Learn English in Singapore :: yago.sg

Learn English - some tricks

_____

 

Want to learn English? Click here to find an overview of English courses in Singapore

Not sure where to get started? Read our blog post on where to learn English in Singapore with tips about the type of course most suitable to you, and some options for subsidized courses.

_____

There is a difference between speaking English and speaking it really well. Here are some of the ways I have learnt English, and also some of the methods my wife has used to learn English in Singapore. All comes down to exercise. If you have the goal to learn English very well, you cannot expect to just 'understand' the grammar and go with it. So you have to find a way to actively use it.  

1. Go out of your comfort zone. Get yourself into situations where you have no other choice than to speak English. You will find that when you have to, you can say much more than you think. Examples would be: parties with lots of people from other countries, English language lectures, etc. When you try to speak, don't try too hard to be perfect. Everyone makes mistakes and you may not be the only one for who English is not the first language.  

2. Read more than just language books. My wife has had a subscription to Newsweek (at student rates) ever since she lived in Singapore. She would take time to read the articles. If she met words she didn't understand, she would underline them and look them up in the dictionary. Until one day she realized she didn't need a dictionary by her side any more to understand what she was reading.

3. Make new friends. If you came to Singapore to learn English, make sure you speak it as a matter of habit while away from formal lessons. For me, learnt English in school for a really long time, in an all-Dutch setting. Even our teacher would instruct us in Dutch. I only became really fluent when I spent some time in Italy, working alongside Germans and British, and communicating with them in English. You don't have to 'betray' your old friends. Just be open to new people who are friendly to you, even if you have to use more effort to be able to communicate with them. Your trying will be very much appreciated. I notice the same when I try to speak Chinese.

See the current English language courses in Singapore.

Related articles:

Monthly newsletter

Starting off with a free e-course on how to learn languages faster, we'll keep you up to date on what's happening in Singapore with regards to language learning. You can unsubscribe any time.   

Join us below!

Language Schools

view all

SimplyArabic

5.05.05.05.05.0 1 reviews
At SimplyArabic, we specialize in providing quality Arabic courses that will prepare you to interact with native Arabic speakers in the Middle East.  It pays to learn Arabic. Singapore partners much with Middle Eastern countries such as UAE (Dubai) and Qatar, which are rising fast economically. SimplyArabic teaches you modern standard Arabic so that you can make yourself understood. We have an Arabic course for you, whether you are a beginner or already advanced, a child, interested adult learner or looking to learn Arabic for business. Why choose SimplyArabic? We care about equipping you with the appropriate Arabic language skills and competencies. We have many years of experience in providing Arabic language consultancy (translation and interpretation) for several Singapore government agencies like Singapore Police Force (SPF), Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) and Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) to facilitate their interaction with their Middle Eastern counterparts regularly. So get started today with checking out our Arabic language courses!

Aoba Language Centre

5.05.05.05.05.0 2 reviews
As a Japanese language school in Singapore, we bring you a whole new way of learning Japanese. Operating since 2004, we are conveniently located at North Bridge Road. To make sure our classes bring you want you want to learn, we offer a wide variety of Japanese courses:   - Standard Japanese course - Junior Japanese courses for children - Pre-travel conversational Japanese - Business Japanese courses - In house training Our classes are small, ranging from 6 to 12 students, so as to make sure you really get to speak and master the Japanese language in the fastest way possible. All our educators are experienced, native Japanese speakers and are MOE certified. Do feel free to contact us by clicking the button at the right of this page, or browse our Japanese courses to find the course that fits you best! We look forward to being your Japanese school of choice!

Spanish Faster

5.05.05.05.05.0 1 reviews
Spanish Faster is an online Spanish language school in Singapore offering Spanish classes 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. Private Spanish language classes with a Spanish tutor from S$25/hour. Take our online Spanish classes in the comfort of your home, and anytime - weekends, late nights or even early mornings. Specialising in Accelerated Learning and teaching Spanish through English, Spanish Faster helps hundreds of students worldwide learn Spanish 3-4 times faster through blended e-learning. Our Spanish Skype lessons are delivered by a native bilingual Spanish tutor. Using voice chat, text and video, a real classroom learning situation is simulated for an interactive learning experience.