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How can I understand native English speakers

In the previous post, I shared one tip that will help you to better understand native English speakers.

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In this post I’ll share another tip that is so cliché but still needs to be reiterated.

Understand native English speakers by expanding your vocabulary

How many times have you heard this before? In order to understand a language, you have to know the vocabulary used in the language.

You start with its relativity to your language and eventually move up to understanding the language on its own. In the beginning stages, you will have to translate A LOT just to get an understanding of the new language but as you advance, you want to make the new vocabulary a part of your active vocabulary.

So how do you expand your vocabulary?

Read books

Books are my go-to way of expanding your English vocabulary. You can never read too much. Trust me on that. Read anything you can get your hands on. The genre really doesn’t matter. As long as it’s something you find interesting, read it. When you are done reading that book, read another one.

If you want to understand native English speakers, read.

You can read physical or electronic books. It really doesn’t matter. That comes down to preference. But some of my favorite books are:

Read blogs

Ah. Blogs. Oh, look! You’re reading one now. Ha-ha! Seriously though. Blogs are another great way of exposing yourself to different English vocabulary. You can read English blogs or you can read general blogs. It doesn’t matter as long as there are in English.

I like blogs such as:

Fluent U Blog
EF Blog
English Class 101 Blog
The Dear Green Place

Read magazines

Reading magazines can be a great way to expand your English vocabulary. You can read a magazine to pass the time as you wait in a doctor’s office, or at the hairdresser’s, or just wherever it’s available really.

I don’t read a lot of magazines these days but I used to like the Oprah Winery magazine. It’s good for anyone from elementary to advanced level. I’ll try to find some magazines that I think are worth the read and will write about them in future posts.

Listen to native speakers

This one is pretty obvious. if you want to learn to speak English, you need to be listening to the English that native speakers are speaking. Simple enough, right?

You can listen to your English speaking colleagues at work or just ask them if you can join the conversation. It’s great for boosting your confidence, speaking and listening. A triple kill, all while improving your vocabulary.

Watch movies

In English of course. So much of my vocabulary has been the result of my exposure to them in different movies.

You can use subtitles if you struggle with listening but I personally would recommend that you use English subtitles when you must.

Bear in mind though, that if you are using subtitles, the main skill being used is your reading skill and listening takes a secondary place.

This is, however, a good way to learn new English vocabulary.


Have a vocabulary book of sorts that you can write down new words. You’ll most likely forget most of the new words you are exposed to. Writing them down, helps you to retain more.

When you hear a new word, write it down, learn the meaning and practice making sentences with it. The simple fact is that if you don’t use the word, your brain will discard it as irrelevant and you will forget it.

Drop me a comment if you found these tips useful and be sure to let me know what other questions you have. What do you struggle with? How can I help you?

Be sure to check out our other content for more useful tips to improve your English. Good luck


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