best way to learn English

What’s the best way to learn English?

Obviously lots of students want to know the best way to learn English! Well I have lots of tips for you here BUT often the answer to this question depends on the learner. When it comes to learning a language, we all have different learning styles. It’s definitely beneficial to know which type of English learner you are so that you can find out what works for you.

Usually we have a preference between these 4 learning styles:
How do I learn English?

  • Visual – We like to see it
  • Auditory – We like to hear it
  • Reading & Writing – We like to write it down
  • Kinaesthetic – We like to do it

If you can identify which type of learner you are, it will help you to choose activities which speed up the English learning process for you.

So what’s the best way to learn English for you?

If you are a visual learner, you should ask your English teacher to write new vocabulary on the whiteboard for you, or you might find handouts and information sheets useful. Visually pleasing websites will help you too.
If you are an auditory learner, then podcasts, YouTube clips, songs, TedTalks presentations and other recordings will be the best way to learn English. Ask people to repeat words for you and sound them out.
If you learn by reading and writing, then buy yourself a notebook and some coloured pens and organise your English vocabulary that way. You may find that sticking post-its to household items helps you to remember the names of things around your house.
If you are a kinaesthetic learner, then roleplays are a fantastic way for you to learn English. You can also try cutting up English sentences or words and then rearranging them into the correct order.

How can you find out what type of learner you are?

You may already know which type of learner you are from my descriptions above but, if not, you can take an online quiz.  There are lots on the internet – just search ‘VARK learning styles’. Here is one I found which you can translate to your language if it’s too tricky in English.


Question for you….

Do you know which type of English learner you are? Which things work for you when you are learning English? Tell me in the comments section below!

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Nicki is a Cambridge qualified, experienced English teacher for foreign learners. She loves helping English learners to learn real English and communicate with confidence!

2 thoughts on “What’s the best way to learn English?

  1. I found this very interesting Nicki! I know I am a visual leaner from your article. I find charts (spider diagrams or maybe you call them mind maps) really help me to remember words.

    1. Thank you Lou! I know exactly what you mean by spider diagrams/mind maps and I agree that those are great techniques for visual learners, thanks for sharing your ideas. Making yourself flashcards will also help you when you come to revise 🙂

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