Ten Tips for Improving Your English (1): Know Your Reasons

This is the first article in a series on ten different ways that you can improve your English. I’ll post a tip each week for the next ten weeks.

The first tip in our series is “Know Your Reasons”. Whenever you approach any difficult task, it helps to know why you’re doing it. Knowing your “whys” will give you more motivation as you approach your task, and make you feel better while you’re doing it.

So think about why you want to improve your English. Complete the following sentence:

I want to improve my English so that I can…

Here are some possible answers you might give:

  • pass a test.
  • go abroad.
  • make my parents happy.
  • impress my friends.
  • communicate with others.
  • improve myself.

Write down as many reasons as you can think of on a sheet of paper, or type them up in your computer. Try to go as deep as possible. That is to say, if you write that you want to improve your English so you can pass a test, also as yourself why you want to pass the test.

Once you have an idea about your reasons for improving your English, you’ll be more likely to spend time working on your goal of learning English, and your studies will be more focused and productive.

Next week’s tip: Set Specific Goals.

Join the Conversation


  1. I often worry about my English.
    Last week, I got a new job. Everything is good except HR told me my English is not well, they said they would give me the salary is only 90% of my want.

    I want to improve my English so that I can earn more money. haha

  2. Sir,

    This is kamal who has been seeking a job over “Europe” countries so i would like to improve my english to get it the job over there.So please give me the tips and some good ways to improve my self as fast as good.

    Thank you very much

  3. Goodspeed:

    Perfectly legitimate reason. Earning more money might in the end give you more time and energy to do other things that are important to you.


    Apologies for stopping this series after one tip! I’ll catch up soon with the other tips, and I will also touch on the issue of how fast you can improve your English.

    Of course, I’m also interested to hear what others have to say. I’ll be sharing some of my tips here, but I’d also love to have other students or teachers share their ideas.

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