Most English learners will find that they reach a plateau at some point. This is where you can speak English well enough to communicate with others but you notice less improvement in your language skills than you did at the start. Many find they have reached a comfort zone where there is a danger of becoming demotivated as they can already get by using the English words, phrases and tenses with which they are comfortable.
If you want to progress in English, this can be the most difficult stage on your learning journey but it’s important to push past this. Here are some tips on how to stay motivated when learning English:
1. Picture yourself in the future
Imagine what you could do if you could speak English as fluently as your first language. Would you be able to get your dream job? Get promoted in your current work? Delve deeper into English-language culture? Whatever your motivation was to learn English in the first place, try to remember it throughout your language-learning journey.
2. Go on holiday
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Go on holiday somewhere where you don’t speak the language. If you’re living in an English-speaking country, you will be able to see how far you have come by going to a country where you hardly understand anything. You can then come back refreshed and motivated to keep going.
3. Get into an English-language TV series
There are a number of great TV shows in English that are addictive and will keep you coming back for more. You will also be motivated to improve in order to increase your understanding of the storyline.
4. Join a local club or try volunteering
Local clubs and societies are a great way to meet new people and can be great motivators to improve your English. Try to join a group or volunteer in something outside of your comfort zone. That way, you can improve your vocabulary and speak about subjects that would normally never come up in your everyday life. Meetup.com is a great way to find groups like this.
5. Challenge yourself
Set yourself a goal such as taking an official English exam. This will put pressure on you to improve before the date of the exam and will allow you to measure your success in a formal context.
6. Imitate your favourite celebrity
If your favourite celebrity is a native speaker of English, or if they have learned English as a second language, you can use their story as motivation to improve your own language skills.
7. Take a course
By taking an English language course, you are committing yourself to take the time to improve. It’s also the best learning environment as you will consistently learn new things and your mistakes will be corrected by the teacher.
8. Improve your relationships with native speakers
A great motivator to improve your language skills is to build on your relationships with your English-speaking friends and/or colleagues. Native speakers will sometimes subconsciously change they speak when speaking to non-native speakers (think of the way you communicate with people who are learners of your own language). Get to know people in a new light by improving your English to a stage where native-speakers will speak to you as they would other natives.
9. Remember there is still a lot to learn
Those with the ability to speak English at a native level generally have one thing in common – they never stop learning. Even if you are comfortable at the level you can communicate in, learning a language is a life-long process where there is always room for improvement.
10. Take action
By improving your English, you are opening doors to more opportunities in your career, social life and personal development. There is no better time than the present, so take the first steps towards improving your English today!
At inlingua Edinburgh, we offer evening and part-time General English and Exam Preparation courses to fit around your work and life here in Edinburgh. Lessons are led by qualified, native-speaking trainers in small groups to maximise speaking practice. We have classes to suit each level and there are no mixed-level groups.
Why wait? Take the first step towards improving your English and contact us now!
Did you know that most of the activities provided on our social programme are free for inlingua Edinburgh students?
Every week we provide a fun and varied social programme to ensure our students experience the best Edinburgh has to offer whilst practicing their English skills along the way! Some examples of our regular social programme include:
Learn about the art of distilling and sample some unique single malt Scotch whiskies with tastings led by the prestigious Scotch Malt Whisky Society.
Tours around Edinburgh
We regularly provide tours around Edinburgh’s city centre where students can find their bearings and become acquainted with this beautiful city. Other regular tours include visits to the Scottish Parliament and the Royal Botanical Gardens.
Live Music in-house
Traditional Scottish Ceilidh Dancing
This is one of the most fun aspects of Scottish culture so we make ceilidh dancing a regular part of our social programme. The dances are easy to learn and participants are guided through each step before the ceilidh really gets going!
Trips to Museums, Galleries and Gardens
In Edinburgh, we are lucky to be surrounded by an endless choice of museums and galleries featuring fascinating artefacts and works of art by some of the worlds’ most renowned painters and sculptors. Here students can learn more about the history and culture of Scotland whilst gaining fascinating insights from our knowledgeable guides.
Students can immerse themselves in Scottish culture and practice their language skills at our regular film nights. They take place at our language centre where students can sit back on a comfortable sofa with some popcorn to enjoy the film!
We regularly host games nights with a variety of games where students can really improve their English whilst socialising and having fun.
Every week students can join our regular pub night where students can relax and practice their English in an informal environment.
2018 is over and a new year has just started. Calendars are on their first page. 2018 was another crazy busy but exciting year.
We started new partnerships. We hired brilliant new teachers and staff members. And we welcomed amazing students from around the globe.Browsing through the photos and videos we have taken throughout the year, it is easy to remember the best moments of 2018. Here is a short clip with our best memories of 2018:
What a year it has been! We are VERY excited to see what’s 2019 will bring along.
We wanted to thank you all for your support and for being part of the family. We wish you all a fantastic new year and hope it will be as fun as 2018.
We think that the winter time is the perfect time to study English in Edinburgh. We are delighted to offer you a discount of 20% off tuition for any daytime English course taking place between the 5th November 2018 and 1st March 2019.
Don’t miss your chance to learn English with this fantastic English language course offer. You will be studying in the heart of the city on Edinburgh’s vibrant Shandwick Place which provides you with an amazing opportunity to study English in the capital whilst being part of the city’s world-famous culture.
Terms & conditions:
Offer valid on all our daytime English courses.
Courses must take place before the 1st of March 2019.
Students may continue their course after the end at which point the standard tuition rate will apply.
Discount can not be applied in conjunction with any other offer.
This offer is not available on the Erasmus+ programmes.
Offer valid for tuition only (not accommodation).
We cannot backdate any bookings already made for the above period.
Offer not valid on courses already booked.
Offer not valide on gouvernement sponsored courses
Improve your English in a relaxed yet professional atmosphere. Our school is located in the heart of Edinburgh with many museums, restaurants, cafés and attractions very close by. We organise weekly activities: walking tours with a professional guide, museums with a teacher, Scottish dancing nights, traditional pub nights and much more.
English is best learned in beautiful Scotland, where English is spoken as the native language. Whether learning vocabulary, seeking to better understand the grammar or improving pronunciation to idioms in everyday life – learn English abroad makes practice easier and makes learning fun.
Brush up your English skills before the summer by signing up to one of our intensive English courses. Enjoy the best Edinburgh has to offer in low season and practise your English in small groups of no more than 10 students!
We can arrange accommodation, airport transfers, courses and course materials so you can just relax and have fun!
Why in winter?
Christmas in Edinburgh is one of the highlights of the winter season, featuring a packed calendar of events, attractions and festive markets. The celebrations continue as Edinburgh’s Hogmanay shows the world how to party over three days with spectacular entertainment, incredible bands and amazing crowds from every corner of the globe.
What about the weather?
Generally speaking, the weather in Edinburgh is at its coldest in January and February, with the minimum mean temperature averaging roughly 1.5°C. It can be gusty at times and we do occasionally get snow which makes the city look even more magical – so have your camera at the ready!
During the winter months in Edinburgh, you will have not only the possibility to experience seasonal events but also the opportunity to re-discover the city from a new point of view. From the Christmas market to New Year’s day, Edinburgh has so many different things to do, you will surely find something you love…
Featuring exciting courses and new activities the new brochure 2019 will introduce you to YOUR language school. This brochure will also provide information about our school, our social programme, our packages and new prices. It is designed to assist in your application. The brochure is not just a detailed list of our service range, but also an insight into our school and why inlingua Edinburgh is the best option in Edinburgh to learn a new language. Your success is as important to us as it is to you.