Student or Learner
For a long time I didn't use English language in writing. So I have one small problem and I need teachers help. In 2013 I'm gonna take English exam and my classmates told me that I don't have chance to pass the exam even though I'm the best student in my class, but I trust myself and my feelings can't lie to me. I feel that my writing and talking experience is well but not perfect. So how to prepare for exam? I listen music everyday, I watch english stuff on youtube sometimes I read newspapers but it aint't my favorite hobbie and of course I learn new vocabulary every day, in this year I learned more than 690 new words. Just advice me something. Thanks, regard.
Last edited by JustAlilBit; 06-Feb-2012 at 22:15.
Thanks for correction, but I'm curious why did you correct gonna - to "going to" and ain't to "isn't" Is it not acceptable in British English?
Last edited by 5jj; 07-Feb-2012 at 05:39. Reason: typo
In preparing for formal exams, you need to practise the exam a lot and get feedback on why things were wrong or right, so that you become familiar with exactly what is being tested. Passing exams and getting good grades requires an understanding of the exam as well as a knowledge of English.
However, the advice you have been given is good. Get a teacher (preferably a native speaker or someone who has a native level) and get them to give you test exams. You would certainly lose marks in any written exam for "gonna" and "ain't", for example. Try not to use them at all otherwise they will become bad habits.
Listening to music sung in English will help with your comprehension but not with grammar, as many song lyrics are very ungrammatical. The same is true of many things on YouTube etc.
I would recommend finding well-written English websites - those of English newspapers and magazines for example. Read books in English. Listen to the BBC World Service radio station or any other BBC radio station that you can get on the internet (of course there are plenty of other radio stations but for British English, the BBC stations are good).