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How to improve grammar & vocabulary?

Post by mustafaatef » Thu Jul 26, 2018 3:04 am

Dear friends,

Please help me to improve my grammar and vocabulary?

Regards, Atef

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Re: How to improve grammar & vocabulary?

Post by shelleyv » Tue Jul 31, 2018 12:07 pm

Hello there,

Here are some tips for you... in order of priority:

1. Read in English. Read whatever they can, be it novels, a magazine, the newspaper, it doesn’t matter. Whatever subject they like they should read about it in English. Constant reading in English helps all aspects of language sink in and is particularly useful for grammar, and those verb tenses they are struggling with. There is no need to look up words that students don’t know, the key thing is to understand the overall meaning and absorb the syntax, grammar and expressions. Reading well-written English leads to mastery.

2. Keep a notebook and learn ten new words a day, these words can be verb tenses and short phrases, not just vocabulary words. On day one learn ten new words. The words are written in English on the left and the native language on the right. Cover the English side and say the words down the list. Keep doing it until the list of ten is known perfectly without looking once for a reminder. Know how to say the words and how to spell them.

The next day the student learns ten more words and revises the ten from the day before. Keep going all week and on the 7th day the student learns ten new words, ten from the day before and revises ten from the week before. And then at one month the student looks at 40 words, ten new, ten from the day before, ten from the week before and ten from the month before.

That works!

Basically there is no way around it, the more effort students put in the more they will get out of those two hours in English class.

3. Watch any TV or movies in English.

4. Favour listening to music in English and learn all the lyrics.

And in the English classes I would focus on speaking as much as you can because the students can read and write in their own time and for homework, but often the only place they can speak English is in your class.

Let me know your thoughts and add any of your own ideas!

All the best

Shelly Ann Vernon
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Re: How to improve grammar & vocabulary?

Post by Shonuff » Sun Aug 26, 2018 9:03 am

I agree with "Watch TV" wholeheartedly.

Especially watch cartoons like the Simpsons, Family.

It's a great way to learn about the current culture and conversational English.

I would say this method applies to learning all languages properly. Helped me out a lot!

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Re: How to improve grammar & vocabulary?

Post by RaymonM » Tue Aug 28, 2018 12:07 pm

This is so true. Kids learn languages so fast while watching cartoons in foreign languages.

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Re: How to improve grammar & vocabulary?

Post by BloomingMarvelous » Thu Aug 30, 2018 9:08 am

Hello - in agreement that reading helps with grammer and vocab this is a recommended reading list for anyone who doesn't know where to start ....

reading suggestions

as qouted “The more that you read, the more that you’ll know" Dr. Seuss.

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Re: How to improve grammar & vocabulary?

Post by frhudson » Wed Sep 12, 2018 11:38 am

Hey! From my own experience, I have to say that the best way to improve your grammar is practicing and everyday work on self-development. First of all, try to maintain your time and spend at least an hour per day for studying English. One month of tough work and you will definitely realize how your struggle would be awarded. You may test different sources and techniques of learning, but I am going with forums and social networks. Once you accidentally stumble on a topic of discussion you are interested in - just write and express your thoughts. Don`t be afraid of mistakes or misunderstandings. Very soon you will notice your progress and find a new inspiration to continue with English.

Apart from the social networks, I might admit the crucial importance of grammar exercises which you can find online or in different textbooks. Pay more attention to tenses, gerunds, and conditionals.

Speaking about vocabulary, I advise using online apps like or They are easy to handle and provide a wide range of topics together with interactive tasks to solve.

Good luck with your learning!
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