaneous with time.
Don't think in your native language, think in English.
This is the biggest hurdle in the process of improving your communication skills.
Once you cross it, nothing can stop you.

Now how to do that? Simple.
Speak with your mind whenever you get time.
But speak in English.
Don't worry about grammar.
Just speak.

Now, let's focus on improving your fluency.

Start reading newspapers, magazines, novels, blogs and whatever you can.
But don’t just read, try to understand it.
And make an opinion about it.
Especially about editorials, opinions and issues.

For example, lets say you read an article about drought in India.
After reading it, think about it for some time.
Then talk to yourself about it.
Stand in front of a mirror and explain the issue to your reflection.
Sounds funny, right? But trust me, it will help.
And also think about what can be done to solve the problem, its outcomes etc and tell it to your reflection.
Initially you will feel embarrassed, but keep doing it and you will certainly improve your English.

One more activity that might help.
I assume you have a laptop or pc (even a smartphone would work).
Download some good serials (I will recommend Sherlock, Suits and GOT(caution: this one not for children)) and watch them by keeping subtitles on.
Understand how they talk, how they pronounce a particular word.
Then mute that serial and try to make similar pronunciations by reading those subtitles.
It will not only improve your pronunciation but also boost your confidence.

One more activity that might improve your fluency in English.
Find a friend/relative/anyone (being an Indian, I know that this can be a bit tough as whenever you start speaking in english, you are accused of "shininig") who speaks English fluently and converse with him as much as possible.
Ask him/her to point out your mistakes and tell you how to correct them.

Alright.
This might be a little embarrassing, but let me show you something from the secret folder on my phone.
This was me, the Year 2011, probably in 10th standard, and someone who had recently discovered Facebook—
Sentence structure? Murdered.

Grammar? Slaughtered.

Cringe? Too damn high.

This was me, the Year 2017, 21 years old, and someone who recently discovered the power of the internet—
Self-published a novel? Check.

Included among the Top Ten Selling titles on Amazon India? Check.

Ranked just behind two of my favorite authors ‘Dan Brown’ and ‘J.
K.
Rowling’ in ‘Action & Adventure’ category? Check.

How can I improve my English?
This question has a hidden aspect which the non-English speakers can agree with.
Conversing in English.

So I’ll tackle these two aspects—
A.
Writing in English

So the next time you look in the mirror, don’t say that you’re looking smart or hot or sexy; replace it with dapper.

B.
Conversing in English

That’s what the majority of non-English speakers dread.
When I came to Mumbai for the first time, a girl approached me asking for directions….
Okay, nothing wrong with that.

When I came to Mumbai for the first time, a girl approached me asking for directions.
In English.
And in an accent that blew me away.

And even though I was well acquainted with the language, simply because I didn’t have the habit to converse in English, I got the creeps.
Hope this helps.
Edit 1: For the guys who are commenting that an accent will take away your culture and identity, it won’t.
Edit 2: For the guys who ridicule the ones who speak in broken or incorrect English; please don’t.
We were all there once.
Not everyone can juggle two or three languages with ease.
Edit 3: For the guys arguing that you can’t judge someone’s capabilities just by their fluency in English? True.
But your recruiters in the corporate world might have a different opinion.
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I have been using, all the recommended books, apps, link personally.
All are great learning resources, tried and tested!

Everyone makes mistakes while speaking English even English-medium students.
Don’t aim to be perfect like Ph.
D.
in the English language.
Get your basics clear and try to minimize the grammatical mistakes.
The more you learn, read, speak and listen you will be able to decide which sentence sounds right and which not without much thinking.

First things first:
Tenses:
No need to be a master of grammar.
Practice all the tenses and try to master them.
This is very essential.
Once you are done with tenses, there are phrases and idioms.
Then the little details of English language.
But Only After Tenses remember.
Following YouTube channel is a great source to learn English.
I recommended it to my brother too.
Anglo-Link (this answer, so here’s how I did it :)
1.
Read newspaper.
I have been reading Times of India everyday since I was 10 years old.
This is my favorite page.
Start from this page.
This page has everything going right.
The first column starts with a quote, followed by three opinion pieces.
The first two help build a perspective.
The last one is reserved for humor writers like Bachi Karkaria, Bikram Vohra (I love his writings!), Jug Suraiya, Radhika Vaz.
They have a sarcastic take on the events and I love their tone.
This column makes me see the lighter side of things, and I am able to learn a word or two that allows for a lighter edge in conversations.
It also has a devoted comic space, and Dilbert is wonderful.
2.
Practice speaking what you read.
Read an article in newspaper, then close the paper, go in a private space, and speak what you just read.
Imagine as if you are sharing your opinion while talking to someone.
Repeat.
Not just with newspaper articles, but also with book paragraphs.
Read a para, close the book, tell yourself what you read.
This will improve the fluency of sentences coming out from your mouth.
3.
Watch Ted talks and practice speaking afterwards.
Not only will it improve the sentence-formation in your head, it’ll make your communication accent-neutral.
Many of you may speak with heavy regional accents.
I remember my English used to feel very Indian in the initial days.
However, over time, my words have become accent-free and the English that comes out of my mouth feels quite global.
In other words, it has no accent- neither Indian, nor American.
An Indian or American can equally understand it well.
Most of the Ted speakers have a neutral accent.
They aren’t heavily accented towards any region.
Listen to their words carefully.
Pause the video after each sentence.
Then repeat the sentence in the same accent as the speaker did.
If you keep going, you will come to have a refined English soon.
4.
Read newspaper.
I say it again because it deserves to be said twice.
Spend at least an hour with the newspaper daily.
Get a copy and keep it in your bag.
Read it when you are commuting, or in college cafe, or while having tea in office.
Read anything that slightly interests you.
A good start may be movie reviews or articles like this.
5.
Write.
If nothing, document your English learning journey.
It can be on a notebook, on a facebook page, or on any platform you can write a few lines daily.
Journal your best word finds of the day.
Or sentences.
Mention what you did today, and the new things you learned.
Documenting your journey will not only make you confident in your English learning endeavour, it’ll also make your intent stronger so you keep going.
6.
Watch English movies with subtitles.
Or better, watch Hindi movies with Subtitles.
Watch Mirzapur with subtitles.
You’ll know some English you’ll never know otherwise.
Like ‘cuntflaps’ being the English for a popular indian gaali.
‘Are you daft?’’ for ‘chutiya ho kya?’ ‘There are plenty of fish in the sea’ for ‘shehar me aur bhi ladkiyan hain.
’ ‘
Deal with it’ for ‘baat khatam.
’ ‘
This seems perfectly fine’ for ‘ye to jhandu nahi hai.
For certain, you won’t learn this level of Hindi-English translation anywhere.
7.
Read novels.
Novels teach you a lot.
They portray a life story and offer multitude of instances to catch English words to fit in your day-to-day life.
Pick any author you are interested in.
I’ve seen a lot of folks starting from Sidney Sheldon.
Yet if novels are too much for you, read short stories.
I can’t recommend anything more than these three:
They are so amazing you’ll thank me for these :)
If that’s still much for you, read children books.
Hunt your neighborhood and find children textbooks.
They’ve fairly simple English with progressive use of vocabulary.
Super interesting too.
8.
If you want to have a world-class English, you’ll have to work on your vocabulary.
That lies in Dictionary.
Try to learn 10 words per alphabet each day.
That makes for 260 words each day.
Jot them down in your own personal notebook titled ‘dictionary.
’ Keep adding 10 more per alphabet daily.
Revise the earlier ones each day.
Repeat.
Revise.
If you succeed in learning dictionary, in whatever way, you’ll increase your English profoundly.
This sounds tough but to possess something world-class doesn’t come easy.
I did this while preparing for GRE.
9.
Talk in english.
In college.
In office.
Even if someone starts conversation in another language, respond in English.
Be comfortable with uncomfortability.
10.
Do not chat in improper English.
This can easily be said to be the biggest English killer.
Do not indulge in crafting poor language.
Don’t let your English die.
Ds typ of lnguge s d wrst.
Use chat as a learning ground.
What I write on a chat is similar to what I’d write in an email.
My extensive vocabulary and simple language allows for a casual and friendly tone.
11.
Meditate.
It gives clarity to your thoughts.
And when you have clarity in what you want to say, you’ll say it better.
Try it for 5 minutes, sitting right where you are right now and if you do it right, your head will instantly feel a little clearer.
Make it a daily habit.
15 mins morning, 15 in the evening.
That’s how I improved my English, and you can too :)

Originally Answered: How could I develop English speaking abilities ? • Remove Banner
I have already answered a similar question.
Let me reproduce the answer here.

Most of us (especially, Indians) form a sentence in our native language, translate it in English and then use it in a conversation.
You have to stop doing that.
Start thinking in English.
Its a bit tough, but it will become easier and spontaneous with time.
Don't think in your native language, think in English.
This is the biggest hurdle in the process of improving your communication skills.
Once you cross it, nothing can stop you.

Now how to do that? Simple.
Speak with your mind whenever you get time.
But speak in English.
Don't worry about grammar.
Just speak.

Now, let's focus on improving your fluency.

Start reading newspapers, magazines, novels, blogs and whatever you can.
But don’t just read, try to understand it.
And make an opinion about it.
Especially about editorials, opinions and issues.

For example, lets say you read an article about drought in India.
After reading it, think about it for some time.
Then talk to yourself about it.
Stand in front of a mirror and explain the issue to your reflection.
Sounds funny, right? But trust me, it will help.
And also think about what can be done to solve the problem, its outcomes etc and tell it to your reflection.
Initially you will feel embarrassed, but keep doing it and you will certainly improve your English.

One more activity that might help.
I assume you have a laptop or pc (even a smartphone would work).
Download some good serials (I will recommend Sherlock, Suits and GOT(caution: this one not for children)) and watch them by keeping subtitles on.
Understand how they talk, how they pronounce a particular word.
Then mute that serial and try to make similar pronunciations by reading those subtitles.
It will not only improve your pronunciation but also boost your confidence.

One more activity that might improve your fluency in English.
Find a friend/relative/anyone (being an Indian, I know that this can be a bit tough as whenever you start speaking in english, you are accused of "shininig") who speaks English fluently and converse with him as much as possible.
Ask him/her to point out your mistakes and tell you how to correct them.

Alright.
This might be a little embarrassing, but let me show you something from the secret folder on my phone.
This was me, the Year 2011, probably in 10th standard, and someone who had recently discovered Facebook—
Sentence structure? Murdered.

Grammar? Slaughtered.

Cringe? Too damn high.

This was me, the Year 2017, 21 years old, and someone who recently discovered the power of the internet—
Self-published a novel? Check.

Included among the Top Ten Selling titles on Amazon India? Check.

Ranked just behind two of my favorite authors ‘Dan Brown’ and ‘J.
K.
Rowling’ in ‘Action & Adventure’ category? Check.

How can I improve my English?
This question has a hidden aspect which the non-English speakers can agree with.
Conversing in English.

So I’ll tackle these two aspects—
A.
Writing in English

So the next time you look in the mirror, don’t say that you’re looking smart or hot or sexy; replace it with dapper.

B.
Conversing in English

That’s what the majority of non-English speakers dread.
When I came to Mumbai for the first time, a girl approached me asking for directions….
Okay, nothing wrong with that.

When I came to Mumbai for the first time, a girl approached me asking for directions.
In English.
And in an accent that blew me away.

And even though I was well acquainted with the language, simply because I didn’t have the habit to converse in English, I got the creeps.
Hope this helps.
Edit 1: For the guys who are commenting that an accent will take away your culture and identity, it won’t.
Edit 2: For the guys who ridicule the ones who speak in broken or incorrect English; please don’t.
We were all there once.
Not everyone can juggle two or three languages with ease.
Edit 3: For the guys arguing that you can’t judge someone’s capabilities just by their fluency in English? True.
But your recruiters in the corporate world might have a different opinion.
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