How to start learning English – 12 Steps to boost your beginning

How to start learning English

How to start learning


New language

People usually don’t know where to start when it comes to learning English as a new language. Hopefully with this simplified post you can get a general idea about what you should start learning, if you would like to focus on the spoken aspect rather than the academic aspect of language learning.

learning English has some steps. Here are the first steps I personally went through when I started learning my 3rd language:

1-Listen to the language

Listening is an essential part of learning English, even if you have no idea what’s being said. Each and every language has its own flow and rhythm if you will. You should get you ears used to that flow, it will come in handy later on.


Music + lyrics (original and translated)
Short videos + subtitles (original and translated)
Audio books and so on

2-Start learning the basic conversation sentences

On your first week of learning English, you should master how and what to say when you meet someone for the 1st time in English, even if you don’t really get how the language really works. You will feel a huge difference, when you are able to have a simple conversation within a week of learning English.


A- How are you?
I’m fine, What about you?
B-what is your name?
My name is ………..
C-How old are you?
I am (25) years old
D-Where do you come from?
I come from …………..
E-What do you do?
I am a (teacher)
F-Who is your best friend?
My best friend is called ………….
G-Have you ever been abroad?

Yes, I have been to ……,…….,…….
No, I have never been abroad

H-What are your hobbies?
My hobbies are traveling, swimming and jogging. What about you?
I-How can I find the bus station?
Just go straight ahead and take a right
J-What's your favorite food?
My favorite food is chicken


3-Question words

Questions words are very important to learn early on since they are basically everywhere in the language.

What / why / where / when / which / how



Numbers cover at least 25% of our daily speech which is a huge thing. This means knowing the numbers equals understanding at least 25% of what’s being said


1 to 10
10 to 100
100 to 1000
1000 to 10,000
10,000 to 1 million
Of course, don’t forget to listen to them first, you can find thousands of videos discussing the numbers all over


5-Days of the week and months

Days of the week

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday


January, February, march, April, may, June, July, august, September, November, December



I, you, he, she, it, we, they (doers)
Me, you, him, her, it, us, them (object)

I see her, not (I see she)

7-Learn main everyday verbs

To figure out which verbs you need to learn exactly at first, since you have a limited vocabulary is to start translating your thoughts.


I want to eat (want and eat)
I called you yesterday (call)
And so on

Here are some verbs

Eat, drink, see, talk, walk, play, sleep, study, touch, think, run, swim

8-Learn main nouns


School, home, friend, building, teacher, officer, fireman, homework

9-Family members

Father, mother, brother, sister

10-Countries and nationalities

England, Egypt, Brazil, Italy, Japan
English, Egyptian, Brazilian, Italian, Japanese


My, your, his, her, its, our, their.

12-Learn how to form your own sentences

Now that you have basic knowledge, you know how to greet someone and have a simple conversation in your target language. You should start producing your own sentences. however, it should be Without focusing too much on grammar of course, rather your main focus should be the meaning. Remember we are focusing on the spoken aspect after all not the academic side of things

  • Michael sees her
  • People eat fish
  • I play football
  • Jess likes food
  • He is Asian
  • I am from Canada

Those 12 steps should take you about a month or 2 to really built your own foundation without a teacher all by yourself. Now you have just paved the road to learning an entirely new language. The sky is the limit.

finally, a small piece of advice. Don’t take a course with zero knowledge, you should at least know some basics, since it will make things easier for you and everyone else.


That’s how you form English sentences in the most basic way, if you get these 2 form down and understand them perfectly I can guarantee you that you won’t ever make basic mistakes and it’s only going to go up from there.


A language lover and enthusiast. I grew up with my Egyptian family in England. So, speaking more than 1 language has always been a part of my life. I am a native speaker of both English and Arabic, and It does not just stop at 2 languages. I also teach myself and help others learn. I am an English teacher and a language learner. I teach people using the way I would like to be taught.

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