CDs are a great tool for listening and learning the English language. They are comparable to traditional language schools. The advantage with the CD is that it is portable and cheaper than school. You can learn as you go or never leave the comfort of your own home. You can work at your own pace and set your own study hours.
Another option available is the English textbook. Various printed materials are easily accessible and they all come with a CD or DVD. It is impossible to learn the nuances, pronunciation, and tones that are needed to speak English correctly without hearing them. Simply reading alone will not suffice.
Make sure that you do not skip lessons, because they are built contextually on one another. If you skip it for something easier later in the book, you may miss important concepts that will help you understand later chapters. The flexibility of learning English on your own allows you to never have to skip a lesson. If you were taking classes at a language school, one missed class could be a crucial mistake.
Once common problem, however, with learning on your own is inconsistency. If you are lazy about your studies, you will not learn English very quickly. It is important to maintain a schedule and stick to it. Set goals for you to achieve each day and then work hard to reach them. If you have a hard time sticking with your planned approach, then consider signing up for an online class. They will set the goals and assignments for you.
One of the best ways to learn English quickly is to study with an English-speaking family. You will hear it used in everyday life. You will hear key pronunciation, tones, and inflections of the voices in a normal environment. You will even notice their body language while they are speaking. You can then compare your own speech with theirs to see where you need to improve. Even if you are in another country where an English-speaking family is not easy to find, there are still other ways you can get in contact with one.
Whatever method you decide is right for you, each of them will require much self-discipline and a strong desire to stick with it. It’s easy to get discouraged when you feel that you are not learning quite fast enough, but don’t despair. If you are willing to work hard, the possibility to learn English is right at your fingertips.