Learning how to speak English fluently as an adult is difficult, especially if you don’t live in an English-speaking country. Your time is limited, and you need to use all your available opportunities. Here are some tips for improving your English if you don’t have much time for learning.
Change the language of your computer and mobile device
The more often you read or listen to English, the more you will improve. If you regularly use a computer or mobile device (tablet or smartphone) very often, change the system language from your native language to English. If you cannot change the language of your computer’s operating system, change the language of the software and browser that you use.
If you use a mobile device, you need to find out how you can change the language. It could be, for example:
Android: Settings > My device > Languages and input
iPhone: Settings > General > International > Language
Cook in English
Even the busiest people must eat. If you like to follow a recipe when you cook, try to follow a recipe in English. You can find lots of recipes in English at the following websites:
This website contains thousands of printable recipes, including lots of videos. You can also read comments in English from users. Make sure you use the English version of the website!
BBC Good Food
Lots of recipes and cooking tips in English from the BBC.
Another website with lots of recipes, menus and articles on food.
Listen to English music or radio
Most people have regular chores to do in the home, for example cleaning, washing dishes, cooking, painting etc. Instead of doing them in silence, why not play some English music or put on an English radio station? If you can access English radio via the Internet, you might want to try one of these sites:
Livestation brings together live news channels and radio stations from around the world, including many English-language channels like BBC World News, CNN, AlJazeera English, etc. It is free to try for a limited period of time, but you have to pay for continued access per month. However, it is not expensive and worth it if you are interested in current affairs and serious about improving your English.
Voice of America
VOA (Voice of America) offers free news coverage spoken in simple American English with a core vocabulary of 1500 words and an American bias.