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Best Way to Learn English

Six people share their ideas for becoming good Engish speakers.

Diego, Mexico
speakerThe best way to learn English is to go abroad, live in that country for awhile, get used to the culture and make friends. I think socializing is the best way to learn a new language.

Christophe, Belgium
speakerWhat is the best way to learn English? I think the best way to learn English is to talk with native speakers, speakers who have English as their mother tongue, but the really best way to learn English is if you have an English boyfriend or girlfriend because that really makes you learn English a lot faster.

Aiste, Lithuania
speakerI think the best way to learn English is to speak with people in English and try to communicate in English as much as you can, and the next thing I think is to listen for the news and TV and native English speakers and do it as often as possible.

Santi, Indonesia
speakerThe best way to learn English. First, you watch movies. A lot of movies, foreign movies, well, English movies would be the best, and you can choose the movies. That's the first thing you have too, and then second of all, you can learn vocabulary, and the other best things to learn English is having conversation with a native speaker, because you can improve your pronunciation.

MJ, Korea
speakerI think meet many foreigners and make foreign friends cause not only studying a book and read books and correcting grammar, it is important, but you know facing with the real native is one of the most important to improve your English skill.

Katia, Mexico
speakerThe best way to learn English I believe is actually to go a country that they speak English. You will pick it up very fast. There is no other way around. You have to learn or otherwise you will be somewhat outside of the society, so the best way to learn is being around the people that speak English.

Learn Vocabulary from the Lesson!



I think socializing is the best way to learn language.

Socializing refers to talking in a relaxed and fun way with friends and even strangers. For example, people socialize at a party. The whole point is to meet people and talk and have fun. Here are some sample sentences:

  1. I prefer socializing face-to-face. I hate socializing online.
  2. Socializing is not allowed at my company during work hours.

mother tongue


English is her mother tongue.

One's mother tongue is the language they learned first as a baby. It is their mother tongue because it is the language their mother used with them. Here are a few examples:

  1. My mother tongue is Punjabi but I only use it at home.
  2. In New York, many people have mother tongues other than English.

native speaker


Speaking with native speakers is the best way to learn.

When someone is a native speaker of a language, that means their language is perfect. They have no accent or problems with grammar or vocabulary. When someone speaks a language almost perfectly but makes a few mistakes or has a slight accent, they are called 'near native'.

  1. Our teacher is not a native speaker, but it does not matter.
  2. When he spoke, you could tell he was not a native speaker because of his accent.



Facing the native speaker is the best way to learn language.

When you face something, that means you stand looking in the direction of it. Your face is viewable by the people you are addressing. To face something can also mean to encounter it. For example, a fireman sometimes faces danger. Notice the following:

  1. Police officers face danger all the time.
  2. The president faced the crowd at the podium and began his speech.

pick up


You can pick it up really fast.

When you pick something up, you learn it, often quickly. Also, when you pick something up, such as a language, technology, or a skill, you do it without formal instruction but on your own.

  1. I am not good at picking up new technology.
  2. He was quick at picking up the computer software.

Vocabulary Quiz

socializing • mother • native
face • pick them
  1. No matter what I will never sound like a speaker.
  2. I want you to me and watch the way my mouth moves.
  3. If you listen very carefully you can here some evidence of his tongue when he speaks.
  4. I have to see words written in order to up.
  5. in a non-native language is very difficult at first.
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