Many of you will have heard of people who have a high level of English without having attended any kind of academy. Whether it’s listening to English songs, watching subtitled movies, reading books or any other resource that doesn’t require a specific amount or regulation. You can learn English on your own but it requires perseverance and seriousness, much more than with other methods. It is important to be very clear because we can drag a bad tendency to think that we are studying English when we simply waste time maintaining a level far below what we believe.
The first fundamental step is that every day we must have a serious rapprochement with English. We can’t think that by watching a chapter of a series in English subtitled or a film we are already improving. Many translations are interpretations of what is said, and our attention will oscillate between what we see and what we think to make the English-Spanish conversion. On the other hand the songs usually use phrases that sound strange to us so that they fit in the rhythm and with the rest of the lyrics. The lower our level of English the more formal the study should be. There is no shame in picking up old books from when we were studying at school, and having the dictionary at hand is absolutely obligatory.
On the other hand we must take advantage of the enormous advantage of the Internet, as there are level tests of all kinds. If we have specific hobbies we can also opt first to read websites in English, the majority language of the network, and eventually encourage us to write very informally. A complicated part is improving pronunciation, where we can choose to practice and learn English in the bars of our city.
As you can see, we will only have to dedicate something more real interest to make it really effective. It is better not to set a specific number of hours or fixed, but take into account the free time we have and use them to improve the parts where we go weaker. In short, it is to turn our environment into an environment where English has a much greater weight.