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Omar Omar | 10:45 UK time, Monday, 3 September 2012

Hello everybody!
my name is Omar, I'm from Italy, and I'm very grateful to BBClearning English for giving me the opportunity to practice my English hosting me as a student blogger for this month.
That's a picture of me, in my wedding day!


Wedding day


Coming back to the scope of this blog, I think that having a blog in English could really be a good way for an English student to improve his writing skills.
Actually, during the last years I tried a lot of different ways to enhance my knowledge of English without spending a lot of money, and I'm going to show you some of them, I hope they could be useful, and I also hope that you can share with me and other students other funny ways to learn the language:


1) A Song a day
Someone told me that it's easier to learn and remember new words if you memorise them while learning a song. So I decided to learn one song a day. The experiment lasted about three months, and it worked quite well. Also now, I can sing a lot of songs of The beatles!


2) Call a customer service
This is a very useful method. I tried it in England, but I think that it could be easy o find a way to do it also abroad. it's almost free, and it requires the greatest attention because it's all about conversations over the phone.
Choose an English company which products you owe or simply know. Then dial the number of their customer care (most of times the call is for free) and complain about something, or just ask for information.
Few weeks ago I've been in London to attend an English course (and to have a taste of the Olympic games, of course!). One day I had to call BT to complain about my telephone that ran out of credit in few minutes. It took me more than thirty minutes to explain the problem to the very tolerant girl that answered me and to understand what went wrong, because I had to ask her to repeat each sentences several times. But it has been a very good exercise, so the next day I called again, asking information about the different fares, and different plans, and so on. I asked a lot of information. A big load of. And I got both, the information required, and a free English lesson!

3) Host people for dinner
This is my most serious attempt to obtain free English conversations in my town, Milan.
I decided to offer a free dinner to foreign tourist in town, to give my wife and me the opportunity of speaking english for free, and to give foreigner tourists the chance to have an italian dinner with locals, also for free.
It worked well for some months, we advertised the project on the internet and on the free press of my town, and we got some answers, people from England, Usa, India, Iran, Columbia, came to visit us and enjoy a simple homecooked Italian dinner.
Well, ok, not everyone was a native English speaker, but we had a lot of fun, we became less shy while speaking, and we also found some good friends.
Here is my favourite one, and Indian guy named Nitin, who became a good friend of us, we really started to miss him since he moved to china. you could see three people but we were four, my daughter borned few months later.


And you? Which other method would you know to improve your English for free, or with a small amount of money? (a part from doing the homework the teacher would give us, of course!)

Omar


My family

Comments

  • Comment number 1.

    Hello dear Omar

    Congratulations for your blogtime. I realy enjoyed reading your topic. I will try each method. My method is bbc.co.uk :) and the other method to chat wih foreign englishlanguage people (who do not know any other language that know me) without any translator. Thats realy helps. Try
    Waiting for next post
    Zibaxa

  • Comment number 2.

    Hi Omar!

    I’m in high regard of your striving to develop English-speaking skills and want to share with you my experience. Sometimes I play with my son, who studies English too, the fascinating game – when he wants tell me about something I usually say: “In English, please.” After that we begin speaking till the other necessary matters interrupt us.
    Wish you luck!
    Andru.

  • Comment number 3.

    Hi Omar,

    I have astonished about your amazing story as well as your writing skills, the most thing what I have liked in your topic that you create your own English community, with less possible cost. and of course the most problem facing the English learners is how to use English in their community because they cannot effort traveling to UK or USA.
    Actually, I want to share with you my method to improve my speaking and listening as well. Every day try to listen to a podcast for a certain time by your IPod and try to repeat the topic every day until you feel you can predict the rest of
    the topic(Memorize by listening repetition method)
    Finally, I really happy for you and I wish you best for you and your family specially your little tiny girl.

    Best regards
    Abdallah

  • Comment number 4.

    Thank you Zibaxa, as you say chatting, or participating in forums, is surely a good way to learn too, I was also wondering about opening an english blog, while I bumped into this one!
    Bye,
    Omar

  • Comment number 5.

    Hi Andry! Thank you for your suggestion, but it's very difficult for me, because my daughter is only one year old, and if I spoke in english to my wife, we would burst into laughter in a while, because not to speak italian between us would sound weird. It doesn't happen the same with strangers. This is an interesting matter, too often it's just uneasiness, or shyness, but we never speak as much as we can in a lot of situations. to myself, for example, is very difficult to place a phone call in english at work if someone else could hear me. sometimes i wait the moment i'm alone in the office!

  • Comment number 6.

    Hi Abdallah, yes, i'm pretty proud of my experiments with the free dinner in milan. and there is also a big news! nitin, the indian guy in the picture, wrote me today that he is getting married, and he invited us to his wedding! we don't know if we could manage to go to india in december, because it costs a lot of money, but we really fancy a big indian party and hugging again our friend and his bride!

  • Comment number 7.

    Sorry Abdallah, i sent my comment before answering you about your method, that I think could be really effective if you have good willingness. I will try it before going to bed, when the house is silent and no one could draw my attention on other things. I'll start with a very short podcast, because otherwise instead of learning english i could fall asleep!

  • Comment number 8.

    Hello Omar, and all,

    Thank you very much for the handy tips on how to improve our English. These tips are not completely free but they might prove to be extremely useful. This type of ways of learning is actually fruitful since it allows you to learn while having fun.

    I think it is a good thing and even a must to diversify one’s sources of learning. Mixing the traditional methods with the new ways of learning may make it easier to learn English. Reading, listening, speaking, writing,.. are useful. They should be mixed with more relaxed and joyful means of edutainment. All means must be used. Practice makes perfect, as the saying goes. Another thing can be added:to master a language one should permanently be exposed to it.

    I personally relied partly on BBC Learning Enlish to improve my language skills. I realy learned a great deal from this invaluable source of knowledge. I can even say that I have become addicted to BBC Learning English. I would take this opportunity to express my gratitude and also my congratulations to the teachers and to the whole supervising team for the great job they are doing.

    My best wishes to you and to your lovely family,

    Elmansour, from Morocco.

  • Comment number 9.

    Hello Omar and the rest of the people!
    Welconme to the blog and congratulations for your written English. Your methods to improve the language are very funny and the idea of hosting people for dinners "in English" is superb. Thanks for the pictures of your family, they are very nice. The best for all of you. Looking forward to your new posts that I imagine will show us the beautiful Italy. Apart from that I want to express my "envy" for your possibility of having been in London to attend a course and at the same time to enjoy the Olimpic Games. Lucky you. Beatriz-Argentina-

  • Comment number 10.

    Add your comment
    Hi Omar ,
    Please accept my warm welcome to this month BBC LE Blog ! Your first entry was a success . I can see Your English is so fluent ! So if some day I visit Milan I will be another guest from Iran for you to practice our English ;). And what a great way to practice more English . I can't wait to read your future Blogs and your baby girl shots
    So long
    pary from Iran

  • Comment number 11.

    Hello Elmansour, I can just add my thanks to yours for this wonderful website. Having read some of the blog post of the last month, I know you are quite addicted to BBC LE, and my plan is to become addicted just like you! :-)

  • Comment number 12.

    Hello Beatriz! yes, I do believe that i’ve been very lucky to have the opportunity to attend an english course in london during the olympic games. Only, I used my holiday time to do it, and I had to leave my wife and my daughter for two weeks. Nevertheless, I’m very happy of this choice, I learned some more English, which I needed for my job, I met a lot of new friends, and it also was experiential. I’m going to talk about that in the next posts.

  • Comment number 13.

    Dear Pary, consider yourself invited to my home if you happen to come to Milan! We also really crave for travelling to iran, I don’t think we will come next year, but for sure in few years we will come and visit your country, it’s on top of our wished destinations, with Lebanon, eastern Turkey and few other countries.

  • Comment number 14.

    Dear Omar

    Another way to learn english is that to translate anything you thing in the mind, anything you hear in the street, any conversation. This is the way to take up your mind, to start to think in english. I leart many words translating different things in the street.

    Zibaxa

  • Comment number 15.

    Hello Omar and all!

    I had the pleasure of teaching Omar at the Victoria School of English in London. Omar was a great pupil. He was intelligent, motivated to learn and had a great sense of humour (and an unforgettable laugh!).

    I might have to invite myself to Milan to experience his cooking. There will be 3 classes each day. A breakfast, lunch and dinner class. Omar will be full of English and I will be full of food. A perfect relationship!

    I am impressed by everyone's writing ability on this forum - keep it going!

    Finally, well done Omar for writing this blog! An excellent idea.

    Scott

  • Comment number 16.

    Hello everyone,

    I think, Omar, you have chosen a really interesting and useful issue for your first post. I enjoyed myself a lot reading it and I could find out fun tips to improve my English. Thank you very much!

    I would also like to share one with you. When I go to bed, I always put my earphones on and listen to my English Audiobooks or something similar in English. At that moment you often pay more attention to the listening because the remaining senses aren't in use.

    I hope it was handy for you!

    Waiting for the next post.
    Paula

  • Comment number 17.

    Hi Omar Thank you for your replay . I 'm so delighted to know you are keen on travel to Iran . Hope it will happen really soon . Which areas of Iran you are interested to visit ? I think you might be interested to visit historical places and cities like Esphehan and Shiraz . Mind you I live in west north of Iran in Ardebil city . It 's near to Tabriz city which is a tourist trap too . Like you I 'm so keen on traveling abroad but now a days it 's too expensive . I have just visited Turkey Istanbul last year . Then I tried my best to use my English ... In my case it was a fail ....as they didn't know much English and Unlucky we didn't know much Istanbul turkey .... Any way now they are all sweet memory :)
    So long
    Pary from Iran (Ardebil)

  • Comment number 18.

    Nice to meet you Scott !

  • Comment number 19.

    Hello Zibaxa, i read your comment yesterday night and this morning i tried your method on my way to work. it's funny! thank you!

  • Comment number 20.

    Hello Scott and thank you for visiting the blog!
    just drop a line to me if you come to italy! there is a special offer for english teachers, you can have dinner and also take a piece of cake home for homework!

  • Comment number 21.

    Hello Omar and thank you very much for you blog.
    I aeree with you about you three was to learn English and I think that they could be' useful for a lot of people.
    I'd also like to improve my poro English and I hope to learn it batter in the future.
    Your chanche is a great opportunità that I already tried during last November.
    Have a looking, if you like!
    Best regards
    Vito

  • Comment number 22.

    Hi Paula, and thank you for sharing your method! i use to read before going to sleep, but sometimes i can also try to listen an audiobook, too.

  • Comment number 23.

    Hi Pary, i'd like to go to Esphehan and Shiraz, and also Qom seems interesting to me, but of course when we'll decide to visit Iran, i have to read a lot more about the country, so the list will become much longer! I don't Know Tabriz but i'll check about it!
    we've been in Istanbul three years ago, a wonderful holyday, and a wonderful country, we really want to come back to see the part of turkey we didn't visit the first time! and yes, it's expensive to go abroad, but it's one of the few things i think really worth it's salt.

  • Comment number 24.

    Dear Omar,
    Thanks for your suggestions.

    I was lucky like you for being at in the UK last week. I visited UK for a vacation and to meet my brothers staying in London. The weather was lovely and it gave us an opportunity to enjoy the english summers in UK. The tip which i would like to share is that i used to listen very carefully to the conversation of the native speakers. At the same time i used to observe and learn words used at the airport etc. I also bought some english novels written by Ruth hamilton and georgetter hyer as they very expressive writers and i am sure their writing style can definitely help me to be more expressive in sharing my ideas.

    Paula, can you share the links to audio books which you mentioned, as i believe they can influence my communication and articulation skills.

    Thanks,

  • Comment number 25.

    Hi Omar and everyone :)

    Thank you Omar for this great idea and for the opportunity you give us to share our experiences on methodology used for learning and improving english.
    I enjoyed alot reading your experimentations (some of them were funny and dare, but very interesting). Thank you also for sharing your family pictures. I love your wedding pic :)
    Personally I use combined ways to improve my english, it depend of my humour :)
    1- I try to watch shows and movies in english (with or without subtitles
    2- I take phone english courses (with my company)
    3- I do some exercises on the internet platform (when I don't have time to book courses)
    4-I read some comics books. The advantage of this last method is that you can understand the dialog even if you don't know all the vocabulary and in the same it's very simple way to talk and it's funny :)

    In conclusion, I think that all medologies can help if the student is constant and regular. And this is the big deal :)

    By the way, Omar I'm also interseted by your cooking skills :)

    Thanks

  • Comment number 26.

    Hello!
    Gongratulation!It is a very god article!
    I have a technique to learn english: I translate everything sites to english and my computer and devices are in english too.
    I like of to watch movies in english too.

  • Comment number 27.

    Hi Xara,
    These are the links:
    http://www.booksshouldbefree.com/
    http://www.openculture.com/
    I think in the second website you can download de ebook too so it's very useful.

  • Comment number 28.

    Hello Omar, I like your article very much, I enjoyed reading it ! I think you have found a funny way to improve your English speaking skills. I started over studying English when my son went to the middle school: he asked me to make some questions about the lessons but unfortunately I wasn’t able, so I decided to resume what I studied at school. It was (and it still is) very difficult for me after so long….I didn’t remember nothing. The problem is that I have so little time. I usually read on BBC learning, sometimes, on internet I read English newspapers, or English blogs.... There are many way to improve written and spoken English but constancy is very important. Another way is watching dvd, selecting English language, but I need to be more concentrated….. I have a question for you: do you need to improve english for your job of for your own pleasure?
    I apologize for all my mistakes…..
    Waiting for your next post…
    Sonia

  • Comment number 29.

    hello Vito, i'm going to read your november blogs, also to make sure not to talk about any topic you already covered about italy!

  • Comment number 30.

    Hello Xara, you're right, weather in London this summer wasn't bad as i imagined before. I didn't even open my umbrella for two weeks! it was funny to see how a warm day could scare english people, they were often complaining about the hot weather, while to me it was like spring weather...

  • Comment number 31.

    Hello Amal, my dear classmate, it's a pleasure to meet you here! and the comics books reading is a good tip too! As for the cooking skills thing, which i see it's a very popular topic among BBCLE bloggers, before the end of the month i will contribute with some recipes!

  • Comment number 32.

    Hello Elaine, and thank you for your comment, i already switched my phone to english language, everything becomes a little more complicated n that way , but that's why it's useful! one time i switched it to japanese, for mistake, and i Had to find another phone similar to mine to find and follow the steps to come back to my language!

  • Comment number 33.

    Hi Sonia, the answer to your question is both my job and my own pleasure. but mainly for my job, i need to improve my english to deal with my european colleagues. i'm usually the worst at english when we meet. i have to go to an international meeting at the end of the onths, there we will see if i had really improved my english during this summer!

  • Comment number 34.

    Hi there Omar,
    I enjoyed reading your innovative methods of improving the English language, very interesting! Though I agree with the fellow bloggers that, BBCLE is simply superb in that aspect.
    And as Elmansour suggests consistent exposure to the language does the trick!
    Looking forward to your blogs :)

  • Comment number 35.

    Hi Omar I’m reading your first entry which you explain your method to learn English .I thinck it is way
    Of hundreds manner to subdue a language and overcome its difficults according to goal from learnig
    As a learner of English I’d like sharing you my experience with learning English which is a bit special
    Because I started it a long career at age of seventy now I am seventy-three .
    After three month a language school I began my self-study by using these methods:
    1- I chose some web site which give English lesson (I’m going to mention some of them later)
    2- I try to practice my little knowledge any way and any where by lestning radio watching TV
    Speaking with friends talking alone about any subject.
    3- I downloaded free stories and read them and I wrote my daily memories in English; but I didn’t care firstly about mistakes (because we learn from our mistakes)
    4- I built folders for vocabularies grammar pronunciation writing where I put pieces of paper
    Regarding each subject ; then before going to bed I review them.

    These are some method I used to use which were very useful I wish they were useful for you too.
    Now they are some web sites in the subject :
    www.rang-chang.cm
    www.about.com
    www.a4esl.org
    www.learningenglish.voanews.com
    try them
    Wishes
    Mohamed from Agadir morocco

  • Comment number 36.

    Hello Mohamed, did you really start learning english at the age of seventy?
    If so, You are my hero! i'm going to talk to my father and my mother about that! And your english is very good also! and i found in your post a great idea for me too, to switch to english my daily diary! that's great! every day i drop few lines about the previous day (i also rate them, it's not useful for english, but it could be useful if you'd like to remind you of the best moments of your year...) and from today on, i'm going to start to write them in english. Thank you!

  • Comment number 37.

    Hi Sumayya and thank you for your comment, i think we've done a good job here, i found really intersting tip, and i hope the same for you all!

  • Comment number 38.

    Hi, Omar!

    I join all the comments about your ideas and contribution to English learning))As to me, I consider watching interesting movies in English with no subs is also an excellent way to study English, and not bothering one!
    But if we will visit Milan, I would be pleased to taste Italian homemade cuisine and practice English!
    Good luck for you and your wonderful family!

  • Comment number 39.

    Dear Omar and Everyone here,

    First of all Omar - lovely post. It was so much fun to read it. Some of the ways you I myself haven't tried. I'm in awe of your commitment and dedication to learning English.

    Everyone who has read Omar's post - I am Omar and Christina's Indian friend in that photograph and having known them for almost 3 years now I can tell you that they are one of the most amazing people I know in my life and an extended family. Omar is an enthusiastic cook too, while Christina loves to bake.

    One way we practiced English/Italian was we would translate the titles of the vast collection of books and DVD that they have. Another way was watching English movies with subtitles. But come to think of it now in China I should try these methods mentioned above. Mandarin is definitely hard and the way I practice is that I keep trying to hit on Chinese girls and invite them home for Indian food and in the process learn Mandarin from them. My food blog is www.yinducai.tumblr.com ('yindu cai' means Indian Food in mandarin) in case your interested. I've never had a teacher but I improve best just by random chat with random people.

    Once again Omar, great blog!

  • Comment number 40.

    Great tips!! Unfortunately I'm in Brazil so I can't call a costumer service, but maybe I'll do the dinner idea!

  • Comment number 41.

    HEllo Lola-la, remember us if you come to milan!

  • Comment number 42.

    Hi Nitin! love to hear about you also here! i didn't ever know you also write a food blog, above all the other things you're involved in!

  • Comment number 43.

    Very nice post. I find this way of lerning English very inresting and the most important affactive.Keep writing blog.

  • Comment number 44.

    Hi Omar and hi everyone.

    I was actually pleased to join bbc site and your blog. I found out a place where I can communicate with people who risult to be very well mannered and nice as well.
    It's a great pleasure to be in contact.
    Omar, your skill at writing is amazing ! Lots of congratulations. Honestly, I feel a bit of envy . My English is an entire failure ! But you know : hope must be the last thing to die !
    The methods of practising and (hopefully) improving our own English level sound useful.I'll try them out !
    Waiting for next post take care to all
    Andi 4 from Italy

  • Comment number 45.

    Hi Omar! You are a great student. These methods are very clever and enjoyable:) Thanks for advice. I'll try them. I wish your family health and happiness!

  • Comment number 46.

    who sits behind you on a motorcycle

  • Comment number 47.

    Interesting article :)

  • Comment number 48.

    Hi,Omar! i think your learning method is so interesting !i think i will try to use it^0^

  • Comment number 49.

    I think it helps me very much to improve my English.I also like your method to learn English.THANKS.

  • Comment number 50.

    Thank you Sergii, Mlkmonic Crazydude, KitYingChoy and yuetychan!
    I'm glad you enjoyed the blog!

  • Comment number 51.

    Hello Samsa, the one sitting behind me is my wife, it's a picture of our wedding day!

  • Comment number 52.

    Hello Andy 4, your english is not a failure! i think it's good, instead.

  • Comment number 53.

    congratulatiom omar.I'm me too find some difficulties when I learn english and I still suffer from learning english but I will followe your methods if god wishes.I hope that you my guide and my teacher...

  • Comment number 54.

    I am really interested in every of your writing; they are very attractive and skillful. and you know your ways of learning English are so creative that i will follow some. i have been studying EL by listening numerous English songs of the famous and popular pop band music, for it is very easy to listen and remember. Like you, i see it really works. Although i dont have approriate conditions to go on with these methods of studying, neither by "free dinning homecooked" nor by telephone. but i think they are the effective methods to improve EL skills day by day.
    Thank you so much indeed; i hope to see more share from you, both about your learning experience and about your so nice country.
    Yours truly,

  • Comment number 55.

    Hiii Omar. I perused your blog made me be in seventh heaven .I'm new to BBC English Learning. Ohh my god I thought I'm the only person who does funny things to learn English but I'm pleased to have a partner who adores English language such that he invites people for dinner free ! That'a a brilliant idea.You know even I do such things to learn English language...
    The techniques which I use to improve my communication skills of English are

    Daily Routine to be best at english speaking
    Technique
    Volume

    1.Reading News Papers.
    One paragraph daily

    2.Watching News channel.
    15 Minutes

    3.Watching English Flicks.
    2 Flick a weak

    4.In Daily routine, converting conversations done in native language by people around us in English.
    As much as you want

    5.Listening English songs.
    10 minutes

    6.Finding english word for object come across in our daily routine, No matter we are studying,eating,playing or driving.It will not divert our focus from core job.
    It takes only 1 minute to check word for an object whose english word you don't know.
    At least 3 Object

    7.Explain a day of weak in your notebook with new words.
    Once in a weak

    8.Keep an eye on each situation you go through daily and use appropriate idiom.
    1 Idiom daily

    9.Make your own register to keep record of words with your examples which your acquainted with.

    10.Don't memorize words. Use it while speaking with friends ,teacher etc then it gets register in you mind which you will never forget.It will come out whenever you need it without recalling it.

    11.Have glance of all word
    at least a time in two weak so will not forget and use them.

    Keep dictionary in your mobile if finds new unknown word then make it known in a click.
    If don't have dictionary in mobile then write it in sms and store it in drafts in mobile when you will reach home find in dictionary and update mobile sms with its meaning.

    I'm much obliged to BBC for facilitating such an opportunity to learn english. Its great privilege to have this....

  • Comment number 56.

    hi Omar, i went to italy last year in dec. i couldn't speak any italian,but they speak good english in italy,so i had no trouble go shopping ,in a restaurant... not so many people in japan can speak better english than people in italy!

  • Comment number 57.

    hi omar,
    thank u for your post it is very interesting. To improve my english every saturday i go to an english club where i can discuss about many topics and it is free. If i have time i also listen to bbc radio.
    I think so the best way to improve pronounciation and listening is to try to speak every time english
    best regards

  • Comment number 58.

    Hello Omar !
    Nice to mee u! I really admire u and ur wife.You all are very brave.I come from Viet nam which I have less oprotunities to make foreign friends.To improve my E skills,i have to spend much time and money.Therefore,I see ur method 's very excellent and good."a song a day" which I have practiced for a few months is simmilar to u. :).It 's easy to do.But the rest of this blog,it' s difficult for me to do,because i am shy person.In deed,i am trying to overcome those.And i hope i will do them one day.Your weeding photo is so cute,I actually do like it.I also like Italy,espeically its food which 's so delicous such as pizza,spaghatti...Hope I will have a chance to visit this beautiful country.
    Best regards :)

  • Comment number 59.

    May Allah bless you Omar

  • Comment number 60.

    Hello Omer and the others !
    I wish you all are in good heath

    Thank you Omar for this great idea and for the opportunity you share us your experiences on method which you used for learning and improving English.
    I enjoyed reading your experience and I found it`s very interesting
    Muhammad, thank you for your comments also for your advice. I'll try them out
    I am living in London and going collage to improve my language
    I really like your methods I have already started to follow it
    Also I would like to chat on the Skype to improve our English if somebody (I prefer to be lady ) have a free time
    Talk to you soon Guys
    Thanks for sharing ..
    God Bless you All

  • Comment number 61.

    Thank you for this article!

    My advice to look around on the net and just chat with people on twitter or facebook. Or discover websites. There are so many information out there for FREE.

    I and our English teachers write a blog as well and we used to write about useful websites which you can use to improve your English.

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  • Comment number 63.

    Hi there,

    Your methods are very funny and smart at the same time :)

    I wanna enhance my English too as I study English literature in university; and it's my first year, so thank you for your tips.

    A great way to improve your English is to watch a lot of movies and cartoons in English; as it will improve your pronunciation as well as your speaking and vocabulary, I also try to speak English all the time with my friends and doctors in university.

    Good luck.

  • Comment number 64.

    I am in full agreement with Abdullah. I think listening to podcasts is the best way to improve your english. I have just started listening radio and there is a very interesting channel called "the complete guide to everything". I guess it will be helpful for people who want to improve their english as well as their british accent. This show comes live from Uk. I will suggest everyone should listen to this comedy show. It makes you laugh and improves your english simultaneously.

  • Comment number 65.

    Hello everyone who wants to improve his-her English i am first at this site in my opinion speaking with best speakers can help us overcome English barriers

  • Comment number 66.

    Hello I am new at this site. I wish to develop my English thanks BBC for this site. Wish I will be continue and congress our new BBC blogger.

  • Comment number 67.

    Dear Omar
    Awesome article, i am an English student, i always want to improve my English skills. I agreed your points, i have started write blog posts. I hose my writing skills will improve soon.

  • Comment number 68.

    That’s really amazing; I found your blog so interesting. I could not help writing in addition to your blog. I would like to add some more tips that How to improve English?
    The best options in my mind are below ones!
    Watching Movies:-
    Watching original English movies can be handy in improving your English like listening & speaking in correct accent. Watch & pause a scene & try to catch the vocabulary and go on learning more & more.
    Watching English News Channels:
    I like to watch BBC World. My favorite program “Hard Talk” that’s the best one where you can find lots of continuous use of English language in decent way.
    Reading Story Books:-
    Reading is the main part of English learning process. With that you will find lots of new vocabulary. You’ll be chuffed with that.
    Hope my tips will be acceptable.

  • Comment number 69.

    dear omar, I am very happy about your blog. i learn english. every time i search english resourse in net. and i reed english blog for emprove my english knolage. I like talk friends in english. pls send me your instraction for improve english. my email is [Personal details removed by Moderator]

  • Comment number 70.

    Hi omar and every one

    i am velu from india chennai . Since i am new to this blog i am requesting you to all to coorect if i had made any mistakes during this comment .It is very intersting for one who seeks for learning english like me. reading and carry out some grammer excercise can help you better understanding .

  • Comment number 71.

    Hello Omar, My name is Wisarut. I am from Bangkok, Thailand. To tell you the truth, My English was not quite good for the last 2 years. I have made attempts to improve the necessary skills of English in very economical ways. For example, I have my favorite site such as Formspring. I have been using this web site to practice writing which is really helpful and practical because in this web site there are some questions that I would be able to get some questions from other friends, owners of web site, or even an answering machine. Either of them surprises me a lot. Sometimes I cannot make predictions about questions by my own, but actually I try my best to answer quizzes under the time constraint. This is because I realize that in the realized situation I do not need to think about words of vocabulary exactly. Every thing must props up automatically. Therefore I have been using this forum to help enhance my writing capability. Moreover, I just got an idea about the speaking session. In the past I have a hard time to speak English with confidence, but after all I found out that you must have some vocabularies on the top of head first in order to project ideas and then try to use all of them as much as possible. I kept talking to myself for a while or even my cats in front of my house. Though they deny talking with me or seem to be aloof toward me sometimes. For example, I have a small conversation to them by saying hello. Do you have anything to make a confession? etc....I continue to talk with them whenever I feel grumpy or upset in order to vent my frustration. That is not only another way to get rid of stress but also help me to feel at ease during the time of conversation as well. For a couple of months later It seems to me that I need to engage myself to real conversations, so I decide to volunteer to become a tourist guide at Wat Inn, which is a temple in Bangkok. I choose to practice here 3 times a week, that is because there are some foreigners coming and visiting this temple all day long. All of them are nice people. I think that the first impression matters most, so I happen to talk with them with a smile face and appropriate conversations. Some people are okey and listen to me attentively, but others do not. Actually I do not care at all. One thing that I think of all the time is that I must master English on the speaking session so that I will have good opportunities to meet with other peoples and exchange special experiences. These are all tips of suggestions of mine that I want to share with your guys.

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  • Comment number 73.

    Hello, I am really happy to find a way and be in connetion with you to share and ofcourse learn more and more . I want to share my method also, Try to imagain zou are a person who is asked for a speech and go on. It helps you alot .
    regards

  • Comment number 74.

    hai.... :) i'm new here.... this is 1st time i try to join social network in order to improve my english...
    1st..i really enjoyed read ur blog...and u write about ur method to improve english its really funny...its really interesting.... :)
    sorry omar, if my writing n my language is not excellent like other people... actually i'm always find a ways to enhance my language.... nowadays, in my country english language is more important in order to get a good jobs.. u need to compete with other people if u want get a good jobs... unfortunately, i'm not born in the family or environment that using english language in their life.. i need to learn itself.... sometimes it makes me feel sicks coz, i need to learn it alone...if i try to communicate with my siblings using english language, it really weird and make us laugh each other...mmm... i really envious with some people in other country... especially in the country that using english language as their native language... but its ok... this is one of process learning in our life... i need to think positive..... think positive...... :)

  • Comment number 75.

    Hello everybody.... Its a pleasure for me to be here with people like you, who are interested about english learning and practice to improve it as me.

    Ok Im juan, Im just 24 years old, Im from Colombia... Why im here? Because I really want to share my experiences, to know something about all of you and mainly practice english, cause simply I love it. Its my job... Yess Im teacher... Possibly u could think, he is teacher but he hasnt enough skills to be one, but i just do my best, each day I try to improve, learn from everywhere to transmitt what I know, and thats why Im here...

    Thats a little bit about me, and theres too much more to say, Im gonna be ready for u to answer, chat, whatever... Finally I just want to congratulate to all of you, i just passed about three hours reading all ur comments, and that was such a great time, you seem to be excellent human beings, and I really enjoyed your english, if its nt perfect its becoming soon.

    Bye God bless everyone, I hope to chat us so soon.

  • Comment number 76.

    Hello nice discussion is going on here. I am really happy to see many people talking about English here.It's really a great way to get in connection with you to share and learn more and more. I want to share my method also, Try to make an habit of watching English news,watch free video conversations http://youtu.be/o23npkPCD-I these will not only improve reading,writing skills it will also improve speaking and listening skills.

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  • Comment number 78.

    Thank for your post! I really enjoyed it. From starting to learn English, i also tried your first method and now it has already been my favorite things to do when i was free. But my writing skills might not good much, i think. Anyway, many thanks for your sharing.

    regards,

  • Comment number 79.

    Very congratulation form my side Mr Omar.
    i m very impressed what u did for your English Learning, u r very Prudent about ur methods. Omar bt now days u r a english singer that is the best thing. I am form India n here is several types of language used by people, the know english, perhaps the use english bt not so good. Then i heard about BBC news n website, and im trying to understand news for English Pronunciation. Hope coming days i'll be able to speak n write a good english.
    Till than Godbless all of you.

  • Comment number 80.

    Hi Omer,

    Its really amazing,Congratulation.. how much effort u take to enhance your language.its very good lesson to me. i red fist time this blog i like very much your narration also.I think its an exemplary character

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  • Comment number 82.

    Hello everybody!
    my name is Jacek, I'm from Poland, and I'm very grateful to BBClearning English for giving me the opportunity to practice my English hosting me as a wedding blogger for this month.
    That's a picture of my frend"s, in he wedding day!
    http://filmfoto.pl/?gallery=05-08-2011-prawoslawne

  • Comment number 83.

    Hi..I'm new here..congratulation to you Mr. Omar !

  • Comment number 84.

    Hi Omar and all my friends
    It is my first time to be here. It is very exciting to learn English by this way. By reading the blog and the comments, I came to know that everyone is trying in every possible way to improve English. I've also gone through several websites, the contributors gave here. I think they are all useful for me in this concern. Let us all be friends and share our experiences about learning English. BBC Learning English is with us to support and encourage us. All the best to all.
    RAPA, From India

 

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