«What’s the easiest way to learn English?» — many people ask me this question, but I find it rather lazy because it seems to ask for a shortcut to learning a language. The truth is, there is no definite answer.
While concepts such as «immersion» and «practice» come to mind, still there are a number of factors to consider like age, interests, and current level. There is no single method that applies to all. Instead, a better question to ask would be «What are some effective ways to learn English?» or «How can I improve my English?».
There are various ways to do this, but one practical tip that I usually give is to read according to your interests. Some students ask which books to read, but what I normally say is to find topics that are of interest to them and from there, decide how they would read about it, perhaps through books, online articles or magazines.
One good example is reading about sports. If you’re a sports enthusiast, say a football fan, you can read the latest news or some websites or magazines that cater primarily to sports. This way, you’ll find learning English a lot more enjoyable and effective as it will also develop your vocabulary, sentence structure, and writing skills. This will also expose you to the authentic use of the language, thus increasing your chances of sounding more natural when you speak or write. Furthermore, it’s a good way to keep your interest in the language and your passion all together.