How to dive into the US language and not drown: 6 lessons from Skyeng
Immersion in the language environment is the most effective way to learn English. But there is a certain risk: many, having moved to a foreign country, start to panic and get lost. Online English School Skyeng She gave practical advice on how to ensure a smooth entrance to these rough waters and stop being afraid of English by moving to live in the USA?
1. Listen to the radio
Especially news - people with perfect pronunciation work there. Buy an alarm clock receiver and wake up every morning under the chatter of the announcer. Let him tell what happened during the night in the world, while you are driving with your scrambled eggs with bacon. This will prepare you for the sound of English speech - and if you leave the house, it will surround you everywhere. In addition, over time, you will begin to extract more and more new words from news bulletins.
2. Go to language club meetings
Language exchange meetings is a very common phenomenon. Announcements of meetings of such groups can be found, for example, using the Couchsurfing service or in regional groups in social networks. The essence of the event is simple: speakers of different languages (including English) meet in an informal setting (for example, in a pub) and help each other to practice. The participants are usually volunteers, travelers, students, learners of languages and just lovers make new acquaintances. The audience is extremely patient - no one there will be ashamed of you for the flaws in pronunciation. On the contrary, everyone will try to help them learn a new language - so they are going to.
3. Write new words
In a notebook or phone - as you prefer. Hearing an unfamiliar word somewhere, write down not only it, but also where the word was heard, the translation and at least one sentence with it. All this will help to memorize words for a reason, and in context, and you can easily remember how to use it correctly.
4. Remove online translator from phone
Such apps may help out on a trip, but they will never allow you to learn English. It is easy to use translators, and the temptation to trust them with communication with the outside world is very great - you will simply drive in the Russian text and receive English, but you will not begin to understand the language and do not speak. It is better to delete them immediately and replace them with an online dictionary where you can translate only a single word, listen to its sound and see examples of usage. Try the magnificent English-Russian Dictionary, this is one of the best applications of this kind. And if you're already a little familiar with the language, download the classic Merriam-Webster Dictionary and the Oxford Dictionary of English and see the definitions of words in English. And for exploring the slang is indispensable Urban Dictionary.
5. Subscribe to English-speaking bloggers
Or add to friends in social networks as much as possible of English-speaking users and groups, especially local ones. You will kill two birds with one stone: start practicing English every time you open Facebook, and you will be aware of all the local news, sales and scandals. There will be a topic for conversation with neighbors. Do not forget that small talk is the axis around which the American culture of communication revolves.
6. Do not disdain phrases
Actually from them it is possible to squeeze out a lot of benefit. Of course, phrasebooks offer a very limited amount of vocabulary, but again they help to remember words in context and give ready-made semantic blocks — for example, I want, I would like, Where is, and so on. So it will be easier to remember the phrases that can be applied in a particular situation.
There is a very simple way: sign up to the online English school Skyeng and get all of the above, plus individual lessons on an interactive online platform with a professional teacher who will teach you exactly what you need. As well as an online cinema with smart subtitles, a service for translating songs, a browser translator extension that will allow you to read any texts in English, and useful applications for training speech perception skills and word memorization. Trial lesson completely free. Sign up for a convenient time for you!
And if you decide to continue your studies, you will receive a + 2 lesson as a gift when you first pay for the promo code FORUMDAILY2.
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