Have you ever thought that you’re stuck no matter how hard you work to improve your English? This is what is called the intermediate plateau.
In a nutshell, you hit this plateau when you reach a level where you could barely notice your progression. Because when you start learning a new language you feel it when you learn new things. The reason is that everything’s new to you and you could measure how much you learn.
But when you reach that plateau you either give up or continue to work on improving your skills to reach the advanced level.
Don’t give up 😀
In this article there are some helpful tips that will help you to get off it so start right away!
1. Keep listening 👂
Try to listen to English as much as you can. Find materials that you could understand 80% of them. I also recommend trying to listen to what native speakers listen to. Luckily there are tons of podcasts to choose from. (Recommendations: Apple – Acast – Stitcher)
2. Read everyday 📚
I recommend reading only two pages everyday (if you are not into reading) but if you’re a good reader read a full chapter everyday. I think that the best way to read everyday is to read using Scribd (paid) or NYT (free)
3. Watch TV series or YouTube videos 🎥
Watch TV series with or without subtitles and try to forget about learning English when you do so! Because you’re going to acquire and pick up linguistic skills subconsciously. Enjoy what you watch and just make it a habit!
4. Record your voice/ a video🎤
Try to record your voice when you have the time. It’s ok to do it once a week. And most importantly try to listen to yourself speaking. This way you’ll be able to practice.
5. Forget about grammar 📖
Yes grammar is important and vital in order to speak correct English. But don’t just think about it all the time. The best thing to do here is to understand the rules and make sentences! Yes don’t study boring rules. Just read out the sentences that you make a lot, and you’ll acquire the rules again SUBCONSCIOUSLY.
As long as you keep going, you’ll keep getting better. And as you get better, you gain more confidence. That alone is success. ~Tamara Taylor
All the best 😉