Do you want to improve your English skills, but you don’t know where to start?

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With many free and paid courses and articles available on the internet, it's common to feel overwhelmed.

You need a clear structure to guide your learning journey at the elementary level. 🧱

Achieving proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing at the A2 level should meet the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) guidelines.

Speaking 🗣️

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At this level, you should be able to:

  • Introduce yourself — name, age, nationality ✅

  • Speak about everyday activities or plans ✅

  • Discuss your hobbies, likes, and dislikes ✅

  • Handle common interactions in daily life ✅

What can you do?

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Practice speaking English at every opportunity, especially since it's the most difficult skill to master.

Practice role-playing with your friends. Get comfortable with:

  • Introducing yourself

  • Discussing your hobbies

  • Ordering food at a restaurant

  • Buying train tickets

  • Talking about familiar subjects

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For example, pretend to order a latte at a coffee shop. Use greetings and common vocabulary to receive the order successfully.

Another method is to create a monologue and practice your speaking skills in front of the mirror.

Listening 👂🏻

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At this level, you should be able to:

  • Follow simple instructions — tasks from everyday activities ✅

  • Engage in real-life conversations ✅

  • Follow short stories and narratives ✅

  • Understand the main idea while listening to the radio or TV ✅

What can you do?

Listen...listen...and listen some more!

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Follow a few practical tips for listening:

  • Schedule regular practice — make it a daily routine

    • Listen to an audiobook, the radio, or a podcast for 15 minutes

  • Listen to different types of audio

    • Start with something you like (watch a movie or documentary)

    • Include podcasts and radio stations

  • Listenin 2-minute chunks

    • Check your understanding at the end of each chunk

  • Listen again to the same piece of audio

    • Discover new words that you didn't understand before

Reading 📖

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At this level, you should be able to:

  • Understand texts about familiar topics — emails or social media posts ✅

  • Find specific information in a text — names, dates, and addresses ✅

  • Understand common words and phrases ✅

  • Follow simple tasks — read step-by-step instructions to cook a recipe ✅

What can you do?

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Like other language skills, practice is important. Understand English in different situations and read different sources (books, articles, instructions, etc).

Follow a few practical tips for reading:

  • Read every day or every other day

    • Become familiar with the structure of sentences and learn new words

  • Make reading fun — read about something you like

    • Discover your interests and find related books or articles

  • Keep going — even if you find unfamiliar words while reading

    • Try to understand the main ideas

Writing 📝

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At this level, you should be able to:

  • Write short texts — emails and social media posts ✅

  • Describe your hobbies or daily activities ✅

  • Write short stories to express your personal experiences ✅

  • Organize your text into clear paragraphs (introduction, body, and conclusion) ✅

What can you do?

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Practice writing short texts, stories, and notes:

  • Read as much as possible to understand English sentence structure and expand your vocabulary

  • Keep a journal that you can write in every day

  • Use writing prompts to write stories

  • Write short essays on topics that interest you

Tips For Success

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  • Stay motivated and write down your goals — do you want to pass your exam, or do you want to improve your fluency? 🎯

  • Even a few minutes a day of practice can help improve your skills. 💪

  • Learning a foreign language doesn't have to be hard — read the books you like, listen to your favorite radio shows, or watch movies in English. ❤️

  • Grammar is important, so make sure you master the rules — practice regularly. 🏋🏽

  • Make the most of technology and find the right tools to help you, like learning apps or writing tools. 📱


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