1. Learn to put word stress.
Word stress is the key to understanding English and communicating in it. Word stress is very important. Try to learn word stress. This is one of the best ways to understand the English language, especially when spoken fast.
What is word stress?
Take, for example, three words: photograph (to photograph), the photographer (a photographer) and photographic (photographic). If they sound the same in speech? No! They sound different, because one syllable in each word, «hits» stronger:
This applies to all words with 2 or more syllables: TEACHer (teacher), JaPAN (Japan), CHINa (China), aBOVE (over), converSATION (dialogue, conversation), INteresting (interesting), imPORtant (important), deMAND (require), etCETera (and so on).
Syllables that are not falling accent are called Weak, or Secondary, or Quiet. Native speakers trying to hear the drums, not the weak syllables. If you use word stress in your speech, your pronunciation and understanding the language will automatically improve.
If you have an English teacher, ask him to help you understand word stress. Try to hear the stress in words each time you listen to English — on the radio, or perhaps in the movies. First you have to hear and determine it, and then can be used in speech.
2. Phrasal stress
Phrasal stress is another key to understanding English and communicating in it. Under phrasal accent some of the words in the sentence «Shock» (loud), and the other «Weak» (quiet). Look at the following sentence:
We want to go.
We want to go.
If we pronounce each word with equal emphasis and equally loud? No! We make meaningful words main, but not significant — minor. What are the important words in this sentence? That’s right: WANT and GO.
We WANT to GO.
We want to go.
We WANT to GO to WORK.
We want to go to work.
We DON’t WANT to GO to WORK.
We don’t want to go to work.
We DON’t WANT to GO to WORK at NIGHT.
We don’t want to go to work at night.
In this article nevozmojno to tell all about phrasal stress. The important thing is that you know that it exists and trying to learn how to put it. Phrasal accent is very essential.
3. Listen! Listen! Listen!
Students sometimes say: «I don’t listen to the news on BBC radio, because there is talk too fast, and I can’t understand anything.» Very sorry! When you speak too quickly when nothing is clear, it is then necessary to listen!!!
Is it possible to improve your skills without a hearing and practice?
When you were a baby, do you understand your native language? When you were 3 weeks, or 2 months, or 1 year, do you all understand? Of course not! But you know, listening. Think about it. You learned to understand your own language by listening, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. After that you learned to speak. Then you learned to read. And then you learned to write. But first, you listened!
4. Don’t listen!
I said: «Listen! Listen! Listen to»! And now you say: «do Not listen»! What does it mean?
Do you know the difference between the verbs «Listen» and «Hear»? Listen to this — active action, and to hear passive. It so happens that you listen too carefully. Sometimes it is enough just to hear without listening. Let it be a radio, let it play the tape. Not listen, just listen. Your subconscious will listen for you, and you still will learn. Trying to listen and to understand everything, you can stumble on one word, and only needlessly upset. Don’t worry! Just listen! Believe me, you will still learn. The key is to incorporate a radio, cassette or television. Let him play. And you — you don’t do anything. Your brain will hear, your subconscious is to listen, and you will learn!
5. Enrich your vocabulary 5 words a day.
To expand your vocabulary easily! In how many days? Usually, 365 (on the ground).
If you learn only 5 new words a day, you will learn 5 x 365 = 1825 new words in a year. One thousand eight hundred and twenty-five new words. That’s a lot. And we don’t think of other words that you will learn by reading, talking, etc. Buy a notebook and write down five words a day, every day. Memorize them! Soon you will have a great vocabulary.
6. 30 minutes a day better than 3.5 hours a week.
It is obviously better to study English 30 minutes a day than 5 hours once a week! Engaged constantly. Engage often. Little and often is better than a lot, but sometimes.
Besides, it’s easier. You can easily find 30 minutes a day. How? You can get up half an hour earlier, or make the lunch break shorter. Select a certain time and stick to it!
7. Repeat! Repeat! Repeat!
Repeating, you will improve your knowledge 100%.
What do you mean «Repeat»? It means «to view Again». This must be done systematically. Learn something, write it down. Then watch this 3 more times:
Through the day,
in a week,
in about a month.
Each time you say, examine yourself. Learned, repeated, checked. Repeated, to be sure. Repeated, checked.