Do you know the difference between these homophones; to, too and two? Even if English is your native tongue, many people have trouble with the quirks of the language. This can make the language difficult to learn. Even if you are taking English lessons in a class or from an audio book, the words can be confusing when they aren't seen and spoken in context. However, if you do choose to study English as a second language, then there are simple exercises that you can do to make learning easier. In this article there are some easy to follow strategies to help you learn English faster. Even if you study English at a language school or via online learning, it doesn't mean you cannot learn outside of the formal learning environment. Practice does indeed make perfect! The best way to learn English is to become immersed in it. Take notes in this language, put its books around your room, listen to its language radio broadcasts, watch English news, movies and television, and speak it with your friends whenever you can. The more material in this language you have around you, the faster you will learn. Recording yourself can be a great way to learn English. You may feel uncomfortable with the sound of your voice at first, but you'll soon get used to it. Get a small cassette recorder and read aloud from a book or newspaper. When you listen to it, you will be able to spot mistakes in your pronunciation. Keep the tapes and listen to them again later and compare them to more current recordings. You'll be amazed at how much your pronunciation and accent have improved over time. Cartoons and educational programs for children are also great ways of learning the vocabulary and rules of grammar. Another method is to use books for beginning readers in the language because these books usually have pictures with the English words to accompany them. Listening to songs in this language is an effective way of learning the language as well. Learn the lyrics of the songs and sing along with the singer as you listen. You can get the words to many popular songs online. If you choose to study English as a second language, then you must practice as much as possible. While it may be tempting to slip into your native tongue at home, force yourself to speak in it. By repeatedly using new words, you are committing them to memory. Most importantly, do not be afraid to learn English. Even children who are born in this language speaking countries have to learn it! Take your time and don't feel pressured to learn it all at once.