10 simple ways to improve your language skills for a winter weekend

The long winter evenings and weekends can and should be carried out with advantage. Especially if you have already achieved some results in the study of the English language, be interrupted for the holidays is not worth it. Even a small simple in the classroom will significantly reduce your progress. Use this time to improve his English, says a consultant, “Lifehacker” Elena Britova, the academic Manager of the company “TransLink-Education”, Methodist, teacher of foreign languages.

10 простых способов подтянуть английский язык за зимние выходные

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1. Take a tour

Expensive to go abroad? Then at least once over a winter weekend to go on a trip to the nearest Museum, exhibition hall or gallery. Only on the condition that you will order in English.

Now in all museums have guides who give tours for foreigners, or audio guides in several languages. The cost will be slightly higher, but the benefits will be enormous. You will get not simply aesthetic pleasure, but also additional skills of perception by ear. And if you ask questions or engage in debate, and speaking. This method is also suitable for families.

2. Meet with friends

Even meeting friends can be turned into a useful pastime. Of course, if you have like-minded people who share your desire to learn English.

Spend half an hour to prepare. Find Board games in English. Now there are many ready-made cards, of games-brodilok that train grammar, vocabulary and communicative skill. You can just play bingo, but be sure to speak only in English. So you just pumped a knowledge of numbers.

Banal “Mafia” can also turn into an exciting journey into the world of reality and the English language. But there is still “City”, “Edible / inedible”, “Hangman”, “Field of dreams”, “Scrabble”.

Don’t want to bother with training or bad fantasy? Go to the nearest store and buy the finished game in English — they are now a huge number.

3. Go to the restaurant, bar or cafe

Now, almost all cafes have a menu in English. Use only them and not to peep into the Russian version. If you do not know the word, look up in the dictionary.

Try to formulate your order the same in English, as well as to Express their taste preferences. So you will learn the names of foods / dishes / drinks once and for all. Great practice for the future.

4. Hang around the apartment posters and stickers

In addition to tinsel and garlands that are left after the holidays, decorate your home with colored stickers, posters, posters with the rules of grammar, alphabet, rules of reading, new or hard to remember words.

Stick to furniture a small piece of paper with the names of things in English. On the fridge, mirrors, doors and other strategic places, you can attach charts and tables grammar.

Each time, passing or taking the object you call it in English, repeat the rule and be sure to cite 2-3 examples of use of words in speech. Even the preparation of training posters will be consequences. If you don’t like to write and draw, the store has ready-made options.

5. Watch movies and TV series

Active holiday is not for you? Do not like noisy companies? Prefer to relax alone in front of the TV? Then watch your favorite movies, TV shows, programs, but in English. Possible with subtitles, without them.

View the BBC and tell at least one news. Bored alone? Invite your friends, turn off the sound on the television and give voice to characters of the Comedy in English. Unhackneyed, fun and useful.

6. Read books, articles or magazines

Find 10-15 minutes a day to read literature for the soul at least 2-3 times a week. So you will have a rest, food and celebration and at the same time activate your English. Read what you like, or what I have long wanted to read. Teachers are not around, so feel free to choose a text of interest.

There is only one condition: after reading be sure to summarize the text, even at the level of “what to read?” and “Liked / not liked”.

7. Sing karaoke

Like to sing? Match: go with friends in the karaoke, sing your favorite songs in English. So you will practice pronunciation, expand vocabulary, and have fun.

Too shy to sing in public? Find your favorite songs in the Internet, work on the text (put the words, imbued with meaning) and sing. Try to imitate the pronunciation and intonation, to form the correct pronunciation.

8. Learn the poem

Select the material you memorize. For example, a passage from Shakespeare or a poem with irregular verbs, or a fun tongue Twister. Memory training, reading rules, grammar and expansion of vocabulary are provided. And will have something to brag to your friends.

9. Retell your day

If none of my friends or loved ones do not share your passion for the English language, do not despair. Do as the ancient Greeks. They are every day before going to sleep recounted his day in detail. This helped them to train memory and attention to detail.

Teach, and write better in English, what did you do during the day. Even if only a few sentences, but it will help not to forget grammar and vocabulary.

10. Install a special application

Install the app for learning English words. Put in it a reminder and a day learn 5-10 new words. Or perform tasks on grammar at least once in two days.