• Daniel Bullock

How to improve grammar and English skills


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Reading and playing games are two ways to improve at English

Many folks swear their language e.g., German, French or Spanish is the easiest to write and speak, what about English? learning English for the first time can feel like you aren’t making any progress because you do not have a plan. Do you want to avoid grammar mistakes? Would you like to know the most common grammar mistakes? If so, read on.


English is among the most commonly spoken languages globally, yet learning how to speak and write can be a challenge. Nevertheless, some people have found English quite easy to learn because it was their first language. Most books, movies, songs, and journals are written and sung in English in view of the fact that it is easy to understand and interpret the message. The next time you pass a movie shop, be sure to grab an English movie or listen to an English playlist like country music. Remember, practice makes perfect, and consistency helps to build on discipline and commitment.



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Listening to country music can quickly improve your listening skills as there are so many lyrics to practice


Discussed hereunder are steps to guide you bit by bit on how you can improve your grammar, writing, and speaking English skills.


Ways on improving your grammar


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Simply reading can help improve your grammar


Read


Consider reading as many articles as possible to understand the meaning of good grammar and correct grammatical errors. Reading journals online, magazines, newspapers, storybooks, novels, and subtitles. Reading aloud will help to practice good grammar and memorize anytime you write any English articles. Additionally, you learn how to punctuate and use articles in a sentence to avoid misinformation.


Pay attention to punctuations (commas, apostrophes)

Commas are amongst the most forgotten and misused punctuations when writing in English. It might sound so simple and tiny but can change the whole meaning of a sentence in a paragraph. Nevertheless, commas can be used with introductory phrases. Despite her condition, she still went ahead to travel or list items, e.g., cups, spoons, forks, bottles, plates, and knives.

Read and memorize homophones and suffixes


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Should we say run quick, or run quickly?

Homophones are words with the same pronunciation but have different meanings, spelling, and origins. Consider reading and understanding the meanings and spellings of as many heteronyms as possible to know when and where to use them. Heteronyms are words which have the same spelling but different meanings and pronunciations. Some homophones include; bear and bare , wright and right, new and knew, none and nun, caret and carrot, plain and plane, bowl and boll.


Additionally, learn how and when to use suffixes in a word. A suffix is a word or group of words added at the end of a word to change the meaning or create emphasis, for example, '-ly' and '-able. When used with words, it can be quick-quickly, reason-reasonable, gentle-gently.


Heteronyms

​windy-windy content-content lead-lead bass- bass abuse-abuse appropriate-appropriate buffet-buffet desert-desert record-record row-row

Homophones

​New-knew sun-son pair-pare bored-board break-brake cede-seed addition-edition no know meet-meat their-there

Suffixes

gently softly slowly reasonable comfortable knowledgeable employee employer heaviness inactivity

Know when to use articles

Articles are words used before nouns to indicate the identifiability of a noun instead of generalizing. There are two articles: definite 'the' and indefinite 'a/an.' Definite article 'the' is used when precise, while the indefinite articles 'a/an' are used to generalize.

Example 1: Using the definite article

'The broken chair needs to be repaired immediately.' This is a particular chair.

Example 2: Using the indefinite article

'I wrote an article yesterday night.' This means you wrote just one article, from perhaps several.

Example 3: Using the indefinite article

A baby needs to have enough play during the day.’ This means there is no specific baby rather any baby.


The broken TV needs to be replaced soon.

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The definite article (the) is used because we are talking about this TV, not any other.

If you would like to find out more about when we should and should not use artciles, or how to be grammatically correct with articles, please read our full article on using articles, and how to effectively and accurately use them in sentences.


Practice

After reading grammar manuals, articles, magazines, and storybooks, it is now time to practice. Practicing can mean writing a short article about a fruit or a story of your lifetime that will include quoting. Have a guide to give you a direction on what you will be trying every day instead of picking randomly. This will help you move systematically and avoid confusion along the way.

How to improve your English writing and speaking skills


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How can I improve on my writing skills?

Set goals

Goals are important in performing any task; consider creating a timetable to guide you to achieve your goals. However, this can only be effective if the plan is followed strictly and consistently with guidance. Additionally, talk to an English tutor that can help you plan daily tasks and targets to avoid wasting time.


Watch English movies with subtitles

The list of movies is endless depending on your genre, for example, Christian movies, romantic, action, thrillers, crimes cases, comedy, and horror. The next time you visit your favorite movie shop, consider grabbing an English with subtitles to read through. This might sound boring, especially if it is not your favorite series or movie. Still, I assure you it is amongst the easiest ways to learn and improve your English skills. Watching and trying to follow the story alone still give us some idea of what is happening even when some words do not make sense.

Listen

Songs are the best remedy to stress and boredom because they destract your mind and give you room to relax and think. How many times have you listened to a song because you love the beats and not the content? Furthermore, listen to English podcasts on different topics, write down any new vocabulary you learn, and search it up. This helps you to discover new terms and understand their meanings.

Read storybooks and articles

Reading, listening, writing, and speaking are the key skills to learn when polishing your English. When reading a novel, have a notebook and a pen handy to write down new vocabulary and pronounce the terms loudly.

Try puzzles and other English games (two truths and a lie, charades)

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Try puzzles to improve vocabualry


Puzzles such as SUDOKU help you practice your English skills by giving you a platform to fill English words in a 9x9 box. This helps you spell words correctly and challenges you to think widely to arrive at the best-fit word. Other games include two truths and a lie; the players of this game are required to write down two truths and one lie about themselves which is a way to help them improve their English skills.


Memorize and Practice

Over and above, try to memorize what you learn daily and practice it by speaking and writing. This helps it stick in your mind, and anytime you speak, you are tempted to use the word in your sentences. Reciting is also one way to help you memorize; for example, when you read a poem, for it to stick, you have to recite each stanza repeatedly. Practice until words come rushing into your mind anytime you write or speak.

Other ways to improve your English skills include; enrolling in an English class, watching the news in English, considering starting your own blog and sharing your writing with the world, have an English diary or journal to note down your progress.

CONCLUSION


English is an interesting language and, at the same time, easy to learn and understand. There are many guidelines that can help you improve on Grammar and English skills, e.g., reading various articles and writing down new vocabulary. Nevertheless, avoid directly translating your native language into English because it may sound like the exact thing you want to say, but totally different from what you meant.