English is the world’s most popular second language, with more non-native than native speakers. By 2020, there will be nearly two billion people learning English as a second language. If you’re one of them, you’ll know that while it might be popular, learning English isn’t always easy.
English grammar doesn’t have the same rigid structure that many other languages do. Native speakers often think that must make it easier to learn, but for non-natives, it is harder. To learn English well, you need to understand the confusing grammar constructions and strange quirks of vocabulary that native speakers use intuitively.
Despite all this, the world is full of fluent speakers of English as a second language. If you want to become one of them, there are a few things you can do to help your English flow.
- Spend time on grammar
Take time to understand the language’s various perplexing grammar constructions and conventions. Once you understand these, further learning will become easier and easier.
- Spend time on confusing vocabulary
Two similar words often have completely different meanings in English. Knowing which word to use when is vital to fluency.
- Have fun with English words
English might be difficult at times, but it’s also fun. There are many unusual and expressive alternatives to common words. Dive in and enjoy.
- Check your work…
…and then check it again. If you can learn to proofread well and eliminate your mistakes, you’ll be doing better than many native speakers.
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