How I'm Improving My English

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Well, I recently started to practice more frequently my English speaking and writing since I'm here in Hive, it something that I'm still improving and obviously I keep making a lot of mistakes, but I don't care haha that's why I keep practicing it.

If you don´t know, I studied English since I was 8 years old and I graduated at the age of 17. The truth is that I hate it a lot, I never wanted to study English, I was always mad or sleeping during the classes, cheating on the exams, and well... I really didn't like it to be short. After I graduated I barely knew English, couldn't speaking it well, even wrote a single line without a grammatical horror (I still have problems with that but I'm using Grammarly xD) but besides that, I was able to read and listen, that were the only things that I was using the English, to understand movies and read some funny things on the social media, anything more.

When I started to go to the university, I understand the importance of learning another language. Always was being easy for me to search for actual information or "not too old" because all the investigations and up-to-date info are published first in English and it takes a long time for they published the translations (and they not always do it). However, that's not a limit to study because they are a lot of books translated into Spanish (my native language) and people still can access other relevant information.

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But, why did I change my mind and decided to improve my English then?

After I see the benefits of knowing English, it started to interest me, it's hard to explain but there were many things that make me change my mind about English like it would let me do video calls while playing some videogames with my teammates, it was very cool to translate something for someone who doesn´t speak English, and other things like I said, hard to explain.

the thing is that I started investing some of my time in speaking and writing it better, and Hive has been part of it.

Writting and Speaking

As I said, since I'm in Hive I have been trying to practice more my English through my posts, not all of them of course, but I always try to write without the translator. The posts that are in bilingual with Spanish first, I undoubtfully use the translator haha, but on the bilingual post that the English it's first like this one I totally write it by myself, with my own knowledge about English and a little help from Grammarly. So I'm sorry for the mistakes haha.

The Speaking I practice it sometimes through the Discord communities, it has been hard to listen to people through voice chat but I still understand them, and they understand me despite my slooowly talking haha.

Listening to Music and Watching Netflix

This is another way how I train my ears and my pronunciation, I try to repeat the words that I know I don't say really well, I do this for the movies as much as for the music.

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This is really new for me because I didn't put so much attention to English as I do right now. Here on Hive are Hispanic people who speak English very well (they know who they are) and other English speakers that tolerate my English and says that it's really great and understandable, I appreciate that. For you who are reading me, keep in mind that my English speaking it's not the same that my writing haha, my speaking is much worse, and here I don't think you don't note it because like I said, I'm using Grammarly lol.

Other Methods

Well, I really don't know any other methods to keep improving English but if you do, you can share it in the comments, it could be an app, exercise, I don't know, that's why you have to tell me, right? haha.


Thanks for reading!


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Like you I didn't like to study english either, I thought it was going to be just one summer, not years, I started at 8 and ended at 12, I'm a spanish speaker native too. What helped me a lot were the chats in english and songs, I listened to music while reading the lyrics and it helped me a lot with the pronunciation and spelling.

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yeah, when we were kids, we didn't know what we were into xD.

I always listen to rap music but a couple of months ago I started to change the genre a little and try to "sing" the lyrics haha the same as I do with movies (without singing). Chatting on discord helps a lot too, I like it but I'm still trying to defend myself on voice chats haha.

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I'm all in on watching Netflix.

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Nice, something you recommend to watch? I liked a lot The queen's gambit.

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I have never studied English (and it shows haha) in school we never past the colors. What I'm doing now to practice is write the posts in English and then translate to Spanish, if it makes sense then my mistakes weren't awful.

Sometimes I also write in the text box of gmail, like sending an e-mail, I do this because that's not a translator, that's a writing helper for business so it's awesome to correct not just the spelling but the grammar.

Hope this tricks help you too :D

PD: I'm horrible with past tense and the "s" for third person, I know how to use it but I always, and I mean always, forget them while writing.

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Hey i didn't know that!! I will try that text box today. I knew there were more tips to learn English haha

All we just need it's a talking buddy to correct us every time I think.

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I can only say one thing.
Read read read, should be the most efficient way to improve your language skills.

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Believe me, I read a lot! haha many good articles about innovation in vet medicine are only in English, so I constantly on it.

Thanks mate.

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