Have you been wanting to learn English but short on budget? If your goal is just to learn the basics of English or just looking to practice english for simple conversations, there are countless ways you could try.

Here are some tips that could help:

Newspapers – I would assume that you have a certain level of english reading skills. I remember when I was young, my parents are always telling me to read newspapers to keep me updated and learn new words. Newspapers contains different articles and stories that are written by experienced writers. You can learn a lot from them. Beautiful writing techniques and varying vocabulary. Every time I read a new word or phrase that I didn’t understand, I would list it and look for it in the dictionary. By doing this everyday, I was able to expand my vocabulary one or two words at a time.

TV programs and Movies – Television programs and movies are a great way to learn english. Just by watching these programs and movies will teach you essentials of the english language like pronunciation and conversational sentence structures. You can even pick up a few english slangs and idioms. You can also try to imitate the actors and act out some of the scenes in front of the mirror. This helps in building your confidence when speaking.

Make it a habit to read – Wherever you are and whatever you do. Newspapers are a great source for good reading materials. But there are other small ways that can help in improving your english. You can find english writings everywhere. All you have to do is read. Soon enough you’ll encounter new words that may confuse you, that’s when you’ll learn new things. Your vocabulary will expand without even noticing it.

Chat with friends who knows english – Never underestimate the power of a simple conversation with friends. Practice your english with them. You’ll even have fun while doing it. It will be embarrassing at first but soon you’ll be comfortable. You will eventually develop confidence in your speaking and become faster in constructing sentences. Do this regularly and you’ll definitely see improvement soon.

Write your thoughts – Think of a topic that interests you and try to write it on paper or if you have a computer, there are softwares that has a grammar checker. You can use those to correct your grammar or spelling, but don’t depend on it too much. Try to express your thoughts with your own words. Don’t try to correct mistakes while writing, just leave it first and check it later. This way you can exercise writing skills without being pressured. After you finish writing, read it aloud and try to think if it sounds right. Look for mistakes and correct them.

I believe everyone should learn english. A limited budget should not hinder you from at least starting to learn a little english. However, if you really want quality and effective english learning, attending an above average English class is the answer.

But for now, try these tips and just save a portion of your money for your english lessons in the future. Think of it as an investment that will pay in the long run.

At English Express and other Crystal Learning language schools, we see language, first of all, as a tool.

Every small improvement makes a difference immediately. You may never be perfect, and that’s ok. Even native speakers make mistakes. But as you become more confident in your ability to communicate in English, you’ll see the benefits.

We strongly believe that confidence is built through doing. That’s why our teachers will always encourage you to take the next step. Speak out, and try to speak out faster.

Practice and application are more important. To improve your conversational skills in English, you need to “do more” and “understand less”. That’s why we focus on practical topics that you can apply at the office the next day.

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