There are many ways to practice your English skills; talking to your friends, reading the news in English, listening to English songs, and of course, watching English TV shows and movies. However, lots of people miss a few simple tricks that can make a huge difference to your language acquisition.
- Minimize your contact with your native language—as far as possible, make your brain only operate in English, this will increase your retention.
- Watch live action, not animation. While animation is great, and I know many people who have learned English entirely from the Simpsons, watching real lip movements helps your brain process the shapes and sounds that go with them.
- Put up English subtitles—reading will help you follow the plot but also help connect the sounds with the words, improving your fluency and accuracy.
- Watch TV shows that aren’t heavily plotted but have a lot of dialogue. Comedies are usually best for this if you enjoy that sort of show. Because you’ll get used to the accents, unlike in a movie where you don’t have time to do so, your ears will start hearing the natural speech rhythms that help you sound like a native speaker.
- Watch things you are familiar with—if you already know the plot, you’ll be able to spend more mental energy on the language.