Be aware of grammar. Think about grammar. Recognize aspects of English grammar that are identical or very similar to your own language. (The use of "articles" in German is similar to their use in English.) Also, notice how English expresses an idea differently than it does in your language. For example, the English present perfect is used to express a time period that started in the past and continues now (for example, I have used this watch for 10 years “I have been using this watch for 10 years). Many different languages use the present tense to express the same idea; (for example, German: Ich habe diese Uhr seit 10 Jahren.) If you become aware of grammatical similarities and differences, you will likely learn the rules much faster.