Ever since I was a child, I ndulged myself in English entertainment, since I spent most of the time in China.
which mean I started learning more and more about the English language, I watched English movies, played English games, so on and so forth, and all of the years combined together really helped me truly solidify the English skills that I use almost every day. Over time I enrolled in an English teaching program and afterward, decided to take the IELTS test so that I could sign up for college, but before taking the IELTS test, I spent about three months going to a class which specialized on teaching you how to pass the IELTS test successfully.
From there on out, after going to the aforementioned classes, I felt that I was ready to take the test, and when the day came, I took it; and fortunately for me, I passed the test and hit a score of about 7.5, which is more than enough to enter the college with.
But the most important part of the learning experience for me was and is the entertainment which really helps me with English, and as I have said, things like movies, shows, video games and more have helped me develop a good sense of speaking, reading, speaking and listening, forms of entertainment like movies and shows, are extremely useful for skills such as listening and speaking, as they not only provide fun but also fortify the language that is heard/seen inside the movie/show.
Books and audio books also help with listening and reading, because they both require you to either listen, and or read very carefully, which is required a lot in the IELTS exams,
and other more immersive forms like video games, take all of these skills into account and are a great way to practice them all, videos games have helped me better understand the structure of the language, the usage of it, and even helped me expand the vocabulary
but what helped me most in the expansion of the vocabulary, have to be the movies that I've watched, movies are a great way to improve the vocabulary, because of the fact that you are immersed in the movie, you tend to pick up new words that you have never heard of, more easily, and use them more often, thus improving the vocabulary, and an expansive vocabulary is crucial to those who want to improve, since, without the right words to support the sentences, the listener/reader might not be able to correctly decipher the information; Which means they won't know what you truly meant to say, and for me, the best way is always to either watch more movies and use a dictionary to ensure that you truly understand what the words mean.(edited)
And another important aspect of English, if not the most important, must be the grammar, since it is the backbone of the language and without it, the language will not be coherent, for me, the best way to learn grammar was in the classes that I went to, even though movies and shows helped me a lot, the classes really hammered down the important parts of grammar, such as the correct usage of verbs, adverbs, et cetera.(edited)
A strong sense of listening is needed for those who are trying to learn English, and since I've listened to many audiobooks, watched many movies and shows, I was lucky enough to be good at listening, and for me, it's very important to always focus on the things that are being said and to always digest the information that is being conveyed with them, and not listen to details that do not give you any useful information.
Reading is also needed, because nowadays, most people tend to use write more than speak, be it messages, emails, blogs, sites, media, and other similar things, so again, it's a requirement for English speakers to make sure that they can understand what they're reading, for me, books have helped a lot, and the main strategy that I use for reading is to first, quickly scan what's written, then read the parts that contain the most important information, thoroughly, so that I do not miss any bits of information that would otherwise prove to be very useful.
But for there to be things to read, there first must be writing, and writing is also a segment that you must practice for the IELTS test, I didn't write much in English before the IELTS test, so it was quite difficult for me to start writing, but with the help of the class teachers, I quickly began to better understand the rules of writing, and the books that I've previously read, and listened to, also helped me understand the structure that I needed to use, so for me, reading, and also practicing, were a great way for me to improve.
And last but not least, speaking, which by far was the hardest for me to master, since I didn't speak English much to anyone before, but over time and I practiced more and more, I learned to adjust the way I speak so that the listener, better understood what I was trying to say, for me it was important to speak loudly, clearly and coherently, movies also helped me a lot here as well, since a lot of conversations take place and they can be a good source of help.
Overall the learning that I experienced, was about enforcing all four aspects of the IELTS test, reading, writing, speaking and listening, although speaking and reading was easier for me to do, it took longer for me to bring up the speaking and writing up to pace with the other aspects, but in the end, thanks to the teachers and the practicing, I successfully passed the IELTS test.