Some people said that it is harder to learn something new as an adult. To some extent, the saying carries some truth because our brains need to create new cognitive frameworks or consciously do intellectual activities.
Besides, adults have less free time that can be allocated to studying. If children, teenagers, and young adults go to school, adults need to go to work and do other adult things. So, to help you get started, we’ll share some tips on learning English as an adult.
1. Make time
Allocate 10-30 minutes daily to study, be it early in the morning or before you go to bed. It might not seem significant but if you use this time to study regularly, there will be some improvement.
2. Find a supportive community
We are likely to pick up words or habits from people we interact with. Try joining English learning communities and have conversations in English as often as possible.
3. Use technology
Apps, online dictionaries, thesaurus, or word games are there to help you brush up your English skill. Have fun with them!
4. Read the English edition of a familiar book
Start with something simple like bedtime stories, fables, or fairy tales that we know by heart. For example, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs or Pinocchio. We will eventually be familiar with the English version of the tales.
5. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes and don’t rush ourselves
“Malu kalau salah berbahasa Inggris.”
Don’t be shy and don’t be afraid to make mistakes, because that’s how we learn. Try to be open to correction and suggestion and think of mistakes as something we can fix, not something that should stop us. If you get overwhelmed, it’s okay to take a break and repeat what you’ve learned so far.