7 / 10 small thing

Have a dictionary on hand

Pick up a pocket dictionary and carry it with you at all times. So, if you have a spare moment, you can have a flick through or, if you’re desperate to know what a certain word or phrase means in your target language, you can quickly look it up and add it to your new-found dialogue.

6 / 10 small thing

Listen to some music

If you’re a music fan, weaving songs in English into your daily routine can be hugely beneficial as well as fun. Most songs are written in a casual manner, giving you an insight into colloquial language. Plus, they are great tools for getting to grips with grammar and pronunciation, and they’re easier to memorise than dry blocks of text.

5 / 10 small thing

Translate your shopping list

Talking of supermarkets, writing out your shopping list or your to-do list in English is another great technique to incorporate into the language learning process. Practicing writing things out gets you used to the spelling and formation of words and, if you don’t know the word for something you need, you can look it up and add a new word to your ever-expanding vocabulary!

4 / 10 small thing

Flash cards and post-its

When I was learning to English, I stuck post-it notes with the names of objects all around the house to familiarise myself with how words look and to encourage myself to learn more vocabulary. This is a great thing to do when learning a language, too. Of course, this method only really works for tangible objects – you can’t put a post-it on an abstract notion – but it is an effective revision technique as you will be looking at and using these objects on a daily basis.