How to start learning English for beginners? With the basic hello, goodbye, what time is it, or something else? Where you start is highly individual and depends a great deal on your motivation, age, subject and interests - as well as your favourite way to learn. Are you an eager reader or do you prefer more active tasks? How do you learn anything from scratch?
To go right back to the beginning, it all starts with a wish to learn. Motivation really will get you everywhere, and this applies especially strongly to language learning. A clear reason for why you are learning English will go a long way in keeping you motivated for the task, no matter your age or level.
As with any other subject or skill, what you put in is what you get out. There is no magic formula to suit everyone. Good places to start learning English for beginners are by finding a good English course, and doing exercises at home. If you can, being in an English speaking country is the very best way to fluency, as you are constantly surrounded by English and encouraged to learn constantly, however that may not be available for everyone. Perhaps you can do a short course in an English speaking country, and if so there are many online resources that can help you to start your studies so you can prepare a little before leaving home. These resources can also be a good support if there are particular things you want to learn, however they will never replace a dedicated English teacher and a group learning environment.
There is no such thing as “too young.” The younger we are, the more receptive we are to learning languages, and there is strong evidence that being bilingual has many positive effects on our mental development. According to the US national library of medicine, a multilingual environment has many benefits reaching far beyond language learning starting from very young children.
Why do you want to learn English? Motivation is truly key when it comes to learning a new skill. Learning a new language can be very challenging, so keeping clear goals in mind will really help you along the way. Are you interested in a particular subject or studying for a particular exam? Do you want to go to a specific school in the UK or US? What are your career goals? Write down some short term and long term goals you want to achieve - these will help you focus when you need some extra encouragement.
What are your interests? Do you love reading? If so, what is your favourite book? Start by finding a simplified beginner’s version in English and work with a dictionary. Love film or a particular tv series? Try watching it in English with subtitles in your own language, as well as in your language with English subtitles. You will forget you’re even learning.
Find the time. Set aside a little time every day which is dedicated to learning English, but keep it varied so that you stay interested; one day you may be listening to BBC radio, the next watching your favourite tv programme in English, then a simple conversation with a friend in English.