How can a developer learn English effectively?

We have launched a course "English for developers", which helps you to prepare for a job in an international company. Communicating with developers, we have prepared 7 tips that will help you get together and finally learn English to the desired level in the most accessible and convenient ways.

1. Find a goal you believe in. This step is really worth starting with. Formulate in 1 sentence what learning a language will give you, and return to this idea when you want to give up everything.

The goal can't be related to the language (pass an exam or watch movies without translation) — if you were inspired by English, you would have already learned it. If you are a workaholic, then the goal may be to work for an international company, and if not, then this will not work. Try to motivate yourself by providing a higher and more stable income on a freelance basis, by working with foreign customers, or by moving to a warm and quiet city on the sea.

2. Perform a knowledge audit. You probably once learned the language — to begin with, try to collect all that you remember. Take a few free tests, check your language stock — this will not bring you any knowledge, but will help you get into the process of learning the language.

Each language platform offers free tests — choose any of them. We recommend a test from Cambridge Assessment or from the British Council and a vocabulary check on the site but we are sure that Google will throw you a lot of options.

3. Start to exercise on a daily basis. Let it be 5-10 minutes, the main thing here is regularity. For a start, it doesn't matter what your classes will be: language simulators and short auditions are the best options for starting.

The leader among gaming language simulators, Duolingo. It is convenient to use in transport or over a Cup of tea. The main thing is not to play too much and not to forget that the increase in vocabulary does not equal the ability to use the language. High-quality and short auditions are posted in the public domain, for example, to prepare for IELTS, and to improve language perception and pronunciation, the British Council has a whole series of lessons.

4. Switch your daily routine to English. The menu of all gadgets and sites, social networks, Navigation systems, in general — everything that can be switched to English, you need to switch. Try to read professional, sports, and political news in English. The same goes for music, movies, and TV shows. Only the first few weeks will be inconvenient.

If you don't understand the meaning of a movie or TV series in English or lose interest in watching it, don't include Russian subtitles. The brain will read in a familiar language, and your English will not get better. Try English subtitles — written speech is clearer than spoken. If it doesn't work yet, watch short TED talks on familiar topics.

5. Start communicating with native speakers. If you do not have one, you can try to find someone to talk to in social networks or on our platform, or to study with a native teacher for a fee. There are quite a lot of services for finding competent native teachers , but the leader is probably Italki.

Remember that this is just another experience of learning a language that expands your horizons, vocabulary, and helps you set your pronunciation, but often even paid native speakers do not develop methods for the students ' goals. That will help you, but with the general level of the language, no more.

6. Make a bot. You are developers, so stupid cards with words all over the apartment are not for you. Let the bot help you train words that you have learned in the process of learning.

One of our students wrote such a bot for their children to train simple vocabulary and irregular verbs (we recommend adding them to you ), and when he started our course, he started adding new words for himself.

7. Find your program. If you have grown fond of English during your independent study and feel that you are ready to invest more money and time in learning it, it makes sense to prepare for the language exam. For example, IELTS is sure to be useful for those who want to find a job in England or apply for the position of a Team lead. If you have a specific professional-focused goal: for instance, to pass an interview to an international company or have an IT conference speech in English, probably it makes sense to apply for an IT-focused course, like “English for developers” on Polygled. 

It doesn't matter whether it is a course or a tutor on the recommendation, online or offline training — the main thing is that the program meets your level and needs, and classes are conducted by experienced teachers who use modern techniques and live language.

Julia Shirina, Methodist of the course "English for developers" Polygled

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