4 Methods to learn English for Free at Home

Here are 4 methods to learn English for Free.

1. The first book that I started reading, ‘voluntarily’ was called, ‘Chacha Chaudhary’ Comics in English. Just look at these colourful comic characters. Reading is so much fun. Thank God for Comics, otherwise, I would not have started reading at all! After Chacha Chaudhary, I picked up a couple of simple books that are easy to read. like Goosebumps, Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys. They use simple English, plus they are mystery novels. So you cannot put them down, because you want to know what happens in the end. This is a great way to learn English because this ensures that you do not put a full-stop to your reading journey. Now, if you don’t want to read books, then just pick up a newspaper and start reading it every day. Start with the headlines and then move on to read the entire article.

2. The second way to learn English is by listening and this is the best part. In my college, everybody started streaming F.R.I.E.N.D.S. And I started streaming it too because I wanted to feel included in the conversations. There was just one problem. I could not understand, what they were saying. But thanks to technology, we have subtitles. See, it just makes it easier. Now that you are listening, you are learning how to form sentences and you are learning their pronunciations as well. If you want to start streaming TV series, I would recommend the classics, which is F.R.I.E.N.D.S, How I Met Your Mother, Big Bang Theory. You can also stream movies with subtitles. I would recommend Finding Nemo, Wall-E, Shawshank Redemption Pursuit of Happyness, Harry Potter Series, Star Wars, Jungle Book! Basically, pick a movie that is a) Not boring and b) Is according to your current English Level. Don’t pick up Romeo and Juliet right away because that Shakespearian English is difficult to understand even for experts.

3. Writing is an excellent way to learn English. Here are a few things that you can do to begin writing. 1) After streaming those movies that we have just discussed go to Youtube, find that movie’s trailer and comment and tell them in 2-3 sentences how and why you have liked that movie or disliked it. 2) You use WhatsApp, right? So whenever you send a message, please use full sentences. For example, ‘Whr u?’ can be ‘Where are you?’ ‘Wknd Plans’ can be ‘What are your plans this weekend?’ ‘IDK. U tell me.’ can be ‘I don’t know yet. What about you?’

4. Now speaking in English is the scariest thing to do. But we have to do it. So here are 3 things that you can do to speak in English confidently. 1) While you are streaming those series, try repeating those dialogues in front of a mirror whenever you are alone. I used to repeat dialogues from F.R.I.E.N.D.S all the time. For example, ‘You had rambled on, for 18 pages’ 2. Hang out with people who do not have the same mother tongue as you. Because, if I hang out with my Punjabi friends, I will only speak in Punjabi. But if my group has someone from UP, Karnataka, Chennai then all of us have to speak in English. And that is how we will learn together. 3) Join a Public Speaking Club (Try Toastmasters) I know it is shit scared to speak in English first, forget ‘Public’ Speaking in English. But trust me, once you speak in English on a stage even if it’s in front of 4-8 people then you will get over your fear of speaking in English once and for all. And that’s all it takes to learn English. I did not join any Spoken English classes because I truly believe that nobody can teach you how to speak in English in 30 days. Only you can teach yourself how to speak in English by practising it every day.