How MicroEnglish works
The exercises on MicroEnglish are very simple:
1) Listen to the audio:
2) Write what you think you have heard:
When you get the word right, the box will turn blue immediately. If your answer is incorrect, the box will turn red. For example:
On MicroEnglish exercises, you get instant feedback, word by word. You will know immediately if you have heard correctly, or if you made a mistake and need to listen again (or check your spelling!).
The exercises have been designed to encourage you to experiment, to keep listening and trying until you correctly understand the words you have heard. Doing this will help you to improve.
However, the exercises on MicroEnglish can be very difficult. If you find it impossible to understand a word, you can always reveal just that word (using ). If you like, you can even reveal all the answers (using ). You can also restart the exercise if you want to start again (using <).
Tips for using Microenglish
Tip #1: Little and often
The exercises on MicroEnglish are difficult.
This is because they are designed to give you practice understanding native English speakers, and this is one of the hardest things about learning English.
Because the exercises on MicroEnglish are very intensive, my advice is: don’t do too much in one go.
Instead, try to practise “little and often”. For example, do a little bit of practice every day or a few times a week. This will help you to avoid burnout and to get more out of the exercises.
Tip #2: Learn from your mistakes
Guess what – it doesn’t matter if you get a word wrong, or can’t understand it!
When you make a mistake, the most important thing is to learn from it. Check the answer, listen again and think about why you got the word wrong or couldn’t understand it.
This will help you to improve and to avoid making the same mistake in the future.
Tip #3: Guess the meaning
One of the most important skills when you’re learning another language is guessing the meaning of vocabulary from the context.
If you don’t know a word or phrase, think about the meaning of the rest of the sentence, and use that to guess the meaning of the new vocabulary.
The vocabulary micro-dictations on MicroEnglish give you a good chance to practise this important skill. The sentences are designed to give you a clear context to help you guess the possible meaning of the vocabulary. After you have guessed, you can check the definition and see more examples.
Tip #4: Review new vocabulary
Understanding the meaning of new vocabulary is just the first step.
To memorise it, and later to be able to use it yourself, you need to go back and review the vocabulary again and again and again.
Try to be organised – use an app like Quizlet or Ankidroid to collect new vocabulary and to test yourself regularly. The more you do this, the more likely you are to memorise the vocabulary and to actually start using it.
Tip #5: Ask questions!
I’m here to help, and I’m very happy to answer questions, give more examples or provide more detailed explanations if there is anything that you don’t understand.
You can ask questions in the comments after each exercise, or email me if you prefer. I’ll always get back to you 🙂