How to learn fluent English on your own at home (5 step study plan)

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2021-01-14・ 29112

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Hello everyone and welcome back  to English With Lucy. Today,  
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we're going to talk about whether you can learn  English at home on your own. I think you can,  
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and I'm going to give you some tips and  recommendations. It's a pretty weird time,  
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isn't it? A lot of us are suddenly having  to spend a lot of time on our own at home,  
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but this does not mean that we have to put a  pause on what we want to achieve, like learning  
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a language. It is possible to continue learning a  language on your own at home, and I'm not going to  
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talk about all of the tried and tested methods  like watching TV shows, movies with subtitles,  
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listening to the radio. I've mentioned all of  that before. These are new tips that are more  
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relevant than ever before. Let's get straight into  it. The first one is free conversation classes.  
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If you want to learn to speak a language, you are  going to have to practise conversing. I reached  
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out to some of my students that I consider  to be very, very successful, and I asked them  
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what they are doing during lockdown. The one  activity that came up time and time again,  
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was online conversation classes. I thought that  was really interesting because I expected that  
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they were paying for them, but it turns out that a  lot of them are doing it for free. This surprised  
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me. I didn't think that there would be people  running online classes for free, but there are,  
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and you can find them, and you can use them  to improve your language skills on your own.  
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There are lots of non-profit, online communities  offering Zoom conversation lessons. There are  
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lots of teachers that offer these group sessions  to advertise their private sessions as well.  
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Through the other tips, I'm going to  provide links in the description box,  
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but I'm not for this one because I don't  want to overwhelm a small group, basically.  
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I will leave it to you to search websites like  Meetup.com and Facebook and other language forums  
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to find these Zoom groups. Sometimes they're run  by teachers and sometimes they're run by students,  
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learners of English, who want to meet other  like-minded students and practise together.  
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Most importantly, if you can't find one of these  groups or you can't find one that suits you,  
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why not try hosting one? I'm sure if you post  in language forums or underneath YouTube videos,  
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you will be able to find a group of like-minded  people who also want to practise conversation  
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with you. You might think, well, that's great,  but how do I access proper feedback if nobody  
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there is a professional teacher? Well, that  brings me on to point number two, which comes  
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thanks to the sponsor of today's video, Busuu. When I was speaking to my students about learning  
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from home on their own, there were two key  problems that came up again and again and again.  
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Motivation and access to feedback. That's where  the Busuu comes in. They have a solution for both  
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of these problems. If you haven't heard of Busuu  before, it's a global language learning community  
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on both desktop and mobile, which I  know is very important to some of you.  
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They have loads of language courses that  you can take to practise your speaking,  
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listening, reading, and writing in English, and  many other languages like Spanish and Japanese.  
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On this platform, you can connect with speakers  of the language that you are learning and receive  
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feedback. Feedback is like gold dust when  you're learning a language. It is so valuable,  
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but it's often very hard to find, especially  if you are learning a very popular language.  
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They also have this amazing study plan tool,  which is going to help you stay motivated.  
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It breaks the language down and reminds you  when and what to study, allowing you to set  
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realistic goals. When I start focusing on learning  a language, I get overwhelmed. I don't know where  
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to start. This breaks it down for you. To sign  up to pursue and explore what they have to offer,  
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click on the link in the description box. You  can sign up for free, or you can choose to get  
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a premium account, which has loads of additional  features. They are offering my students an  
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extra 30% discount on all memberships.  Use my code, Lucy30 to take advantage  
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of that offer. Let's move on to number three,  accountability partners or accountability buddies.  
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This one depends on your personality and whether  you like working under pressure or not. I know  
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that I work best under pressure, so this tip  is one that I've used a lot in the past.  
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When people embark on a difficult challenge,  like losing weight or running a marathon,  
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they often find it easier to do it with someone,  somebody that's going to act as an extra push of  
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motivation, because sometimes if you don't feel  like doing something, but you see someone that  
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you're close to doing that thing, it pushes  you and it persuades you to do what you don't  
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necessarily want to do. This applies to me. If  I see my fiance Will, doing lots of exercise  
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and going to the gym, I feel far more inclined to  join him. You can do this with language learning  
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too. You can find an accountability partner. I  bet there's a nicer name for it. English buddy,  
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or something like that, or a motivation mate.  Somebody that you can be in touch with, you can  
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check in when you've done your study session, you  can share something new that you've learned.  
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You can compare techniques. This can all be  done over WhatsApp or text message or email,  
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but forming a friendship with someone and being  in the same situation, offering those kind words,  
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when you need to, offering those motivational  words, when they need them. I had this when I was  
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learning Spanish at school with my friend Tasman.  She was amazing. We always spoke to each other on  
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WhatsApp in Spanish, and when I heard that she had  joined a new conversation class or something like  
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that, I felt really motivated. There was a little  element of competition as well. It's whatever you  
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like. Maybe you don't like competition. Maybe you  do. Maybe you just want someone to say nice words.  
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Maybe you want somebody to tell you off. I don't  necessarily recommend that, but everybody learns  
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in different ways. Number four, listen to specific  podcasts. I've mentioned podcasts before.  
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I've got lots that I recommend. I absolutely love  podcasts because you can multitask. I love running  
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and listening to something educational, whilst I'm  doing exercise, seems like an excellent use of my  
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time. If you want to improve your listening and  pronunciation, the most amazing way to do it is to  
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listen to a podcast whilst reading the transcript  at the same time. I always recommend that with  
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audio books, but I'm focusing on podcasts today.  What I'm talking about is something that I think  
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all podcasters should do, adding transcripts to  your podcasts. It's great for language learning.  
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It's also so important for accessibility. If  you're hard of hearing, you're missing out  
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on a lot if there aren't transcriptions provided.  There is a fantastic website that I've found that  
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nearly solves this problem. I think many of you  will find it very, very useful, indeed. If there  
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is a podcast that you like, one of the popular  podcasts that does not provide transcriptions,  
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there is a website called Podscribe. I'll put all the links in the description box,  
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but basically because there is a cost  associated with generating transcriptions,  
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this website offers you the opportunity to  pay for a transcription to be generated.  
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It's often between five and $7 per hour-long  episode. Once you have made that donation,  
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those transcriptions are then there, available  for everyone. So, it's a real community thing. If  
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500 people just made that one donation, then there  are podcast transcriptions for 500 episodes out  
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there. I really recommend taking a look. Lots  of transcriptions have already been donated and  
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you can also donate some other ones, so you're  not only helping yourself. You're helping other  
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people as well. Not just people that are learning  languages, people that have a disability as well.  
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What a fantastic idea. There are such marvellous  people on the planet. There really are. The  
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last one, number five is imitation, a  topic I've spoken about a lot before.  
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It's what I did when I was learning  Spanish. It really helped me achieve natural  
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fluid pronunciation. It's no secret that I  used to live in Spain, and when I conversed  
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with my Spanish friends, I looked at their  mouths, which sounds weird, but it's not.  
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Instead of making eye contact, I  would make eye to mouth contact,  
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and I would look at their lips and their lip  position and their mouth shape. I'd look at where  
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they put their tongues in their mouth and how  their teeth were in comparison to their tongues.  
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I probably made them feel a bit uncomfortable. So,  that is one of the beauties of studying at home  
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on your own. You can do  this without embarrassment.  
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All you need is a mirror and a smart device. Take  a video of somebody speaking slowly and clearly.  
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If you really like the way somebody  speaks, but they speak quite quickly,  
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play around with slowing them down. You can do this on YouTube. Sometimes  
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it doesn't work so well. Make sure it's a  video where you can clearly see their mouth.  
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Hold the video up to your face. Play the video.  Hold the mirror up to your face. Recreate  
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the mouth movements and the intonation and  the tongue position. If there is a sound that  
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you just can't grasp, this technique will really,  really help you. When people try to improve their  
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public speaking, whether they're learning a new  language or doing it in their own native language,  
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it is often recommended that they practise in  front of a mirror. This is very much the same.  
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It's about getting more comfortable. Right? That's  it for today's lesson. I really hope you enjoyed  
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it and I really hope you can take some of these  tips and put them into practise. A big thank you  
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once again, to the sponsor of today's video,  Busuu. Remember that you can sign up for free  
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or you can get to one of their premium memberships  and you can claim 30% off with my code Lucy30.  
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The link is in the description box. Don't forget  to connect with me on all of my social media. I've  
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got my Facebook, my Instagram, and my website,  Englishwithlucy.co.uk. There you can access my  
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mailing list and previous lessons and PDFs as  well. I'll see you soon for another lesson.
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