What to Do When You Suddenly Realize You Aren’t Making Any Big Progress When After Moving to Intermediate Level
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Hi, after a short time break I am finally back. I had to recover my strength so I can write new posts. Now I want to tell you about something that happened to me and may also happen to you as well!
Learning English is great, but when you reach an Intermediate level, you may realize that you are not having such progress you had when you were at an Elementary level. You tend to learn fewer words or that you cannot figure out what to do next. This is CRISIS. Do I have everybody’s attention now? You may ask yourself this question – “Why I can’t learn…?”
Do not worry! It’s pretty simple and it happens to almost every language learner. When you become Intermediate or Upper-Intermediate level student, you may not see a big progress because you have already learnt almost 70% of that daily active language.
However, when you are Beginner level student, you will have loads of things that you got to learn such as new words, grammatical rules and etc. Therefore, you give more efforts to them.
Right now, I will introduce you some techniques that will make you learn the language and increase your knowledge even if you are an Intermediate or Upper-Intermediate level student. Here we go!
- I feel like I am not progressing anymore!
1. Learn synonyms and phrasal verbs
At the beginning of your journey to English world, the words you learn are pretty simple. However, there are more than million words in English (not counting slangs and phrasal verbs).
By learning synonyms and phrasal verbs, you will be able to express yourself in another way so that the language will become interesting for you.
Let’s take the word ‘increase’, for instance. There are many synonyms for this word such as ‘expand’, ‘extend’, ‘intensify’ and etc.
2. Find new uses for grammar
If you are used to reading a lot (e.g. fictions, articles), you may already know that the grammar and the sentence structures which writers use are quite different.
They are sophisticated and a bit difficult to figure out why they were used. However, these structures are more academic and they sound more professional. Read more books so that you learn a more sophisticated level of vocabulary, grammar and sentence structures without making any extra efforts.
3. Keep a learning diary
Now, I will tell you the changes you will have to make in your general life. It may seem to you as an absurdity, but it is helpful. You have to write a language-learning diary where you will write your progress results and difficulties.
By using such strategy, you will realize what you need to improve. To put it in the other way, the problems will be solved itself. In that diary, you also have to set short-term and long-term goals for improving your English. But make sure they are realistic!
4. Periodically test your knowledge
Check to what extent you have achieved your goals. (E.g. new vocabulary, grammar rules, idiomatic expressions and etc.) If you do not do it, you will not see the progress. If you don’t see any progress, you will feel demotivated. You can find tests or exercises anywhere.
5. Build network of friends
Find new friends (e.g. teachers, students, foreign students and etc.) You have to communicate a lot to learn the language. I can suggest you a good friend and one of the founders of this blog and the Language Centre Direct English, Akmal Akbarov
If you are daily Facebook user, there’s a good App called Speak-in which helps you find native speakers to help you improve your English.
All in all, do not lose your concentration and hope. I believe that everybody can overcome this crisis.