10 great habits for English learners

There are certain English learning habits or practices you can develop that will make you a more effective and efficient English learner. In this English Learning Tips article, I’ll tell you about 10 important things you can do to become better, stronger, and faster as an English learner.

Have you heard of the 80/20 rule? If not, it says that 80 percent of your success comes from 20 percent of your effort. In other words, if you get a few important things right (the 20%) they will bring 80% of your results. This definitely applies to learning English.

All of these English learning habits require that you put in some time and energy before you see the payoff. That’s true for just about any useful skill that you want to learn.

For example , think about typing or keyboard skills. Touch typing is much faster than hunting and pecking with two fingers. But learning to type is hard in the beginning, and can be frustrating. You want to just go back to your old and inefficient way of typing with two fingers and looking at the keyboard. But if you stick with it and force yourself to learn proper technique, you will be typing much faster and easier for the rest of your life.

Case in point: my mom forced (well, at least strongly encouraged) me to take typing class in high school, and I hated it at the time. But now I’m super thankful that she made me do it because it saves me so much time.

Here are 10 habits or practices that fall into that same category for English learning. They are all things that seem boring or difficult or scary in the beginning. But that’s just in the short-term. In the long-term, in the grand scheme of things, the payoff is huge. If you do even a few of these things, you will be setting yourself up for much faster progress with your English learning, you’ll be getting much more bang for your English learning buck. …

Why 2020 is the best time to try italki for learning English

If you want to practice your spoken English with a native speaker or near-native speaker teacher, there has never been a better time to try online English lessons than right now in 2020. The dark cloud of the pandemic has a massive silver lining for English learners: there are far more English teachers and tutors available on online language learning sites than ever before.

There are many such sites, but italki in my opinion offers the best value and a great user experience (I use it myself). The law of supply and demand has brought lesson prices to an all-time low, too. For example, right now on italki there are teachers offering demo lessons for as low 89 cents (!). And there are many English teachers and tutors offering regular lessons for 4 to 10 dollars per hour.

Full disclosure: I am a proud italki affiliate and if you sign up for italki via my links, I make a small commission but you don’t pay anything extra — in fact, you get 10 USD worth of credit when you book your first lesson. I only recommend italki because I use it myself and think it’s awesome.
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Is italki right for you?

How do you know if you will benefit from taking conversation lessons on italki? Will you just be wasting your money? Here are some learner types who I think can really benefit.

Strong listening and reading, but weak speaking and writing

One type of learner who will make great progress is someone with strong listening and reading but very weak speaking or writing skills. So if you feel that your listening and reading are quite good but you still have a lot of trouble speaking and writing, then you can dramatically improve these skills with just a few lessons on italki.

Here is why: if you strong reading and listening skills, then you have a lot of English knowledge already. You just need to …

What does keep on trucking mean in English?

Keep on trucking – English expression

First of all, if you found this page by searching for keep on tracking, chances are that you misheard. Keep on tracking isn’t really an expression in English. You’re probably looking for the meaning of keep on trucking. If so, read on!

Keep on trucking means to continue or persist doing something — usually something boring, uninteresting, or tedious. You can say it about yourself, to show that you plan to persist with the task. But Keep on trucking is often said to encourage someone else who is doing a boring or unpleasant task. Here are a couple of examples:

Example 1. About yourself

Speaker one: How is the Henderson report coming along, John?
Speaker two: I’m making progress. It’s a massive job, but I just keep on trucking. I should be done in time.
Speaker one: Hang in there!

Example 2 — Encouraging someone else

Speaker one: How is the Henderson report coming along, John?
Speaker two: I’m making progress, but it’s a massive job. I hope I’ll be done in time.
Speaker one: Well, I’m impressed with what you’ve shown me so far. Just keep on trucking and I’m sure you’ll make it.

If those examples really don’t fit your context, and you think you heard keep on tracking after all, then it is possible that someone is creating their own playful English expression with the verb to track. For example, I found an article titled keep on tracking about a the remote water quality monitoring system being used by a water company. In the time of the coronavirus and discussions about contact tracking and tracing, it’s possible that more users of English are using this phrase in a similar way.

It’s also possible that a user of English is having fun playing with the phrasal verb to keep track (of something).

In any case, I want to congratulate you, learner of English, for taking the time to look up the meaning of a phrase that you weren’t sure about. I hope you found this explanation helpful!