Trying to learn a new language can be difficult and intimidating, especially when you take on the challenge by yourself. Fortunately, there are some fun quick ways to learn English that can make the task seem less like work. Language, at its essence, is about communication. Reaching out to people, hearing their feelings, and communicating what we think.
I’ve created a list of five activities to help you learn the language, and perhaps even a bit about the culture. People living in English speaking countries use English everyday to do everyday things. You can dot he same. Languages are used in real-life situations, not workbooks. For that reason, consider these five everyday activities that can double as language learning exercises. Now, on to the fun ways to learn English.
1. Watch The News
If you are planning to live in an English speaking culture, what better way to get to know whats going on in that country than watching the news? Another added benefit is that news programs often include graphics of whatever event they are talking about. This can help you to pick up on context clues and therefore increase your comprehension of what is being said.
Also, it’s never a bad idea to keep up with current news. It can help you to get into conversations about topics that English speakers care about. If one of the stories happens to be on a topic that especially interests you, your motivation to understand the words will be reinforced.
3. Watch Disney and Pixar Movies
There’s a chance that you may have seen an animated movie translated in your own language. If so, you have the advantage of already knowing the plot. This helps to understand the events of the movie. Even if you haven’t seen the movies, you could look online to find a plot synopsis.
Another big advantage of these movies is that they play a huge part in English speaking pop culture. By becoming familiar with them, you will have something in common with many Americans who grew up watching them. Not only that, but Disney is coming out with a lot of live-action remakes of some beloved animated classics. By watching one of those, like Aladdin or The Jungle Book, you are doubling up on your cultural exposure.
3. Join a Book Club
If you love reading, this could be a good option for you. Talking about literature can be a good way to create some exciting discussions. If your English speaking skills are better than your English reading skills, you might want to read the book to be discussed in your native language, and attend a club where people will talk about it in English. You may even make some new friends!
Write an English Diary
One story that is easy to write about is your own. Writing a diary is valuable in any language. It can be a window back in time which you can read later in your life to understand how far you have come. In this special case, it will be an opportunity for you to see how far your written English skills have come as well.
Writing about your feelings and what is important to you can also have therapeutic benefits. You can increase your mental health at the same time as increasing your ability to speak and write English. As they say, practice makes perfect. That’s also true for writing,
5. Write a Blog
A blog is a website or other internet space where you regularly make posts, usually centered around an interest you have. Maybe you like to collect records. It could be that you love to attend music festivals. Whatever it is that you have a passion for, you can start writing articles on that topic to keep your blog up to date.
When you write your blog in English, you are sharing your English skills with the web. Now your English is actually helping you communicate ideas you care about.
These are some fun examples of how learning to speak, write, and read English doesn’t have to be all work and no play. Get creative with your language journey, and see if you can incorporate your other interests as well.