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Updated: Mar 26

Making that step from Intermediate to Advanced is difficult.

Do you feel like you’re not making the progress that you once were?

Do you feel that you’ve been at the same level for a long time now and have just stalled?

These things are normal when learning a new language. At the beginning it’s easy to make a big step forward, you’re always learning new words, expression and tenses but then one day it feels like you just hit a wall. Nothing new, just the same expressions again and again in a loop. Even on the app that you’re using, it’s the same things and you know there;s more out there. Well what can you do to get over this hurdle?

First thing is to challenge yourself more. Notice some of the vocab in this text (hurdle, stall etc), don’t just read the same things that you always do. If you normally read the news in English on one site, try another not only for a different perspective but it also will be written differently, you’re bound to see new expressions.

Another thing is to dive deeper into a subject. Let’s say you like games, check out the reviews of them in English. Or if it’s Cryptocurrency that floats your boat, you’re going to find a plethora of material to dive deeper, videos on YouTube to market analysis to Reddit threads. You’re lucky because the internet is English friendly for almost every topic you can imagine. According to Wikipedia, 60% of the internet is in English.

In one of my first years teaching English I had a student who was as close to a native speaker as I have ever had (Hi Diego!). He was a top lawyer in a multinational and had worked in the European Parliament so used English daily. One day I asked him, “Diego, clearly your English is great, why do we have these classes?” His answer has always stuck with me, he said, “Because I know if I stop using it and without your corrections then I’ll forget some phrases, I need to be pushed to stay motivated!”

Sometimes we all need that extra push to help us improve and that’s why we’re here at Arrow Languages to assist you. Maybe you feel competent in the language but know that you still have some difficulties or are unsure of this or that. Well let us push you in the right direction.

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Andy MacQuarrie

CEO Arrow Languages

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1. Watch TV in English

This is so easy to do. Change the language to English and put the subtitles in English too. If it is too difficult at the start, put the subtitles in your language but keep the sound in English. You will notice that it gets a lot easier very quickly.

2. Change your phone settings to English

Why haven’t you done this already? It takes 10 seconds. Go to settings and change language to English, Don’t believe me? Do it now! I’m not saying that you will learn a lot more with this, but seeing English words everyday on your phone will help reinforce the words in your head meaning you won’t forget them.

3. Follow people you like on Insta/Twitter ... but in English

Do you have a favourite American or British (or any other native speaker) celebrity? Follow them on your favourite social media platform to see what they’re saying. This is a great way to learn current words and fashionable phrases that everybody is using.

4. Translate songs

When you’re walking down the street and listening to your new favourite song, why don’t you look to see what the lyrics mean? This is sometimes a bad idea too because maybe it’s not what you were expecting. But at least you can dance to the real words!

5. Sign up for an online course with us

If you do all of the above then you will make good progress. What’s next? Signing up for a class at and we will help you feel even more confident with your English.

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