Unlike Japanese, English doesn't have radically different dialects (方言). The average American can understand the average Brit with little difficulty. An Irishman can converse easily with someone from New Zealand.
There are some words, however, that are different.
This is a good presentation. Well worth watching.
"If you want to learn a language efficiently, then you need to give that language LIFE. Every word needs to connect to sounds and images and scents and tastes and emotions every bit of grammar can't be some kind of abstract grammatical code. It needs to be something that can help you tell your story. And if you do this, you will find that the words begin to stick in your mind and the grammar it begins to stick."
Watching the news is a good way to improve your listening ability & keep up with current events abroad. NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt streams short videos daily. Click on the "CC" button for English subtitles (英語の字幕).
映画で英語ドットコム is a wonderful site that explains key lines from popular movies. For example:
１、You’re mad, bonkers, off your head! But I’ll tell you a secret: all the best people are.
２、I can’t go back to yesterday because I was a different person then.
３、I give myself very good advice, but I very seldom follow it.
４、I am not like others girls.
I am not like～で「私は～のようではない」というフレーズになります。
５、Oh dear, I do wish I hadn’t cried so much.
List of 100 Most Common Words
List of 1000 Most Common Words
List of 3000 Most Common Words
1. Read, read, and read.
The easiest way to do this is to read about things you like in English. If, for example, you like gardening, then read about gardening in English. You can find all kinds of websites, magazines and books on that topic.
Another way is to read what are called Graded Readers. These are often simplified versions of famous novels. Oxford Bookworms have books in five levels 1~5. Penguin, too, has a similar series. There are also graded readers for children. The Step Into Reading series is recommended.
2. Keep a dictionary and thesaurus handy.
3. Use a journal.
4. Learn a word a day.
5. Play some games.
6. Engage in conversations. That is, talk A LOT with MANY different people.
7. Use Online Vocabulary Building Tools, such as:
This is a quick and easy way to check how many English words you know.
● Most adult native test-takers range from 20,000–35,000 words
● Average native test-takers of age 8 already know 10,000 words
● Average native test-takers of age 4 already know 5,000 words
● Adult native test-takers learn almost 1 new word a day until middle age
● Adult test-taker vocabulary growth basically stops at middle age
● The most common vocabulary size for foreign test-takers is 4,500 words
● Foreign test-takers tend to reach over 10,000 words by living abroad
● Foreign test-takers learn 2.5 new words a day while living in an English-speaking country
In Japanese, this American TV drama is called "100 オトナになったらできないこと".
100 Things is a comedy that is broadcast on NHK on Wednesday evenings from 19:25~19:50. As it is geared towards elementary and junior high school viewers, the level of English and the topics covered tend to be less complicated than other television programs. Even my seven-year-old son enjoys watching it.
A cloze exercise or drill means 穴埋め式読解力テスト, クローズテスト in Japanese. Cloze tests require the ability to understand context and vocabulary in order to identify the correct words that belong in the blank spaces of a text.
At Apps4efl you will find a fun and easy cloze activities.
First, go to the Apps4efl site and click Activities.
Choose "Simple English Wikipedia" at first. If you want to challenge yourself later, choose "Native English Wikipedia".
Insert one or more keywords and click Search.
Click the result that most interests you. Then start the test.
Scroll down and choose the correct word.
Lyric Learner (https://www.apps4efl.com/activities/lyric_learner/) is a fun activity for lovers of music. Go to apps4efl.com and scroll down to Activities. There you will find the following:
Click on the Lyric Learner icon, then browse the different songs until you find one you like.
Listen to the song, and try to write the missing word. The song will stop playing if you don't fill in the blank quickly enough.
It may be a little confusing at first, but you'll soon get the hang of it.
Storyline is a wonderful YouTube channel that "streams imaginatively produced videos featuring celebrated actors including Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Elijah Wood, and others reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations, helping to inspire a love of reading in children."
In this video, Ed O'Neill reads Uri Shulevitz's Caldecott Award-winning story How I Learned Geography.