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My Top Ten Tips for Improving Your English

Updated: Nov 24

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Reading a newspaper regularly helps improve your English

Introduction - Ten tips for improving your English.

In this article I'll give you my Top Ten Tips for improving your English. Let's start with Number 10, then work our way up (or down) to Number 1.


Immersion - the best way is by living in an English-speaking country but if that is not possible, surround yourself with as much English as you can. Do not spend all your time talking in your first language with your friends; get out and soak up the written and spoken language all around you.


Do not be afraid to make mistakes. Be confident.

People can only correct your mistakes when they hear you make them. It's how we learn - from making mistakes.


Find a friendly English-speaking foreigner to chat with. See also Tip No.1.


Get a good grammar textbook and a dictionary and refer to them often.


Find a good source of online quizzes - with answers.

This one is very good:


Avoid English language sites run by non-native English speakers.

Often the resources used are not totally correct.


Read well written English books or newspapers, even online news stories.


Listen to podcasts in English. Some have transcripts so you can read along as you listen.

At this site, you will find a range of interesting programs as podcasts. Most ABC radio presenters speak clearly and use good grammar. You will also experience different speakers of English - totally different to listening to English textbook conversations. Listen and learn from their pronunciation.

Or listen to songs sung in English and read the lyrics (found online) as you listen.


Get a notebook – or several - to write down new words and phrases, idioms etc. in an organized manner to build your vocabulary. But do not try to learn every word you discover, just the essentials for your everyday life. Learn one or two new words or phrases every day. After a year, you will have learned nearly a thousand.

And my number 1 tip for improving your English is to get My ‘Simply Better’ Method: Module A - an easy and effective way to improve your English with REAL practice – only from my Home Page. Recently updated with AI generated content to practice with, it's the Module to get you started on your journey to better English.

Practice Tip Number 8 with what you learn in this amazing Module.


I hope you have benefited from these tips for improving your English.

Finally, if you enjoyed this article, please share it on your socials with your friends. It's easy: just copy the URL and post.

(c) Apex English Tutoring Dec 2020 - Updated Nov 2023

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About the Author

Michael Finemore, MA (Research) CQU, TEFL/TESOL Certificate, an experienced English Teacher, is the Owner-Operator of Apex English Tutoring.

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