Very often, people 100% sure that he was fluent in the language and vocabulary in particular. But there can be pitfalls. If a person is self-studied language, he simply can not be properly delivered to the pronunciation. In this case, it is not surprising that he did not understand anything!
Or one understands every word in a sentence, but does not understand the very essence, the meaning of what was said. Anyone who has ever opened the English dictionary, knows that a single word can be between one and thirty, and even more translations and equivalents in Russian. And that’s without mentioning the various phrases. So I do not advise you to learn one word translation, you must read all of the options to understand the essence, feel the word! Similarly, you will gradually begin to feel the entire proposal. Also this can help you a tutor or a different conversation clubs with native speakers (native speakers), where you gradually begin to understand what you say. The main thing — to actively participate.
Of course, everyone helps such proven methods as audio and video. You can buy a CD or tape and listen to it on the way to work, study. You can learn the language in a fun — watch your favorite movies in the original language. It is important to choose the right method for you. It is possible for the first time to watch a movie with subtitles, stopping him after every obscure speech and writing it. Personally, I view this is not fun. Better the first time to work on unfamiliar English vocabulary, learn it — and watch for the second time, is all knowing and being proud of yourself! Subtitles must be English, as the Russian take all your attention and you stop thinking. In any case, you can easily purchase a variety of audio and video materials or find them on the Internet.
It is important to read the book. Choose your favorite and interesting book and read it in the original. Working with her is possible by the above scheme, or as you wish. Words you need to subscribe. If you try to remember all the words to the ear — you, of course, can and will. But you can hardly think of at least 50% of them the next day. And you have no way to check yourself.
If there is a possibility — it would be nice to plunge in the language environment. Meet new people, see different culture and mentality, to hear the way they talk, learn youth slang. Now there are many courses of English, offering courses abroad, in the heart of living language. It can be an unforgettable few months of your life! And you can just try to travel as often as possible. And on their own, so that no one strays from the «true path», as you have come to learn the language and not to communicate with the other in Russian. You can go to those European countries where you can talk with the locals only in English and not get breakfast until until formulate clearly what you want. In these rounds without much organization, guide and food are always instinct of survival and self-preservation.
If this is not possible — you can make friends abroad and to try as much as possible to communicate with them. There are also many specialized chat rooms where people learn languages (for example, busuu.com), where you can every day to communicate with the new man, and if it will be difficult, just chatting a dictionary, which will be with you!
Try to use every opportunity to communicate in English! Meeting of foreign friends, a casual acquaintance, traveling, internet, chat, and so on. The more practice you have, the quicker you will understand the language and the people themselves, which they use on a daily basis. After all, their culture and mentality also leave their mark on the development of language.
Language is alive. Some of the words are born and some die. Slang is replenished with new and new words. To keep pace with the times, it is necessary to read newspapers and magazines, watch the news very helpful. You will hear new words and phrases. Listen to the beautiful songs. Translate them, try to understand their point.
Remember, the language alive. And it must feel. Well, we, the teachers, come to your rescue!