21 ways to improve your English without leaving your home
People always say that the best way to learn English is to immerse yourself in the language environment. Unfortunately, not all of us can afford to immerse ourselves in the quarantine language environment, because many immigrant families communicate in the language of their native country. Writes about it Babbel.
Thanks to the miracle of technology and some human ingenuity, you can surround yourself with English anytime and anywhere. And not just not to forget quarantined English, but to improve it many times.
Change the language settings of your phone. It is easy.
Listen to podcasts and news in English. There are many great options with tutorial podcasts in a variety of languages, including English.
Watch your favorite English subtitled TV show. Netflix has useful section, which allows you to search for subtitle languages.
Sign everything you have with stickers in English. This will help to regularly get in touch with the English language, whatever you do, so you can really feel that you are immersed in the language environment.
Cook recipes in English. This can combine your love of language with your love of food, and also allows you to explore a new culinary culture. Any mistakes you make will become apparent during dinner.
Search the Internet in English. Yes, we are used to looking for everything in our native language, but there are many sites in English - even more than in Russian.
Read the news in English. Admit, you are still tired of reading the news in Russian. Major publications offer news in many languages, but you can also read small local news sites in the United States.
Train your dog or cat in English. Training your dog in English is not only possible, but also gives a lot of pleasure. The number of words may be limited, but your guests, who should definitely be collected after the quarantine, will certainly be impressed with such a trick with a pet.
Have a pen pal who is native English speaker. There are many places on the Internet where you can meet people. You can try to find someone who is learning Russian and offer him an exchange of knowledge.
Watch movies in English. This time without subtitles. This will help you not only improve your language and pronunciation, but also truly appreciate the film, which could have lost a lot in translation.
Write your to-do list in English. Adding such simple tasks to your day will provide you with at least some language practice, even if you do not have time for a full lesson.
Order food in a foreign language. In the United States, this is more a necessity than an informed choice, unless you order food exclusively from Russian restaurants.
Play video games in English. This can be done either by changing the settings of the video game, or by playing multiplayer games with people who speak English.
Create a social media account for your language alter ego. If you like fashion, food or travel, there are tons of social media accounts in different languages that you can subscribe to to develop your knowledge. And if you do not want to fill your main Instagram account or other social networks with content in English, create a second account for yourself, which will be conducted exclusively in English, developing language skills.
Read books in English. Reading in translation is good, but the ability to understand literature in the original language is a fantastic experience. If you are just starting out, keep a dictionary nearby.
Read BuzzFeed in another language. Although many websites have versions of their articles in multiple languages, BuzzFeed has enough content to interest any language learner.
Join English-speaking groups on Facebook. Although a few years ago it seemed like everyone was leaving Facebook, Facebook groups brought many people back. There are groups devoted to all kinds of topics, it can be a community that specifically studies the language, or groups of people who like funny memes in English. After all, memes are the only universal language.
Listen to music in English. Music can be a great resource if you diligently translate words in your head or just play songs that you like in the background.
Learn to swear in English. You will obviously have less trouble if you swear in English.
Keep an online diary in English. This is also a good way to record your language trip, over time you will feel tangible progress. If you want to be creative, you can create a language diary on Instagram that will be useful and beautiful.
You can also install language learning app. Exist many such applications, just choose what you like and enjoy.
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