Time flies, rushes and runs away. How many words denote the transience of time! And, unfortunately, we cannot catch up with the rapidly ticking clock. What if you want to learn English, but your day is planned minutely and you cannot allocate extra half an hour? Today we decided to share with you useful exercises, thanks to which you can you can get a definite result even in a short time.
Let us start with grammar exercises. Of course, 10 minutes a day to learn the grammar of English is not enough, but this time is enough to consolidate knowledge or refresh it in the head. How to spend it profitably?
- Perform tests on grammar
Tests will help you understand which topics you have already mastered well and which need to be fixed. Many websites collect tests for students of all levels, from Elementary to Proficiency. You can also pass the training tests, which will help prepare for the exams in English. The time required: 5-10 minutes.
- Perform small exercises
You can also find many websites with exercises that will help you consolidate the acquired knowledge or to repeat any topic: tenses, articles, degrees of comparison of adjectives, etc. The huge advantage of online exercises is that your knowledge is immediately checked: you do not need to independently look for errors and doubt the correctness of your answers. The time required: 2 minutes per exercise.
Exercises to Increase Vocabulary
In order to learn a few new words and expressions, the time outlined by us is quite enough. Let us see what exercises are the most effective:
- Learn new words
Expand your vocabulary gradually. Learn 5-10 new words a day, repeat the words you learned yesterday. Write examples with new and old words, practice using them in speech. The time required: 7-8 minutes.
- Choose synonyms
Choose 2-3 synonyms for one word. If you just started learning English, first, think up synonyms in your native tongue, then translate them into English. If you have already reached certain heights, choose them at once in English. The time required: 5 minutes.
- Choose antonyms
You can pick up 2-3 antonyms to one word or come up with several pairs of antonyms. As in the exercise with synonyms, you can select antonyms first in your native tongue, and then translate them (for beginners), or immediately invent them in English (for those who speak English at an average level and higher). The time required: 5 minutes.
Attention! Perhaps, you will find that exercises with antonyms and synonyms are similar and take just 10 minutes, so they can be performed together. But this is not true. Their uniformity and similarity will prevent you: synonyms and antonyms will be messed up and turn into "porridge" of words.
- Learn phrasal verbs and idioms
Idioms and phrasal verbs are, perhaps, the most difficult vocabulary to learn. Once you choose the wrong preposition, and the phrase verb radically changes the meaning. With idioms, too, not everything is good: the meaning of the expression may not coincide with what is being said. In addition, often phrasal verbs and idioms are many-valued, and this introduces even more confusion.
But you need to study them, because both are very often used in colloquial speech. If we take as a rule to teach 1-2 idioms or a pair of verbs per day, then there will be no difficulties. See necessarily, in which cases these words and phrases are used, use them in speech, make up your own examples. The time required: 5-7 minutes.
- Learn phrases
Learn set expressions. Take the word you often met in texts or in conversations, and see what other words it can be used with. In many cases, there is only one variant of the combination, any other will be considered a mistake. If you know already ready-made phrases, then you will speak much faster than if you learn many single words. On englishclub.com, you will find phrases with the most common verbs. The time required: 5-7 minutes.
- Solve crossword puzzles
The use of crossword puzzles is that you not only learn new words, but also practice writing them. Be persistent in the search questions and you will find a huge number of crosswords of different levels of complexity on a wide variety of topics. The time required: 5-10 minutes.
- Use visual dictionaries
The advantage of visual dictionaries is that you immediately bind the studied word to the picture, so words are easily remembered. You just need to choose the right topic. There are simple dictionaries with the common vocabulary.
There are dictionaries with a detailed description of each subject or phenomenon. Such dictionaries are suitable for those who already know English well and want to expand their knowledge on a certain topic. The time required: 5-10 minutes.
Read tongue twisters and nursery rhymes. They will teach you how to pronounce sounds correctly and help you get the right intonation. There are many websites with nursery rhymes.
Why do we talk about this specific rhymes? Because they are small and easy to remember. The time required: tongue twisters – 3-5 minutes, rhymes – 5-7 minutes.
We will continue to consider the various exercises in the next part of the article.